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Executive summary


1. This consultation is the first part of the long-term review of teaching funding. It proposes a set of principles and features that we believe will be important to any future funding method for teaching. It seeks comments on each of the proposed principles and features.

Key points

2. We propose three key principles that we believe should govern the future funding method for teaching. These proposals have been drafted after taking into account the views of the sector during a series of round-table discussion events that were held between November 2009 and January 2010. The three principles are that our funding method should:

  • give institutions the freedom to manage provision in a way that best responds to the needs of students, employers and society
  • enable us to incentivise change that is in the public interest
  • be compatible with various modes of study, including flexible provision.

3. We also propose three key features that we believe are necessary to ensure that a future funding method for teaching adheres to these principles. We believe the funding method should:

  • be as simple and easy to understand as possible
  • be responsive and dynamic
  • achieve value for money and continue to reflect the impact of income from tuition fees and contributions from employers.

4. A full list of the consultation questions is at Annex A.

Action required

5. Responses should be made by Monday 12 July 2010 using the online form.

Enquiries should be directed to:

Alan Palmer, tel 0117 931 7340, e-mail

Samantha Dunbar, tel 0117 931 7178, e-mail