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Returns must be submitted by noon on Tuesday 14 January 2014


What this document is about

1. This document explains the information that HEFCE needs from institutions for the annual in-year monitoring of the National Scholarship Programme (NSP) for 2013-14.

2. All institutions with an NSP allocation for new entrants in 2013-14 must send us a monitoring return via the HEFCE extranet.

How we will use the information you give us

3. The Department for Business, Innovation and Skills requires information on the NSP so that it can report on the progress of the programme to the Secretary of State and other Ministers. HEFCE will use this information in the formative evaluation which is considering the operation and impact of the NSP, as well as building knowledge about the broader financial aid packages provided by institutions.

4. We will conduct some high-level checks of the information you provide, to ensure that your scheme meets the national rules of the programme, and that your institutional spending is forecast to be broadly in line with the plans that you originally submitted in May 2012. We will write to you once we have finished our assessment to confirm that we are satisfied with the information provided, but we will not give individual feedback unless we have particular questions or concerns. We will contact institutions that have deviated significantly from their original plans, and those that have either under-delivered on a significant number of awards or are forecast to do so.

5. We will conduct some sector-level analysis of the information provided through this in-year monitoring process, and will make our findings available via a web download by mid-2014. We will ensure that NSP contacts receive notification of the publication of this document.

Action required

6. Returns must be submitted via the HEFCE extranet at by noon on Tuesday, 14 January 2014.

Date: 7 November 2013

Ref: HEFCE 2013/33

To: Heads of HEFCE-funded further education colleges, Heads of HEFCE-funded higher education institutions

Of interest to those
responsible for:

Implementation of access agreements, Widening participation, National Scholarship Programme, Finance

Enquiries should be directed to:

Extranet and uploading returns: Hannah Partridge, e-mail, tel 0117 931 7051; Hannah Simmons, e‑mail, tel 0117 931 7273

National Scholarship Programme: Dominik Jackson-Cole, e-mail, tel 0117 931 7174