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Many of HEFCE's functions will be continued by the Office for Students, the new regulator of higher education in England, and Research England, the new council within UK Research and Innovation.

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Changes to funding from 2017-18

In March 2017, the HEFCE Board announced further decisions for supporting widening access and successful student outcomes (HEFCE Circular letter 06/2017). This included:

National Collaborative Outreach Programme (NCOP)

Funding for the four-year NCOP will remain at £60 million per calendar year for the first two years. The Board has now confirmed that the total for the 2017-18 academic year is also set at £60 million.

Widening access for students from disadvantaged backgrounds

We are discontinuing the formula-based widening access targeted allocation, and supporting investment in widening access solely through the NCOP from 2017-18. This allocation totalled £54 million in the academic year 2016-17.

Premium to support successful student outcomes

The improving retention for full-time and part-time students will be replaced by the ‘Premium to support successful student outcomes’ from 2017-18, recognising full-time and part-time students.

The premium for full-time undergraduates will total £195 million for 2017-18, a reduction of £20 million compared with the previous allocation for improving retention for full-time undergraduates.

90 per cent of this total will be provided through the main element that reflects risk of non-continuation based on students’ entry qualifications and age. The balance will be provided through the supplement that also recognises students from Participation of Local Areas (POLAR 3) quintiles 1 and 2.

The premium for part-time undergraduates is being maintained at £72 million for 2017‑18. This combines the previously separate targeted allocation of £8 million for part-time undergraduates with the £64 million provided in 2016-17 for improving retention for part-time undergraduates.

Disabled students’ premium

The improving provision for disabled students allocation will become the ‘Disabled students’ premium’ from 2017-18 which is being maintained at £40 million.

For 2017‑18, the targeted allocation will reflect students in receipt of the Disabled Students Allowance, weighted at 2, and other students self-declaring a disability, weighted at 1, both of which are taken from HESA and Individualised Learner Record data.

The Board has also now agreed that year-on-year changes to the allocation for individual institutions will be capped at ±£100,000, with a view to maintaining a degree of stability for this funding as institutions transition towards more inclusive models of support.

Page last updated 1 June 2017

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