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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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