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Annual funding allocations for 2014-15

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In winter the Government tells us how much money we will have to allocate to institutions. In March we announce the grant for the following academic year to each university and college that we fund. 

This announcement is the first in a three-stage process and much of the teaching grant is allocated based on institutions’ forecast student numbers. Allocations are then adjusted and finalised, over the following two years, as we receive more up-to-date data.

Summary and key documents

 

In March 2014 we announced initial allocations of grant for 2014-15 for each university and college that we fund.

Allocations for 2014-15 will be adjusted in 2015 and finalised in 2016 in light of the end-of-year individualised student data for 2014-15.

The total HEFCE grant available for the 2014-15 academic year is £3,883 million.

Figures in the adjacent chart are correct as of March 2014. 

Three stages for teaching funding

Since 2012-13, we have calculated and reviewed funding allocations for each year in three stages.  This balances the need to pay grant from August, before student numbers are known, with the need to ensure that allocations finally reflect actual numbers of students in the year.

For the academic year 2014-15, this comprises:

  • An initial allocation in March 2014
    This uses forecast 2014-15 student FTEs submitted in the 2013 Higher Education Students Early Statistics (HESES) or Higher Education in Further Education: Students (HEIFES) survey. 
  • An adjusted allocation in March 2015
    This uses updated 2014-15 student FTEs submitted by institutions in the 2014 HESES/HEIFES survey.
  • A final allocation in 2016
    This uses student numbers from the 2014-15 individualised student data reported to the Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA) or from the Individualised Learner Record (ILR) reported to the Data Service. 

Documents for institutions

In March 2014 each institution received a set of individualised initial 2014-15 grant tables along with a grant letter and technical guidance which gives a comprehensive explanation of the contents of the tables.

In July 2014 institutions received their funding agreements for 2014-15.

In October 2014 institutions received an updated set of initial 2014-15 tables, incorporating any changes since the March announcement.

Student number control

In February 2014 we wrote to each institution providing a provisional student number control allocation and details of how we had determined this. In March we wrote to institutions confirming allocations in light of the results of any appeal.

There are a number of changes to the student number control arrangements for 2014-15 following our consultation in 2013. In particular, institutions have increased flexibility, which allows them some limited scope to exceed their student number control allocation without this resulting in a reduction to their HEFCE grant. The exemptions list has also been expanded so that more students do not count against the student number control allocation.

More information about student number controls and the exemptions list

Note on available documents

The recurrent grant tables differ slightly for higher education institutions and further education colleges but the grant tables given below are for the sector as a whole.

Queries from institutions should be addressed to the HEFCE higher education policy adviser (HEPA) for their institution. 

October 2014 announcement

Covering letter to institutions

 Download the October 2014 grant letter template as PDF (183 KB)Download the October 2014 grant letter template as MS Word (251 KB)

Allocations of recurrent funding for 2014-15: initial allocations – summary tables

Download the October_Table_1_2014-15_initial as MS Excel Spreadsheet (145 KB)

Tables showing grants for the higher education sector as a whole

Download the October_sector_grant_tables_2014-15 as MS Excel Spreadsheet (253 KB)

2014-15 Breakdown of targeted and other teaching allocations

Download the 2014-15_data_October as MS Excel Spreadsheet (164 KB)

Recurrent grants for 2014-15 by Government region  

Download the October_regional_tables_2014-15 as MS Excel Spreadsheet (172 KB)

Rates of funding for October 2014 and March 2015 allocations

Download the Rates_of_funding as MS Excel Spreadsheet (487 KB)

2014-15 student number control allocations

Download the 2014-15_SNC_allocations as MS Excel Spreadsheet (80 KB)

March 2014 announcement


Higher education institutions

Grant letter to higher education institutions

Download the HEI_finalcover as PDF (137 KB) | Download the HEI_finalcover as MS Word (341 KB)

Technical guidance for higher education institutions – 2014-15 initial allocations

Download the HEI_technical_guidance_201415 as PDF (634 KB) | Download the HEI_technical_guidance_201415 as MS Word (691 KB)


Further education colleges

Grant letter to further education colleges

Download the FEC_finalcover as PDF (137 KB) | Download the FEC_finalcover as MS Word (341 KB)

Grant letter to further education colleges that we did not directly fund in 2013-14

Download the 1415FEC_finalcover as PDF (103 KB) | Download the 1415FEC_finalcover as MS Word (322 KB)

Technical guidance for further education colleges – 2014-15 initial allocations

Download the FEC_technical_guidance_201415 as PDF (556 KB) |Download the FEC_technical_guidance_201415 as MS Word (621 KB)


Sector as a whole

Tables showing grants for the higher education sector as a whole

Download the 201415_initial_sector_as_whole as MS Excel Spreadsheet (244 KB)

Recurrent grants for 2014-15 by government region

Download the 201415_government_region as MS Excel Spreadsheet (151 KB)

Breakdown of targeted and other teaching allocations

Download the 201415_breakdown_targeted_other_teaching_march14 as MS Excel Spreadsheet (165 KB)

2011-12 Rates of funding for March 2014 allocations

Download the 201112_rates_of_funding as MS Excel Spreadsheet (347 KB)


Student number control for 2014-15

Provisional student number control for 2014-15 (letter to institutions 14 February 2014)

Download the SNC_letter_14_February_2014 as PDF (206 KB) | Download the SNC_letter_14_February_2014 as MS Word (395 KB)

Annexes B to E of Provisional student number control for 2014-15 (letter to institutions 14 February 2014)

Download the SNC_letter_14_February_2014_AnnexesBE as PDF (412 KB) | Download the SNC_letter_14_February_2014_AnnexesBE as MS Word (239 KB)

Student number control for 2014-15 (letter to institutions 14 March 2014)

Download the HEI_SNC_template_letter_1415 as PDF (91 KB) | Download the HEI_SNC_template_letter_1415 as MS Word (325 KB)

2014-15 student number control allocations

Download the 201415_SNC_allocations as MS Excel Spreadsheet (83 KB)


Student number control allocations for individual institutions (March 2014)

2014-15 SNC allocations for individual higher education institutions

2014-15 SNC allocations for individual further education colleges

Teaching funding

Funding elementInitial 2014-15 allocations (March 2014): Total (in £million)
Funding for old-regime students (phase-out of mainstream and employer co-funded teaching grant) 500
Funding for new-regime students in high-cost subjects 468
Student opportunity funding 366
Other targeted allocations and recurrent teaching grants 248
Total  1,582

Funding for old-regime students

Funding for old-regime students shows subject-based funding for old-regime students who commenced their studies before 1 September 2012.

High-cost funding for new-regime students

High-cost funding for new-regime students shows subject-based funding for new-regime students in high-cost subjects (price groups A to C1 for undergraduates, and price groups A to C2 for postgraduates).

Student opportunity

The student opportunity allocation comprises elements to recognise the extra costs associated with recruiting and supporting students from disadvantaged backgrounds currently under-represented in higher education (£67.1 million), widening access and improving provision for disabled students (£15.3 million) and improving the retention of students most at risk of not continuing their studies (£275 million). Note that the provisional allocations released in March 2014 are lower than these totals as we have set aside £3 million for allocation by October 2014, to allow for corrections by institutions to their underlying data.

Research funding

Funding element2014-15 total (in £million)
Mainstream QR grant £1,018
 London weighting on mainstream QR  £32
 Research degree programme (RDP) supervision fund  £240
 Charity support element £198
 Business research element £64
Research libraries  £6

Our mainstream QR funding is allocated selectively according to quality. The documents below provide a more detailed breakdown of these funds.

We have also provided the source data we have used to calculate mainstream QR funding for 2011-12, 2012-13, 2013-14 and 2014-15.

Quality-related research funding data 2014-15

Mainstream QR funding and Research degree programme (RDP) supervision funding, broken down by institution and subject

Download the Mainstream QR funding and Research degree programme (RDP) supervision funding, broken down by institution and subject as MS Excel Spreadsheet (424 KB)

QR business research fund and QR charity support fund, broken down by institution

Download the QR business research fund and QR charity support fund, broken down by institution as MS Excel Spreadsheet (40 KB)

Mapping between UOA, research cost weight, teaching price group and cost centre

Download the Mapping between UOA, research cost weight, teaching price group and cost centre as MS Excel Spreadsheet (35 KB)

Data sources for mainstream QR funding

Download the Data sources for mainstream QR funding as PDF (106 KB) | ‌‌Download the Data sources for mainstream QR funding as MS Word (87 KB)

An example of the calculation of quality-weighted volume used in the 2014-15 mainstream QR funding method

Download the An example of the calculation of quality-weighted volume used in the 2014-15 mainstream QR funding method as MS Excel Spreadsheet (30 KB) 

The QR funding data for years prior to 2014-15 are available.


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