From 2012-13, the Government decided that more public funding would be provided directly to students, as up front tuition loans and less funding would be provided to institutions as teaching grants from HEFCE.
This supports the aims of increasing student choice and supporting a more diverse sector.
Since the Government now provides more public funding directly to students in the form of student support and loans this means it needs to control this funding. To do this, it asks us to control the number of students each university and college can recruit.
We do this by setting a limit for each university and college on student recruitment. This limit is referred to as the ‘student number control’.
Since 2012-13 the Government has also encouraged popular and successful institutions to expand through a ‘high-grades’ policy.
This policy allows universities and colleges to recruit as many students with high grades at A-level and certain equivalent qualifications (broadly defined each year by government policy) as they wish, and are able to, outside of their student number control.
We have a fixed budget to support teaching which will need to be focused on priority areas where tuition fees alone may not meet all costs.
From 2013-14 onwards this will cover:
All our work in this area follows the Government's policy to change the way in which it funds teaching at universities and colleges as set out in the recent White Paper on HE, 'Higher education: students at the heart of the system'.