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Higher education institutions

We fund 132 higher education institutions (in 2016-17).

Further education colleges

We also directly fund 208 further education colleges (in 2016-17).

We are responsible for funding higher education courses taught in FECs. Some FECs are funded directly; others receive money indirectly through a franchise agreement with a HEI, or as part of a consortium.

Other UK institutions

Northern Ireland

The universities below receive funding from the Department for the Economy in Northern Ireland.

Queen's University Belfast
University Road
Northern Ireland
tel 028 9024 5133

University of Ulster
University House
Cromore Road
Northern Ireland
BT52 1SA
tel 0870 0400 700


Scottish higher education institutions are funded by the Scottish Funding Council.


Welsh higher education institutions are funded by the Higher Education Funding Council for Wales.

Page last updated 1 May 2015