Magazine article The Times Higher Education Supplement : THE

Heif Concentration Provokes Mission Group Ire

Magazine article The Times Higher Education Supplement : THE

Heif Concentration Provokes Mission Group Ire

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The decision to limit an additional Pounds 6 million of Higher Education Innovation Fund cash to just 12 institutions has angered some sector leaders.

Plans were announced on 13 September to allocate the one-off funding to the "highest performing universities in knowledge exchange".

The move means that the Higher Education Funding Council for England will award an extra Pounds 500,000 each to the 12 institutions judged to be the best performers using a formula based on the income each derived from knowledge exchange during the previous three years.

But Libby Hackett, chief executive of the University Alliance, told Times Higher Education that the group had already written to the government asking it to review the decision, adding that Heif funding was already distributed to the best-performing universities.

She added that although additional investment was welcome, "we are strongly opposed to the suggestion that this should be given to a small group of universities without any evidence base for such concentration of funding".

"No justification has been given for why the additional income should not be distributed according to the existing formula for Heif," Ms Hackett said. …

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