Magazine article The Times Higher Education Supplement : THE

More Access to Public Funds for Private College

Magazine article The Times Higher Education Supplement : THE

More Access to Public Funds for Private College

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The government has given a private college greater access to public-backed funding for its students, putting it on the same footing as traditional universities.

The Department for Business, Innovation and Skills granted "institutional level" designation to ifs University College in August last year, it has emerged, making it the first private institution to win the status since the University of Buckingham in 2006.

The move means that ifs no longer has to apply on a course-by-course basis to seek designation for students on those courses to be eligible for Student Loans Company funding.

Other private providers are thought to be applying to win the status, which is limited to those private institutions with university or university college title.

The University and College Union criticised BIS over the move, pointing out that the Public Accounts Committee recently found the department's failure to control spending at private colleges to be "nothing short of a scandal".

Martin Day, vice-principal of ifs, a non-profit and charity, said: "Now as we develop new programmes they are automatically designated for that Student Loans Company funding support, which is a great benefit for us. …

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