PS132m Funding FORWELSH Colleges and Universities from HEFCW

Western Mail (Cardiff, Wales), May 23, 2016 | Go to article overview

PS132m Funding FORWELSH Colleges and Universities from HEFCW


A TOTAL of PS132m-worth of public funding for Welsh universities and colleges will be allocated in the next academic year.

The announcement was made on Monday by the Higher Education Funding Council for Wales (HEFCW).

HEFCW's allocations in 2016/17 include: | PS80m for research in universities. | PS27m for part-time undergraduate courses.

PS15m for higher cost full-time undergraduate courses.

PS10m for strategic investments. A spokeswoman for the funding body said: "HEFCW's research funding allocations take account of the quality of research; and teaching funding allocations are based on recruitment numbers, the type of course (such as full-time, part-time, undergraduate or postgraduate) and priorities such as the recruitment of Welsh medium students or students from disadvantaged areas.

"HEFCW will continue to fund additional contributions - over and above the PS9,000 maximum annual fee level - towards higher-cost fulltime undergraduate courses in medicine, dentistry and the performing arts."

Among the PS80m earmarked for research, more than PS71m is for socalled quality research (QR).

The QR allocations for 2016/17 are: | University of South Wales PS1,530,192.

Aberystwyth University PS7,010,422.

Bangor University PS7,218,736. | Cardiff University PS39,796,996 | University of Wales Trinity Saint David PS298,936.

Swansea University PS13,749,083. | Cardiff Metropolitan University PS1,065,119.

Wrexham Glyndwr University PS214,955.

University of Wales Centre for Advanced Welsh and Celtic Studies PS192,904.

Of the overall funding, PS3m will be for HEFCW's contribution to the Welsh Government's Ser Cymru (Stars Wales) programme, which aims to recruit scientific talent to research posts in Wales.

Strategic investments include PS6m to fund the Coleg Cymraeg Cenedlaethol (developing Welsh language courses and resources) and its scholarship programme.

Dr David Blaney, Chief Executive of HEFCW, said: "Universities and colleges form the bedrock of our communities and economy and we are pleased to still be able to invest in both our citizens and economic growth. …

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