University Finance

Northern Ireland written question – answered on 18th January 2005.

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Photo of Mr Roy Beggs Mr Roy Beggs UUP, East Antrim

To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how much money has been allocated to (a) Queen's University and (b) the University of Ulster to encourage access and participation in each of the last three years.

Photo of Barry Gardiner Barry Gardiner Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Northern Ireland Office)

Over the last three academic years, the Department for Employment and Learning has allocated funding to Queen's University, Belfast (QUB) and the University of Ulster (UU) through a range of specific funding streams aimed at widening access and participation. The amounts allocated under each funding stream are set out in the following table.

Academic years
2001–02 2002–03 2003–04
Additional funded places 1,519,98 1,773,71 854,238 769,638 707,348 513,060
Premium for students from disadvantaged backgrounds 381,854 458,146 518,472 621,528 443,460 696,540
Premium for students with disabilities 43,664 157,863 91,826 105,298 99,161 181,728
Widening Participation special initiative 181,740 57,286 63,930 92,277 54,810 4,472
Special initiative to improve provision for students with


42,221 42,155 41,748 19,101 27,995 34,028
Foundation Degree development costs 75,000 75,000
Disability access capital 800,001 956,038 500,000 450,000 2,617,79 1,223,25

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