To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills how much HEFCE allocated (a) nationally and (b) to (i) Leeds University, (ii) Leeds Metropolitan University and (iii) Trinity and All Saints College for student bursary schemes for the academic year 2007-08; and how much of this funding was unspent at the latest date for which figures are available.
HEFCE does not allocate funding for student bursary schemes. Instead, each higher education provider which wishes to charge variable tuition fees for regulated courses has to agree an access agreement with the Office of Fair Access (OFFA) under which it commits to recycle some of the extra income from variable fees to support some of its students. Information on the 2007/08 academic year will become available in the spring. The following table sets out the position for 2006/07—the first year of the new arrangements.
|Amount budgeted for bursary schemes||Amount spent|
|Leeds Metropolitan University||n/a||42,000|
|Trinity and All Saints College||115,000||83,000|
|n/a = Not applicable |
1. Many HEIs overestimated the number of students who were eligible for bursaries in the first year of the new arrangements. Where "underspends" have occurred some HEIs have chosen to redeploy the resources towards additional outreach activities designed to attract students from non-traditional backgrounds.
2. Leeds Metropolitan University does not charge fees at a level which requires bursaries to be recycled within the terms of their approved access agreement.
2006/07 returns to OFFA