To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many undergraduate places were funded by the Higher Education Funding Council for England under the Employer Engagement Co-funded Students scheme for employer co-funded additional student numbers in each of the years during which the scheme operated, and at what percentage rates; and what was the total cost of the scheme, including expenditure over and above direct full-time equivalent funding for each student.
Information on the number of recruited undergraduates through the scheme is shown in the table below.
Recruited undergraduate full-time equivalent students
Total grant after adjustments (all levels of study)
The total grant over the period 2006/07 to 2014/15 was £104million. In addition to the grant after adjustments, £101 million development funding was spent on the scheme between 2006/07 and 2011/12.
Employer contributions are only available for the period 2007/08 to 2010/11 and show that the average rate of co-founding from employers increased from 26% in 2007/08 to 41% in 2010/11.
Note: Employer contributions are a mix of cash and in-kind, and are sourced from both public and private sector employers.