STEM Subjects: Higher Education

Department for Education written question – answered on 8th August 2019.

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Photo of Stephen Morgan Stephen Morgan Shadow Minister for Local Government (Communities)

To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what discussions he has had with universities on the effect of higher education funding on the sustainability of STEM courses in (a) Portsmouth and (b) the UK.

Photo of Jo Johnson Jo Johnson Minister of State (Department for Education) (Universities and Science) (Joint with the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy), The Minister of State, Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, Minister of State (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy) (Jointly with the Department for Education)

Holding answer received on 25 July 2019

Part of the teaching grant funding that the government provides to eligible higher education providers, via the Office for Students, is allocated to support the provision of high-cost subjects, including science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) subjects.

As part of the government’s consideration of the independent panel’s report to the review of Post-18 Education and Funding, Department for Education officials are holding discussions with a number of stakeholders, including universities. These conversations are likely to include higher education funding and the provision of high-priority courses, such as STEM.

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