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Royal Birmingham Conservatoire: Finance

Department for Education written question – answered on 3rd February 2020.

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Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of whether funding for the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire is consistent with funding for similar institutions based in London.

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Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to review the remit of the Office for Students so that it can make direct grants to the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire commensurate with (1) the level of similar institutions in London, and (2) its national status.

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Birmingham City University, of which The Royal Birmingham Conservatoire is a part, is registered with the Office for Students (OfS) in the approved (fee cap) category of the OfS’s register. It is funded by government, via the OfS, in a way that is consistent with the approach the OfS takes to other such providers, including those in London. While the Secretary of State for Education issues strategic guidance to the OfS, including its funding priorities, the OfS is ultimately responsible for funding decisions. The OfS is planning to review its funding method, including for specialist providers, and will consult on those changes in due course.

We do not have any plans to review the remit of the OfS in relation to their funding powers.

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