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1994 Group welcomes HEFCE’s approach to allocating 2010-11 university funding but calls for a stable and sustainable Government strategy

Issued on 18 March 2010

Responding to the announcement Paul Marshall, Executive Director of the 1994 Group of 19 leading research-intensive universities said:

“In a challenging environment of cuts and uncertainty HEFCE’s efforts to distribute university funding fairly should be commended, in particular their commitment to prioritising maintaining quality, protecting core funding and the principle of concentrating research funding on the departments demonstrating the very highest quality.”

“However, what universities need most of all is a clear and long-term Government strategy for managing the record demand for Higher Education coupled with a stable and sustainable funding environment to deliver the economic and social value, through research and teaching, that our nation needs. The challenges facing universities today are numerous, complex and serious. Maintaining the quality of the UK's universities is paramount. The recently announced cuts to higher education funding seems incompatible with the ambitions the Government recently set out in its own framework for Higher Education. The Higher Education sector must continue to make a powerful public case for investment by promoting the huge contribution that universities make to the economy and society.”

“The upcoming budget, next CSR and Browne Review of Funding will be crucial. Despite the pressures on Government finances this is the right time to invest in Higher Education. There is a central role for universities in supporting the very fragile post-recession economic recovery and society. Further cuts could threaten much of the recent progress made on enhancing the student experience, increasing the impact of research, widening participation and building a world-class Higher Education sector.”

“The 11.9% increase in HEIF funding to support knowledge exchange activities is a welcome boost at a time when universities economic contribution is more important than ever.”

Notes to Editors

  1. Details of HEFCE’s funding allocating for 2010-11 will be available at www.hefce.ac.uk from Thursday 18th March.
  2. The 1994 Group represents 19 of UK's leading student-focused research-intensive universities. It was established in 1994 to promote excellence in University research and teaching.
  3. In 17 major subject areas 1994 Group universities are the UK leaders achieving 1st place in their field (THE RAE subject rankings 2008). 57% of the 1994 Group's research is rated 4* 'world-leading' or 3* 'internationally excellent' (RAE 2008, HEFCE). 7 of the top 10 universities for student experience are 1994 Group Universities (2009 National Student Survey) 1994 Group members include 10 of the top 18 universities in the UK in The Guardian University Guide League Table published on the 12th May 2009.
  4. The 1994 Group represents: University of Bath, Birkbeck University of London, Durham University, University of East Anglia, University of Essex, University of Exeter, Goldsmiths University of London, Institute of Education University of London, Royal Holloway University of London, Lancaster University, University of Leicester, Loughborough University, Queen Mary University of London, University of Reading, University of St Andrews, School of Oriental and African Studies, University of Surrey, University of Sussex, University of York.
  5. Press Enquiries please contact Alistair Jarvis, Director of Communications, 1994 Group. Tel: 0207 872 5596 or 07779 232731. Email: alistair.jarvis@1994group.co.uk
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