The Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) will shortly be issuing a letter to the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) that will provide details of how the Government's higher education budget will be spent in 2012/13.
The letter to HEFCE will detail the Government's strategic funding priorities for the year ahead - including teaching funding, widening participation allocations, and student number controls.
NUS have been pressing the case for the protection of the widening participation budget, which remains under threat. We have raised this issue repeatedly with ministers, and have sent this letter to Universities and Science Minister, David Willetts MP, reminding him of the importance of preserving the WP budget.
Furthermore, we have repeatedly argued that, rather than pressing ahead with their plans to force a market in student numbers, the Government must properly assess the effects on social mobility and widening participation of the drastic changes to higher education funding already made.
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NUS will of course be responding to the BIS letter to HEFCE once it is published and we will ensure the details and their implications are fully communicated to you.