Government funding letter offers few answers, say 1994 Group of universities

The 1994 Group of leading universities has responded to the letter from Vince Cable and David Willetts outlining Higher Education Funding for the 2012-13 academic years. 

A spokesperson for the Group said: 

“This much delayed letter answers none of the questions people across the sector have been asking about postgraduate study and student number controls. In fact it fudges important decisions, putting them off to a vaguely defined future date. 

“Instead we have been hit with tough rhetoric on how the Government will clamp down on universities if they take on students that exceed centrally allocated numbers. To add insult to injury, 5000 student places will be cut. 

“As today’s dismal economic figures have shown we need to create more opportunities for people to study and develop high-level skills. The uncertainty over undergraduate numbers and funding for postgraduate teaching and research is causing major problems for UK Higher Education. The Government has to offer reassurance that talented students will not be denied places at excellent universities.” 



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Notes to Editors:

1.    The 1994 Group represents 19 of the UK’s leading student-focused research-intensive universities. It was established in 1994 to promote excellence in University research and teaching.

2.  12 of the top 20 universities in the Guardian University Guide 2012 league tables are 1994 Group members. 8 of the top 20 universities in the 2012 Sunday Times University League Table are 1994 Group members. 9 of the top 20 universities in the 2012 Complete University Guide are 1994 Group members.


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).

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.

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