Cuts Watch #333: Universities’ teaching grant
The government has decided the details of the cut in the grant for university teaching. In a letter to the Higher Education Funding Council for England, Vince Cable and David Willetts announced that next year’s teaching grant will be 6 per cent lower than this year’s – once inflation is taken into account this is an 8 per cent real terms cut.
The University Modernisation Fund, introduced by the last government to pay for an extra 10,000 places, will continue next year but then be abolished.
Science and research funding will fall from £2 to £1.8 billion.
The Recurrent Grant for Teaching, currently £4,949 million, will fall to £4,645 million next year and then to £3,815 million in 2012/13 – at which point student fees will be expected to bear more of the load.
UCU General Secretary Sally Hunt described this as a “Christmas Kick in the Teeth”, offering “funding cuts, higher fees, fewer university places, a pay freeze and attacks on staff pensions”