British universities face enrolment declines under new funding regime

March 29, 2012

The first year of the British government's new fees and funding regime is expected to cost some post-1992 universities nearly 13% of their undergraduate student intake and up to 46% of their direct grant. According to new figures from the Higher Education Funding Council for England, the total recurrent grant allocation for PSE falls 18.6% to £4.9 billion. This reflects the fact that 2012-13 is the first year universities will derive income from "new regime" undergraduate students, who will be charged up to £9,000 in tuition fees. Teaching grants will end for these students in all but high-cost subjects. The University of East London is hit by the biggest projected fall in full-time undergraduate numbers, with its 2012-13 intake down 12.6% (or 622 places) on 2011-12. Manchester Metropolitan University is projected to lose 11.1% of its intake (900 places), the biggest decline in terms of overall numbers. Times Higher Education