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February 03, 2011

Universities’ woe over further HEFCE budget cuts

by John Bonner

University heads face more hardship following the publication yesterday of the Higher Education Funding Council for England’s letter detailing their financial awards for 2011-12.

The letter confirms the outline figures revealed in the budget guidance which the Department of Business, Innovation and Skills gave HEFCE in December 2010. But the letter to vice chancellors still held some unpleasant surprises—notably that the projected cuts will start to take effect in the current academic year. 

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John Bonner

John Bonner

John Bonner is an associate editor of Research Fortnight and Research Europe.