Tuesday, 21 July 2009

Capital funding for directly funded further education colleges

Capital funding for directly funded further education colleges for 2009-10: allocations for the period August 2009 to March 2010.

Just caught wind of this,

The allocations for 2009-10 are to help raise the quality of higher education (HE) learning and teaching facilities in FECs, in order to enhance the learning experience of their HE students. We expect colleges to use the funds in ways that will support their strategy for HE most effectively. The funds may be used to contribute towards:
  • investment in equipment, particularly IT-related equipment, used in learning and teaching, and in e-learning
  • replacement of premises for learning and teaching
  • refurbishment of existing teaching spaces, particularly with regard to IT-related enhancements, including improvements to internal IT networks or supporting infrastructure.

The funds should be used for HE provision and may be subject to audit in the normal way. We recognise, however, that it may be neither feasible nor desirable to construct ring-fenced boundaries between higher and further education (FE). For example, equipment may be used by both HE and FE students. So we look to colleges to adopt a pragmatic approach, whereby the primary focus of the projects is on HE even if there are links with, and spin-off benefits at the margin for, FE.

Read more > http://www.hefce.ac.uk/pubs/circlets/2009/cl13_09/

I've taken a screen shot of the West Midlands providers whom are directly affected. Download the spreadsheet for yourself (annex A)

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