Response to the HEFCE grant allocation letter received by universities

Responding to the HEFCE grant allocation letter received by universities this week, Libby Aston, Director of University Alliance, said:

“HEFCE have dealt with a difficult funding environment well, managing a high level of uncertainty and cuts in overall funding to mitigate the impact on individual universities. Universities will continue to play their part in the government’s plans for sustainable economic growth going forward.

“Longer-term, the outcomes of the Browne Review and the Spending Review will be of the utmost importance. Although funding will continue to be tight, it is vital to recognise the central role universities play as generators of economic growth and wealth creation.”


Notes to Editors

University Alliance represents 23 major, dynamic, business-like universities at the heart of the sector that deliver world-leading research with impact and are actively business focussed.

Through evidence-based policy and research, the Alliance aims to improve policymaking in higher education to the benefit of the UK economy and society. Alliance universities educate 27% of all UK students and achieve some of the highest graduate-level employment rates. These universities offer a research informed, academic learning environment and a culture of entrepreneurialism, equipping graduates for the 21st century.

Alliance universities:

Aberystwyth University, Bournemouth University, University of Bradford, De Montfort University, University of Glamorgan, Glasgow Caledonian University, University of Gloucestershire, University of Hertfordshire, University of Huddersfield, University of Lincoln, Liverpool John Moores University, Manchester Metropolitan University, Northumbria University, Nottingham Trent University, Open University, Oxford Brookes University, University of Plymouth, University of Portsmouth, University of Salford, Sheffield Hallam University, University of Wales Institute, Cardiff, University of Wales, Newport, University of the West of England.

For further information, please contact: Tim Field, University Alliance on 0203 178 7491 or email

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