Funding council ‘forces through’ 20% cut in placesTimes Higher Education.
Swansea, Bangor and Aberystwyth universities will also lose a significant proportion of their places after the HEFCW rubber-stamped a controversial new method of allocating funding. In January the funding council announced that from 2013-14, 53% of Welsh student places in non-priority subjects would be removed from ‘general allocations’ to create a ‘margin’. Half of the margin would be reallocated to institutions charging less than £7,500 a year, while the rest would be distributed on the basis of Welsh government priorities: universities' research income, total income, overseas student cohort and number of spin-off companies.
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