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Sustainable University Provision in Scotland 1.Scale of Funding Challenge Position of Scottish Universities prior to Current Financial Crisis Green Paper.

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1 Sustainable University Provision in Scotland 1.Scale of Funding Challenge Position of Scottish Universities prior to Current Financial Crisis Green Paper – December 2010 `It is clear that at around 1%, Scotland provides less funding as a proportion of its GDP than our sectors main competitors England 1.3%; Sweden 1.4%; Canada 1.5%; India and China 2%; US 2.9%; Australia 5.8%

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4 Impact on UWS Scottish Government Funding 2009/10 to 2011/ /102010/112011/12 Recurrent 72,185,98572,862,58868,021,398 Capital 5,000,000 2,600,000 1,600,000 Total £77,185,985 £75,462,588 £69,621,398

5 Impact on UWS Assuming 4% inflation adjustment to 2009/10 figures 2010/ /12 Recurrent75,073,424 78,076,361 Capital 5,200,000 5,408,000 Total £80,273,424 £83,484,361 Reduced Funding in real terms Recurrent £10,054,963- (13.9%) Capital £ 3,808,000- (76%) Total £13,862,963- (18%)

6 Structural Options? Scottish Solutions Work Make the learner journey more efficient: reduce duplication of levels of study between school/ college/ university; Drive forward efficiency, collaboration, shared services; Keep public funding at the core: supplement with fair and moderate graduate contribution; NB international and rest-of-UK challenges.

7 Scottish Government Response Green Paper December 2010: – Affirms commitment to restoring competitive funding; – Open on learner journey; – Open on financial models; – But loads in almost every other possible issue about function, structure and governance of universities.

8 Scottish Government Response Agreed (finally) to joint work with Universities Scotland to scale the comparative funding gap with England and the possible means of filling it.

9 Technical Group Report

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12 Other options (business, philanthropy, efficiency) wont make a difference to the comparative funding gap

13 Political Responses SNP – cherry-pick figures to reduce funding gap to £93m and agree to fill it for from reprioritised public funding and RUK fees. Democratic intellect governance proposals. Labour – similar cherry-picking. Conditional intention to fill funding gap from same sources but only after root and branch review of FE and HE.

14 Political Responses Lib Dems: committed to filling funding gap from same sources, want to look at learner journey issues, student support. Conservatives: support graduate contribution, increased funding for universities for social and economic reasons.


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