Presentation on theme: "Sustainable University Provision in Scotland 1.Scale of Funding Challenge Position of Scottish Universities prior to Current Financial Crisis Green Paper."— Presentation transcript:
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%
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
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%)
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.
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.
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.
Technical Group Report
Other options (business, philanthropy, efficiency) wont make a difference to the comparative funding gap
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.
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.