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Circulars 2012

  • This circular outlines the fee grant capping arrangements that will be put in place from 2013/14, based on a total tuition fee grant maximum per institution, and the penalties associated with exceeding this maximum.
  • Date:  21 December 2012
  • Response by:  No response required
  • Secondary documents:  None
  • This circular requests higher education institutions and further education institutions with directly funded higher education to respond to a survey of provision in Welsh Studies.
  • Date:  12 November 2012
  • Response by:  01 February 2013
  • Secondary documents:  None
  • This circular requests institutions to return aggregated student data to enable HEFCW to make allocations of funds for teaching; have early indications of student numbers; monitor recruitment against the maximum student number; make estimations of fee grant costs; monitor medicine, dentistry and teacher training provision; and model funding options for ERASMUS and other year abroad registrations.
  • Date:  12 October 2012
  • Response by:  12 November 2012
  • Secondary documents:  None
  • This circular provides information on the plans for the 2013 National Student Survey (NSS). It also provides further information about outcomes from earlier surveys and general features of the survey. Institutions should review their NSS contact details and provide contact details for students to Ipsos MORI by 23 November 2012.
  • Date:  11 October 2012
  • Response by:  23 November 2012
  • Secondary documents:  None
  • This circular sets out the procedure, timescale, and assessment criteria that will enable higher education institutions to submit capital investment proposals to the Department for Education and Skills. Approved projects will be supported by funding of up to 50% of the capital cost of the project.
  • Date:  05 October 2012
  • Response by:  09 November 2012
  • Secondary documents:  
  • This circular requests further education institutions to return data to enable HEFCW to calculate any adjustments to 2011/12 funding and establish final numbers of students and credit values at further education institutions for 2011/12. It also gives definitions and guidance to higher education institutions about the end of year data that we will extract from the 2011/12 HESA student record to calculate any adjustments to 2011/12 funding, monitor information on initial teacher training courses and establish final numbers of students and credit values at higher education institutions for 2011/12.
  • Date:  23 July 2012
  • Response by:  17 August 2012
  • Secondary documents:  None
  • This circular updates the information on KIS and the new Unistats site that was provided in W11/27HE: Key Information Sets: Outcomes of consultation and next steps. The principles outlined in that circular have framed the work to develop the KIS and the new Unistats website.
  • Date:  23 July 2012
  • Response by:  No response required
  • Secondary documents:  None
  • This circular provides information on the Widening Access Strategy allocations to higher education institutions for 2012/13, summarises relevant policy developments and confirms the date for return of Annual Monitoring Statements for 2011/12.
  • Date:  19 July 2012
  • Response by:  31 October 2012
  • Secondary documents:  None
  • This circular sets out the allocations for 2012/13 to support the implementation of Reaching Wider Partnership Strategies and provides additional information on related policy developments.
  • Date:  17 July 2012
  • Response by:  No response required
  • Secondary documents:  None
  • This circular provides information on the learning and teaching strategy allocations to higher education institutions for 2012/13 and confirms the date for return of Annual Monitoring Statements for 2011/12.
  • Date:  02 July 2012
  • Response by:  31 October 2012
  • Secondary documents:  None
  • This circular requests HE institutions to submit:
  •        •   Strategic planning information
  •        •   For our Future target forecasts for 2011/12 to 2012/13
  •        •   Financial Forecasts for 2011/12 to 2015/16
  •        •   Student number forecasts for 2012/13 to 2015/16
  •        •   Annual Monitoring Statements for 2012
  • Date:  07 June 2012
  • Response by:  31 July 2012; 31 October 2012
  • Secondary documents:  None
  • This circular sets out details of research capital funding that will be provided in 2012-13 to qualifying institutions. This funding is provided by the Department of Business Innovation and Skills and match funded by the Welsh Government. The use of the funding is restricted to capital projects and purchases that support the development of the physical research infrastructure. There is a requirement on all qualifying institutions to submit details of intended expenditure in the required format by 30 September 2012, and a further requirement to provide a report on the intended or actual use of the funding by 31 January 2013.
  • Date:  25 May 2012
  • Response by:  30 September 2012; 31 January 2013
  • Secondary documents:  
  • This circular sets out the allocations for 2012/13 to support the implementation of initial teacher training strategies and requests updated strategy statements from initial teacher training providers.
  • Date:  24 May 2012
  • Response by:  31 July 2012
  • Secondary documents:  None
  • This circular provides an update to our approach to dealing with higher education institutions and directly funded further education institutions which demonstrate unsatisfactory quality of management of academic standards of awards and/or quality of the learning opportunities available to students, or where we consider an institution to be at higher risk in terms of the quality of its provision.
  • Date:  18 May 2012
  • Response by:  No response required
  • Secondary documents:  None
  • This circular provides guidance to Welsh institutions who wish to charge above the basic fee rate of £4,000 in 2013/14 for UK and EU full time undergraduate courses and those postgraduate courses, such as PGCEs, that are subject to regulated undergraduate fees. These institutions are required to submit a one year fee plan detailing the additional investment they will make in support of equality of opportunity and the promotion of higher education, and the objectives they will set to secure these outcomes.
  • Date:  05 April 2012
  • Response by:  09 May 2012
  • Secondary documents:  
  • This circular announces the outcomes of the Strategic Reallocation of Student Numbers 2013/14, and using the institutional responses to W12/03HE Strategic Reallocation of Student Numbers 2013/14, provides institutions with their maximum student numbers for FT UG and PGCE in 2013/14. It also provides confirmation of the final 2012/13 maximum student numbers.
  • Date:  05 April 2012
  • Response by:  No response required
  • Secondary documents:  None
  • This circular provides information on the National Student Survey outcomes for part-time students in 2011. We encourage you to investigate the data further in your own context, including that for franchise provision, and to take action as appropriate.
  • Date:  05 April 2012
  • Response by:  No response required
  • Secondary documents:  None
  • This circular sets out HEFCW’s overall funding distribution for the academic year 2012/13, including individual institutional allocations for part-time (PT) and postgraduate taught (PGT) teaching, the Public Investment Fund (PIF) and research.
  • Date:  30 March 2012
  • Response by:  No response required
  • Secondary documents:  None
  • This circular provides guidance on the funding of effective, democratic student unions (SUs), and student representation. It includes principles which should underpin the funding of SUs, principles which should underpin the relationship agreement between the SU and the institution; and a common set of core functions which all SUs should provide. These should be in place by 1 August 2012.
  • Date:  28 March 2012
  • Response by:  No response required; however, actions to be implemented by 01 August 2012
  • Secondary documents:  None
  • This circular provides an update on the development of Key Information Sets (KIS). This includes the development of the website that will host the KIS, information on the KIS ‘widget’ and its incorporation into websites, and an updated timetable.
  • Date:  22 February 2012
  • Response by:  10 March 2012
  • Secondary documents:  None
  • This circular sets out for consultation HEFCW’s draft Child Poverty Strategy and it seeks to engage Higher Education Institutions, Further Education Institutions and other parties, including those with an interest in equality and diversity issues, in the further development of this Strategy.
  • Date:  03 February 2012
  • Response by:  09 March 2012
  • Secondary documents:  None
  • This circular outlines the mechanism for allocating full-time (FT) undergraduate (UG) and PGCE maximum student numbers, for implementation from 2013/14. It explains the process for reallocation of the top-sliced numbers and the parameters used in this reallocation. It also sets out the way that the maximum student number will be calculated in 2013/14.
  • Date:  17 January 2012
  • Response by:  24 February 2012
  • Secondary documents:  
 
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