Funding Welsh medium higher education
HEFCW funds Welsh medium provision both through its annual recurrent teaching grant to universities and funding for Y Coleg Cymraeg Cenedlaethol.
Our teaching grant to universities includes a Welsh medium premium, or extra payment, for enrolments to part-time or postgraduate taught Welsh medium courses or modules. The premium acknowledges the extra costs of delivering through Welsh and is equivalent to an additional 34% on the unit of funding for each eligible credit.
In 2005 we commissioned London Economics to carry out a study to determine more precisely the additional costs that can be associated with delivery of courses and modules through Welsh. Their final report was presented in a seminar to universities in September 2006.
We then consulted on some minor changes to the arrangements for the Welsh medium premium and on updating our guidance (circular W06/56HE). We published the outcome of the consultation and revised guidance in September 2007 (circular W07/36HE). There is also information on premium allocations in the Funding Allocations circular which HEFCW publishes each year.
In 2011/12, HEFCW allocated more than £4 million to Y Coleg Cymraeg Cenedlaethol.
The funding has provided for the central staffing and infrastructure of the Coleg, but the bulk of the funding is directed towards its programmes and activities to support the development of Welsh medium higher education provision and the take-up of Welsh medium opportunities by students. This includes the Coleg’s major programmes such as the scholarship schemes for students, the academic staffing scheme and strategic development projects.