§ Mr. Rhodes James
asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science what announcement the University Grants Committee has made to universities about grants for the academic year 1980–81.
§ Mr. Mark Carlisle
The University Grants Committee has announced universities' recurrent grants for 1980–81 as follows:
University or College Recurrent Grant 1980–81 £m Aston 13.77 Bath 8.98 Birmingham 29.48 Bradford 13.83 Bristol 22.06 Brunel 10.66
interested bodies are also being informed and invited to comment. Copies of these proposals have been placed in the Library of the House.
Following is the table:
Cambridge 30.88 City 9.87 Durham 12.37 East Anglia 10.77 Essex 6.58 Exeter 11.69 Hull 10.95 Keele 8.20 Kent 8.08 Lancaster 9.88 Leeds 32.47 Leicester 12.56 Liverpool 29.84 London Graduate School of Business Studies 1.08 London 191.41 Loughborough 12.50 Manchester Business School 1.09 Manchester 36.56 University of Manchester Institute of Science & Technology 15.25 Newcastle 22.94 Nottingham 20.47
Oxford 32.54 Reading 14.35 Salford 14.65 Sheffield 24.31 Southampton 18.10 Surrey 11.30 Sussex 11.17 Warwick 12.60 York 7.16 University of Wales 54.74 Aberdeen 18.90 Dundee 12.10 Edinburgh 32.35 Glasgow 31.66 Heriot-Watt. 7.81 St. Andrews 8.84 Stirling 6.69 Strathclyde 17.13 Total 930.62
The general considerations underlying the grant were explained in my reply to my hon. Friend the Member for Liverpool, Garston (Mr. Thornton) of 27 March.—[Vol. 981, c. 633–5.] The committee has expressed the view that most universities should be able to admit about the same number of home undergraduate students as in 1979. Earmarked grants for microprocessor systems and applications, university/industry collaboration, and enhanced engineering courses have been continued, and are included in the grants listed above.
The committee is considering, with the universities whose postgraduate work would potentially be most affected by the Government's policy on overseas student fees, the distribution of the earmarked grant of £5 million made by the Government to help to ensure that uncertainty about fee income does not adversely affect selected postgraduate work of particular importance to this country. Apart from this sum, and an element for local authority rates which I understand will be distributed shortly, the entire grant has been distributed.