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Foundation Degrees

Volume 455: debated on Wednesday 10 January 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what proportion of funding received from the Higher Education Funding Council for England for the validation of foundation degrees is retained by each awarding university; and if he will make a statement. (109524)

I have been asked to reply.

Franchising arrangements involving the validation of foundation degrees by awarding universities can provide opportunities to build effective links between different types of institution and we expect many such arrangements to continue in future. We do not hold data centrally on the proportion of HEFCE funding retained by individual validating institutions but the proportion is likely to vary to reflect, among other things, the variety in the division of responsibilities between higher education institutions and further education colleges, and the different levels of service that the former may offer the latter.