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Physics: Higher Education

Volume 481: debated on Thursday 23 October 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills (1) how much the Government have spent on university physics departments since 1997; (227850)

(2) how much research funding the Government have provided to university physics departments in each financial year since 1998.

Figures for quality related research funding for physics paid by the Higher Education Funding Council for England to HEFCE are shown in the following table:

HEFCE researching funding

£ million

1998-99

34.9

1999-2000

37.7

2000-01

38.3

2001-02

38.3

2002-03

39.0

2003-04

45.0

2004-05

47.6

2005-06

55.9

2006-07

59.5

2007-08

63.1

2008-09

63.5

Figures for physics teaching cannot be provided. HEFCE pays teaching grant as a block to institutions. It does not make separate payments to departments for teaching.

Research Council expenditure in university physics departments is as follows

£ million

2001-02

304.26

2002-03

320.61

2003-04

345.96

2004-05

402.61

2005-06

425.10

2006-07

443.12

Comparable data prior to 2001 are not available.

Further information on Research Councils funding for physics is available at

http://www.rcuk.ac.uk/cmsweb/downloads/rcuk/reviews/physics/prrcfda.pdf