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bullet  HEFCE plans to promote high quality and widen participation in higher education

The Higher Education Funding Council for England is proposing a two-pronged approach to promote high quality teaching and learning and widen participation in higher education from 1999-2000 [see note 1].

The HEFCE today (Tuesday 18 August 1998) announced that it is aiming to provide a total of £60 million to support these initiatives by the year 2001-2002, although the final figure will depend on the Government's more detailed expenditure plans to be announced in the autumn.

Mr Brian Fender, Chief Executive of the HEFCE, said: 'These proposals have been drawn up in partnership with universities and colleges and will now be the subject of widespread consultation. I am confident that they will benefit a wide range of students by raising the profile of teaching and learning in higher education, enhancing quality, and encouraging participation from under-represented groups.'

'We need to ensure that high-quality teaching is given appropriate status, as is the case with excellent research. We also want to ensure that increasing numbers of students, particularly those from non-traditional backgrounds, have access to high-quality provision.'

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