University of Leeds relief at cash cuts

Universities and colleges in West Yorkshire expect to be largely unaffected by funding cuts for the next academic year.

The University of Leeds has been awarded just under 142m for 2010 to 2011 – one of the largest grants in the country and a reduction of 0.5 cent – around 700,000.

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Today's announcement by The Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) showed around half the country's institutions will receive more funding, including Leeds Metropolitan University which will see its grant increase by 0.9 per cent to 68,145,000 in cash terms.

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A University of Leeds spokesperson said: "As one of the UK's leading universities, we are pleased of course with funding of just under 142m."

Leeds City College will see its HEFCE grant drop by 4.6 per cent to 2,121,000 – a cut in cash terms of around 100,000 but that amounts to only around 40 per cent of its funding, the rest comes from the Learning and Skills Council.

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