Cross-border provision of public services for Wales: Further and higher education - Welsh Affairs Committee Contents


Supplementary memorandum submitted by the Department for Innovation, Universities and Skills

Q921 Mark Williams—Could you quantify (the joint funding of the capital infrastructure fund) in terms of how Welsh institutions are benefiting from that?

  The Research Capital Investment Fund (RCIF) provides capital funding to universities to help them maintain the infrastructure (including buildings and equipment) that supports their research. In the Science Budget Allocations announcement in December 2007, the Government announced that RCIF would be a permanent funding stream to replace the earlier Science Research Investment Fund (SRIF), which was a temporary funding stream to deal with the historic backlog of funding in research infrastructure.

  RCIF funding comes in two parts—one part is provided by the UK Government from the Science Budget, the other part comes from the Higher Education funding body in each of the four countries of the UK. The Science Budget component of RCIF is allocated to Higher Education Institutions by reference to the amount of funding that they receive from the Research Councils. The HE Budget component is allocated by the Funding Bodies and is a devolved matter.

Table 1

SCIENCE BUDGET RCIF FUNDING 2008-11


Total Science Budget RCIF
2008-092009-10 2010-113 Years 3 year total
Wales7,520,669,029,305 7,493,68624,043,6534%
England164,254,906196,884,053 177,715,190538,854,150 82%
Whole UK200,000,000239,860,000 214,851,000654,711,000 100%



Q934: Hywel Williams—Have Welsh institutions always done worse in terms of attracting research funding than institutions in England

  Table two gives a breakdown of Research Council Grant spend in England and Wales, going back to 1996-97. It shows that while the proportions have varied, Welsh institutions have tended to attract in the range of 2.5 to 3.5% of the Research Council funding in the UK.

Table 2

TOTAL RESEARCH GRANT SPENDS IN ENGLAND AND WALES AS A PERCENTAGE OF THE UK TOTAL SINCE 1996-97
Research Council Research Grant Spend (£k)
1996-971997-98 1998-991999-2000 2000-01
Wales13,48715,932 16,45416,83818,904
% of UK total2.52.8 2.92.92.9
England447,988480,199 480,498486,005558,274
% of UK total83.184.1 84.584.384.6


Research Council Research Grant Spend (£k)
2001-022002-03 2003-042004-05 2005-062006-07
Wales27,23829,000 25,22225,70427,999 33,576
% of UK total3.53.5 3.33.02.8 2.9
England646,420707,814 645,802720,582848,164 970,910
% of UK total83.484.7 83.483.784.3 85.0

Source: Research Councils UK data





 
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