Alexander delights v-cs by reducing top slicing

December 1, 2000

Wendy Alexander, Scotland's minister for enterprise and lifelong learning, has ordered the Scottish Higher Education Funding Council to reduce its level of top slicing, delighting vice-chancellors.

Ms Alexander also wants a permanent adjustment in Shefc's core funding formula to reward institutions that recruit and retain students from under-represented groups. In return she said she expected excellence in leadership and management.

Ms Alexander said the £660 million budget for 2001-02 was a 5.6 per cent real-terms increase.

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