For the financial year 2019-20 (1 April 2019 to 31 March 2020), we allocated £90 million in formula teaching capital funding.
Teaching capital grants were made to higher education providers registered with the OfS in the Approved (fee cap) category.
Teaching capital allocations were provided to enhance the learning experience of higher education students, by helping raise the quality of their learning and teaching facilities.
Providers could use their grants to invest in high-quality buildings, equipment or information technology.
Providers received a share of the £90 million budget in proportion to weighted student FTEs.
We used providers' weighting factors that reflected those broad characteristics of their students which give rise to additional capital costs, including:
- course characteristics and associated teaching costs
- level of study (undergraduate or postgraduate)
- higher costs associated with students studying in London
- additional support for successful outcomes for disabled students
- higher costs faced by specialist institutions because of the nature of their provision.
Not all providers received a capital grant. We only gave a provider a capital allocation if their share was more than £10,000.
Capital grants were made for (and had to be spent within) a specific financial year. For 2019-20, providers had to completely spend their allocation by the end of March 2020.
Our 2019-20 capital allocations were announced in March 2019, and subsequently updated in July 2019, October 2019 and March 2020.
A list of these allocations can be found in ‘Formula capital funding for 2019-20’.
Other capital grants
We also provided £10 million to Jisc to support network upgrades, cybersecurity and learning analytics