HEFCE has received a letter from the Minister for Universities and Science, requesting that it considers increasing the flexibility of recruitment in 2014-15 for institutions that show strong recruitment patterns. The Government has also asked HEFCE to retain the threshold for unrestrained recruitment at ABB for 2014-15, but to look at options for extending the list of exempt high-grade qualifications. HEFCE has now opened a consultation on its proposal as for changes to the student number control arrangements for 2014-15 onwards, in particular:
- the operation of student number control (SNC) flexibility from 2014-15 onwards
- the entry of publicly funded providers of higher education not currently in a relationship with HEFCE into the student number control system
- changes to the high-grades policy to exempt a limited number of combinations of qualification types from the student number control.