Extra leeway

1st September 2000 at 01:00
Colleges are to be given the same leeway as universities so they are not penalised if they fail to meet funded student targets in the wake of the exams fiasco.

The Scottish Further Education Funding Council has decided that the colleges will be allowed to admit 6 per cent more students above the limit placed on full-time higher educaton numbers before penalties are considered, instead of 5 per cent.

Allowances will also be made for colleges who have been unable to recruit sufficient HE students and who would normally lose part of their grant as a result.

The council says the changes are for the current year only to meet an "exceptional situation".

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