UNIVERSITIES will get an extra Pounds 776 million over two years to expand student numbers and invest in capital and research, the Government has announced.
It includes Pounds 105m from tuition fees in 1999-2000 and Pounds 203m in 2000-01. The Department for Education and Employment said the Government was "honouring its pledge" to reinvest students' contributions in higher education.
Part of the cash is intended to support the widening of access to higher education - Pounds 68m will go towards remitting fees for part-time students on benefits.
Further money will fund places for an extra 36,000 students next year and 61,000 in 2000-01, taking the Government towards its target of 100,000 extra places by 2001-02. Ministers expect a big expansion in numbers of part-time and mature students.
Some Pounds 35m will go towards capital investment and new information technology next year, followed by Pounds 50m the year after.