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Tertiary Education and Research (Wales) Act 2022

Section 89: Financial support for higher education courses specified in regulations

283.This section makes provision about courses of higher education which may be funded by the Commission in addition to higher education supported by the Commission under section 88.

284.The Welsh Ministers may make regulations to specify particular courses or descriptions of courses which may be funded by the Commission; “eligible courses”. The regulations may specify courses by way of reference to, amongst other matters, the requirements to be met by the course; the description of the person providing the course; and the qualification to which the course leads. The ability for the Commission to fund eligible courses would permit gaps in provision for particular subjects or locations to be addressed.

285.Gaps in provision may arise due to a lack of specified providers (as defined in 88(1)) being able to fulfil an identified need. For example, a need for a specialist course to be delivered in Wales or to be undertaken by small numbers of students ordinarily resident in Wales, which may not be cost effective for specified providers to deliver.

286.This section provides that the Commission is able to fund providers to deliver eligible courses wholly or mainly in Wales and courses provided to students who are ordinarily resident in Wales. A provider receiving funding under this section may pass some or all of those funds to a collaborating body including providers outside Wales, for example, funding to support an eligible course where the majority of the course is provided by a provider in Wales, but particular modules are delivered by a provider in England, where the provider in England is working in partnership with the provider in Wales.

287.A provider funded by the Commission who is collaborating, has collaborated or who proposes to collaborate with another organisation to deliver a particular higher education course or courses needs the consent of the Commission to pass funds to the collaborating organisation. The Commission will not have a direct relationship with the collaborating organisation and therefore the provider funded by the Commission remains responsible for the funding. Section 108 contains procedures to be followed when the Commission is deciding whether or not to give consent.

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