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Thursday, 29 April 2021

Department of Education and Skills

Higher Education Authority

Photo of Rose Conway-WalshRose Conway-Walsh (Mayo, Sinn Fein)
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91. To ask the Minister for Education and Skills if funding within the block grant for higher education is ring-fenced or top-sliced for specific purposes by either his Department or the HEA in the budget years 2020 and 2021; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [22435/21]

Photo of Simon HarrisSimon Harris (Wicklow, Fine Gael)
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My Department allocates recurrent funding to the Higher Education Authority (HEA) for direct disbursement to HEA designated higher education institutions.

The HEA allocates this funding to the institutions via the recurrent funding model. Top sliced, ring fenced funding for specific strategic or important purposes is a component of the funding model in addition to the block grant and performance funding.

Annually a top slice consultation process is undertaken between the HEA, the department and sector representatives via the sectoral Top-Slice Working Group

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