The contribution model: a school-level funding model

Jane Filby, Helen Higson

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Over a number of years, as the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE)'s funding models became more transparent, Aston University was able to discover how its funding for teaching and research was calculated. This enabled calculations to be made on the funds earned by each school in the University, and Aston Business School (ABS) in turn to develop models to calculate the funds earned by its programmes and academic groups. These models were a 'load' and a 'contribution' model. The 'load' model records the weighting of activities undertaken by individual members of staff; the 'contribution' model is the means by which funds are allocated to academic units. The 'contribution' model is informed by the 'load' model in determining the volume of activity for which each academic unit is to be funded.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)86-91
Number of pages6
JournalPerspectives: Policy and Practice in Higher Education
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2005

Bibliographical note

This is an Author's Accepted Manuscript of an article published in Filby, J., & Higson, H. (2005). The contribution model: a school-level funding model. Perspectives: policy and practice in Higher Education, 9(3), 86-91 Perspectives 2005 © Taylor & Francis Group Ltd, available online at:


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