Analytic Quality Glossary


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Citation reference: Harvey, L., 2004-18, Analytic Quality Glossary, Quality Research International,

This is a dynamic glossary and the author would welcome any e-mail suggestions for additions or amendments. Page updated 24 January, 2018 , © Lee Harvey 2004–2018.


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Block grant

core definition

Block grant is a term used to refer to the core funding provided by a national government (via a funding council) to a higher education institution.

explanatory context

The exact nature and scope of a block grant will differ according to the funding regimes and funding formulae in different countries

analytical review

The Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) (undated) defines block grant as:

The total amount of funding provided by the Council to an institution for teaching and research.

associated issues

related areas

See also

Research Assessment Exercise


Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE), undated, Glossary, available at, accessed 31 December 2016.

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