The Request  

Received on 23 December 2015

To whom it may concern,

Please can you tell me how much the British Council has spent funding overseas students to enable them to study in Britain since 2012?

All the best,

Our Response

Responded on 20 January 2016

20 January 2016


Thank you for your request for information dated 23 December 2015 concerning how much the British Council has spent funding overseas students to enable them to study in Britain since 2012. Your request has been handled under the terms of the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) 2000 and has been passed to me for reply.

I can confirm, under section 1 (1) (a) of the FOIA, that the British Council does hold the information you have requested.

The majority of the programmes we administer, which enable overseas students to study in Britain, are client funded but there are a few which have received British Council funding. We have provided the funding amounts as requested along with details of the programme and some background context.

Programme Name:
United Kingdom 9/11 Scholarships Fund

British Council funding:

March 2014 to the end of November 2015

The objective of the scheme is to provide scholarships to children or other dependants of any person who has been killed or permanently injured as a result of the terrorist attack on the World Trade Centre in New York and similar tragedies to undertake an academic course leading to a degree or other recognised qualifications at a recognised higher or further education institution in the United kingdom. The British Council shares common objectives with the 9/11 Trust and has itself contributed to the trust fund to ensure the successful fulfilment of all ongoing scholarships.

Programme Name:
Syria Higher Education Capacity Building Programme Hardship Fund

British Council funding:

October 2012 to the end of November 2015

The British Council hardship fund for Syria HECBP scholars was established in 2012 to provide financial support to Syrian HECBP scholars, who were already studying in the UK at that time, to help them to continue their studies as funds from the Syrian government were no longer available. To be eligible for funding the scholars have to meet the fund criteria, including financial hardship and continuation of study in the UK. Scholars and their universities complete application forms on a quarterly basis.

Programme Name:
India Jubilee Scholarships

British Council funding:

April 2012 to April 2014

The objective of the Jubilee Scholarships was to promote the excellence of UK Higher Education in India and celebrate the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee. The programme offered 60 fully funded places on master’s courses in UK universities to Indian students. Funded by the British Council and the UK’s GREAT Britain campaign the aim was to identify deserving candidates across India, through a competitive application process. Sixty successful candidates were awarded a Jubilee Scholarship Award to study for a one year Masters qualification beginning in September 2012 in a recognised UK institution. These scholarships offered a unique opportunity, during the year of celebration for the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee, for those students who would not normally have the opportunity to study overseas to do so in the UK.

I hope the information provided has been useful.

If you are dissatisfied with the handling of your request, you have the right to ask for an internal review. Internal review requests should be submitted within two months of the date of receipt of the response to your original letter and should be addressed to:

Information Governance Advisor (Disclosures)
Information Governance and Risk Management
British Council
Bridgewater House
58 Whitworth Street
M1 6BB

If you are not content with the outcome of the internal review, you have a right to appeal to the Information Commissioner for a decision at:

The Information Commissioner’s Office
Wycliffe House
Water Lane

Phone: 0303 123 1113

Yours sincerely