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BIS considers cuts to science budget, reveal leaked documents

The UK's ring-fenced budget for scientific research could be facing a cut of £215 million, or 2 per cent, over two years, according to a report in The Guardian.

A further cut of £350m is under consideration for grants to poor students, involving converting part of the grant awarded to the students into loans, according to the newspaper. This could affect more than 500,000 students, it says.

The article, published on 22 November, is reportedly based on documents from the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills that were leaked to the newspaper. It says that BIS is considering the cuts as a way to deal with a £1.43bn budget deficit following a failure to apply student number controls to private colleges.

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