The income from tuition fees is our largest source of income, but it only makes up around half of the total income of the University. The rest comes from grants from the Funding Councils, research grants and other income which includes things like accommodation and catering income.

Source of income Income
Tuition fees £149m
Funding council grants £32m
Research £35m
Accommodation and hospitality £30m
Other income £20m

A pie chart of University income


We use our income to pay for the highest quality academic staff and provide facilities for research that has impact across the world.

Our expenditure also includes financing all the academic and student services that students use, such as the Library, IT facilities, student services, teaching support, sports and arts facilities, bursaries and placements as well as the buildings that all these services are housed in.

Expenditure What it is spent on
£96m Academic departments
£51m Academic and student services
£26m Research
£35m Premises
£32m Residences and catering
£17m Central admin services
£11m Other

A pie chart of University expenditure


In the 2016/17 academic year, the University had a deficit of £1.3m (£14.1m surplus in the 2015/16 academic year). This was due to reinvesting the surplus from previous years into new buildings and for the refurbishment of older buildings as well as to continue to invest in academic staff and facilities.

Financial statements 2016/2017
Income £266.8m
Expenditure £268.1m
Surplus/(deficit) before gains and losses (£1.3m)