Where the University get its income

Tuition fees make up around half the University’s total income. The rest comes from funding councils, research grants, donations and the profits from our accommodation and catering services.

Student fees were increased by the UK government in 2010, but that doesn’t mean the University makes more money than before. The increase was simultaneous with a change in how universities in the UK are funded.

Under the old system, the University received much more money from the taxpayer via grants from the Funding Council (HEFCE). These grants have been reduced each year since the fee increase, so the University has swapped one source of income for another.

What your fees cover

Your tuition fees pay for our core costs, including:

  • academic and research staff
  • student services
  • estates and facilities
  • IT facilities
  • the Library
  • teaching support
  • sports and arts facilities
  • bursaries
  • work placements and study abroad
  • repaying loans for new buildings
  • utility costs like maintenance, heating and cleaning

Delivering a high-quality student experience

We use our income to provide the best student experience and are consistently ranked highly for this by our students in national University surveys. To maintain the quality of this experience, we pay for high-quality staff and facilities for research that has impact across the world.

This research directly affects the quality of teaching and helps us attract excellent academics to the University.

Investment and improvements for the future

The University is a charity, so we don't have any shareholders or owners to pay. Any profit we make, we invest in improvements to our campus facilities and services.

These campus improvements don’t just benefit future students. In the last two years, the University has spent just under £100m on buildings and equipment that are already in use. Some of the income we receive pays back the loans we took out - and the interest on them - to make these investments.