Offering Value for Money

By choosing to study here, our students are making a significant financial and time commitment to the University of Bath. In return, we are committed to ensuring that they receive value for money. We do this by offering:

  • a portfolio of core disciplines which engage our students in developing the academic and professional skills, expertise and experience necessary for both professional practice and research
  • a student experience, which draws together academic, pastoral, social and extracurricular provision, enriched through excellent facilities and supportive staff
  • longstanding placement provision and employer relationships, which help provide personal and professional development, experience and networks for our students and keep us attuned to the needs of the international professional environment

Indicators of the value we add through these activities include:

We offer our graduates membership of an international alumni network with global reach and, in turn, our alumni support existing students through mentoring, placement opportunities, studentships and philanthropic donations.

We are also committed to securing good value when we spend the money we receive from student fees. We do this chiefly through our procurement procedures. Our Audit and Risk Assurance Committee have oversight of our success in achieving value for money and our programme of internal audits include value for money considerations.

Where the University gets its income

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

What your fees cover

Your tuition fees pay for our core costs, including:

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

Breakdown of University expenditure

A pie chart showing University expenditure in the 2019/20 academic year

Reporting area 2019-20
Direct teaching costs (including academic staff, technicians and non-pay teaching resources) 37.1%
Premises and General Teaching Areas 18.8%
Academic services (including faculty support teams, Centre for Learning and Teaching, Academic Skills Centre and Careers) 9.0%
Computing services 6.4%
Administrative support (including the Management Team and structures, Human Resources, Finance and Admissions) 6.3%
Outreach and communication 5.2%
Other (including alumni, student recruitment costs and technical adjustments for the pension) 4.1%
Library 3.2%
Sport 3.1%
Scholarships and bursaries 2.7%
Student welfare 1.8%
Students' Union 1.6%
Edge and the arts 0.9%
Grand total1 100%

These figures are for the 2019/20 academic year.

Delivering a high-quality student experience and world-class research

The quality of the teaching and learning environment we offer is directly impacted by the academic research which is at the heart of the University’s activity and helps to attract leading academics to work here.

We invest income earned from fees and other sources in our people and our facilities with the aim of providing the best student experience we can.

We also invest in buildings and the facilities and support systems needed for teaching, research and all other University activities.

Our academic staff, our technical teams and services such as human resources, finance, admissions, outreach and planning work together to support these activities.

Impact of COVID-19 in the 2019/20 academic year

Significant and unexpected additional expenditure was required to enable the University to provide student-facing services both on campus and online during the 2019/20 academic year. These impacts and a reduction in income have continued into the 2020/21 academic year and made for a very challenging financial environment.

Our priority has been to deliver the best educational experience that we reasonably can, while prioritising the health and safety of our staff and students. To achieve this, we have worked hard throughout the pandemic to make sure that the impacts of COVID-19 do not prevent students from attaining the standards needed to be awarded degrees of high standing. For students unable to join us on campus due to COVID-19 related reasons, we have been and remain committed to delivering equivalent high-quality education through remote learning.

Investment and improvements for the future

As a charity, we don't have any shareholders or owners so any surplus we make is invested back into the University for improvements to our campus facilities and services.

Explanatory note

1. The percentage breakdown is based on the total tuition fee received from Home/EU undergraduate students supplemented by recurrent grant income administered by the Office for Students to support, among other things, the teaching of high-cost STEM subjects, Erasmus+, overseas study programmes and premiums to support successful student outcomes.