This Is How UK Universities Spend Your Tuition Fees

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Most students want to know where universities spend their tuition money. So, the Higher Education Policy Institute (HEPI) research has revealed the items of expenditure of UK universities – and they’re going not exactly where you think they are. The Typical Student team tried to figure out where student money is spent.

 

How Do UK Universities Spend Tuition Fees?

 

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Given the average annual tuition fees in England is £9,250, here’s how the money is distributed.

 

Around 20% of funds are currently spent on management staff, recruitment of students, advertising, or community work. And that’s despite the fact very few students (less than 20%) want the money spent on these areas.

 

45% of funds are spent on teaching facilities and staff. Over 60% of students agree that paying for teaching facilities is a "reasonable use" for the money.

The rest of the money goes to cover the range of other services, which includes administration and infrastructure costs.

 

Expenses Breakdown From Nottingham Trent University

 

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Nottingham Trent University provided the expenses breakdown for SaveTheStudent portal showing where the money is spent in their domain.

  • 39% of money goes to academic staff, course equipment, and staff-related costs.  
  • 36% of money goes to other services and infrastructure, like buildings, libraries, IT services, sports facilities, careers help, admissions, employees, administration and welfare support.
  • 17% went to “enhancing teaching, research infrastructure, and the student experience”.
  • 8% was spent on “professional services” such as marketing, finance, and the vice chancellor’s pay packet.

 

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