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University spending explained
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Increased student contributions to the costs of higher education have led to a greater interest in university spending.
This interactive explainer shows how universities in England spend their money, and how this ensures students have the best possible experience during their time at university.
In 2014–15 universities spent
WHAT DO UNIVERSITIES SPEND
THEIR INCOME ON?
TEACHING IN ACADEMIC DEPARTMENTS
Spending on academic teaching staff contributes to costs of:
In 2014-15 universities spent
There are over university
museums in the UK that are open to the public, and a further
that are primarily used for academic
research and teaching.
University museums make up only
of all museums in England, yet they
hold of all nationally significant collections.
IT & INFORMATION
Universities spend an average of per student
per year on IT equipment.
STUDENT & STAFF
MUSEUMS & IT
TO STUDENTS & OUTREACH
universities, libraries are accessible to
students for 24 hours a day for some or all of the year.
of all spending on information materials.
UNIVERSITIES INVEST HEAVILY IN E-RESOURCES,
Students increasingly use e-books,
average in 2014-15.
Universities work with schools and colleges to encourage young people to apply to university – especially those who come from disadvantaged backgrounds.
IN 2014–15 UNIVERSITIES SPENT
on outreach work with schools
on outreach work with disabled students
Universities offer support to those students most in need of financial help, spending
on bursaries and scholarships for students
AS PART OF RUNNING THE UNIVERSITY,
UNIVERSITIES MUST INVEST IN
Reaching out to future students
Recruiting talented staff
Promoting the university to employers
Publishing information about the
university for students and the public
GRANTS TO STUDENT
SOCIETIES & UNIONS
TRANSPORT OF STUDENTS & STAFF BETWEEN SITES
Universities invest in maintaining campuses,
IN 2014–15 UNIVERSITIES SPENT
ROADS AND GROUNDS ON UNIVERSITY PREMISES
on cleaning, pest control, security and porters
on energy and water
on business rates
students in England
live in accommodation owned and run by
Universities also work with the private sector to
provide further affordable housing.
University accommodation offices help students find a place to live and offer advice on everything from budgeting to problems with a private landlord.
MANY UNIVERSITIES ALSO HOST CONFERENCES,
GATHERING EXPERTS FROM ACROSS THE COUNTRY AND
UNIVERSITIES ARE FUNDED
RESEARCH IN ACADEMIC DEPARTMENTS
Find out more about how universities manage
on repairs and maintenance
WHAT UNIVERSITIES DO
graduates to meet UK
and global demand for higher-
that transforms lives
local and national economic
In 2014–15 universities in England spent
on day-to-day running costs of:
Teaching and services for students
Translating research into innovations that benefit society
Refurbishment of existing buildings
In 2014–15 universities in England used surpluses to provide cash, and access to
mortgages and loans, to invest
MORE THAN THREE QUARTERS OF ALL ACADEMIC STAFF ARE DIRECTLY INVOLVED IN TEACHING.
Time spent designing, teaching and evaluating courses, and assessing and feeding back to students
Out-of-hours learning support to students, eg drop-ins and online discussions
Research also feeds into the quality of teaching for students:
Lecturers are subject experts, using cutting-edge knowledge and material in courses.
Students have opportunities for hands-on research experience alongside leading researchers.
Academic departments also undertake research and knowledge exchange activities with significant impacts on the economy and society.
Spending on academic research staff contributes to the costs of time spent on research projects and other essential activities (eg preparing grant applications, supervising PhD students).
of income from
direct government sources
Investments, charitable donations,
GRANTS FOR TEACHING
Just over a
One-to-one personal tutoring and support
of their income
on teaching and research in academic departments.
RUNNING ACADEMIC DEPARTMENTS
Teaching & research
The 1.7 billion difference between income and expenditure, or 'surplus', is
into providing high-quality services in the future.