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Investing your student fees


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Student fees make up 86% of the University’s total income and cover the cost of your tuition and the University’s operating costs. The University is a charity and therefore any additional income after we have covered our costs is re-invested in the student experience.

Investing your student fees


88% of student fees is invested in teaching, facilities and support services for students. We are always looking to reduce our administrative costs through ongoing efficiencies and new ways of working. This means we can spend more on what our students tell us is important.

We invest heavily in the student experience. 66% of your fee is spent on teaching costs and a further 9% is invested in financial support in terms of scholarships, and in student welfare services. The University’s financial support package for students is one of the most generous in the country.

The balance is used to maintain and improve our facilities and to cover administration costs.

To maintain our excellent standards we employ high-quality academic staff who are involved in both teaching and research. We believe that our research makes your learning experience more engaging and is relevant to the needs of employers and wider society.

The University spends money on student facilities such as libraries, laboratories, leisure, social and sporting facilities. Our buildings are filled with high-tech equipment and high-quality teaching spaces that compare with the very best. Our capital investment is continuous to make sure we are maintaining standards and keeping abreast of new technology.

This year, for example, we have invested £1.6 million in state-of-the-art facilities for our expanding range of Psychology, Health and Wellbeing programmes.

We have also invested £3.2 million in new Gateway facilities, including catering outlets and stylish eateries, and a new all-weather multi-use games area. Our fitness suite at City Campus has also been updated with the latest high-tech gym equipment.

Over the past three years, our overall investment in new facilities was £33 million. The next phase of our ongoing campus improvement programme will include new teaching spaces for computing and technology subjects. In addition, we will be investing in our existing Sciences Complex to accommodate a new Medical School which will welcome its first cohort of students in September 2019.

We don’t just invest in buildings however, we have also introduced a new virtual learning environment and have made a significant investment in digital developments in online access to learning materials, support and guidance, and self-serve administrative functions.

Your student fee also goes towards providing the best possible student support. This includes investment in generous scholarships and funding to help you during your studies. We employ expert staff to provide advice and guidance in areas such as planning for your career, helping you to secure a work placement, or finding you a professional mentor and much, much more.

We are always looking to improve our operational efficiency and make savings by modernising our working practices and administrative process. This means we can invest even more in our student experience.

See a more detailed account of our income and expenditure in our Financial reports Help and Advice section.