We believe that Edge Hill University delivers exceptional value for money to its students, to employers and to our society. The University’s resources are focused strongly on students, with 64% of spending going on academic activities – the teaching, research and support that enables our students to develop into highly capable graduates. A further 23% is spent on the campus and facilities, to create and maintain a high-quality environment for learning and living. Just 7% goes on central administration and services that benefit students by enabling the institution to function.

Here’s how we spend your student fee:

The academic departments that deliver your teaching £4,938
Academic services such as the library that support your learning £1,732
Campus and buildings £932
Facilities for study and leisure £732
Central administration that keeps the University running £731
Student bursaries £93
Total: £9,250

Graph that depictures student fee expenditure

How this compares with other universities

Edge Hill spends a higher proportion of its money on Academic Departments and Academic Services than the averages for the North West region and for the country as a whole:

Edge Hill University North West Sector
55% 48% 43%

(data: HESA 2016/17)

The bigger picture

By delivering higher education to 14,256 students[1] Edge Hill is adding advanced-level skills and knowledge into the workforce. This benefits the economy, and the thousands of people whose lives are enriched daily by encounters with skilled and qualified professionals, creative practitioners, and knowledgeable graduates from our courses. And our research and scholarship is benefiting society by advancing knowledge in a range of fields including health, education, sport and culture.


Where does the money come from?

The money the University has to use comes from a range of sources, including tuition fees, grants and money from things like accommodation and catering. Since tuition fees were introduced by the Government and other funding decreased, they have become the largest part of the University’s income.

Here are the latest figures taken from our 2017-18 accounts:

Tuition fees £102.8
Residences, Catering  & Conferences £11.2
Grants £6.7
Other £4.2
Research £0.9
Interest £0.3
Total £126.2

How is the money spent?

All of our spending is on your University – the vast majority of the money is spent on teaching, research, facilities for learning, living and socialising, with a small percentage going on running costs.

Academic Departments £52.6
Academic Services £18.4
Premises £11.1
Facilities £8.7
Central Admin & Services £7.8
Residence & Catering £6.4
Bursaries £1.0
Research Grants & Contracts £0.7
Other £5.4
Total £112.2
Excludes expenditure on new buildings

What do we do with the surplus?

Our total income in the year exceeded our total expenditure by £14.0m, which means we have a surplus for reinvestment. New student buildings are one of the ways we use surpluses like this. For instance in 2017/18 we spent £26m on new buildings including Catalyst, a brand new state of the art facility housing our Library, Student Services and Careers in one location designed to best meet our student needs and aspirations. This project also freed up space in existing buildings to further improve the environment in which academic teaching takes place.

Where can I find out more?

If you want to know more, you can read our latest Financial Reports.

[1] HESA 2017-18

[2] Figures based on 2017-18 Financial Report. Percentages shown are of total expenditure. See below for more detail. ‘Academic’ spend aggregates spend on Academic Departments, Academic Services and Research Grants & Contracts. ‘Campus, facilities, Halls and catering’ aggregates Premises, Facilities, Residences & Catering (HESA 2018 Return). Percentages rounded to nearest whole number.

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