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Where your tuition fees go

Your tuition fees make up the majority of income (76%) to the University. That’s why we thought it’d be important to share with you how we spend this income.

Value for money whilst studying with us

Beyond our heavy investment in the best facilities and staff for your teaching, we're proud to offer a wide range of support and resources to save you money as a student:

  • We have long committed to offering free printing for academic purposes for all students, which saves on average £100 per year, per student.
  • Each year we invest over £2m into free personal learning materials to support studies. These include free e-textbooks for every module or access to Adobe Creative Suite, library books and journal subscriptions.
  • On average, a student who utilises the services of the Kit Hub will save over £3,000 each year of study throughout their time at Middlesex - this is compared to the cost of accessing the same equipment elsewhere.
  • We offer free laptops for loan for students on campus and last year we invested in 1,000 additional laptops for students during the pandemic.

To support students during the pandemic, the University invested an additional £300k through initiatives such as:

  • Food parcels for students self-isolating
  • Internet access for students with poor connectivity
  • Employing students to proactively contact other students needing additional support and additional funding directly for students in hardship.

This was in addition to normal Student Support and Government funding.

Professional body memberships

To ensure that you get the most value out of your degree, programmes with links to professional bodies have invested in memberships for students:

  • Our Accounting and Finance students receive free student membership for both ACCA and CIMA. These would usually cost students £295 and £355 each year respectively, saving our students almost £2,000 in equivalent costs across their degree.
  • Our Human Resource Management students receive free membership to the CIPD for the duration of their programme. This means that a full-time Undergraduate student on a CIPD accredited course will save £337 during their three years at Middlesex. A part-time Postgraduate student will save up to £248.
  • Those studying on our B2B Sales Apprenticeship programme will become members of APS and save £100 in membership costs.

Value for money after your studies

Beyond all of the above, we hope that the skills and experiences gained during your studies will support your future aspirations and translate into wider choices on employment, future career and shaping your wider impact on the world.

Once you graduate, we will continue to support you so that you can make the biggest positive impact on the world. This includes free employability support and guidance for life, events to help you build your professional networks, discounts on further study and much more.

You can find further details of how we will continue to support you on our Alumni pages.

We are extremely proud of the impact that our graduates make on the world through their chosen career industries. Read more about how our graduates have succeeded:

  • Sini Magon, BA Graphic Design graduate (2020)

    Photo of Sini Magon

    Sini is now working as a Freelance Junior Digital Designer, currently at Amazon.

    Read Sini's story

  • Anna Leake, BA International Politics graduate (2013)

    Photo of Anna Leake

    Anna is now working as a HR Business Partner for Design & Engineering at the BBC.

    Read Anna's story

Breakdown of our costs

The below infographic illustrates how we broadly spend each pound raised through tuition fees across the University.

Pie chart breaking down our costs

  • What do each of these areas mean?

    • Facilities - teaching costs: 39p

      Teaching is the direct cost of the academic and technical staff who teach you. This includes their salaries, pensions, taxation and teaching materials.

    • Student support and administration: 15p

      Student support includes the cost of Academic Registry which tracks and records all progress and results and maintains the records to ensure that a student’s degree and results will remain available for many years to come.

      It also includes the cost of the Academic Quality service who are responsible for monitoring and maintaining the standards that make a student’s degree recognised around the world.

      Finally, it includes the cost of recruitment and of supporting the UCAS applications system. It also includes free printing, wellbeing support, UniHelp and a number of other services.

      Widening participation is a government requirement but one that the University fully supports as part of our vision to be the leading university for transforming potential into success. Under the ‘Access and Participation Agreement’ the Office for Students requires the University to spend a portion of fees on actions and activities that will enhance participation from students who might otherwise not have gone to university.

      We have benefited from this programme as have many students, both those who have been encouraged to participate and those who benefit from the rich experience resulting from this diversity.

    • Library and student services (inc.MDXSU): 6p

      This includes the direct cost of the library, free e-books and Students’ Union.

    • Research grants and contracts: 4p

      This includes staff costs, equipment and material related to research projects undertaken by academic staff.

    • Scholarships: 2p

      Scholarships also relates to the direct cost of the academic staff who teach you. In order to learn from staff who are at the leading edge in their field, they must be able to continue actively working in research or practice. This might be research related, collaboration with industry and/or leading the development of professional practice.

    • Accommodation: 5p

      This includes student accommodation (halls of residence) and the cost of our catering outlets on campus.

    • Premises: 11p

      This includes rent and building running costs such as maintenance, light, heat, security and utilities etc.

    • Central services and administration: 14p

      This includes IT equipment and support such as teaching and education technology, HR, Finance and other support functions.

    • Finance costs: 3p

      This includes interests on loans and other such costs.

    • Investments: 0p

      This includes costs and investments that are required to support students now and in the future.


    • Other expenses: 1p

      This includes expenses not already covered.

Breakdown of our income

The majority of our income (76%) comes from your tuition fees. The below chart shows how else we make each pound of our income.

Pie chart breaking down our income sources

Why we need a surplus

A surplus is the amount of money left of our income once all of our expenditure has been accounted for. As we are a registered charity, like other universities, all of our surplus is invested back into the running of the organisation.

This allows us to:

  • Invest in new facilities and equipment for students and staff
  • Manage cash flow and financial risk by having a buffer in years when our income is lower
  • Demonstrate our strong financial position to lenders

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