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Where your tuition fees go

Your tuition fees make up the majority of income (75%) to the University. That’s why we thought it’d be important to share with you how we spend this income.

Here are some of the ways Middlesex is investing in your student experience:

  • Annual spend on Middlesex University's Students’ Union
  • Investment into student support and wellbeing (e.g. the new Learning Support Zone in Hendon Library and provision of Mental Health Advisers)
  • Spend on updating student spaces on campus (e.g. upgrading facilities in the Grove Building and more teaching spaces in the College Building)

Breakdown of our costs

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

  • What do each of these areas mean?

    • Teaching: 40p

      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 services: 17p

      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 student services: 3p

      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.

    • Residences and catering: 4p

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

    • Premises: 10p

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

    • Central services and administration: 13p

      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: 3p

      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.

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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