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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.

    Examples of how this income is spent

    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 illustrates and explains how your money is spent by MDX. In reality, it is much more complex and there are nuances of detail in some areas that we can’t describe in this more simplistic way, but the below shows how we broadly spend each pound raised through tuition fees across the University.

    • What do each of these areas mean?

      • Teaching

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

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      • Scholarships

        Scholarship 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 those staff 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.

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      • Library and student support services

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        Includes the direct cost of the library, free e-books and students’ union.

      • Student Support and administration

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        Student Support and administration 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.  Middlesex University has 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.

      • Research grants and contracts

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

      • Residences and catering

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        Includes students accommodation (halls of residence) and the costs of the catering outlets on campus.

      • Premises costs

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

      • Central services and administrations

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        IT equipment and support including teaching and education technology, HR Finance and other support functions.

      • Finance costs

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        Including interest on loans and other interest costs.

      • Investments

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        Costs and investment that are required to support students now and in the future.

    Why the University needs to have a surplus

    A surplus is the amount of money left of our income once all of our expenditure has been accounted for. As Middlesex is 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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