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How is our income spent?

We are open and transparent about how the University spends its money, with the full audited accounts published on our website. However, we recognise that this statutory format of reporting does not tell the full story in an easily digestible format, especially for students paying tuition fees.

It is important to recognise that tuition fees do not simply buy units of tuition: instead, the fee forms part of our income, and this income is used to support a wide range of activities. We use our funding for top-quality teaching and research staff and facilities, to maintain and improve the campuses and to ensure that our students have access to the resources and facilities that make up the outstanding student experience at Northumbria.

We know that not all students use all services and facilities; but, we see real value in these being available to all, ensuring that you benefit from a well-rounded experience which is academically stretching and readies you for life after University . It is also important that we protect enough resources for future investment, to ensure future generations benefit from the University experience. Put simply, you may be paying for the buildings used by future students, in the same way that past students paid for those you have benefited from.

This graph shows how the income from just your tuition fees is directly used:How is your fee used?

In 2018/19 we spent £23.0m directly on providing the following student facilities:Expenditure on student facilities

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