Home > Policy and analysis > Reports > Where student fees go

Where student fees go

Report
10 September 2013

Report page
In the past few years, the way English universities are funded to teach full-time UK and EU undergraduate students has shifted rapidly, from significant dependence on government funding to significant dependence on income from student fees.

As a result, universities are often asked to explain how they are using the income from variable fees.

Drawing on examples from universities across England, this report illustrates the way in which universities are changing in response to this shift. Case studies illustrate how universities are investing in financial aid, improving teaching, creating new facilities to support students as they learn, and investing heavily in measures to help graduates secure good jobs. 

The examples provide a snapshot of the way tuition fees are starting to change universities. Following cuts in direct public funding, this income is essential to ensure students get a truly world-class higher education.

The team

Rosalind Lowe

Rosalind Lowe

Policy Researcher
Universities UK

Jovan Luzajic

Jovan Luzajic

Senior Policy Analyst
Universities UK

Julie Tam

Julie Tam

Assistant Director of Policy
Universities UK

Response to Labour policy on tuition fees

22 May 2017
If the current tuition fee and income-contingent loan repayment system in England were to be scrapped, the gap would need to be met in full from other sources of public finance.

New government investment in research and development ‘good news’ – UUK President

21 November 2016
Universities UK welcomed today the announcement from Prime Minister Theresa May that the UK government will increase its investment in research and development by £2 billion a year by the end of this Parliament.

Blog

General election 2017: tuition fees under the spotlight

15 May 2017
Juile Tam, Assistant Director of Policy at Universities UK, discusses different policies on tuition fees and the implications for universities, government and students themselves.

Funders and universities must work together to build international partnerships

15 March 2017
Ahead of UUK's International Higher Education Forum, Ed Whiting from Wellcome Trust discusses the importance of global research partnerships.