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Income of UK HE providers

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Press release 213

Income of UK HE sector 2013/14 by source

Northern Ireland
Non-EU domicile students' course fees

Finances publication

Table 1 - Income and expenditure by HE provider 2013/14 and 2012/13
Previous years

Introduction - Sector level tables and charts
Table D - income by source
Table E - funding body grants
Table F - tuition fees
Table G - research grants and contracts
Table H - other income


pie chart of income by source 2013/14
Graphic from Press Release 213
Sources of income 2013/14
Source Income (£000s) % of total
Funding body grants 6,079,892 19.8%
Tuition fees & education contracts 13,677,846 44.5%
Research grants & contracts 5,083,991 16.5%
Other income 5,556,208 18.1%
Endowment & investment income 340,441 1.1%
Total income 30,738,378  
More detail in Press Release 213
Income from non-EU domicile students course fees by country 2013/14
Location of HE provider Non-EU course fees (£000s) % of total income
England 3,326,336 13.0%
Wales 143,397 10.4%
Scotland 402,630 12.5%
Northern Ireland 19,603 3.7%
United Kingdom 3,891,966 12.7%
From Press Release 213


55.4% of UK HE providers' expenditure is on staff costs.

Press release 213

Expenditure of UK HE sector 2013/14 by type

Northern Ireland

Finances publication

Press release 216 - Expenditure by activity

Table 1 - Income and expenditure by HE provider 2013/14 and 2012/13
Previous years

Introduction - Sector level tables and charts
Table I - expenditure by category
Table J - activity group
Table K - department group


pie chart of expenditure by type 2013/14
Graphic from Press Release 213
Categories of expenditure 2013/14
Category Expenditure (£000s) % of total
Staff costs - academic 9,020,769 30.7%
Staff costs - other 7,269,056 24.7%
Other operating expenses 10,962,068 37.3%
Depreciation 1,755,865 6.0%
Interest and other finance costs 398,418 1.4%
Total expenditure 29,406,176  
tree map of expenditure by activity 2013/14
Graphic from Press Release 216
Expenditure by activity 2013/14
Activity Expenditure (£000s) % of total
Academic departments 11,394,586 38.7%
Administration and central services 4,715,839 16.0%
Research grants and contracts 4,209,602 14.3%
Premises 3,398,072 11.6%
Academic services 2,466,607 8.4%
Other expenditure 1,726,417 5.9%
Residences and catering operations (including conferences) 1,495,053 5.1%
Total expenditure 29,406,176  

Balance sheet

Assets, liabilities, endowments and reserves.

Finances publication introduction - Table A - Balance sheet 2013/14



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Q. How has HE income and expenditure changed over time?

Income and expenditure of HE providers 2005/06 to 2013/14
Academic year Total income (£000s) Expenditure (£000s)
2013/14 30,738,378 29,406,176
2012/13 29,202,101 27,975,978
2011/12 27,892,890 26,664,678
2010/11 27,523,406 26,205,427
2009/10 26,798,894 25,845,920
2008/09 25,371,918 24,939,307
2007/08 23,428,930 22,877,440
2006/07 21,255,048 21,016,635
2005/06 19,528,413 19,352,832
Finance data 1993/94 to 2012/13: Free online data tables


Q. What is the income of HE providers in my region?

Region of HE provider 2013/14
Region Total income (£000s) Expenditure (£000s)
England 25,616,513 24,470,778
North East 1,232,248 1,173,336
North West 2,846,848 2,667,817
Yorkshire and The Humber 2,425,115 2,267,393
East Midlands 1,873,640 1,780,853
West Midlands 2,138,146 2,017,947
East of England 2,710,301 2,619,225
London 6,356,491 6,095,197
South East* 4,147,184 4,054,525
South West 1,886,540 1,794,485
Wales 1,378,992 1,333,632
Scotland 3,219,611 3,110,971
Northern Ireland 523,262 490,795
*South East total includes The Open University