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How do we spend your tuition fees?

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Here at Hull, we know that university offers an unprecedented life experience. It’s a chance to grow and develop as a person; to make new friends, explore new ideas and find your future path.

Here you can find out how we invest tuition fees, to ensure that our students have a rich, varied and inspiring platform to achieve the careers and futures they want.

How we spend our money

Our income is invested to deliver the best possible student experience, teaching and research.

The breakdown below explains how we spend our income.

 Direct teaching costs  37%
 Teaching premises  15%
 Academic services (e.g. IT infrastructure and library)  24%
 Students' Union and sports facilities  2%
 Supporting student success (e.g. student services, welfare and careers service)  6%
 Bursaries and scholarships  5%
 Outreach and communications  7%
 Support services (e.g. HR, legal services, finance, admissions)  4%
 Financing costs  1%


N.B. Rounded down by 1%. Figures are for the 2020/21 academic year. This information will be updated annually.

The outcome of that investment is that for three years running, we were awarded Silver in the Teaching Excellence Framework, which was introduced by Government to recognise excellence in learning and teaching in UK Universities and colleges. We are particularly proud to have received strong praise for the support we provide to our students and the outcomes they achieve. 

We are extremely proud of the difference our students, graduates and staff make to transforming lives and positively impacting society – whether that’s in the arts, business, politics, law, teaching, healthcare or science and engineering. 95% of students are in work or further study fifteen months after graduating*.

Our income also enables the University to undertake research that helps tackle issues such as in healthcare, modern slavery and addressing environmental issues, particularly flooding and transitioning to become carbon neutral. This research also feeds into what we teach our students.

Where does our income comes from

It’s not only tuition fees that are invested in our students’ experience, teaching and research. We also generate income from research grants and contracts, as well as things like accommodation and catering.

A summary is below for 2020/21. 



% of total

Fees from full time UK and EU students



Fees from full time non-EU students



Fees from part time students



Fees from short courses



Research training support grants



Research grants and contracts



Government teaching grants



Government research grants



Government specified grants



Health authorities



Capital grants



Accommodation and hospitality



Investment income, donations and endowments









* UK domicile full-time first degree leavers; Higher Education Graduate Outcomes statistics, for the academic year 20120/21, published by the Higher Education Statistics Agency June 2023.