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Where student fees go

Universities UK. Where student fees go. 2013. Pages: 32

This report tries to present answers to questions related to the allocation of universities’ budget in England. Given the decrease in capital funding from the government, English universities find themselves in a new situation. While some benefit from the rise of tuition fees to GBP 9000, other universities are faced with a smaller budget due to lower State funding. Either way, the shift to a new funding model largely relying on student fees creates the need for more transparency among universities, showing how and for which purposes money is being used. The data presented in the report deal with sources of income, spending on facilities, student satisfaction, and representation of socio-economic groups. Data relies on the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE), the Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA), the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS) and other sources. Moreover, specific examples of English universities are presented as case studies. Considering the recent introduction of the GBP 9000 tuition fees, the report can only illustrate the beginning of the fees reform, however, it is a starting point in monitoring the changes brought by this reform.

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