The University's income and expenditure: a guide for students

Find out about Sussex’s income and expenditure – where income comes from and how we spend it. This information is based on the 2016-17 financial year.

You can also read the latest Financial Statements 2017-18 [PDF 2.58MB] online.

How your tuition fees are spent

Your tuition fees contribute towards the running of your school, such as course materials and laboratory equipment; academic services such as IT and Library facilities; and the ongoing upkeep and repair of our academic buildings and estate.

Tuition fees add up to about half of our total income and are one of a variety of income sources that we receive. The total income is used to fund a broad range of expenditure – such as the Library and Sport services – that keeps the University running.

The following chart shows our expenditure by category. You can also view this expenditure chart as a PDF [5.36MB].

An image of a chart showing the University's expenditure. You can also read this as a PDF

Updated information for the latest financial year will be available on this page in the coming weeks.

  • Your University's finances (text version) 

    Your University's finances

    We can only exist as an education provider through receiving student fees. Since virtually all Government support for teaching stopped in 2012 we have had to further diversify our funding streams. 

    The tables below show the way we are able to balance income and expenditure. Any surplus is reinvested in activities across the University. 


    Income£ millions
    Tuition fees and education contracts


    Funding body grants


    Research grants and contracts


    Other income (e.g. catering, sport, residences consultancy)


    Investment income 


    Donations and Endowments






    Expenditure£ millions
    Academic services (e.g. library and IT)


    Staff and student facilities (e.g. sports and student welfare services)


    Premises (e.g. campus building maintenance)


    Student housing and catering operations


    Other expenditure  




    General education expenditure (e.g. scholarships and bursaries)


    Central administration and services (e.g. Finance and Governance)


    Research grants and contracts




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