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Breakdown of income and expenditure for the higher education sector for September 2019 to August 2020.

Main points

  • Total income of the Welsh higher education sector was reported as £1.64bn, a similar figure to 2018/19.
  • Total expenditure of the sector was £1.52bn, 18% (£329m) less than in 2018/19.
  • Income through tuition fees continued to rise. Tuition fee and education contracts now make up 57% of income (£931m).
  • Funding Council grants continued to rise. Income from Funding Grants increased by 15% (£27.7m).
  • Research grants made up 13% of the income of Welsh universities, an decrease of 3 percentage points compared to 2018/19.
  • There has been a large decrease in the amount that Welsh universities have spent on staff, £831m in 2019/20 compared to £1.12bn in 2018/19. This represented just over half (55%) of all costs.


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