Frequently asked questions


Why have you published this information now?

At DMU we listen to what our students say and one thing that was coming back loud and clear through our #KeepUniversitiesfortheMany discussion series in the autumn and from the De Montfort Students’ Union (DSU) was that students wanted to understand how their tuition fees were invested.

A recent DSU survey identified that only a very small percentage of DMU students know how their tuition fees are spent, so the DSU has worked with DMU to make this information available for students.

Student tuition fees used to be lower, why have tuition fees gone up when universities have previously managed with lower tuition fees?

Prior to 2012, the majority of UK universities’ funding for teaching came in the form of an annual grant from the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE). In 2010-11, the total teaching grant was just under £5billion.  Following changes to the funding regime in 2012, this grant was significantly reduced and now stands (in 2017-18) at less than £1.5 billion, with much of the cost of teaching transferring from the Government to students in the form of increased tuition fees. So people may think that in the past the true cost was only £3,000, as that was the tuition fee at the time, but in reality that was never the total cost as the rest was funded by the government. 

Has the government changed the way universities are funded, and why?

Previously the government would give a grant to a university for each student who attended in order to cover the costs of putting that student through university. The government no longer gives this grant to cover the costs (see above) which are instead covered by tuition fees.

Universities also previously received government grants for buildings and other costs, these are now no longer available so the university is required to fund new building works and improvements through tuition fees and other income.

Why should I pay for facilities I don’t use?

Different students have different needs at varying points of their time at university. At DMU we have a philosophy of inclusivity and aim to give support and opportunities to all students.

For example, a first year student may be interested in sport and the gym while another wishes to access the #DMUglobal trips or study skills support.

Everyone is different – that’s something we are proud of at DMU and we want everyone to be able to access the support, facilities and opportunities that they need to succeed and have a great student experience.

Think of it like an online movie and television streaming account – there is a wealth of choice but each person personalises their viewing to what they want to watch and when they want to watch it.

Does the university make a profit or surplus, why and what does it spend this on?

The university currently has a surplus of £13,950,000. The surplus is used to invest in areas of the university that require investment; it is also needed for a ‘rainy day fund’ in case there are any unexpected costs, for example building repairs. A surplus is also important to ensure continued improvement and quality maintenance.

How does the spend vary from course to course, faculty to faculty?

All tuition fees are charged equally across the university, regardless of course or faculty. The costs provided here are an average breakdown.

Am I paying for facilities which will only be built after I’ve finished my studies?

Investment is needed every year to ensure facilities are up to date now and in the future. In recent years the university has invested heavily in new and improved facilities that current students are benefiting from. For example, £61.7m was spent on building the Vijay Patel Building, £5.5m on refurbishing The Venue@DMU, £2.5m on new sports facilities at Beaumont Park, £3m on pedestrianizing Mill Lane and £3m on refurbishing the Campus Centre.

DMU alumni also continue to have the opportunity to receive benefits and support from the university, including discounted membership to the QEII Leisure Centre, 50 per cent off library membership, careers advice and support and discounts on postgraduate study.

Other than tuition fees what income does the University get?

Tuition fees account for the vast majority of the university’s income. This year, 84% of the university’s income came from tuition fees and with the rest coming from grants, donations and other income.

How is DMU investing in teaching, learning and research?

DMU was awarded Gold, the highest ranking possible, in the 2017 Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF), the government’s first official measurement of universities’ teaching and learning.

DMU is always investing in new technologies and recruiting talented academic staff. Facilities are always being improved and new services and benefits introduced to improve the student experience.

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