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How are your tuition fees spent?

Your tuition fees contribute to a variety of activities, resources and facilities at QMUL, including teaching staff, course materials and laboratory equipment; our student services, including the libraries and careers service; IT provision, including PCs and Wi-Fi; and the upkeep and running of the buildings and campus.

This page gives detailed information about what money comes in to QMUL and how that money is spent. You can find our full financial statements online.

If you have any questions or would like more information, please email qmul-student@qmul.ac.uk.


The chart below represents the total gross revenue or income in QMUL’s financial year 2014-15. Tuition fees made up 43% of total income received by QMUL.

Turnover 2014-15 (£million)



QMUL spends money on a variety of services, assets and investments. The chart below shows QMUL’s expenditure by activity for the year 2014-15. Academic departments and services, which includes the cost of teaching staff, equipment and laboratories, accounted for 51.9% of the university’s total spend.

Expenditure 2014-15 (£million)


Current investments

We are always working to improve the student experience, not only for our current students but for our students in years to come. The university is making significant investment into improving our buildings and services to create the best learning environment at QMUL.

Graduate Centre
The Graduate Centre will be the new home of the School of Economics and Finance, complete with ‘mock trading floor’, and will provide teaching and learning space to postgraduate students at QMUL.
Engineering Building refurbishment
This major redevelopment will modernise and enhance the building and facilities of the Engineering Building, used by the School of Engineering and Materials Science and the School of Electronic Engineering and Computer Science.
Library improvements
Between June and October 2016, major works will take place in the Library at the Mile End campus to:
  • Improve infrastructure that will enable the expansion of services:
    • Improve water supply and drainage
    • Increase the number of public toilets
    • Improve the electrical supply distribution (eg, so that we will be able to install power to all desk tops throughout the building)
    • Improve ventilation
  • Increase study spaces:
    • Create a silent reading room for postgraduate taught students on the second floor
    • Create a silent PC room on the first floor
    • Repurpose part of the first floor to increase flexibility and choice of study space within the building (eg, three additional group study rooms; new training room facility/open access silent PC room; potential for more PCs)
Increasing WiFi capacity
This project will significantly enhance QMUL’s existing Wi-Fi service by providing faster speeds, 1,300 more access points and better coverage across all main campuses.
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