Staff spending: subject by subject

The cost of academic staff in medicine, dentistry and health departments is more than double that of some other disciplines

May 14, 2015

Universities spent £6.88 billion employing academics in 2013-14, £1.64 billion of which went on those working in medicine, dentistry and health. This is about double the sum that is spent on academic staff in departments of engineering and technology, administration and business, and humanities, language-based studies and archaeology, according to Hesa’s report Finances of Higher Education Providers, 2013-14.

The report, published on 29 April, reveals that universities spent almost £1 billion on academic staff in social studies departments and those working in biological, mathematical and physical science.

Institutions spent less than half a billion, meanwhile, employing academics in design, creative and performing arts and education.

Universities spent the least money on academic staff working in agriculture, forestry and veterinary science, at just £80 million. The cost of architecture and planning academics was also low, at £146 million.

holly.else@tesglobal.com

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Reader's comments (2)

I just read this in the mag but can't make head nor tail of it. Are these numbers supposed to be the salary bills for everyone in HE in the country. Well obviously not, so what do they represent? Billions rather than millions maybe?
Very interesting information.

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