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Our University at a glance


  • Number of students: 8,248
  • Number and % Full time: 7,239 (88%)
  • Number and % Part time: 1,009 (12%)


Our Income and Expenditure

Our Income

The University receives income from many sources including tuition fees, Government funding, research grants as well as income from our accommodation and catering services. 

Our income is used to fund our day-to-day activities including the provision of teaching and support for our students and to fund our research activities. It also funds the running of our four faculties and the additional services our students are able to access such as the library, learning resource centres, sports facilities, dance studios and computer labs. We also receive funding through the Government led Research Excellence Framework which allows us to offer a diverse portfolio of Post Graduate research opportunities.

Our Expenditure

We put our students at the heart of everything we do, including how we spend our money. The single largest cost to the University is the cost of providing excellent teaching and learning for both undergraduate and postgraduate study.

We also spend money on providing our ethical and sustainable catering across campus, outstanding accommodation for our students and supporting the Student Union with an annual maintenance grant.

As well as our day-to-day operating expenditure we also invest heavily to maintain our estates and ensure we have the best, most sustainable estate possible in the future. 

Our Economic Value

The University contributes over £266 million a year to the regional business community, outlined in the Economic Value of the University of Winchester, a report launched in June 2018.

Key facts and figures in the report, based on 2014-15 data, are:

  • As a buyer of good and services, the University spent £26.4 million to support its operations, with expenditure further benefitting many regional suppliers in the region
  • The net impact of staff and University expenditure in the region (£42.1 million a year) is equivalent to supporting 1,569 average wage jobs
  • Expenditure of the University's out-of-region students (£20.8 million a year) is equivalent to supporting 774 average wage jobs
  • An estimated 38 per cent of Winchester graduates remain in the region and the accumulated impact of the University's alumni (£203.7 million a year) employed in the regional workforce is equivalent to supporting 7,591 average wage jobs

Read the executive summary of the report and find out more about the Economic Value of the University of Winchester

Our contribution to the regional business community (per year)

Graph to show total contribution to the local economy  

Read the 2021-22 Integrated Annual Report in full:

Frequently Asked Questions

What are tuition fees spent on?

How are my tuition fees spent?

Tuition fees are a key part of the funding we use to deliver an outstanding student experience.

Our income, including tuition fees, is used to support the delivery of our of courses, to provide the excellent infrastructure and facilities we offer and to provide a world-class learning environment. These funds enable us to continue to provide an outstanding environment for our students and staff to ensure we remain financially sustainable in the long-term and able to invest in the future success of the University. 

Tuition fees make-up around two-thirds of our total income and is just one of the many sources of income. Research grants, government funding and income from halls, catering and business partnerships also contribute to our overall income.

What are you doing to divest into green, ethical funds?

We hold people, the planet, and all living things in the highest regard. Our strategic plan commits us to reducing our environmental impact and improving sustainability in everything that we do.

We have made a commitment to environmental sustainability through the implementation of our Ethical Investment Policy. We are currently revising our investment portfolio to ensure funds are fully divested, favouring investments that identify with our five positive ethical assessment criteria:

  • Responsible employment practices
  • Best corporate governance practice
  • Conscientiousness with regard to human and animal rights
  • Sustainable environmental practice
  • Sensitivity towards the communities in which business operates

The Ethical Investment Policy governs how the University invests its surplus funds, including how it ensures that investments are diversified, financially safe, ethical and compliment the University’s values.

To date we have divested £5mil into the Nationwide Building Society which is recognised as a green, ethical fund by the Ethical Investment Research and Information Service Foundation. The divested funds include all of our endowment funds. We will continue to review our financial management, in light of the Ethical Investment Policy, as funds on long-term deposits mature for reinvestment.