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Staff and finance of higher education institutions

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  • Release date: 16 March 2017
  • Period covered: 2015/16
  • Next update: 1 March 2018
Data showing staff numbers, income and expenditure.

This headline is based on statistics produced by the Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA). All finance comparisons with 2014/15 use revised figures as subsequently reported by HESA. The figures for the previous year are as re-stated in the most recent financial statements available.

Key points

Staff at Higher Education Institutions

  • In 2015/16 there were 20,670 members of staff at Welsh Higher Education Institutions (HEIs).
  • The University of South Wales reported 595 less staff than in 2014/15. This is from a mixture of restructuring, normal contractual changes and turnover, and improving their data records.
  • Cardiff University employed the most staff (6,825), over double the next largest – Swansea University (2,950).
  • Cardiff and Swansea were followed by the University of South Wales (2,855), Bangor University (2,210), Aberystwyth University (2,150), University of Wales Trinity Saint David (1,620), Cardiff Metropolitan (1,495) and Glyndwr University (560).
  • Just under two thirds of staff were full-time, for both academic and non-academic contracts.
  • Less than half of all staff were on academic contracts (9,670).
  • Of those on a non-academic contract, 3,815 were in professional or technical occupations. 4,000 were in administrative occupations and 1,255 were in ‘elementary occupations’.
  • 55 per cent of all staff positions were filled by women. However, they held only 46 per cent of academic roles. Two thirds of all part-time staff were female.

Finance of Higher Education Institutions

  • Total income of Welsh HEIs was £1.51bn, 5 per cent (£73m) more than in 2014/15.
  • Total expenditure by Welsh HEIs was £1.45bn, 1 per cent (£14m) less than in 2014/15.
  • Income through tuition fees continued to rise. Tuitions fees and education contracts now make up 53 per cent of income (£798m).
  • The fall in Funding Council grants slowed. Income from Funding Grants fell by 2 per cent (£3m); previously grants had fallen by at least 5 per cent (£21m) every year since 2009/10. Funding Council grants do not include the tuition fee grants paid to Welsh domiciled students.
  • 12 per cent of income was from Funding Council grants (£184m).
  • 14 per cent of income came from research grants and contracts (£205m).
  • 1 per cent of income came from endowment and investment income (£16m).
  • Accounting changes caused a one-off increase in staff costs for 2014/15. This made it look like staff costs decreased in 2015/16.
  • 57 per cent of total expenditure by Welsh HEIs in 2015/16 was on staff costs (£832m).


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