Breakdown of income, expenditure and number of staff for the higher education sector for September 2018 to August 2019.

Staff at Higher Education Institutions: updated January 2020

  • The number of staff at Welsh universities remained at a similar level in in 2018/19, at 20,875.
  • Cardiff University employed the most staff (6,805), the next largest was Swansea University (3,820).
  • Glyndwr University was the smallest university in terms of staff numbers, employing 480 in 2018/19.
  • Just under half of all staff (49.2%) were on academic contracts.
  • Just under two thirds of staff were full-time for academic contracts, and just over two thirds for non-academic contracts.
  • Of those who weren’t on an academic contract, 4,065 were in professional or technical occupations. 3,815 were in administrative and secretarial occupations and 920 were in ‘elementary occupations’.
  • 55.0% of all staff positions were filled by women. However, they held 47.2% of academic roles. Just over two thirds of all part-time staff were female.
  • 11.4% of academic staff members reported they were able to teach through Welsh. 51.1% of those were actually doing so.

Finance of Higher Education Institution: updated March 2019

  • Total income of the Welsh higher education sector was reported as £1.57bn, 5% (£71m) more than 2016/17.
  • Total expenditure of the sector was £1.57bn, 3% (£53m) more than in 2016/17.
  • Income through tuition fees continued to rise. Tuition fee and education contracts now make up 56% of income (£874m).
  • The fall in Funding Council grants continued for an eighth year. Income from Funding Grants fell by 5 per cent (£9m).
  • Research grants made up 13% of the income of Welsh universities, a similar proportion to what has been reported previously in recent years.
  • Welsh universities spent £882m on staff in 2017/18. This represented over half (56%) of all costs.

Further information

Based on statistics produced by the Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA). Finance comparisons made with previous years use figures which are re-stated in the most recent financial statements available.


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