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Financial information

Cardiff University is one of the UK’s largest universities with an annual turnover in excess of £500m.

The past year has been financially challenging for the University. Our expenditure increased by 5.2% while our income only increased by 2.5%. We are addressing this by developing our Transforming Cardiff programme of change.

It is vital that we manage the financial risks we face in the future to ensure that the University remains strong, sustainable and able to deliver on its ambitious strategic objectives as set out in The Way Forward 2018-23.

Read our 2017/18 Annual Report and Financial Statements

Annual Report and Financial Statements 2018

Annual Report and Financial Statements 2018

19 December 2018

Year ended 31 July 2018


Where our money comes from

Our total income for the period was £518m, an increase of £13m on the previous year.

However, our spending increased significantly resulting in an operating deficit of £22m, or £13m when other gains and losses are taken into account such as investment gains, which can be extremely volatile.

Our two main sources of income remain tuition fees, which saw an increase of £11m to £265m, and research grants, which increased by £5m to £106m, which was not as much as expected. The rest of our income comes from a variety of sources including funding council grants and student residences.

Analysis of 2017/18 income by category

Funding council grants £58m £50m
Fees and support grants £254m £265m
Research grants and contracts £101m £106m
Other income £82m £87m
Endowment income and interest receivable £10m £10m
Total income£505m£518m

What we spend our money on

In 2017/18, we spent £540m compared to overall spending of £514m the previous year, an increase of £26m.

The focus of our spending remains on teaching and research.

There have continued to be pressures on staff costs in the sector in relation to pay awards and other employer contributions.

Our staff costs were £308m in 2017/18 compared to £290m the previous year.

Analysis of 2017/18 spend by category

Academic departments £227m £243m
Research grants and contracts £76m £77m
Other services rendered £45m £47m
Premises £31m £33m
Administration and central services £26m £28m
Academic services £27m £30m
Depreciation £32m £38m
Other expenses £28m £31m
Residences, catering and conferences £13m £13m
Total expenditure£514m£540m