HC Deb 02 March 1967 vol 742 cc129-30W
38. Dame Irene Ward

asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science what is the average annual cost per undergraduate in each university in England, Scotland and Wales.

Mr. Goronwy Roberts

Information on university expenditure is not readily available in this form. The following figures of the expenditure by each university in 1964–65 divided by the total number of full-time students are derived from the Returns from Universities and University Colleges 1964–65 (Cmnd. 3106).

Academic Year 1964–65
Average university expenditure per full-time student
Birmingham University 1,016
Bristol University 882
Cambridge University* 805
Durham University 690
East Anglia University 1,125
Essex University 2,377
Exeter University 563
Hull University 580
Keele University 823
Lancaster University 1,020
Leeds University 781
Leicester University 608
Liverpool University 867
London University, including its Colleges and Schools 1,268
Manchester University 881
Manchester University Institute of Science and Technology 1,092
Newcastle upon Tyne University 934
Nottingham University 770
Oxford University* 781
Reading University 1,121
Sheffield University 855
Southampton University 752
Sussex University 731
York University 869
University of Wales, including its Colleges and School 703
St. David's College, Lampeter 537
Aberdeen University 775
Edinburgh University 721
Glasgow University 749
St. Andrews University 695
Strathclyde University 612
* The figures for the Universities of Cambridge and Oxford exclude all expenditure by the Colleges, which covers part of the cost of teaching and administration. These figures are therefore not directly comparable with those of other universities

These figures should be interpreted with caution. Those for new universities in their initial years when the number of students is building up are clearly unrepresentative. The cost per undergraduate at a particular university will depend on a number of factors including the balance of faculties and the proportion of postgraduates.