Average full economic cost (to the university) of an undergraduate degree in engineering

Dr Jim Partridge made this Rhyddid Gwybodaeth request to University of Reading

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Dear University of Reading,

Please provide the average full economic cost (to the university) of an undergraduate degree in engineering at the University. Please include all costs directly and indirectly associated with the activity e.g. including staff pension costs and IT costs. Please include all costs that can be reasonably attributed to the degree using the data that you have

Please break down your answer in two ways (a) by the seven UCAS classifications of engineering degrees (b) by cost type (e.g. payroll, IT, equipment etc) please break this information down into its natural and principal cost categories giving as much detail as is feasible.

FYI – UCAS classify engineering degrees into seven categories as follows
1. General engineering
2. Civil engineering
3. Mechanical engineering
4. Aerospace engineering
5. Electronic and electrical engineering
6. Production and manufacturing engineering
7. Chemical, process and energy engineering

This is not a strange or unusual request but is merely requesting what is a key management metric i.e. the cost per degree. Since Universities are required to be run in a financially astute manner, this information should be routinely provided to university course leaders, and the executive board for decision making purposes, and these figures should be a key factor in the setting of undergraduate fees and in the decision to continue (or discontinue) courses.

If you do not have the complete information, please provide as much as possible.

Yours faithfully,

Dr Jim Partridge

IMPS, University of Reading

Dear Dr Partridge

This is to acknowledge receipt of your request for information below and to let you know it is being processed.

We'll get back to you as soon as we can, but in any case within 20 working days from 01/02/2017.

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Yours sincerely,

Sinead Latham

Information Management & Policy Services (IMPS), University of Reading, Whiteknights, Reading, RG6 6AH
t: +44 (0)118 378 8981 www.reading.ac.uk/foia

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IMPS, University of Reading

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Dear Mr Partridge,

We have completed the compilation of information in response to your request.

We can confirm that we do hold some information of the description specified in your request.

The University of Reading currently runs a BEng Electronic Engineering (UFELENGB - also a version with an industrial year), an MEng Electronic Engineering (UFELENGM), and an MEng in Applied Electronic Engineering (UFAPPELENGM). These would fall into category 5 below however it should be noted that all these courses are due to be ended on 31 July 2017.

We do not hold the information requested at programme level, however, there is a return to HEFEC called the TRAC for Teaching (TRAC(T)) return, which gives the annual cost of teaching a full time equivalent (FTE) Funding Council-fundable student for each subject. It’s a teaching full economic cost (FCE) per student. For “Electrical, electronic and computer engineering” subject, the cost per student, per year of study, was £10,285 in FY15/16.

I have also attached some supplementary information that further explains the TRAC in more detail and hope this is of use to you.

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Yours sincerely

Rebecca Daniells
IMPS Officer (Head of section and Data Protection Officer)
Information Management & Policy Services (IMPS), Academic and Governance Services, University of Reading
+44 (0)118 378 4905    www.reading.ac.uk/imps

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