Deadwood, UK: up to half of courses need cross-subsidy to survive, analysis discovers

Deadwood, UK: up to half of courses need cross-subsidy to survive, analysis discovers | Simon Baker | Times Higher Education |12 May 2011

Surpluses must be invested in vocational subjects to ward off for-profits, study says. At least a third and perhaps up to half of all university courses in the UK are loss-making, and many teaching-led universities have departments with no “meaningful existence” that are being kept afloat by profits from other areas. These are among the findings of an in-depth analysis of university business models by The Parthenon Group, an international consultancy firm, which says that a large number of institutions have “multiple departments” that are financially unsustainable.

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