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A recent Freedom of Information request by Nouse has revealed a startling contrast between the amount spent by the Library for each department in 2018/2019,
especially between BA and BSc subjects.
While the Library spent £48,738.88 on books for the History department, only £44.94 was spent on the Electronic Engineering department, creating a significant difference of £48,693.94.
Figures across various departments differ greatly. For example, subjects with a similar focus on reading to History received significantly less, with the Library spending £27,519.74 on English and £5,627.25 on Archaeology. Theatre, Film and Television received the least out of the humanities subjects looked at, with the library only spending £2,415.01.
In contrast, science subjects received far less with only Environmental Studies, Geography and the Hull York Medicine School receiving more than £2,000. The most popular sciences such as Chemistry, Biology and Maths all received under £300.
In total, humanities subjects received £112,928.56 for the 2018/2019 academic year while the science subjects only received £10,955.80 creating a total difference of £101,972.76.
Considering that BA and BSc degrees at the University of York charge the same amount in tuition fees, these figures can initially seem shocking, especially as some science subjects require students to buy their own textbooks, costing up to £50. However, this is rebalanced when considering the contrast in contact hours between sciences and humanities. On average, a first year history student will pay £34 per contact hour while a first year electronic engineering student will pay only £12.33 per contact hour.
Nouse approached the Library for a comment, however they did not provide us with one.