Ever Wondered How Much Money Aston University Spends on Paper and Ink?!


If there was an award for left-field article of the week, this one might just win it. But, for anyone who is interested, in this article we take a look at the amount of money Aston University spends on paper and printer cartridges. The article pertains to the 2016-17 academic year. The statistics make for interesting reading, do read on!


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It appears that the folks at Aston University have been writing galore. This is because the University has spent £41,763 on printer paper in one year alone. With 500 sheets of good quality paper costing around £3.00, we’ve crunched the numbers, and we’ve come to the conclusion that the University approximately printed a whopping 260,000 sheets of paper. This is quite a remarkable amount.




Now here is where things get interesting. The University released the information used in a Freedom of Information request. They opted to also note that they spent £4,214 on writing paper. Now, this does make you wonder – what distinguishes writing paper from printer paper. We are guessing that ‘writing paper’ means lined paper. But when do you ever see anyone provided lined paper? There seems to be more to this story, but we only know the basics.


Aston University from afar


Finally, the University also spent a paltry £9,951 on printer cartridges. While this may sound a lot, it is a relatively small amount when compared to other expenditures. The fact that one student’s tuition fees covered the costs of an entire academic year’s worth of printing is difficult to believe. But still, apparently that is true. It seems as if Aston University’s printing department has a good deal in place for ink. It really isn’t that cheap!




Well, that ends this article, we hope you enjoyed it. And, if anyone ever asks you if you know about printing and paper statistics at Aston University, you will know the answer. Thanks for reading!





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