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Regional impact of universities

Our economic and social impact has been revealed after we were the lead case study in a major report into the economic and social impact of universities in the eastern region.

The study of eleven higher education institutions across six counties in the east of England, found they support, enhance and encourage innovation.

We commissioned the research in partnership with the East of England Development Agency (EEDA) and the Association of Universities in the East of England (AUEE).

The universities covered by the report were:

  • Anglia Ruskin University;
  • Cranfield University;
  • Norwich University College of Arts;
  • University of Bedfordshire;
  • University of Cambridge;
  • University of East Anglia;
  • University of Essex;
  • University of Hertfordshire
  • Royal Veterinary College;
  • University Campus Suffolk;
  • Writtle College.

The research, by consultants PACEC, identifies particular economic and social needs especially during a time of financial and social uncertainty, which universities respond to.

Key findings

  • Approximately 27,400 students graduated from institutions in the region annually. In 2008-09, 56 per cent were retained in the east of England, and the research estimates they contributed an additional £134 million to the region.
  • The vast majority of businesses in the region rate young graduates as either ‘well’ or ‘very well’ prepared for work.
  • Universities act as a stimulus for regional innovation and competitiveness. The movement of graduates into the economy has been supplemented with a growth in knowledge exchange activities, enabling organisations to directly access knowledge and expertise within higher education.
  • Universities play a critical role in providing knowledge and skills to support industries, attract inward investment and support the growth of specialist high-technology clusters. In addition, they support the structural transformation of industry and the creation of new industries and upgrading of existing industries.
  • Universities play a key role in developing a flexible and adaptable workforce.
  • Universities have been quick to respond to the economic downturn and have been actively involved in helping businesses through the recession.

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