Economic impact report

Our £0.5 billion impact

We contribute more than £0.5 billion to the UK economy.

Universities are fundamental to the UK’s economic growth, and the University of Essex is playing its part in driving innovation and economic growth in the Eastern region.

In 2015-16 the University of Essex achieved £0.5 billion in economic impact and 11% growth.

Vice-Chancellor Professor Anthony Forster
"The University is a powerhouse that helps to boost productivity - by leading life-changing research and development. We are making an important contribution to the growth of the East of England and the UK."
Professor Anthony Forster VICE-CHANCELLOR

Colchester Campus

  • Economic impact £478 million.
  • Number of students 11,530.
  • Students' contribution to economy £38 million.
  • Provides 2,018 jobs and indirectly supports a further 2,096.

Southend Campus

  • Economic impact £55 million.
  • Number of students 1,268.
  • Students' contribution to economy £3.6 million.
  • Provides 112 jobs and indirectly supports a further 161.