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The economic impact of higher education institutions in England

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Report page This summary report outlines the higher education sector’s impact on local economies in the academic year 2011–12, the latest for which figures were available at the time this research was commissioned. The report provides new figures following a similar study in 2010.

The report highlights key economic characteristics of the higher education sector in each of the nine regions of England, including institutional income, employment and expenditure. It also examines the knock-on effects of higher education expenditure on the regions, showing how many jobs are dependent on the universities and the contribution being made to Gross Value Added (GVA).

This summary is accompanied by a suite of nine reports dealing in more detail with each of the English regions, plus a UK-wide report, 'The impact of universities on the UK economy', which examines the higher education sector’s contribution to the overall UK economy. ​

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16 October 2017
An investigation into the economic contribution that universities make annually​ to the UK economy through generating GDP, jobs and taxes, and their longer-term impact on the UK. 

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The economic impact of international students

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This briefing outlines new figures for 2014–15 on the economic impact of international students studying in the UK, including the jobs generated at a regional level and the income they provide local businesses.

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Economic impact on the UK of EU research funding to UK universities

Report
10 June 2016
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The economic impact of Queen's University Belfast on the Northern Ireland economy

Report
3 April 2015
This study provides an analysis of the economic impact of Queen’s University Belfast and its students on the Northern Ireland economy.

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The economic impact of higher education institutions in England

Report
3 April 2014
This summary report outlines the higher education sector’s impact on local economies in the academic year 2011–12, the latest for which figures were available at the time this research was commissioned.

The economic impact of the East Midlands higher education sector

Report
3 April 2014
Key economic aspects of the higher education sector in the East Midlands in the academic year 2011-12 and of the sector’s impact on the region and on the rest of the UK.

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The economic impact of the East of England higher education sector

Report
3 April 2014
Key economic aspects of the higher education sector in the East Midlands in the academic year 2011-12 and of the sector’s impact on the region and on the rest of the UK.

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The economic impact of the London higher education sector

Report
3 April 2014
Key economic aspects of the higher education sector in the East Midlands in the academic year 2011-12 and of the sector’s impact on the region and on the rest of the UK.

The economic impact of the North West higher education sector

Report
3 April 2014
Key economic aspects of the higher education sector in the North West of England in the academic year 2011-12 and of the sector’s impact on the region and on the rest of the UK.

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The economic impact of the North East higher education sector

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3 April 2014
Key economic aspects of the higher education sector in the North East of England in the academic year 2011-12 and of the sector’s impact on the region and on the rest of the UK.

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The economic impact of the Yorkshire and Humberside higher education sector

Report
3 April 2014
Key economic aspects of the higher education sector in the Yorkshire and Humberside in the academic year 2011-12 and of the sector’s impact on the region and on the rest of the UK.

The economic impact of the West Midlands higher education sector

Report
3 April 2014
Key economic aspects of the higher education sector in the West Midlands in the academic year 2011-12 and of the sector’s impact on the region and on the rest of the UK.

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The economic impact of the South West higher education sector

Report
3 April 2014
Key economic aspects of the higher education sector in the South West of England in the academic year 2011-12 and of the sector’s impact on the region and on the rest of the UK.

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The economic impact of the South East higher education sector

Report
3 April 2014
Key economic aspects of the higher education sector in the South East of England in the academic year 2011-12 and of the sector’s impact on the region and on the rest of the UK.

The economic impact of Ulster University on the Northern Ireland economy

Report
3 April 2014
Analysis of the economic impact of Ulster University and its students on the Northern Ireland economy.

Impact of universities on the UK economy

The impact of universities on the UK economy

Report
3 April 2014
​This report highlights universities’ increasingly significant impact on the economy in terms of output, contribution to GDP, job creation, and overseas investment.
Julie Tam

Julie Tam

Deputy Director of Policy
Universities UK

Greg Wade

Greg Wade

Programme Manager
Universities UK

Martina Tortis

Martina Tortis

Policy Analyst
Universities UK

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Economic impact of UK universities

Increasing impact of world-leading university sector on jobs and growth should not be ‘taken for granted’, warn university leaders

16 October 2017
According to the latest study on the impact of the higher education sector on the economy – produced for UUK by Oxford Economics – universities now generate a knock-on impact of nearly £100bn (£95bn) for the UK economy and support more than 940,000 jobs

Response to HESA 2015–16 student data

12 January 2017
Universities UK has responded to the latest data on students from HESA