Creating Prosperity: the role of higher education in driving the UK’s creative economy

This report summarises the findings of research commissioned by Universities UK into the role and contribution of higher education in the UK’s creative economy. The research gathered evidence from existing data and research as well as case study analysis and contributions from industry, higher education and public sector partners.

The findings demonstrate not only the crucial role that higher education plays in the UK creative economy, but also why that contribution will become increasingly important to economic recovery.

During the latter stages of writing this report, it became evident, through the Independent Review of Higher Education Funding and Student Finance (Browne Review) and the subsequent announcements in the UK Government’s Comprehensive Spending Review, that it is likely that all direct public funding for teaching in universities, at least in England, could be withdrawn from the majority of subjects which support the creative industries. The importance of the creative industries to the economy, and the importance of the higher education sector in underpinning the strength of the creative industries, means that the arguments presented in this report are even more timely and relevant.

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​University graduates start 4,000 new businesses and are responsible for supporting tens of thousands of jobs every year.

group of students looking at their results

Record numbers of 18-year-olds and applicants from disadvantaged backgrounds accepted into university

13 August 2020
UUK responds to the record numbers of 18-year-olds and applicants from disadvantaged backgrounds that have been accepted into university in 2020
The careers services team at Royal Holloway, University of London

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