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The industrial strategy and universities: regional briefings

At the local and regional level, universities support growth by providing and creating jobs, and leading on local economic and social issues.

These briefings, published alongside our response to the government's ​industrial strategy green paper​, examine why universities matter for each of the nine English regions. Areas of focus include local businesses, big businesses, communities, school leavers and local services.

Why universities matter for
the North East

The 5 universities in the North East provide 14,661 jobs and contribute £724 million to the local economy.

Why universities matter for
the North West​

The 15 universities in the North West provide 31,085 jobs and contribute £1.7 billion to the local economy.

Why universities matter for
Yorkshire and the Humber

The 12 universities in Yorkshire and the Humber provide 27,375 jobs and contribute £1.5 billion to the local economy.

Why universities matter for
the East Midlands

The 9 universities in the East Midlands provide 21,478 jobs and contribute £1.1 billion to the local economy.

Why universities matter for
the West Midlands

The 12 universities in the West Midlands provide 23,674 jobs and contribute £1.3 billion to the local economy.

Why universities matter for
the East of England

The 10 universities in the East of England provide 21,123 jobs and contribute £1.4 billion to the local economy.

Why universities matter for
the South East

The 21 universities in the South East provide 45,982 jobs and contribute £2.5 billion to the local economy.

Why universities matter for
the South West

The 13 universities in the South West provide 20,552 jobs and contribute £1.1 billion to the local economy.

Why universities matter for
London

The 38 universities in London provide 56,896 jobs and contribute £3.7 billion to the local economy.

News

Universities UK calls for salary cap to be set at £21k to protect key higher education workers

12 February 2019
Vivienne Stern, Director of Universities UK International, has today (Tuesday 12 February) called on the government to lower the proposed salary requirement for EEA workers to gain a high-skilled work visa; to £21,000.

International staff vital for UK’s future STEM success

18 December 2018
University staff from overseas account for a growing and sizeable proportion of tutors, researchers and technicians in engineering and technology as well as biological, mathematical and physical sciences, a new report finds today.

Blog

Graduates in demand, but skills must match up with jobs

7 November 2018
With regular debates about the value of degrees and whether graduates have the right skills, Greg Wade considers the evidence from employers on graduate recruitment and their actual skills needs.

Budget 2018 – key points for universities

30 October 2018
While there were no headline policies on higher education this year, Mark Condren digs into the documents underpinning the Budget to find announcements of interest to universities.