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3rd April, 2019

University of Kent ‘worth £0.9bn to south-east economy each year’


Two publications on the University’s economic and community impact have highlighted its major contribution to the local region.

Based on research by higher education consultancy Viewforth and analysis of wider impact data, the publications reveal how the University brings jobs and investment to the region while forming a key part of a thriving local community.

Income received through tuition fees and grants creates a ripple-effect that supports jobs and growth in wider sectors throughout the region. Meanwhile, students themselves have an impact far beyond their studies, from spending money in local services to participating in volunteering and outreach initiatives.

Highlights of the University’s wide-ranging impact include:

  • The University is worth £0.9bn to the south-east economy each year
  • Students contribute £300m directly to the local economy
  • The University directly employs almost 4,000 people and is the largest employer in Canterbury
  • Staff and students volunteer for a total of 90,000 hours a year at more than 130 organisations

The publications also outline how several University initiatives make a particular impact in the community. More than 130 new businesses have been launched with help from its Innovation Hub since it launched in 2013, while its Law Clinic has helped 1,400 people access legal support who otherwise could not afford it. Elsewhere, almost 100,000 people attend events put on the by the Gulbenkian Arts Centre each year, which has a focus on empowering young people in the community through creativity.

The new Kent and Medway Medical School, launched in collaboration with Canterbury Christ Church University, will also bring the next generation of medical professionals to the region when it opens in 2020.

Find out more on the Regional Impact pages of our website

Read the economic report: Driving Economic Growth

Read the community report: Changing Lives in Our Community

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