Our Economic Impact

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The University of Birmingham has a major economic impact on the city and region as an educator, employer, research leader and international gateway.

In early 2016 London Economics calculated the economic impact of the University of Birmingham on the city of Birmingham and the West Midlands region in 2014–15 (following a similar economic impact study in 2011–12). This page outlines the headline findings of the study. 

For further information, you can read the summary report (PDF - 914KB)

The study shows that the University of Birmingham:

  • generates £3.5bn every year to the economy;
  • supports 15,545 jobs in the West Midlands region, with almost one in 50 jobs in Birmingham depending upon the University;
  • has 34,160 students, more than 100,000 online learners and 300,000 alumni across the globe;
  • would bring a further £1 million to the UK economy with the addition of eight undergraduate international students staying for a duration of three years in Birmingham;
  • has more than 22,000 pupils participating in the University's outreach activity each year;
  • In 2014-15 the University supported its students and graduates to start more than 50 new businesses;
  • had almost 1,700 people, who completed a programme with the University in 2014-15, move on to work in the healthcare sector;
  • has a research and knowledge transfer activity that is worth £885 million. Every £1 million invested by UK Research Councils generates an additional £12 million for the economy.