Our Economic Impact


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 2013 Oxford Economics calculated the economic impact of the University of Birmingham on the city of Birmingham and the West Midlands region in 2011–12 (following a similar economic impact study in 2005–06). 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:

  • generated £1.072 billion of spending in the West Midlands economy in the 2011/12 academic year, a 38% increase since the 2005/06 study;
  • made a value-added contribution of £530 million to the region’s economy;
  • supports 11,830 jobs in the region, including a high proportional of highly skilled roles;
  • is a net importer of talent to the region;
  • acts as an international gateway to the city attracting overseas students, visitors and spending
  • attracted £145.5 million research funding in 2011/12 , 87% of the research income received by all Birmingham Higher Education Institutions and 12% of the region’s total R&D spend. 

The full report (PDF - 4MB) by Oxford Economics was discussed by Vice-Chancellor, Professor David Eastwood, at the first University Annual Meeting.