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.

University of Birmingham: Our Impact

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.