Anglia Ruskin provides millions for local cities

Published: 3 April 2014 at 11:24

Report reveals economic importance of universities to the East of England

Universities including Anglia Ruskin generate thousands of jobs and billions of pounds worth of investment in the East of England, according to a report by Universities UK.

The region attracted 32,730 students from outside the UK, and 52,405 from other parts of the country in 2011/12. The report states 6,858 people are directly employed because of the cash spent off-campus by people studying at East of England universities, which in 2011/12 totalled £647million.

The report, published today, also found that Higher Education Institutions in the region, together with the spending of international students and students from other parts of the country, generated 62,840 jobs .

Anglia Ruskin itself employs 2,100 people and currently has around 31,000 students.

Professor Michael Thorne, Vice Chancellor of Anglia Ruskin, said:

“This report is proof of the rich value universities such as Anglia Ruskin have for regional cities like Chelmsford, Cambridge and Peterborough, as well as the wider area.
“Anglia Ruskin has a huge influence on the economy of the East of England. We attract foreign investment and provide highly-skilled graduates for local, national and international firms. Our academics produce world-class research in a wide range of sectors, to be drawn upon by a whole host of companies and institutions.
“We offer students a chance to come to our cities from elsewhere in the country and across the world, providing a social impact as well as boosting local businesses.”