Our economic impact

The AV视频 contributes 拢495 million each year to the UK economy and supports over 7,800 jobs, as outlined in our latest Economic Impact Report.

AV视频 boosts UK economy by almost half a billion each year

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    Voice over: The AV视频 contributes nearly half a billion pounds each year to the UK economy,

    (Text shows £495 million)

    Voice over: We support over 7,800 jobs across the UK….

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    Voice over: 7,250 of these jobs are within the local region.

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    Voice over: 89% of our research...

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    Voice over: was categorised as world-leading or internationally excellent

    (footnote: Research Excellence Framework 2021)

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    Voice over: Our investment in research and innovation is estimated to boost the national economy by £31 million by 2030

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    Voice over:  We are creating real-world benefits and scientific breakthroughs, generating five new spin-outs...

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    Voice over: …and 37 new graduate start-ups in three years,

    creating business and job opportunities and attracting investment to the region.

    Voice over: After graduating,

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    Voice over: over 1 in 4 of our students found work in the region...

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    Voice over: With 40% going on to become key workers such as teachers, social workers and doctors…making a social impact

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    Voice over: And contributing their skills and knowledge

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    Voice over: to local businesses and community.

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An independent report by Oxford Economics has measured the AV视频’s impact on the UK economy during 2020/21. The findings demonstrate the important economic and social contributions we make within the region and across the UK.

Our economic effects are measured in several ways, including:

  • impact of our operational spend
  • number of jobs we support and employment we provide
  • gross value and tax revenues generated from our activities
  • economic contribution from our students and the visitors we attract to the area
  • research and development expenditure in the region.

Through these positive effects, we are supporting ideas with impact.

  • £495 milliongross value-added to the economy

  • 7,800 jobs across the UK

  • £31.3 million boost to economy from R&D investment by 2030

Download full report [PDF 2.2MB]

To find out more about how our economic impact was calculated please contact collaborate@sussex.ac.uk for a copy of the report methodology. Please state if you require an accessible version of this document.

Reflection from our Vice-Chancellor, Sasha Roseneil

“We are a university with a global outlook, attracting students and staff from more than 120 countries. But we do more than educate. We carry out world-leading research, encourage innovation and contribute to national growth.”

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If you have any queries, email collaborate@sussex.ac.uk.