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Durham University

About Durham University

So Much More


Anyone who works for, studies at or visits our great University already knows something of the positive contribution we make to the UK, North East England, Durham City and Stockton.

But now a major study undertaken by BiGGAR Economics has revealed just how important the University is, through our contribution to the economy, culture and society and through our world-leading research.

Key findings

Researchers found:

  • Durham University is worth £1.1 billion a year to the UK economy and supports 13,660 jobs – including more than £600 million and 10,330 jobs in North East England;
  • For every £1 Durham University receives in funding, it generates £3.21 for the UK economy;
  • The University has launched 25 spin out companies since 1997, supporting nearly 1,000 jobs. Examples include Kromek and Applied Graphene Materials.
  • The University plays a crucial role in the tourism sector, attracting 231,270 people to its visitor attractions, including Palace Green Library, the Oriental Museum and the Botanic Garden, in 2014-15;
  • Durham University students dedicate 14,000 hours a year to volunteering, including in many local schools and clubs;
  • Research and Knowledge Transfer activities at the University generate £139.3m GVA for the UK economy, supporting 2,700 jobs. Examples include collaborations with Procter and Gamble, IBM and Ørsted (was Dong Energy).

“Here at Durham University we are proud of the positive contribution we make to the UK, the North East, Durham City and Stockton. This independent report reveals the true scale of that contribution, economically, culturally, socially and through our world-leading research – demonstrating that we are so much more than the sum of our parts”

Professor Stuart Corbridge, Vice-Chancellor and Warden

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