Frequently asked questions
Why do the report?
We are proud to be at the heart of Kent and of the contribution we make locally. Commissioning independent research into this helps us understand where we doing it well and where we could be doing better. It also give us an evidence base to help shape future decisions affecting our economic and social impact.
How were the reports put together?
The reports are largely based on an economic analysis of the university's impact completed by higher education consultancy firm Viewforth. Alongside this, we drew data from the University's own impact reports into specific areas.
The Viewforth report combines analysis of publicly available economic data with University of Kent data, such as its annual financial reports. Methodologies applied to the data conform to recognised international standards, with results validated against recognised test criteria. More information is available on the Viewforth website.
Who are Viewforth?
Viewforth are an independent consultancy firm specialising in the higher education sector, with more than 25-years experience in analysing university impact. They have completed studies on the regional impact for institutions including the University of Salford, the University of Westminster and the University of East Anglia.
Who funded it?
The report was commissioned by the University of Kent’s Corporate Communications Team.