The report by researchers Viewforth Consulting Ltd examined the impact of the two universities’ activities, including student expenditure off campus, income and expenditure, and employment.
• The University of Kent and Canterbury Christ Church University (CCCU) are worth £909m to the Canterbury economy
• Kent and CCCU are worth £1.3bn to the South East economy
• Kent and CCCU combined are among the largest employers in the region, jointly employing 4,930 members of staff (full-time equivalents)
• The off-campus expenditure by students from Kent and CCCU adds £280m to Canterbury’s economy and generated 2,447 jobs in the city (full-time equivalents)
• In total the University of Kent and CCCU and their students generate 9,900 jobs in Canterbury – equivalent to 16% of all Canterbury employment
The Kent/CCCU report was produced by Viewforth Consulting Ltd, who are specialists in higher education impact analysis.
Viewforth Director Ursula Kelly commented: ‘The results of our analysis show the importance of the two universities to Canterbury, to Kent and to the South East region as a whole. Many local businesses will benefit from the presence of the universities and their students, who bring money into Canterbury and create jobs in nearly every sector of the economy.’