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HE Facts and Figures

Londonís universities and higher education colleges are a powerhouse of research, teaching and technology transfer unrivalled anywhere in the UK, Europe and beyond. Collectively, higher education institutions (HEIs) in London:

  • Generate £17 billion each year in goods and services including £2.5 billion in export earnings and supporting 163,500 jobs at all skill levels (2011/12 figures);
  • Educate 383,000 students from the UK and overseas, who are able to choose from 30,000 undergraduate and postgraduate qualifications;
  • Employ over 86,000 academic and non-academic staff;
  • Win over £288 million in Research Council grants and nearly £480 million of research funding as recurrent grants from HEFCE;
  • Attract 104,000 international students from over 200 countries, who in turn contribute at least £1.3 billion annually to the London economy;
  • Produce over 141,000 skilled graduates every year, 87% of whom work in London, East Anglia or the South East.

Specific examples on how higher education in London helps with economic and social impact in the capital can be found in London HE and Working Capital.

London HE

London HE was first published in 2014 and updated in 2015 to illustrate how HE institutions in London contribute to the economy and enrich people's lives in the capital.

The 2015 presentation and reference sources can be viewed at this link.


Working Capital

Working Capital was published in 2010 and documents how London's higher education helps support economic recovery.

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Last Updated: 12/01/2016