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Top northern universities outpace Premier League

Words: Huw Morris
University of Manchester

The economic impact of the eight research-intensive universities in the north of England is greater than the Premier League.

The institutions making up N8 Research Partnership contribute £6.6 billion each year to the economy, nearly double the value of the Premier League.

The research reveals that the universities of Liverpool, Manchester, Lancaster, York, Leeds, Sheffield, Newcastle and Durham together generated 119,000 full-time equivalent jobs, the number typically found in a city the size of Salford.

N8 universities also attracted £1.26 billion annually in research funding, with the European Union particularly important to the region’s institutions, with around 13 per cent or £127 million.

“The government’s Northern Powerhouse agenda can and should play a major role in creating an environment that enables our universities to generate even more benefit to the Northern and wider UK economy,” said University of York vice-chancellor and N8 chair Koen Lamberts.

“Such benefit can only come, however, if there is further investment in innovation in the North: in inward investment, in transport and infrastructure.”

The Power of 8 is available here.