Hillingdon jobs created by Brunel University London nearly doubled last year when it pumped £227m into the local economy.
Some 4,305 jobs in the borough were held up by the Uxbridge-based institution from 2014-15 – almost twice the 2,512 the previous academic year. Meanwhile, Brunel’s local spend soared by £15m from £212m in 2013-14.
The latest report, by independent consultants BiGGAR Economics, details the top research University’s knock-on effects in Hillingdon, London and in the UK.
That same academic year, Brunel supported 7,564 London jobs and 10,246 roles across the UK. It put £510m into the city and contributed £788 nationally. And every £1 the university made had an economic impact of £6.30 on the UK economy.
“Our community ties are hugely important to us,” said Brunel University London Vice-Chancellor and President Professor Julia Buckingham. “We are proud to be a leading London University and prouder still to have Hillingdon on our doorstep. These communities are crucial to our success.”
“This report shows the advantages Brunel brings locally and how much it gives back in multiple areas including through jobs, local spending, student volunteering and tourism.”
Students brought benefits to the community both by working and putting in unpaid hours as volunteers. About 40 per cent of undergraduates work part-time, pushing £22.5m into the Hillingdon economy and £37m into the city. One in five Brunel students put in 21,223 hours volunteering for charities such as Victim Support and The Alzheimer’s Society in 2014-15. Others worked at places such as Uxbridge’s Pield Heath House School and Trinity Homeless Project.
“Student volunteering had an amazing year in 2014-15,” said Nancy Rawlings, Brunel Volunteers Manager. It’s something we’re proud of continue to grow.”
“Student volunteering gives vital support to the local community and help to people in need. Through volunteering, students have the opportunity to develop new skills, enhance work experience and meet local people.”