A pledge to support the prosperity of Suffolk

By Professor Gurpreet Jagpal, University of Suffolk.
The University of Suffolk has pledged to continue and grow its positive impact on the economy.
Published in UK Director Magazines Summer 2024

Economic Growth: Professor Gurpreet Jagpal, University of Suffolk

At the heart of its mission, the University of Suffolk is driven to be a new type of civic university – embedded, influential, and a catalyst for societal and economic change in the community.

In support of this core responsibility, we have signed a Civic University Agreement, which continues our commitment to supporting the wellbeing and prosperity of people in Suffolk.

The move follows the publication of a new Economic Impact Study (by BiGGAR Economics) which found the university helped contribute nearly £1billion to the UK economy during 2021-2022.

Facts and figures

Gross Value Added (GVA) measures the quantifiable impact made:

  • £237 million GVA and 1,660 jobs in Ipswich
  • £332 million GVA and 2,740 jobs in Suffolk
  • £484 million GVA and 3,760 jobs in the East of England
  • £862 million GVA and 13,570 jobs in the UK as a whole

This marks a significant increase since the previous study of 2017-2018 and is the result of increased student numbers and an expansion of business engagement, knowledge exchange, and research.

Impact and innovation

A founding principle of the university is to act as an anchor institution in the region and, as we review this report, we cannot underestimate the profound impact of our efforts across the region.

By working to attract and retain talent, and through bringing organisations together, the university acts as a major driver of economic development. It has been directly involved in establishing a number of new centres of innovation and opportunities for development in Suffolk. These include: the creation of a sustainable Smart House at the University’s DigiTech Centre in Martlesham, in partnership with BT; the creation of a new dental development centre offering a BSc Dental Hygiene and Dental Therapy course and, through a new CIC, 18,000 hours of free NHS dental treatment for those most in need in the community. The growth in the student population also shows that this has become a real destination of choice where learners know they will be supported into good careers.

Our civic agreement

Our renewed pledge to the community was developed in collaboration with local organisations, stakeholders, and public consultation. The guiding principles of the agreement are to: preserve and celebrate the culture and heritage of Suffolk, foster sustainable economic growth and regeneration, enhance skills and aspirations, address the health challenges of the region by partnering with healthcare providers, and to harness digital innovation.

The University has already shown a commitment to these areas with key projects over recent years, and upcoming plans continue these themes. In leveraging the Economic Impact Study results, we can drive forward our academic, research and business engagement strategies, positioning the university as an engine for change and a champion for growth within the region. With the signing of the Civic University commitment, the University has pledged to continue and grow its positive impact.

Main photo of Waterfront Building credited to University of Suffolk / Gregg Brown Photography

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Professor Gurpreet Jagpal is Pro Vice-Chancellor Business and Entrepreneurship at the University of Suffolk.

T: 01473 338000
E: engage@uos.ac.uk
Or visit www.uos.ac.uk/business/business-engagement/

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