Unis sup­port nearly 7,000 jobs in N. Wales

Bangor Mail - - NEWS - Gwynedd, where Ban­gor Uni­ver­sity is based, is home to 2,892 peo­ple whose jobs rely on higher ed­u­ca­tion

UNIVER­SI­TIES in North Wales sup­port nearly 7,000 jobs in the re­gion – pump­ing mil­lions into the lo­cal econ­omy.

An in­de­pen­dent re­port, re­leased by Univer­si­ties Wales, shows Welsh univer­si­ties gen­er­ate a to­tal im­pact of over £5bn for the Welsh econ­omy.

In North Wales, this cre­ates and sup­ports 6,777 di­rect and in­di­rect jobs. This in­cludes peo­ple em­ployed in the in­sti­tu­tions and jobs sup­ported by money spent with lo­cal com­pa­nies by the univer­si­ties, its staff and stu­dents.

As would be ex­pected, the biggest im­pact is in the coun­ties with univer­si­ties on the patch, namely Gwynedd and Wrex­ham.

In Gwynedd, home of Ban­gor Uni­ver­sity, there are 2,892 jobs re­liant on higher ed­u­ca­tion while in Wrex­ham, where Glyn­dŵr Uni is based, this fig­ure is 1,625.

But these ben­e­fits spread over the coun­ties’ bor­ders – sup­port­ing jobs on An­gle­sey (427), in Conwy (742), Den­bighshire (483), and Flintshire (609).

The re­port states: “The to­tal em­ploy­ment gen­er­ated in­cludes both jobs in­side the univer­si­ties and jobs gen­er­ated through the ef­fects of the spend­ing of univer­si­ties, stu­dents and vis­i­tors.”

A Ban­gor Uni­ver­sity spokesman said: “In ad­di­tion to be­ing one of the largest em­ploy­ers in the re­gion, Ban­gor Uni­ver­sity has a sub­stan­tial eco­nomic im­pact on North Wales and be­yond.

“For ex­am­ple, our re­search and in­no­va­tion feeds di­rectly into busi­ness in Wales and across the world, who de­velop new prod­ucts in a range of sec­tors.

“We also at­tract stu­dents from around the world, and our grad­u­ates are val­ued em­ploy­ees and en­trepreneurs in a range of busi­nesses.”

Glyn­dŵr Vice-Chan­cel­lor, Pro­fes­sor Maria Hin­fe­laar, said: “We are proud to be among the key driv­ers in North Wales when it comes to in­dus­try, ed­u­ca­tion and em­ploy­ment.

“To­gether with part­ners, we are aim­ing to bring even more pros­per­ity to the re­gion via the North Wales Growth Deal, and through our vast range of de­grees and cour­ses.

“Our com­mu­nity and sup­port­ing the econ­omy are among our top pri­or­i­ties.”

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