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Study Reveals Impact of Universities

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A new research study has suggested that Canterbury Christ Church University, the University of Greenwich and the University of Kent support almost 1,600 local jobs through their economic activity.

Conducted by higher education consultancy firm Viewforth, the analysis looked at the wider impact the three universities have and the jobs and investment they bring to the Medway area.

Highlights of the Universities' wide-ranging impact include:

- The Universities at Medway contributed £143.6m to the south-east economy in 2015/16

- More than 1,578 full-time equivalent jobs in the south-east are supported by the Universities' activities

- Students at their joint Medway campus spend £158m a year with Medway businesses and services

- Medway students volunteer for more than 16,000 hours a year helping charities and the local community

Professor Karen Cox, Vice Chancellor of the University of Kent said: "I'm delighted to see the combined impact our joint work in Medway, demonstrating the vital contribution the Universities make to the region. As the Universities at Medway, we play a key role in equipping students with the skills and experience they need to meet the area's needs - from degrees in innovative, creative and business-oriented programmes to higher-degree apprenticeships and work-based learning."

"In particular, we are determined to support plans to make Medway a leading waterfront city and a core destination for the creative industries, bringing investment, innovation and long-term job prospects to the area."