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Our economic impact

A modern university has a big impact on its immediate community, on the wider country and across the globe. At DMU, we pride ourselves on the ways in which we benefit and engage with our community and our national and global outlook.

But what does DMU really add to the world?


To really understand the range of ways DMU connects to and enriches the world around it, we have produced an economic impact report which looks at all aspects of university life, from the spending habits of students to the number of our nursing graduates treating people in hospitals, from the effect of student volunteers helping older people in the community to the life-changing impact of our research.

Economic Impact Report brochure

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Top impact stats

  • DMU is worth £500m to the UK economy each year

  • Student spending supports 1,500 jobs in Leicester and 7,800 in UK

  • 1 in every 30 Leicester jobs can be traced back to DMU

  • 1 in 10 working age city residents study here

  • 3,200 students and staff contribute 33,400 hours volunteering - worth £482,000 to local economy each year

  • Eighth highest number of graduate start-ups of all UK universities – higher than any Russell Group university

  • 80% of our nursing graduates start work in East Midlands

  • DMU spends £11m a year with Leicestershire businesses

  • 3,400 international students from more than 115 countries

  • Nearly 60% of our research is judged world-leading

De Montfort University Socio-Economic Impact

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