Levelling Up the North East

28 September 2021


The North East is home to Durham University and Newcastle UniversityBetween 2014 and 2020, more than 6,300 new jobs were created by spinouts linked to Russell Group universities in the North East. Those 1,436 active companies had a combined turnover of £602m and brought £180m of investment to the region. 

In addition to the high value jobs created by their business spin-out activities, Russell Group universities in the North East currently employ 11,000 staff, an increase of 5.8% over the last 5 years. 

How universities are helping in the region

Newcastle University – Helix: building world leading knowledge infrastructure for the North East

The Helix brings together businesses, academics and other regional groups to tackle a range of modern challenges such as creating a carbon neutral society. The next phase of the project will also provide affordable homes for hundreds of families.

We are proud to play our role in the civic life of the North East and of our record in creating jobs and driving investment into our region.

— Professor Chris Day, Vice-Chancellor and President of Newcastle University

Durham University - turning student ideas into new North East businesses

Durham University's Venture School programme enables graduates to launch ventures and develop solutions to global problems, and to pitch for £10,000 in seed funding to support new ventures. Hosted at the Hazan Venture Lab, the scheme is supported by stipends to help cover living costs for its participants.

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