Science skills and innovation: delivering growth and prosperity for the UK

15 September 2022

The world-leading research and education at Russell Group universities delivers real economic and social benefits across the whole of the UK. Our universities inject nearly £87 billion into the national economy every year through their education, research and export activities.

Their groundbreaking vaccine research was the cornerstone of the Government’s roadmap out of lockdown. Located across every region and nation of the UK, our universities are hubs for innovation creating high-value jobs, new homes and vital infrastructure in towns and communities across the country.

We believe the discovery research and innovation taking place on our campuses across the UK can help to boost economic security, create new businesses and give people opportunities to succeed in an uncertain world. Our country’s future will depend more than ever on ideas and talent to deliver sustainable growth, and through smart investment in R&D and high-level skills, we can help to revitalise the UK’s economy and improve prosperity for all its citizens.

Read our briefing on the role science, skills and innovation can play in delivering growth and prosperity for the UK.

Science skills and innovation: delivering growth and prosperity for the UK

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