Maximising Impact

Making ideas work for a better world

By unlocking innovation and driving it forward, we maximise the University’s economic and social impact.

With an annual economic impact of £7.5bn, the University of Edinburgh brings an extraordinary benefit to local, regional and national communities. For every £1 the University receives, it generates an impressive £6.90 for the UK economy each year.

Research and knowledge exchange

In 2021-22, our 9,200 academics generated a massive £3.2bn impact from research and knowledge exchange activities. £350m of this is innovation impact, driven by our collaborations to improve patient care, digital services and sustainable energies.

Startup and spinout companies

And through supporting University startup and spinout companies, we have helped our entrepreneurs generate an impact of £162m and support 1,830 jobs.

Working with partners and supporting our most ambitious startup and spinout companies, we continue to deliver solutions to tomorrow’s challenges.

Making ideas work for a better world

Our impact in numbers

Knowledge exchange activities contributed a total of £350m to the UK economy in 2021-22, supporting almost 4,000 jobs across the UK.

Drive innovation with us and maximise your impact

We will work to understand your needs and connect you to world-leading research, expertise and facilities. Get in touch to find out how we can bring your ideas to life, make a positive contribution to society and the economy and support your business.

Discover more

To discover our impact in more detail, download the research and knowledge exchange focused abridged version of London Economics’ report - The economic and social impact of the University of Edinburgh.