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Talent in Norwich

We all know business is really about people. You want the best working with you, and you want the contacts who’ll enable you and your organisation to flourish. It’s not about settling for what you can get: it’s about ensuring your business has the talent to make it work.

With two Gold Teaching Excellence Framework universities in the centre of the city, spanning the creative and academic, Norwich’s homegrown talent is unbeatable. Norwich University of the Arts (NUA) is top 5 in the creative sector, with graduates in design, film, architecture and more, whilst the University of East Anglia (UEA) is renowned for its business school, cutting-edge environmental science research, and creative writing.

It’s no wonder our share of highly skilled people is two times higher than in the rest of the UK, or that we have a large economically active population. The city draws people in from around the region too; Norwich is a professional hub for a large catchment, pulling talent from Norfolk, Suffolk, and Cambridgeshire.

Credit: UEA
Credit: UEA
Norwich has two Gold Teaching Excellence Framework universities curating vital world-leading research.

A wealth of talent

  • 95% of graduates enter the labour market or continue studies within 6 months of graduation with high average graduate salaries

  • 40% of graduates choose to stay in Norwich

  • Two Gold Teaching Excellence Framework universities curating vital world-leading research.

  • Innovative collaboration between SMEs and Norwich’s universities

  • Student population of 19,000 (UEA+NUA)

The University of East Anglia (UEA)

The UEA has cemented its position as a world top 100 university for Life Sciences degrees (THE World Ranking 2022).

The UEA is ranked regularly within the top 25 of UK university league tables, bringing the best young minds to the city. Built just outside the city, less than 5km from the centre, the UEA shares its site with Norwich Research Park, a globally acclaimed research park housing four international centres of excellence, letting students learn from the best in the business by getting unique first-hand experiences. It’s unsurprising that more than 40% of UEA graduates chose to stay in Norwich, enriching the already strong talent pool with tomorrow’s leaders which are already helping develop Norwich’s finance, tech and digital sectors, with university league tables highlighting the UEAs expertise across biological and environmental sciences, and business.

The UEA launched Gateways to Growth, a £1m project, designed to unlock graduate talent through connections with Norwich’s thriving SMEs, supporting and organizing internship schemes and offering enhanced skills training. Gateways to Growth involves 1,600 SMEs across Norfolk, supporting 750 graduates over three years.

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Norwich University of the Arts (NUA)

For over 170 years, NUA has been at the centre of Norwich’s creative outputs as the second top Arts University and the highest ranked outside of London.

Committing to providing vocational, practice led courses has put Norwich on the map for creative industries, letting talented NUA graduates explore, develop and challenge themselves from different perspectives. 1 in 8 businesses in the UK are creative businesses, employing over 2 million people and contributing £111.7 billion to the UK economy. Businesses in Norwich benefit from NUA’s talent, with 95% of graduates going into employment or further education.

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NUA, Norwich University of the Arts, Duke Street Riverside, Norwich, England, UK by Hudson Architects