The impact of Birmingham

Thank you to all alumni who completed an online questionnaire to help us assess the economic, social, and cultural impact of the University of Birmingham.

Alumni feedback word cloud, biggest words: experience, great, Birmingham, time, life, loved

Words alumni used to describe their University experience. Source: London Economics' analysis of University of Birmingham alumni data. © Zygomatic

Your responses are helping us understand the benefits that alumni like you have derived from completing a higher education programme here.

More than 8,000 of you filled out the survey in October, and 94% of you indicated that your time here had improved your ability to do your job. 85% said they had got a better job and 81% believe their level of interest in heir job had improved as a result of their studies.

University is a time for making friends and 91% of you confirmed that you had developed friendships and met new people here at Birmingham. And 81%-86% of alumni experienced increased self-esteem or increased self-confidence as a result of their qualification.

Dr Jo Barraclough (nee Hartwell) (MSc Physics with Astrophysics, 2000; PhD Physics and Astronomy, 2004) was one of the thousands of alumni with positive responses to the survey (for two more, see the sidebar): ‘Both my degrees have been a great asset throughout my career as a clinical scientist,' she says.

'I have incredibly fond memories of my time there and will be forever grateful for the friends, memories and husband(!) that I obtained along the way. There is no doubt that my time at the University has had, and will continue to have, a positive influence on my life. I'm very proud to be a University of Birmingham alumna.'

The survey statistics have been fed into a wider study of the University’s impact in Birmingham, the UK and across the globe that will help influence our future strategy. Read more about this in the gallery below.