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The University of Cambridge in the East of England


A champion for Cambridge and the East

Cambridge is one of the most successful University ecosystems in the world. Our research, spinouts and academics have been influential in bringing sustained growth and employment to Cambridge, as well as to breakthroughs in fields as diverse as astronomy and engineering. As one of the largest employers in the region and one of the most recognisable institutions in the world, we have a unique capacity to ensure that government hears about the diverse needs of eastern England and the investment it must receive to flourish. 

Tackling inequality

Cambridge is undoubtedly an attractive place to live and learn. However, pockets of tremendous success still sit close to areas of significant deprivation. Life expectancy within Cambridge varies by nine years, as does the average between the north and south of Cambridgeshire as a whole. While we encourage all levels of local and national government to address these injustices, we also recognise the role we have to play through our research outputs and local engagement programmes. It is in both our duty and our interest to tackle this challenge.

Contributing to policy

The University of Cambridge has internationally-recognised expertise in fields that are vital to the success of eastern England, from agriculture to healthcare and from housing to big data. We have the capacity to help transform the way people live and work, bringing improvements to productivity in industries that are crucial for growth as well as improvements to living standards for nearby communities. We want to help integrate this expertise into regional and national policy.

Taking action

As the University grows so too does the demand on the city’s infrastructure and skills base. While we continue to work as a delivery partner on major infrastructure bodies like the Greater Cambridge Partnership, we also recognise that the University may from time to time need to take direct action of its own to help alleviate pressure. The University has already released 700 of 3,000 new homes at Eddington, a University housing development, and has recently subsidised bus routes for commuters and local authorities.

In addition to our infrastructure contributions, we also offer various cultural, educational and skills programmes to communities throughout the East. We run three major festivals that attract over 100,000 visitors every year and spend roughly £10m annually on widening participation programmes, many of which are tailored towards schools and educational providers across Cambridgeshire, Norfolk and Suffolk.