The University of East Anglia (UEA) contributed over half a billion pounds to the Norfolk and Suffolk economy during the 2013-14 academic year. Those are the findings of independent research by Viewforth Consulting, with the figure increasing to more than £800million when the entire Eastern Region is taken into consideration.

The figures show that:

  • The UEA helped to support 3,896 full time jobs in Norwich – just under 5% of all employment.
  • It also supports a further 1,413 jobs across the rest of Norfolk and Suffolk.

All of this comes at a time when the university has announced plans for how it hopes to expand over the next 15 years. On Wednesday the university’s Vice-chancellor, David Richardson, announced the new UEA 2030 vision. That strategy will see £300million worth of investment into the university’s campus, with half earmarked for new developments and the other half spent making existing buildings fit for the 21st century.

It is hoped the additional investment will help to raise the university’s profile and make it one of the leading education institutions in the world. Should all go to plan, the university expects to increase its student intake by 3,000 in the next decade – a 20% increase on current levels.

Decorating the Refurbished Paston House

At BMA Specialist Coatings we have seen first-hand how the university has grown in recent years. Just last summer we explained how we are had worked with leading contractor, Morgan Sindall, to undertake work as part of the refurbishment of Paston House on the university’s main campus. That work saw our experienced operatives decorating:

  • 288 Bedrooms
  • En-suite bathrooms
  • Kitchens
  • Ceilings
  • Hallways
  • Stairwells

This project was a real test of our resources. All work was completed during the summer break and we were therefore required to complete in time for returning students to move in ahead of the new term. Due to the size of the rooms, our operatives had to paint each room by hand and ensure cutting in was completed to the highest standard. Despite this, we were delighted to be able to complete the work ahead of schedule.

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