In addition to attracting and retaining highly skilled people, we also have a strong focus on our homegrown talent to support the sustainable growth of businesses located here. Within both Norfolk & Suffolk, we have developed a strong partnership between businesses, councils, universities and colleges. This has produced skills plans for each of our key sectors as we respond to a rapidly changing world and workplace.  

High performing universities and colleges

The University of East Anglia (UEA), Norwich:

Over 15,000 students

14th in the UK 2019 league table across all subjects 

190th globally in the 2019 world university rankings.

With a broad range of courses across the arts, medicine, sciences and social sciences, UEA leads the way in fields as diverse as climate change, social work, creative writing, international development and food science.


Norwich University of the Arts (NUA), Norwich:

Over 3,400 students

In the Top 10 in the 2018 Good University Guide

Ranked ‘Gold’ by the teaching excellence framework

Rated by Which? University Student Survey 2017 as a ‘top UK university for creative scene’

Specialises in art, design, architecture and media


The University of Suffolk (UOS), Ipswich:

Over 4,600 students

22nd in the UK overall, and in the top 10 for student support, accommodation, courses and lecturers in the 2016 Whatuni Student Choice Awards

New University of Suffolk Digital Skills and Innovation Accelerator

Courses include Law, Social Sciences, Healthcare, Psychology, Science, Technology and Engineering, Arts, Design, Humanities, and Business.


New Anglia Colleges Group:

This collaborative group of 11 separate further education colleges across the region provides a wide range of vocational and academic courses, and also support work-based apprenticeships. They provide vital skills aligned with the needs of businesses of all kinds.

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