We're very proud to have been awarded Entrepreneurial University of the Year in the 2014 Times Higher Education (THE) Awards. THE were impressed with a number of initiatives which contributed to us achieving the award.
Anglia Ruskin has sought to promote the concept of entrepreneurship among students, staff and alumni – and this has led to significant growth in student numbers and income.
There are many signs of this entrepreneurial focus throughout our university.
For example, our MedTech Campus is one of the world’s largest health innovation spaces (the Clinical Trials Unit works with commercial sponsors to bring business and academic rigour to health research, thereby cutting the time it takes to bring innovations to market). The Degrees at Work project has boosted the availability of higher education in the workplace. And Ixion, a not-for profit group and university subsidiary, provides enterprise support to 5,000 start-ups (almost three-quarters of them still trading after six months).
In terms of personnel, Anglia Ruskin’s entrepreneurial mindset is reflected in the fact that five of our senior staff attended the sector’s Entrepreneurial University Leaders Programme. Our appointment of entrepreneurs-in-residence and student enterprise champions offers further evidence.
Our growing reputation in this field is reflected both in extensive media coverage and in the number of international companies relocating to work with MedTech.
Keith Burnley, chief executive officer at the National Centre for Entrepreneurship in Education and one of our judges, praised Anglia Ruskin for a 'strategic approach to entrepreneurship in the fields of health and social care, and its commitment to local and regional partners.'
Anglia Ruskin's courses, he added, 'prepare entrepreneurial graduates as well as graduate entrepreneurs. The Degrees at Work team has delivered highly valued customer- and demand-led work-based learning.'
Find out more about the initiatives which contributed to our win: