Areas of Support

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At Anglia Ruskin we are making a difference in so many ways. Please look at the different areas of support where we are making a difference to see how you could help us do more.


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Arts and Culture

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Anglia Ruskin has more than 150 years' history of promoting excellence in the arts. Our art students achieve great success and we have many prize winners, including for the prestigious MacMillan Prize for Children's Picture Book Illustration, which we have won for the last three years. Whether you're interested in drama, fashion, printing, textiles, photography, digital arts or music - Anglia Ruskin is making a difference to the arts.

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Dr Supanee Gazeley Award for Fine Art

The award is designed to recognise the value of the arts and the importance of nurturing new talent. It is an award to support and encourage Fine Art students in further developing their work. 

Georgie Ross is the winner of the 2015 award.  She said:

"It is an honour to receive recognition for my Degree Show exhibit in this way, particularly as I stood amongst such an accomplished group of individuals."

Georgie Ross, 2015 Prize winner


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Like you, we care about our environment and the world in which we live. Our research covers areas including the protection of endangered species, such as tiger conservation in India, climate change, renewable energy and sustainability. We are working on the bigger picture of how to make our planet a more eco-friendly and sustainable place.

Protecting endangered species

One example is our scientists who are working in southern Tanzania looking into the decline of a number of species, including the Udzungwa Red Colobus, a monkey which is found nowhere else in the world. Our research shows the huge impact of human activities and recommends urgent action. PhD student Amani Kitegile said: "Human threats, especially from hunting and forest-degradation, are behind these declining trends."

As a result, the Tanzanian Government are now taking action to upgrade some of the forests to nature reserves to try and protect these animals.

Tackling climate change

Our Global Sustainability Institute (GSI) was established in 2011 as part of our commitment to sustainability. Led by Dr Aled Jones, the GSI is working with the UK Government and other major organisations across the world to help shape policy and research in four key areas: Climate Action and Cultural Systems; Behaviour Change and Decision Making; Resource Management and Ecosystems Services; and Education for Sustainability.

Through these partnerships, the Global Sustainability Institute at Anglia Ruskin is helping to make our world a more sustainable place.

Health and Wellbeing

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We conduct medical research with the emphasis on common conditions that often affect people's everyday lives. Your donation will fund research into burns injuries, glaucoma and children and adults who are benefiting from a wide range of therapies including music and drama therapy. Our research impacts on the health of people across the UK and the rest of the world.

Burns injuries

A new joint venture between the internationally renowned St Andrews Burns Unit - which covers a population of 3.2 million and a regional service for 9.8 million people - and Anglia Ruskin will make a difference to those who have suffered from major burns. Burn injury affects thousands of people each year in the UK and recent advances in burn care have saved many lives but have also left many patients living with severely disfiguring scars.

The Scar Analysis Laboratory is a new joint venture between St Andrews Plastic Surgery Centre and our University which is working to find ways to improve the appearance of scars for both adults and children. Essential to the success of this project is the purchase of a new state-of-the-art 3D laser scanner and spectrophotometer. Images from this 3D scanner will be used to analyse and feed back on current reconstructive surgeries and the spectrophotometer will analyse tissue samples to improve the outcomes of future surgeries for burn injured patients.

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Music Therapy

Music therapy uses improvised music to treat people suffering from learning difficulties, autism, dementia, depression and a whole range of mental disabilities. Music therapy has also made a key contribution to patient care for those suffering as a result of physical or sexual abuse, HIV or post-traumatic stress. Working through live interactive music or through listening to music can help relationships and improve psychological health for many people so music therapists interact with patients through music, establishing a means of communication without always using words

Music Therapy at Anglia Ruskin was established on the Cambridge campus in 1994 and, in addition to providing the first MA in Music Therapy training in the UK, the department is a centre for excellence in research. In 2005, our Music Therapy Clinic was opened, serving the community in Cambridgeshire and the surrounding area. We provide treatment for many local groups, charities and voluntary organisations, private individuals as well as statutory health, education and social services.

"The skills I have been learning about on my Anglia Ruskin MA Music Therapy course, and whilst on training placements, are being used effectively in a very different cultural setting. This has reinforced my conviction as to the immense power of music therapy to change lives, as well as giving me all sorts of new ideas to use in my own clinical work."

Caroline Swinburne, Music Therapy MA, after visiting the Music Therapy Community Clinic in Cape Town, South Africa

If you wish to support music therapy specifically, you can do so by clicking the 'Donate' button and selecting 'Anglia Ruskin Music Therapy Appeal' on our online donation page.

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If you have any questions or would like to support a more specific area of our University, please contact the Development Office at or by telephone on 01245 684722.