Anglia Ruskin University to transfer ownership of health school from Homerton College

Published: 11 October 2005 at 14:11

Following negotiations over a period of months, it has been agreed that Anglia Ruskin University (formerly APU) will acquire the Homerton School of Health Studies formerly owned by Homerton College in Cambridge.

Both the University's Institute of Health and Social Care (IHSC) and the Homerton School of Health Studies (HSHS) offer a wide range of courses in health care, including Nursing and Midwifery and both have developed increasingly strong links over recent years. Undergraduate programmes at Homerton School of Health Studies are currently validated by Anglia Ruskin and the School is a designated partner of the University.

Anglia Ruskin's Vice-Chancellor, Professor David Tidmarsh, said:

"Many people within the healthcare sector will already be aware of the close and well-established partnership that exists between the School of Health Studies at Homerton and our own Institute of Health and Social Care. We see the transfer of this activity from Homerton as very much a way of fully capitalising on the potential, strengths and expertise of these two educational providers.”

"What we want to do is to achieve growth, to enable diversification and to take full advantage of the many business and academic opportunities which we are identifying. The transfer of ownership provides an extremely good fit with our vision of enhancing the scope and continuously improving the quality of the University's health-related activities throughout the Eastern region and beyond. We already have substantial health service contracts in the Essex region and, with the support of the Workforce Development Confederation in Essex, we are about to invest in a new £8m Institute of Health and Social Care building on our Chelmsford site."

Professor Mike Cook, the Dean of Anglia Ruskin's Institute of Health and Social Care, said:

"The transfer of ownership reflected the University's commitment to improve the health and social care of individuals and communities in East Anglia, and more widely, through high quality education, research and consultancy."

Anglia Ruskin has been placed in the top 20 universities within the UK for its Nursing and Social Care degree courses. In the recently published Times Good University Guide, the University was ranked 11th in the country for Nursing and 15th for Social Care, out of a total of around 60 universities with similar degree courses.