New name, new era

Published: 5 October 2005 at 13:00

Anglia Ruskin University chosen from 200 suggestions.

Anglia Polytechnic University today announced that it is changing its name to Anglia Ruskin University. 

Says Professor David Tidmarsh, Vice Chancellor:

"The term "polytechnic" was confusing. Not only is it outdated in the UK, but it also means different things to different people. We want to remove this confusion and make sure that our name reflects the high quality of the education and services we provide.”

"The new name marks a period of substantial growth and development for this University. We will be investing £55 million in our campus infrastructure over the next few years. We are refining our curriculum to meet the needs of our 28,000 students and their potential employers, and we are increasing our efforts to make a high quality university education accessible to all."

Anglia Ruskin University was selected from over 200 suggestions following a lengthy period of consultation.

Tidmarsh explains:

"Our history goes back to 1858, when eminent Victorian John Ruskin opened the School of Art in Cambridge, now part of the current campus, Ruskin was a mould-breaking educator, deeply committed to making higher education accessible to all and passionate about teaching work-relevant skills. Like Ruskin, we are constantly striving to widen our student pool, and to develop top quality courses and research projects that are relevant to the world today. These are values that have been embedded in this University from its foundation through to the present, and they remain at the core of all our activities.”

"Anglia Ruskin University attracts over 90% of its students from state schools and over 93% of our graduates enter employment or further studies within six months of finishing their degrees."

The new name received Privy Council approval on 29 September, 2005

Welcome to your new University, Anglia Ruskin.