RoSPA award puts Anglia Ruskin at the very top of its class

Published: 26 August 2010 at 10:57

‘Diamond’ award proves full commitment to a strong health and safety culture

Anglia Ruskin University has achieved a level 5 Quality Safety Audit Award (QSA) from the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA), an accolade held by no other educational establishment in the UK. 

Anglia Ruskin received a level 4 Quality Safety Award in May 2007 which put it among the top 10% of organisations using the rigorous QSA system and number one for organisations within the education sector. This latest award will keep it in its pioneering health and safety position within the UK.

RoSPA’s mission is to save lives and reduce injuries and its quality procedures have been implemented  by Anglia Ruskin over recent years to protect the population of 28 000 students and 1000 academic staff, based at the two main campus sites in Chelmsford and Cambridge The scope of these awards covers, not part but, the whole organisation.

A presentation of the certification by Errol Taylor has recently been staged with Vice Chancellor Professor Michael Thorne receiving the award on behalf of Anglia Ruskin University on Rivermead campus.

Errol Taylor, RoSPA’s Deputy Chief Executive, acknowledges Anglia Ruskin University’s lead within the education sector:

"This award is the highest possible achievement in the QSA scheme and it means that Anglia Ruskin has retained its position as leading educational establishment using QSA."

"QSA is RoSPA’s unique audit tool for making an in-depth assessment of an organisation’s overarching health and safety management system."

"Anglia Ruskin’s recent audit, its fourth in nine years, found that a great deal of good work, led by a team of dedicated professionals, is ongoing. A wide range of issues is being covered including insurance, corporate risk, first aid and fire safety, all of which are being addressed in the challenging environment of a transient university population."

"The health and safety professionals are supported by a strong leadership team that is fully committed to developing a strong health and safety culture.  Our congratulations go to all on this tremendous performance."

Anglia Ruskin’s Risk Management team, headed up by Head of Risk Management Paul Varley, has used QSA to help drive continuous improvement in delivering a robust system for managing all risks.

Giving thanks to the Risk Management team at Anglia Ruskin University, Vice Chancellor Professor Michael Thorne said:

"This top level award proves that we are doing everything we can, and more, to provide a safe and secure environment for our students and staff to work."

"We have always been ahead of other educational establishments and we are extremely proud that we are maintaining this position within the whole of the UK."

Head of Risk Management Paul Varley concluded:

"This award is a remarkable achievement for everyone at Anglia Ruskin."

"We firmly believe in championing the importance of sensible, pragmatic Health and Safety."

"My personal thanks would begin at the top where good Health and Safety starts, for the Board, Mike our Vice Chancellor and every member of staff who have made this possible, but with an extra special thanks to the Faculty safety coordinators who deal with Health and Safety as part of their everyday activities."

"We will continue to embed a sensible pragmatic approach to Health and Safety which allows us to provide a safe environment to all our students and staff."

It was during March that a Quality Safety Auditor from RoSPA visited Anglia Ruskin to carry out a full Health and Safety audit which lasted five days. From this visit the award was earned for reaching certain levels of safety throughout all Anglia Ruskin campuses. The awards range from a level 1 to level 5, the highest award.

The Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents is a registered charity established over 80 years ago and aims to campaign for change, influence opinion, contribute to debate, educate and inform.


By providing information, advice, resources and training, RoSPA is actively involved in the promotion of safety and the prevention of accidents in all areas of life - at work, in the home, and on the roads, in schools, at leisure and on (or near) water.