Published: 5 September 2014 at 14:38
Anglia Ruskin is shortlisted for national award from Times Higher Education
Anglia Ruskin University has been recognised for its entrepreneurial spirit by judges from the Times Higher Education Awards.
In November, Anglia Ruskin will discover if it has won Entrepreneurial University of the Year 2014, having been shortlisted for the award.
The nomination was received following a successful bid which detailed vision and strategy, culture and mind set, entrepreneurial impact and policy and practice.
Forming part of Anglia Ruskin’s submission were the new MedBic, a facility hosting medical and engineering start-up firms which can tap into university expertise to help speed products to market, and the Postgraduate Medical Institute, established in partnership with the NHS. Anglia Ruskin’s entrepreneurial activities helped to generate £30.1million in additional income in 2012/13 – an amount that has doubled in the last five years.
Anglia Ruskin owns Ixion Holdings – a not-for-profit group of companies that aims to help individuals innovate and grow – and has forged worldwide links with associated colleges with over 10,000 students. The award-winning Degrees at Work scheme has also teamed up with companies and organisations such as Harrods, Barclays and the RAF.
Students are encouraged to become entrepreneurial graduates, with 4.5% of graduates going on to launch new businesses. Competitions such as Big Pitch and Little Pitch are run to encourage innovation, and StartUp labs are available in both Chelmsford and Cambridge.
In addition, Anglia Ruskin’s Lord Ashcroft International Business School has recently launched a MSc course in Entrepreneurial Management.
Professor Lesley Dobree, Deputy Vice Chancellor, said: