University praised for its entrepreneurial spirit

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:

“We are delighted to be recognised for our commitment to working in partnership with a range of stakeholders to foster, facilitate and support enterprise and entrepreneurship. This commitment, along with an entrepreneurial approach and culture, has contributed to our significant growth in recent years, both here in the East of England and internationally.
“We are an ambitious university and have taken deliberate steps to encourage enterprise and entrepreneurship amongst our students and staff. Our growing reputation and the associated impact of our entrepreneurial activity has attracted external interest shown through many conferences presentations and hosting visits. Being on the shortlist for this award recognises the enthusiastic and innovative work of our staff and students.”

Fellow nominees in this category are University College London, the University of Central Lancashire, University of Chester, Kingston University and Teeside University, The winner will be announced on 27 November during a ceremony at the Grosvenor House Hotel, London.