Education is inclusive at Anglia Ruskin

Published: 17 July 2014 at 15:44

Millions spent on allowing access to students with “lower-income” backgrounds

More than £8million invested by Anglia Ruskin has supported people who otherwise may not have been able to afford to go to university, improving their long-term prospects.

A report released today by OFFA (Office for Fair Access) shows Anglia Ruskin spent 41.7% of higher fees on improving access to university, well above the national average of 27%.

Of 3,342 new full-time students who began their courses in September 2012, the year when universities were allowed to charge up to £9,000 for tuition fees, 2,164, or 64.75%, were so-called OFFA-countable (where their household income is £42,600 or below).

The amount spent by Anglia Ruskin on supporting OFFA-countable students in 2012/13 was £8.2million, one of the biggest investments by any English university. About £528,000 of this was received from a Government National Scholarship Programme, while £489,000 was spent on outreach work to raise aspirations and attainment levels among people from disadvantaged backgrounds.

Professor Michael Thorne, Vice Chancellor of Anglia Ruskin University, said:

“We feel strongly that it is important that people from all walks of life are able to study at university and to gain the skills to go into whatever career they choose.
“Anglia Ruskin University has invested millions of pounds in bright people who, for whatever reason, would otherwise have struggled to realise their potential. We are confident that, as a result, these students will go on to do us proud.”