This year saw our students and staff return to campus, as we continued to adapt in the wake of COVID-19.
Our mission puts students at the heart of ARU, and we're delighted to see how they continue to achieve great things – despite, or in some cases because of, the challenges raised by the pandemic. Congratulations to our students for their many successes in 2020-21, including the Mental Health Nurse of the Year, the Student Nurse of the Year, the top prize at the Royal Television Society’s Midlands Student Television Awards, and the New Talent category at the World Illustration Awards.
Research, innovation and sustainability are also hugely important at ARU. In December we unveiled an ambitious strategy to put sustainability at the heart of everything we do, including our curriculum. And we've continued to forge ahead with our research work and partnerships. In June we were chosen to deliver the NHS Clinical Entrepreneurship Programme which aims to nurture healthcare innovations from across the country.
At the same time we confirmed our place among the world’s leading universities when ARU was once again ranked one of the top 350 global higher education institutions. We were also placed number 1 in the East of England for full-time graduate employment – an achievement underscored by the development of ARU Peterborough, a new employment-focused university opening in 2022.
Throughout the year, the safety and welfare of our students and staff has continued to be our top priority. In the midst of exciting developments, rapid change and unpredictable events, we've worked hard to care for each other. As ever, we celebrate our sense of community at ARU.