Anglia Ruskin commits to Armed Forces pledge

Published: 21 April 2016 at 14:30

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University provides courses for serving RAF, Army and Navy personnel

Anglia Ruskin University, which provides courses for RAF, Army and Navy personnel, has become the first university in the East of England to sign up to the Armed Forces Corporate Covenant.

The two key principles of the covenant are that no member of the Armed Forces Community should face disadvantage in the provision of public and commercial services compared with any other citizen; and in some circumstances special treatment may be appropriate, especially for the injured and bereaved. 

By signing the document, Anglia Ruskin recognises the contribution made to the community by regular service personnel, reservists, veterans and military families.

Partnerships between Anglia Ruskin’s Degrees at Work team and the Navy, RAF and the Army mean service personnel can study for a qualification to help them in their roles while they are deployed.

Anglia Ruskin has also pledged to support the employment of veterans, providing work placement and briefing days for injured former service personnel to raise awareness of employment and study opportunities. Employees who choose to be members of the reserve forces will also be supported by accommodating their training and deployment where possible.

Anglia Ruskin’s Degrees at Work team provides flexible and online courses aimed at military spouses so they can progress their studies regardless of location.  The Veterans and Families Institute is also committed to carrying out research for the good of veterans and their families.

Suparna Ghose, Principal Consultant, Degrees at Work, said: 

“Anglia Ruskin University is proud of its association and partnerships with the Armed Forces, forged over several years. Our degrees for armed forces personnel mean they could be studying in environments as diverse as barracks, air bases and submarines.

“The contribution made to our society by service personnel must not be underestimated. By signing the Armed Forces Covenant, we’re again showing our commitment as a forces-friendly university for serving personnel, veterans and military families.”

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