Anglia Ruskin’s 25 years of making a difference

Published: 16 June 2017 at 09:00

Gold balloons spelling out 25 with the sky in the background

A quarter of a century of university status has yielded huge contribution to East of England

Anglia Ruskin University is today celebrating 25 years of university status, during which time it has made huge contributions to the communities of Chelmsford, Cambridge, Peterborough and the wider region.

During the past quarter of a century, more than 140,000 people have achieved a higher education qualification from Anglia Ruskin, studying courses from Architecture to Zoology. 

And in that time Anglia Ruskin has conducted important research that has made a significant difference to the East of England and further afield.  According to the most recent 2014 Research Excellence Framework, Anglia Ruskin is currently carrying out “world-leading research” in 12 different areas.

Anglia Ruskin University has trained more than 10,000 nurses and midwives, in addition to social workers and other healthcare professionals. It has forged strong partnerships with NHS Trusts throughout the region and is working to bring a new undergraduate medical school to Essex to help address the acute shortage of doctors in the region.

Every year, Anglia Ruskin supports around 2,000 businesses which approach it for internships and collaborative programmes. Facilities at the university include a £6million business innovation centre and a Bloomberg Financial Markets Lab which provides students with an experience as close as possible to a real financial institution.

In 2014, Anglia Ruskin was named Entrepreneurial University of the Year by Times Higher Education magazine, and in 2016 won the Duke of York’s award for University Entrepreneurship at the Lloyds Bank National Business Awards.

At the heart of Anglia Ruskin’s ethos is a commitment to offering opportunities to students from a wide range of academic and societal backgrounds to reach their full potential.

Professor Iain Martin, Vice Chancellor of Anglia Ruskin University, said: 

“On 16 June 1992 we became a university, a milestone in a history that started in 1858 with John Ruskin's Inaugural Address at the opening of the Cambridge School of Art. The transformational power of education, widening participation and innovation became part of our institutional DNA from that day onwards. 

“Today, we launch our new strategy ‘Designing our Future 2017-26’. The strategy links our foundations to our future and how through our education, research and innovation we help to shape the future of our students and the communities we work with across the region and globally.

“Our success will continue to be defined by the positive impact we have on the lives of our students and the communities we serve.  By weaving together our values, our approach to addressing challenges and prioritising those areas where we can make the greatest impact, we will create a distinctive university that is entrepreneurial in nature, strongly focused on our students and fully inclusive of all who want to study, work or partner with us.”

A year-long programme of special events to celebrate the milestone starts today. For further information, visit