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Anglia Ruskin University joins University Alliance

Published: 2 July 2020 at 11:16

The Lord Ashcroft Building on Anglia Ruskin's Chelmsford campus

UA represents 12 leading universities in technical and professional education

University Alliance (UA) has today announced that Anglia Ruskin University (ARU) has officially joined the mission group.

UA represents 12 of the country’s best large to mid-sized universities who are leaders in technical and professional education. Alliance universities are known for their close links with industry, professions and employers, and for their delivery of public sector workforce skills and training.

ARU’s membership will be effective from 1 August having been formally ratified at the UA director members’ meeting on 2 June 2020.

Professor Roderick Watkins, Vice Chancellor of ARU, said:

"As one of the leading providers of public service degrees in the country, we are very proud of the innovative, inclusive and entrepreneurial education and research taking place at ARU.

“The University Alliance provides an important and influential voice for its member institutions and as our goals align so well, it is a pleasure to be joining. I look forward to working collaboratively to ensure we meet the social and economic challenges ahead, and support our communities in their recovery from Covid-19.”


Chair of University Alliance and Vice-Chancellor of the University of Brighton, Professor Debra Humphris said:

“We are delighted to welcome Anglia Ruskin University to the Alliance. With their drive to support students, local industry and communities they typify the strengths and values of an Alliance University.

“As the sector continues to face unprecedented challenges, UA will be ensuring professional and technical universities have a strong and united voice to navigate safely through these uncertain times and emerge stronger than ever.”


Vanessa Wilson, University Alliance CEO, said:

“I am thrilled to formally welcome Anglia Ruskin University to the Alliance. I am pleased that our work to champion the vital impact of technical and professional universities continues to attract those who share in our vision.

“There has never been a more important time for us all come together under a shared mission and goal, where collaboration is key to meeting the challenges of the coming months. We want to support Alliance universities in realising their ambitions to serve their communities and power the national economic, social and cultural recovery post Covid-19.”