Published: 25 July 2023 at 11:43
Impact of ARU Peterborough is recognised at 2023 UK Social Mobility Awards
Anglia Ruskin University (ARU) has been shortlisted for the University of the Year prize at the prestigious UK Social Mobility Awards, thanks to the role ARU Peterborough is playing in advancing social mobility in both the city and the wider region.
The UK Social Mobility Awards, known as the SOMOs, are organised by the charity Making the Leap. In the 2023 University of the Year category, ARU is shortlisted alongside University of Southampton, UWE Bristol, Lancaster University, University of Warwick, and University of Exeter.
Created in partnership with Cambridgeshire & Peterborough Combined Authority (CPCA) and Peterborough City Council (PCC), ARU Peterborough is specifically designed to meet the needs of a city which has been a long-term Higher Education ‘cold spot’, where only 32% of the population have degree level qualifications, compared to a national average of 43%.
ARU Peterborough opened its doors to its first students in September 2022 and by offering a broad range of courses, co-created with more than 170 employers, ARU Peterborough aims to address low participation in Higher Education, boost the regional economy, and improve people’s access to opportunity.
Professor Ross Renton, Principal of ARU Peterborough, said:
The winners of the UK Social Mobility Awards will be announced at an event at the Royal Lancaster London Hotel on Thursday, 12 October.
Meanwhile, ARU has also been shortlisted in three categories of the Green Gown Awards 2023, which celebrate sustainability excellence in UK Higher and Further Education. ARU is a finalist in the Next Generation Learning and Skills category thanks to the innovative Ruskin Modules which bring students together from different courses to create new ways of tackling global societal challenges.
Dr Zareen Pervez Bharucha, of ARU’s Global Sustainability Institute, has been shortlisted for Sustainability Champion for her role in helping to establish the Sustainable Development Goals Working Group and leading data collection within ARU.
And ARU is also shortlisted in the Diversity, Equity & Inclusion in Sustainability category for Energy SHINES, which is project run by ARU’s Global Sustainability Institute to help tackle the under-representation of women in energy research. The winners of the Green Gown Awards 2023 will be announced in November.