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Link-up adds flavour to ARU Peterborough offer

Published: 8 September 2022 at 11:00

Exterior of new ARU Peterborough building

New university has forged a partnership with leading flavour company McCormick

A new partnership between the UK’s newest university and a leading flavour company has been agreed to increase opportunities for students and the community.
ARU Peterborough has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with McCormick to collaborate in developing new courses and apprenticeships, internship and placement opportunities for students, and research opportunities.
McCormick, which produces herbs, spices, seasonings and sauces, opened a new factory in Peterborough in 2021, creating approximately 300 jobs. The site, just east of the A1(M) and south of the Fletton Parkway, was chosen as a location to reduce the miles in the company’s supply chains, and the new 93,000m2 building is on track to become McCormick’s first net zero carbon building across construction and operations.
The agreement is the latest business collaboration struck by ARU Peterborough, which is working closely with local employers to secure employability opportunities for students, and ensure they stay in the region after they graduate.
Professor Ross Renton, Principal of ARU Peterborough, said:

“McCormick is a significant employer for the region and the construction of its new factory was a huge boost for the city.
“In turn, this partnership will contribute to our goal of acting as a pipeline for a higher-skilled workforce of the future, trained in the skills needed by employers. I look forward to working closely with McCormick as we look to develop opportunities for our students and for the region as a whole.”

McCormick Senior HR Director, Esther Darling, said:

“We are delighted to have reached this agreement to strengthen our connections with ARU Peterborough. Attracting the very best talent and supporting the communities where we live, work and source from are key components of our long-term growth plans. We look forward to working with the university to develop compelling courses and experiences for ARU students.”

ARU Peterborough is a partnership between the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Combined Authority, Peterborough City Council and Anglia Ruskin University (ARU).
The first phase of ARU Peterborough, University House, has now been completed, and the university will welcome its first students this month.