18 Nov Anglia Ruskin University wins prestigious National Business Award
Anglia Ruskin University has won the The Duke of York Award for University Entrepreneurship
The Lloyds Bank National Business Awards bring together many of the UK’s most competitive businesses, to highlight and recognise their specific areas of expertise.
Anglia Ruskin University works in partnership with key stakeholders to foster, facilitate and support enterprise and entrepreneurship. This commitment coupled with an entrepreneurial approach and culture has contributed to the significant growth in recent years of both student numbers and income.
These changes are reflected in their MedTech Campus, one of the world’s largest health innovation spaces and Postgradauate Medical Institute, established in partnership with the NHS, which is a hot-bed of enterprise and innovation. Their Clinical Trials Unit works with commercial sponsors applying commercial and academic rigour to health research, accelerating time to market, has generated £5m and is a Quintiles Prime site. It has also allowed for the development of The MedBIC, their Business Innovation Centre for Medical and Advanced Engineering, which is a key entrepreneurial hub for Essex, attracting medical and engineering start-ups and is fully occupied. They are also the owners of Ixion, which provides enterprise support for over 5,000 business start-ups with 73% still trading after six months.
Enterprise and Entrepreneurship education, training and support is embedded into the current curricular of all Faculties and is therefore available to over 25,000 students and a further 15,000 students studying at one of their partner institutions either in the UK, Europe or Internationally. This support is aimed at raising student awareness, mind-set, confidence and ability to pursue an entrepreneurial career, and currently circa 6% of their graduates per annum start new businesses.
The Post-graduate Medical Institute (PMI), MedTech Campus and MedBIC reflect their strategic focus on entrepreneurship and the application of enterprising skills and mind-sets to build on their strong reputation in the fields of health and social care. They emphasise their commitment to local and regional partners and successfully engage with a range of stakeholders, as well as continue to expand with proposals to develop an undergraduate medical school with huge support from local NHS Bodies in Essex.
The judges felt that Anglia Ruskin University have injected enterprise and innovation throughout the curriculum whilst working in partnership with key stakeholders. Their commitment to entrepreneurship and fostering a driven culture has led to initiatives such as the MedTech Campus, one of the world’s largest health innovation spaces.