Essex universities recognised for business links

This week David Cameron gave a speech to announce backing for the University of Essex Knowledge Gateway to support new science projects at universities and high tech industries. The aim is to turn science into growth.  This is part of further investment in the region’s science, defence and energy sectors building on the University’s established track record of innovation and partnerships with business.

“Our long term economic plan is working in the East of England. The region has 80,000 more businesses and the fastest growth in employment in England outside London. I am determined to go further and we will keep working through our plan to secure a brighter future for hardworking people across the East of England by making the most of the region’s strengths in science, defence and energy, ensuring we have world-class infrastructure and backing business to create more jobs.”

Prime Minister, David Cameron

Essex universities in the headlines

Two Essex universities have recently been in the headlines for highlighting the county as a prime location for research and business. The University of Essex and Anglia Ruskin University (ARU) both offer world class facilities for research, innovation and product development as well as providing established links to the business community.

University of Essex

University of Essex Knowledge Gateway to receive government backing The Knowledge Gateway at the University of Essex is a business community where experts can collaborate, ideas are developed and businesses are enabled to prosper and drive business forward across a range of sectors.

The University of Essex has recently appointed a new Dean of the Essex Business School, Professor Geoffrey Wood, a respected business journal editor, whose research focusses on corporate governance and firm finance. The University Business School based is the largest business school in the county and offers continuous professional development whilst utilising business links through the Knowledge Gateway.

Anglia Ruskin University

Anglia Ruskin Finance Society launched at Anglia Ruskin UniversityThe ARU campus in Chelmsford is expanding its business links with the recent launch of the Anglia Ruskin Finance Society. The Society has been established by students with support from academics within the Lord Ashcroft International Business School. It plans to hold regular talks and networking events on campus for professionals working in the finance sector.

The Lord Ashcroft International Business School at ARU is a leading practice-based business school committed to business and management education. They offer design bespoke work-based learning programmes aligning study to the needs of employee and organisation alike with an emphasis on learning in business about business.

“We aim to use the society as a platform to establish a research, innovation and education community, bringing academics and students together with business professionals. The Lord Ashcroft International Business School is already established as a leader in finance education and consultancy within the region, preparing students to enter the workforce as entrepreneurs and business leaders. The Anglia Ruskin Finance Society will expand on this and offer exciting opportunities to the local community for professional development and networking.”

Dr Hermann Rapp, Senior Lecturer in Management Practice and President of the Anglia Ruskin Finance Society

This is the latest development from the Business School which recently opened a £160,000 Bloomberg Financial Markets Lab on the Chelmsford Campus. Anglia Ruskin has previously been recognised for its enterprise when it was named Entrepreneurial University of the Year 2014 by Times Higher Education.

Sources [University of Essex] & [Anglia Ruskin University]

Emma Wakeling
Emma Wakeling

Business Innovation Manager

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Leading on the Essex Innovation Programme and developing new support mechanisms to enable Essex businesses to grow. Managing a team of experienced private sector business mentors who work closely with multi-sectoral established businesses and start-ups to embed innovative practices. Focusing on product (including intellectual property), process, organisational and marketing innovation. Developing key collaborative strategic partnerships with industry and academia.