Merger takes place between Anglia Ruskin University (ARU) and Writtle College

Education: Secondary / Sun 3rd Mar 2024 at 10:05am

THE merger between Anglia Ruskin University (ARU) and Writtle University College – a landmark event in UK Higher Education – has formally taken place.

Writtle University College is now ARU Writtle, in a move that provides a sustainable, long-term future for one of the oldest specialist institutions in the UK.

Over the next five years, ARU will invest £10million to improve the Writtle campus estate, near Chelmsford, Essex, and develop and extend the education and research opportunities at ARU Writtle.

Writtle was established in 1893 and has particular expertise in the areas of agriculture, horticulture, equine and canine studies, and animal management. ARU Writtle will continue to offer its full range of degree courses.

A specialist Further Education college, called Writtle College, has also been established to maintain the current course provision for 16-18-year-olds and provide a range of opportunities for adult learners.

Over 300 Writtle staff have joined ARU as part of the merger, which will allow ARU – the Times Higher Education University of the Year – to develop and extend its strengths across both education and research, as well as broaden and deepen its regional partnerships and impact.

Professor Roderick Watkins, Vice Chancellor of Anglia Ruskin University (ARU), said: “This is an exciting time and a significant milestone in our history.

“We are delighted to have merged with Writtle University College, and together we will build on their excellent reputation and vision to achieve sustained growth in Higher and Further Education.

“Our collective academic expertise in fields including animal, environmental, health and sports sciences will help us to support and expand both education and research at the Writtle campus.

“What makes this merger so significant, and sets us up for future success, is our shared values, and how we place our students at the heart of our institutions. We warmly welcome Writtle’s staff and students to ARU.”


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2 Comments for Merger takes place between Anglia Ruskin University (ARU) and Writtle College:

David Forman
2024-03-04 01:03:08

I hope this will not mean that the agricultural side of the college will close? Too many agricultural colleges have already closed, such as Newton Rigg College in Cumbria in 2021 and Berkshire College of Agriculture in 2022. After all, HTS (Property & Environment) send their gardening staff to Writtle College for short courses. Perhaps, our ever so switched on opposition Labour councillors would like to ask a question on this issue at this month's Cabinet meeting?

James Rolfe
2024-03-06 09:45:16

We are proud that Writtle is nationally recognised for its agriculture and horticulture courses. The merger between Writtle and ARU ensures that these courses will continue to thrive at what is now ARU Writtle, where they will be delivered by excellent teaching in a supportive environment. James Rolfe, Chief Operating Officer, Anglia Ruskin University (ARU)

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