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Aspects The Anglia Ruskin University Alumni Magazine
Cover photo: Detail from Circles by Jane Bryant
In this issue:
Alumni Network Online Directory launched – page 13
Alumnus helps Indian sports people – page 9
How do you make a green generation? – page 29
¢ Photo: University Centre Harlow
A very warm welcome to all our alumni, including those from our prior institutions In Essex:
• Mid-Essex Technical College & School of Art
• Cambridge & County School of Arts, Crafts & Technology
• Anglia Higher Education College
• Brentwood College of Education • Chelmer Institute
• Cambridgeshire Technical College & School of Art
• Essex Institute of Higher Education
• Anglia Higher Education College
• Homerton School of Health Studies
• Anglia Polytechnic University
and from all our partner institutions across the UK Eastern Region and worldwide.
Check out our postgraduate study opportunities at www.anglia.ac.uk There’s never been a better time to study to increase your skills and employability
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In this issue
7 Fran continues to flourish
8 From Cambridge to California
14 2012 Art Awards
18–21 Faculty News
22 International Focus
Especially for Alumni
12 Alumni news bites Snippets of information on our alumni
11 Alumni pin Lapel or tie pin of our University crest
20 Faculty of Science & Technology News from the faculty
11 Alumnus becomes one of our law lecturers Teng Guan Khoo talks of his time studying with us
15 Anglia Ruskin’s internship scheme A chance for you to get involved
28 Honorary Award holders Updates on four of our Honorary Doctors
26 Faith and food in Chelmsford Tim Partridge on his work for a charity 7
Fran continues to flourish in ‘retirement’ Fran Williamson, mentor to GB team Paralympians From Cambridge to California Niall Smith, Marketing Manager at WDM Group
16 Have you written your Will? Claire Read, Partner in Birkett Long 9
Mrinal helps Indian sports people Mrinal Chakroborty, Indian sports coach
10 Ooooh, you meant that Cambridge! CCAT alumnus Martin Leach, CIO of the Broad Institute 12 Partnership between two alumni leads to growth in languages sector Tom Bool, CEO Integro Languages 6
Where the wild thing went 1982 graduate Shoo Rayner, Illustrator
32 Last words A message to alumni from Sue Jacobs 15 Obituary Professor Dave King 4
The Vice Chancellor The welcome message from Professor Michael Thorne
13 What is the new Alumni Network Directory? Launch of new online tool for keeping in touch
Anglia Ruskin News 14 Art Awards 2012 Cambridge School of Art successes 17 Development update Launch of our Legacy campaign 5
Employer engagement News on some of the many organisations we work with
18 Faculty of Arts, Law & Social Sciences Latest news from the faculty 19 Faculty of Health, Social Care & Education Continuing success and research news
29 How do you make a green generation? Article from our Global Sustainability Institute 22 International focus Update on our international activity 21 Lord Ashcroft International Business School Success stories from the faculty 24 News in brief Snippets of news from Anglia Ruskin 26 Our PMI impresses Ukrainian visitors University Chaplain Tony Cant talks about the ICE project 31 Partner institutions News from some of our Partners 30 Research Focus on three of the many projects we are undertaking 23 Sports report Sports update from Chelmsford and Cambridge 27 Staff snippets News of staff ventures and successes 31 You’re doing WHAT? Lecturer John Rayment walks 6,000 miles for charity
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Vice Chancellor The
At the time of writing I have just been to two of the garden parties given this year to celebrate Her Majesty the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee, one in the grounds of the Queen’s winter residence, Sandringham, in Norfolk, and the other in the grounds of Burghley House in Stamford. To my absolute delight, in Stamford I was one of the very few from the thousands attending to be chosen to be presented to Her Majesty, along with the principals of two of our partner colleges in the region. To my mind this was clear recognition of the crucial role Anglia Ruskin plays across the whole of East Anglia! So many of the organisations we work with on a daily basis were represented, from hospitals to local councils, from leaders in the Co-operative movement to members of the fire and police services and the armed forces: it felt like a family
gathering of all those trying to make a difference – undaunted by the worsening economic prospects worldwide. Her Majesty has been on the throne for 60 years, which is three times the length of time Anglia Ruskin has been a university (I was barely a one year old when her reign began). I think we have every reason to be proud of the progress we are making as a university and how we seem to be continuing to accelerate the rate of progress, notwithstanding the world’s economy and the changes to the way in which English students have to pay for their university education now. This time last year we were concerned that miscommunication or lack of understanding of the new fees regime might lead to a massive downturn in applications from English students for undergraduate places. Nationally there
has indeed been a downturn in applicants from England of some 10%. However, I am delighted that our applications are more than 8% up, significantly bucking the trend – in my view due in no little part to our wonderful new buildings, the absolutely delightful campus at Chelmsford (many of you will remember the railway station site with affection but recognise it was showing its age by the time we left it), and the huge effort we have put into making our curriculum absolutely academically up to date and focused on what students want. Consequently we look set to welcome one of the largest intakes of undergraduates this coming September that we have ever had. Early in 2012 we welcomed the President and the Council of the Royal College of Surgeons to our Postgraduate Medical Institute (PMI). Let me quote from the
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letter the President sent me after the visit: “Thanks for giving us an overview of the excellent research that the PMI is involved in, in collaboration with its partner organisations. The excellent facilities provided at the PMI will provide much-needed support for research and training in the East of England. The work being undertaken on simulation is particularly interesting.” We now offer two masters degrees in surgery and an MD qualification, and a number of others in medicine and surgery are in preparation. As we enter our third decade as a university it is clear that the PMI is going to feature large in our future. But so too are our other Research Institutes, and once again the Global Sustainability Institute, which has made such remarkably rapid progress in the last 16 months, features in these pages. We continue to locate alumni from all our previous incarnations as an academic institution and time and again their achievements are humbling and serve to further our collective pride in Anglia Ruskin. It is also amazing how prepared people are to give something back to help us make faster progress than we would on our own. Some have the capability to help us with money and others, like Stephen Skelton (an alumnus and one of the most recent recipients of an honorary degree), who used his expert knowledge as a master of wine and English wine maker, to help us run an event to network with local head teachers and college principals in which we all were taught about (and tasted!!) a variety of English wines. Do let us know if you think you might be able to help us in any way and do have a careful look at the article on legacy giving which is a wonderful way of giving something back, if you feel the institution deserves it. My very best wishes – do keep in touch with us.
Professor Michael Thorne Vice Chancellor
Employer Engagement Students start International Trade course The first cohort on the Foundation Degree in Professional Practice International Trade has begun with staff from companies such as DHL, Siemens and Emerson among the students. HigherSkills@Work has partnered with the Institute of Export and International Trade (IOE) to deliver this unique work-based learning course to those in industries who deal with import and export. The course will help support companies in the way they trade and settle their business, both here and overseas. Lesley Batchelor, Director General of the IOE, said: “We are proud that our partnership with Anglia Ruskin has made it possible to bring to industry practitioners a learning pathway that is unique and combines industry knowledge and practice with academic theory and concepts. This is one of the largest projects ever undertaken by the IOE and its members, who should rightly be proud of this achievement.”
New partnership with Wilmott Dixon The UK’s second largest privately owned capital works, regeneration and support-services company, founded in 1852, Wilmott Dixon has grown to become one of the country’s most recognisable brands for the built environment. Anglia Ruskin has been chosen from a shortlist of six universities to accredit the company’s Management Development Level-3 programme (MDL-3), with the first group of students starting in October. It has been designed around the Wilmott Dixon Leadership Excellence Competencies, with the focus on developing an internal talent pool across the company of
existing employees with the right skill sets to create a foundation, where promoting from within is sustainable. Sarah Packman, Group Learning & Development Manager at Wilmott Dixon, said: “The choice of Anglia Ruskin as an academic partner was the culmination of a long and rigorous process. In the end, Anglia Ruskin prevailed by providing the right blend of reputation, professionalism and business awareness that Wilmott Dixon needed.”
Awards shortlist for work with the RAF
The Heist Awards are the premier awards programme for marketing in the sector. In 2011 our HigherSkills@Work team won the silver award for Best Business/ Community Engagement Campaign for the launch of a new BA (Hons) Sales degree with Harrods. This year they were shortlisted again, this time for their work with the RAF providing distance learning courses to RAF medics around the world, and were delighted to come away with the bronze award. Jamie Wallis of our Learning Development Services said: “The award has recognised the innovative work we have done to bring higher education to RAF medics and we are very proud of the achievement.” 5 year alumni reunion for Chelmsford 1995–2000 Graduates 17th November 2012 Email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information or to book your place
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Shoo Rayner, Illustrator
Where the Wild Thing went In 1982 I left my three-year diploma course in Vocational Graphics at CCAT, dreaming of being a world famous illustrator. In those days we all wanted to have our work in the Radio Times – it was the place to be seen! All the other students came back with horror stories of how brusquely they had been treated by the editors and when I went to show my work, the Radio Times’ editor flicked through my folder and dismissed me in seconds. I got to the door, with my tail between my legs, but something made me stop and ask what was wrong with my work. “Oh! I like your work,” she said. “It’s just not right for us.” She then proceeded to give me a brilliant, twenty-minute critique explaining how I was a born book illustrator and shouldn’t bother trying to get work for magazines. That moment was the final touch on the tiller that set me on the course to where I am now, having illustrated some 250 children’s books along the way, of which I wrote 170. When I came for my interview at the Art School in the dark, nuclear days of 1979, they weren’t quite sure about me. I was a late developer with a slightly dodgy record and an unorthodox portfolio – not what they would have normally seen at an interview. A younger lecturer
asked why I wanted to come to the college; “I want to be an illustrator!” I replied. “That’s good enough for me,” he said, and that was that – I was in. He turned out to be Colin McNaughton, the famous children’s book author and illustrator who taught us once a week. He must have seen something in me or in my work; over the next three years he gently nudged me in the direction of children’s books, introducing me to a world I wasn’t really aware of. One day he suggested I spend the morning looking at all the great picture books in the college library. I hope they are still there and have been added to since! I looked at them, one by one, until one book took my breath away – it was Where the Wild Things Are by the late, great Maurice Sendak. “You mean you can do this for a living?” I asked. “Yes!” Colin smiled. That was the day I knew what I should do and be in life.
myself together and started to approach children’s book publishers. I slowly built my niche in the children’s book world, writing and illustrating chapter book series for children who have just become confident in reading. We are now on the verge of the eBook revolution and I find myself telling stories, making eBooks and doing drawing tutorials on YouTube. Last year I won the YouTube NextUp Europe Competition with my shooraynerdrawing channel. My chosen business seems to be changing rapidly, so I have no idea what I’ll be doing next year, but I’m still definitely on the course set by my time at the Cambridge College of Arts and Technology, which has seen its own, radical changes in that time. Shoo Rayner
http://www.shoorayner.com But I was a curmudgeonly so-andso at the time and never knew what was best for me; I still had dreams of being a rock star! Being part of a pop group that almost made it taught me how to work with a creative team. I learned my lessons and with a new attitude, I finally got
See the Shoo Rayner Drawing Channels on YouTube http://www.youtube.com/ shooraynerdrawing & http://www.youtube.com/ drawstuffrealeasy
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Fran Williamson, Paralympic swimmer
Fran continues to flourish in ‘retirement’ We catch up with the latest news from Anglia Ruskin Graduate and Paralympic Swimmer Fran Williamson. Despite hanging her goggles up in 2011, she is now busier than ever before. Sport has always been a central thing in the life of Anglia Ruskin graduate Fran Williamson. In a glittering career as a Paralympic swimmer she won no less than a total of six medals at Athens 2004 and Beijing 2008. Not content with her swimming success, Fran also studied for a Social Policy degree with us at our Cambridge campus and graduated with first class honours in 2009. Retirement in 2011 brought with it new challenges. After ten years as a full-time athlete, the first priority was deciding what to do next. Of retirement, she was philosophical: “My time had come. The times were getting quicker and I knew that I couldn’t reach the levels I had always demanded of myself. I wanted to go out at the top with my head held high and I am pleased I did that.” Fran did not wait too long before looking for new challenges. She now works for the Youth Sport Trust as an athlete mentor and has a role with the British Paralympic Association (BPA) as an ambassador for the Paralympians Club. The club is for all those who have represented Great Britain at a Paralympic Games. Fran’s duties
include promoting the club and recruiting new members who have not yet joined. On appointment to the new position, Tim Hollingsworth, Chief Executive of the BPA said: “It’s great news that Fran will be joining the BPA. As a long-serving athlete, Fran is also keenly aware of how the BPA can best support the athletes, both retired and competing, and I know she will bring that knowledge and expertise to her new role with us. I am confident that she will be a great support to the Performance team and to the whole BPA staff.” In her other role with the Youth Sport Trust, Fran is an athlete mentor who goes into schools to promote participation in sport. Fran enjoys being able to use her extensive experience to inspire and educate others. She also relishes being able to perform in a different context, saying: “So much of my life has involved performance. It is great to be able to do that in a new situation. I am passionate about Paralympic sport and it is really rewarding to be able to share positive messages with others.” Not content to rest there, Fran has designed and built her own new
website at www.fwilliamson.co.uk and is actively involved with a variety of good causes such as Whizz Kidz and United Response, for whom she is a vice president. Fran’s connections with our University also remain strong in her other work, being put forward to be a judge in the National Union of Students 2012 Annual Awards due to nominations from Anglia Ruskin. Fran remains proud of her academic roots here, remarking: “I had such a positive experience as a student at Anglia Ruskin, who adopted such a positive and supportive approach to me and my studies. Completing my degree in such a constructive environment really allowed me to grow and having my degree has been valuable, allowing me to enter into the world of work.” It was the confidence gained with us that was key in Fran’s decision to continue her studies, finding time to pursue an MA in Disability Politics at the University of Leeds. It is perhaps ironic that, despite being retired as an athlete, Fran is now busier than ever before.
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Niall Smith, Marketing Manager
From Cambridge to California Whilst Niall Smith was unemployed for the first five months after graduating, he spent his days continually searching the internet, applying for any job he felt part-qualified for, and waiting in queues at the job centre. Not even two years later, 23-yearold Niall is now based in California working as a marketing manager, and he spoke to us about his remarkable turnaround from unemployed graduate from Bury St Edmunds to executive employee on the famed west coast of the USA. In 2007 he enrolled to study BSc (Hons) Business Information Systems, which he felt would give him an understanding of IT that would be useful in a world where modernisation is driven by technology. He found the course tough in parts, yet fulfilling, and owes a lot to his lecturers who gave him the individual support he needed to get through. Get through he did, graduating in 2010 with a degree he felt sure would secure him a job. It wasn’t until leaving Anglia Ruskin that he realised how challenging this was to be. “I would apply for jobs which I felt were well within my own capabilities, only to be told that I lacked experience. I thought, how am I supposed to gain
experience if nobody will offer me a job?” Months later, having originally applied for a telesales job, he was instead offered an interview for a marketing role for a fragrance company. He got the job and was soon promoted to a product sourcing role which required international travel to Europe, China and Hong Kong. Niall attributes the small size of the firm for the opportunities he was given to work independently on projects that were eye opening for a newly employed graduate. “Working for a smaller company meant that my job responsibilities were really stretched and varied, but the more I did, the more I learnt – so it was great.” A few years before, Niall had worked at the Norwich office of WDM Group, a digital marketing company, and had kept up relationships with past colleagues. From them, he heard about a marketing position that had become available and put in an application. He got the job – but there was a catch. “I was surprised to find out that the job would actually be based in California, but to be honest I still didn’t take too much persuading to say yes. I would never have heard about the role had I not still been in touch with those
colleagues since leaving, so that was a really valuable lesson.” Not only was the move across the Atlantic a fairly daunting proposition but the job role itself meant he’d now be managing a team of eight staff and be in charge of leading the marketing strategy for a large international company. It’s fair to assume that most people would find this a fairly overwhelming situation, not least a 23 year old only two years out of University. It’s natural to miss friends and family and aspects of living in the UK that he is used to, but the prospect of being able to drive two hours to go snowboarding or walk ten minutes to get to the beach to go surfing has helped him to settle pretty quickly and he is loving his new life. Knowing the difficulty that recent and future graduates face in finding jobs, he is really keen to stress the need not to get downbeat, but to use every rejection as “a learning curve and motivation to push you forward.” Evidently things weren’t always plain sailing for Niall, but his positive and pragmatic attitude have helped him to do something that he loves in a place where he loves being.
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Mrinal Chakroborty, Sports Motivational Advisor
Mrinal helps Indian sports people “Limitation lives only in our mind, but if we use our imagination, our possibilities become limitless.” Mrinal Chakroborty, MA Human Resource Management 2011 We are happy to report that since returning to his home country Mrinal Chakraborty has been doing an incredible job for the development of sport in India, being keen to focus on the improvement of Indian sport. Mrinal emphasises the importance of the emotional and mental aspects of the sportsperson – all sports people play the game consciously by using their subconscious mind. He also believes that successful achievement comes from the blending of physical, mental and emotional fitness. Mrinal believes that though a lot of attention is paid towards physical fitness for athletes in India, very little is done towards the development of their mental and emotional health. He emphasises that the improvement of the emotional health of athletes and proper motivation has significant positive impact on the performance of a sportsperson due to the increased level of commitment towards the game. Mrinal’s ideas have been proven successful, especially in conjunction with his warm, positive and proactive approach
exhibiting a blend of the ‘Outside in’ and ‘Inside out’ learning style to help athletes get ‘unstuck’ (overcome their mental barriers). The hurdles that sportspeople face can be overcome through confidence building, the reduction of performance anxiety, emotional energy management and motivating people for teamwork. Recently, he has joined Mohun Bagan Club (The National Club of India) as a Sports Motivational Advisor. He has 25 years of sports experience training at the Sports Authority of India, SAI, Kolkata and has played hockey for Indian Railways, the Indian Police and Kolkata Port Trust. He also has 12 years’ experience in the area of motivational training. Mrinal won the 10th Trimo International Award for his MA Research dissertation paper conducted with us on Performance Management. He was the first Indian national as well as the first Anglia Ruskin University student to win this award. We are really proud to say that as a result of his work and studies in our Lord Ashcroft
International Business School, he has also achieved Chartered Membership status of the CIPD. He says that his university education has given him more confidence to present himself as a Qualified Sports Motivational Advisor. Recently he delivered a speech in front of the Indian coach and doctor (Sports Medicine) of the Sports Authority of India (SAI) Eastern Zone, India. They called him ‘Magic Mrinal’ as his creative visualisation process mesmerised everybody. The Sports Authority of India Academic department and Sports Medicine department says that “Mrinal’s training skill may influence the development of Indian sport”. Recently Mrinal went to Bangladesh by invitation from ATN Jobs to deliver a speech in front of a variety of universities there. Now he is giving speeches for 93.5 Red FM, where every day he shares his ‘magical’ tips and very soon he will share his skills with a different Indian sports team to help them achieve their dreams. His only vision and mission in life is to take Indian sport to the world arena.
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Martin Leach, Chief Information Officer
Ooooh, you meant that Cambridge! After finishing school in 1986, Martin found himself at a loss before coming across a promotional leaflet from CCAT entitled, ‘Ever considered studying in Cambridge?’ Martin was intrigued and come September he was enrolled to study BSc Cellular & Molecular Sciences. Martin looks back at his time at CCAT as a real turning point in his life. One particular moment really stands out for him when his study mentor told him that he thought he had the potential to gain a first class degree. He duly did, scoring the highest in his graduating year of 1989 and graduating with a confidence that seemed so distant just three years earlier.
Martin Leach admits that he stumbled into studying at CCAT, but it turned out to be the greatest springboard he could possibly have wished for. Now the Chief Information Officer at the Broad Institute of MIT & Harvard, Martin tells us how he finally came to settle in Cambridge, albeit not quite as he’d expected.
His first experience of working for an American company was a far cry from where he finds himself today – in the kitchen at McDonald’s in Orpington, Kent. He soon moved to Harrow to work for the Medical Research Council as a lab assistant. After a year, knowing that to proceed in science he needed a PhD, he saw an advert in New Scientist for a position as a PhD student at Addenbrooke’s Hospital. Martin loved his time living in Cambridge (especially the evenings he spent in the pub at the back of the Grafton Centre, investing his money in the Nemesis arcade game and Merrydown cider!) so it seemed the perfect opportunity. That was until he arrived to find out the position was not actually based in Cambridge but in Boston, USA! After weighing up his options, Martin booked his ticket and headed to the States – and has remained there ever since. Coinciding with the rise of the internet, his primary interests gravitated towards
technology and its use in his field and he went on to head up IT services for some of the world’s largest biopharmaceutical companies before moving to the Broad Institute last year. As Chief Information Officer, he works alongside some of the world’s greatest minds in the field of biochemistry, genomics and molecular medicine – on some of the most advanced research into human genomics in the world. Incidentally, The Broad Institute is located in an area of Boston called Cambridge, so he did finally end up in Cambridge after all! Looking back upon his proudest achievements, he immediately recalls the morning he walked through the doors of CCAT to find that he had achieved the first class degree he had worked so hard for. “It really was the crowning moment of my time at CCAT and I genuinely think it propelled me to where I am now.” He was even listed by CIO magazine on the ‘2011 ones to watch’ list alongside the Command Technology Officer of the US Navy Reserve and the Corporate Services Manager at PepsiCo, but still that morning at CCAT stands out above the rest. Martin doesn’t get much chance to return to the UK, and confesses to missing odd things that he can’t get in the US such as saveloy and chips, dairy milk chocolate and M&S sandwiches. Otherwise, Martin is thriving on the other side of the pond and has great ambitions to lead the innovation in his industry whilst continuing to mentor younger peers, which gives him great satisfaction, so he will just have to do without his saveloy and chips for a while longer!
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Dr Teng Guan Khoo, Senior Lecturer in Law
Alumnus becomes one of our Law Lecturers not end my journey and, following the completion of my Doctorate, I now embark upon the next stage of my career, this time as a Senior Lecturer within the Law School. This is an important challenge as I am committed to use the wealth of knowledge that I have gained through my studies to pass onto the current intake of students embarking upon their own careers, and trying to encourage them to maximise their own achievements, as I have mine.
Alumnus Dr Teng Guan Khoo has been appointed as a Senior Lecturer in Law at Anglia Law School. Teng Guan began his journey with us as an undergraduate and has been an ambassador for the Law School throughout his studies. He graduated in 2002 with a LLB (Hons) Law, then in 2003 with the LPC (Legal Practice), 2004 with LLM International Sports Law and finally gained his PhD in 2011. His story is one of mutual commitment and support, as Teng Guan explains: “December 2011 represents a key watershed in my life. After over a decade of study at Anglia Ruskin I achieved the pinnacle of my studies with the completion of my PhD. Little did I know, back in September 1999, that my journey would be so long and would culminate in what has been a third of my lifetime studying and working at Anglia Ruskin. It is important to me, however, that this does
“I am exceedingly proud of being offered a full-time post here and, while I now reside in Chelmsford, England, I have not lost sight of my roots in Penang, Malaysia. I am proud to say that my achievements have been celebrated back at home also, not just by my immediate family and friends, but also through my ancestral clan house, the Khoo Kongsi (Khoo Clan House). Almost 175 years old and with its headquarters in Fujian Province in the People’s Republic of China, the clan building celebrates the academic achievements of its clansmen and already displays three plaques commemorating my previous studies. Before the end of this year it will be unveiling a new plaque to honour the ultimate achievement, my PhD. “Now, as I look forward to the future, I retain the enthusiasm and excitement I initially felt on my first day of study in 1999 as I entered Kolej PTPL (formerly Institute Perkim-Goon), Anglia Ruskin University’s partner college in Penang, Malaysia. This has not diminished in any way. I remain grateful to all my friends and colleagues who have helped me and welcomed me over the years and enabled
me to build my career and, now that my studies are over, continue to support me in my efforts to develop my research and teaching and contribute to the ongoing journey at Anglia Ruskin itself.” We wish Teng Guan continued success and a long and happy future at Anglia Ruskin.
A symbol of your University The University crest has evolved from our full Coat of Arms, granted by the Crown, which has the motto Excellentia Per Societatem – Excellence Through Partnership. You can wear this high quality pin badge of our University crest either on your lapel or as a tie pin. It is available in person from the Alumni Office on the Chelmsford campus for £3.00. Alternatively, it can be purchased online (including postage) for £4.00 for UK residents and £5.00 for overseas. Please visit our online store https://store.anglia.ac.uk/ and search under the Product Catalogue for Alumni Merchandise. Alternatively, visit us in person at our office on the Rivermead campus in Chelmsford.
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Partnership between two alumni leads to growth in languages sector
Alumni news bites
Integro Languages is a translation and language agency supporting the private and public sector to deal with language barriers in an ever more diverse UK domestic market, or when pursuing overseas opportunities. Integro Languages was created in 2007 by Tom Bool, an International Business graduate of Anglia Ruskin University (2006) and our Success in Business winner in 2009. Within the last five years the company’s service focus and re-investment strategy have helped it thrive and achieve over 100% year-on-year growth, even in this difficult economic climate. Will Hall Online is a web development company set up by Will Hall, a History graduate of Anglia Ruskin University (2005), following his MSc Information Technology at Leeds in 2008. Will Hall Online specialises in open source software and Will is frequently called upon for his expertise by a variety of sectors and private companies both locally and nationally; as well as attending international conferences. In line with their philosophy of guaranteeing customer satisfaction, Integro Languages launched an ambitious project to create a fully bespoke project management system. After trying out several of the existing systems on offer, it became clear that their ambitious plans made the need for a fully bespoke system unavoidable. Will Hall Online bid, submitted a full proposal and were awarded the contract. It was only later on, when actually meeting, that Will and Tom realised that they had lived opposite each other for a whole year on the Cambridge campus; small world indeed! Working in conjunction with Will Hall Online, the output is a multi-faceted agency management system and is perfectly adapted to the translation industry. Increased reactivity, easily accessed and mined data storage, full management and control of all project and service functions and greatly increased time and cost efficiencies have seen Integro Languages taking a huge stride towards their objective of becoming one of the UK’s leading translation agencies. This has led to the creation of new staff positions and the opening of new offices around the UK all scheduled for the next 12 months. It’s great to see two of our graduates working together and we wish Tom and Will every success with their businesses.
Steven Walker (MPhil Child & Adolescent Mental Health 2009) has recently published a book which draws on his thesis in general, but emphasises a particularly worrying aspect which is the increasing risk of self-harm among young people. Responding to Self Harm in Children and Adolescents – A Professional’s Guide to Identification, Intervention and Support (London, Jessica Kingsley) is a concise, accessible and very practical resource to all those involved with vulnerable young people. Self harm is underestimated in official statistics and young people tend to hide the problem, feeling guilt, shame and self-loathing. This book provides ways to reach young people and help them in non-judgemental, sensitive ways. Stephanie Hall (BA Hons Drama & English, 2007) has come back to our Cambridge campus to work as a makeup artist for the Cambridge School of Art Degree Fashion/Costume Show. Stephanie now owns her own beauty and holistic
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therapy business, Just So Beauty, which recently moved premises from Cambridge to St Neots in Cambridgeshire (http:// www.justsobeauty.co.uk). Stephanie also works as a make-up artist and is doing lots of weddings, working with local photographers in Cambridge. She was also part of a select team providing make-up services at Miss World 2011 at Earl’s Court, which she found very exciting. Alongside this, in July she abseiled down Northampton Lift Tower, the world’s tallest permanent abseil structure and the UK’s youngest grade II listed building, on behalf of the Behçets Syndrome Society. Stephanie was diagnosed with this very rare chronic illess whilst in her first year at Anglia Ruskin. Former CWA student Conor Glover has gone on to win an important national civil engineering accolade – The Jean Venables Medal Award. He has been judged the best technician candidate by the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE), which includes a £500 prize to add to the honour, that he will receive at a ceremony in October. His award is named after ICE’s president in 2008–2009 and aims to promote the awareness of the role of newly qualified engineering technicians. He won the medal for his presentation, which focused on his apprenticeship training with Skanska Civil Engineering – a major international company he joined after his studies – and project experience on a viaduct project. Conor said: “I am absolutely delighted to have been awarded the medal. Winning this will go a long way to saying thank you to all the people who have put their time into my development and those who have supported me throughout my career so far. The amount of effort put into developing engineers by Skanska, ICE and the industry in general is amazing and has inspired me to do likewise.”
What is the new Alumni Network Directory? We have recently launched your Alumni Network Online Directory, a new tool to help you share contact details and career information with others who have studied at Anglia Ruskin University. Being able to network is one of the most valuable skills you can learn, using contacts to open up opportunities. This online directory contains details of other Anglia Ruskin alumni who are happy to share their contact details and career information. The directory will grow and become more effective as more of you use it, so please log in and update your information. You can then decide what you wish to share with others on the directory, which is password protected and only accessible to Anglia Ruskin Alumni Network members.
Why use the Alumni Network Directory? ¢¢ Reconnecting with old classmates – if you would like to get in touch with someone from your time studying, publishing your details is a great starting point. Instead of having to come through to the Alumni Office you can search for your colleagues and send an email direct. ¢¢ Keeping in touch with your Alumni Team – each time you update your details we are notified. We can, therefore, ensure that the contact information we have for you is correct, meaning you don’t miss out on any mailings or invitations. ¢¢ To learn about different careers – search the network for alumni in specific careers to find out what a job involves and the skills and experience required to improve your job applications and to give more informed answers at interviews. ¢¢ Developing contacts within specific industries – you can contact alumni to ask about their industries and how best to access job opportunities within them.
How do I use it? You need to go to http://anglia.aluminate.net where you will be able to register and see your entry. You will need your student number to log in, so if you cannot remember this please contact the Alumni Office and we can email this to you. Once you have registered you can add or amend details to your entry, upload a photo and search the directory. So register today and start connecting!
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2012 Art awards Searle Award for Creativity
Jo’s sound piece Fairy Tale recorded the voices of immigrants telling stories from their past lives. Trudi’s book The Lost Chldren depicts the migration of children in care in Australia, New Zealand and Canada during the 20th century.
Dr Supanee Gazeley Award for Fine Art
Students Jo Miller (MA Fine Art) and Trudi Esberger (MA Children’s Book Illustration) were the 2012 joint winners of this year’s Searle Award for Creativity. Named in honour of our late alumnus, Ronald Searle, the award recognises excellence across all artistic disciplines and is open to every student at our Cambridge School of Art. Chris Owen, Head of Cambridge School of Art remarked: “This award is a fitting reminder of the greatness of Ronald Searle, who was a great friend of our University and attended Cambridge School of Art. He established this annual award to encourage creativity among Anglia Ruskin students and each year a theme is chosen with particular relevance to his life and work. This year the theme was migration. Ronald was himself a migrant, living in France for much of the latter part of his life. As a prisoner of war working on the infamous Thailand to Burma railway line he also bore witness to the disruption caused by mass movements of people in the Far East and these have been depicted in his remarkable Second World War sketchbooks.
Benet Spencer (Pathway Leader in BA Fine Art) added: “It is fantastic that Jane Bryant has been awarded the Dr Supanee Gazeley Award for Fine Art. She is a most deserving recipient. Her work, although minimal in means, is also rooted in drawing and shows how an artist can create engaging images through the most simple of processes. Jane is both very talented and committed to her art. Her hard work this year has paid off with a beautifully installed degree show, which impressed all the judges during the selection process. I wish her every success in the future.”
Tempest Photography Prize
The worthy winner of this year’s award is Jane Bryant for her pen on paper works. Jane said: “Drawing is a fundamental part of my art practice. It is the relationship between eye, mind and hand and the resulting mark making that is of most interest.” Dr Supanee Gazeley had flown in from Hong Kong to present the £20,000 prize and trophy. On being selected, Jane said: “I was so thrilled and surprised to receive the award from Dr Gazeley, it means a huge amount in terms of being recognised for my work. Now the hard work really starts to maintain the momentum and continue with what has been a life-long ambition to study and become a professional artist. I’m also thinking very seriously about applying for the MA printmaking in the future. I have thoroughly enjoyed my time at the Cambridge School of Art and hope that I will be back soon!”
Tempest Photography is a family-run business founded in the 1930s. Each year they attend our graduation ceremonies, taking thousands of photos of our students on their special day. For the first time this year they have kindly donated a £500 prize to be awarded to the student felt to have made the best contribution to the Photographic Community at our Cambridge School of Art and our very worthy first winner is Loren McCarthy.
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Anglia Ruskin’s internship scheme Would you like to expand your workforce for shortterm assignments without long-term commitment? Or gain experience of a graduate or undergraduate’s work as a prelude to possible long-term employment? Then an intern could be the perfect solution. We are relaunching our successful internship scheme and wish to work with local businesses to place highcalibre penultimate year undergraduate students and recent graduates. The benefits of an intern can be wideranging: they can provide a low-cost and low-risk way of boosting your profit, efficiency and productivity; introduce innovative new ideas into your organisation and can give your business
the competitive edge. Your company can benefit from highly qualified and motivated individuals, eager to improve their skills and gain valuable experience, and the scheme allows you to ‘test-drive’ potential new employees with minimum risk. Interns can also help address your corporate social responsibilities and allow you to give back to the local community.
intern is employed by us, but works full-time within your company. We handle the administration of the whole programme – the advertising, recruitment, identifying suitably qualified candidates, shortlisting, setting up interviews and completing the employment and remuneration documentation is organised by Anglia Ruskin.
The intern works in your business on a project that lasts between 4–12 weeks, utilising the skills and experience that they have gained at university. Typical projects could include: setting up IT systems, websites and e-commerce; writing marketing and business plans; conducting market research; analysing and improving production; analysing the feasibility of a new product or service; designing company literature; conducting environmental audits. The
The cost to your organisation is £250 per week plus VAT. The intern receives a weekly wage of £225 (tax and NI are exempt).
Obituary With the sudden and untimely death of Professor Dave King we have lost a major voice from the debate on the impact of demographic change on housing and development planning policies in this country. Dave pursued a productive and influential career forging links between academia and real-world practice. A measure of his success is that he was equally recognised as a demographer and town planner by academics and practitioners alike. His major contribution was the promotion of the benefits of demographic analysis and modelling to better inform policy development within town planning. Key to this contribution was Dave’s lead role in the development of the Chelmer Model and creation of the Population and Housing Research Group (PHRG). The Chelmer Model provided the methodology by which independent
projections of population, households and labour supply could be produced. Dave began his career as a Planning Assistant with Derbyshire County Council in 1974 after graduating in Geography and then a Master’s in Town Planning. In 1978 he was appointed as a lecturer here and remained with us until his retirement in 2009 as Associate Dean for the Faculty of Science & Technology. Dave made a major contribution to the establishment of our planning school and its links with planning practitioners, whilst also being active in the development of research activity. Dave retired to Cornwall to fulfil his love of the countryside and sea views. It was whilst walking on a Cornish coastal path overlooking the sea that Dave sadly suffered a fatal heart attack. Our condolences go to his wife and children.
If you would like further information about the scheme, please send an email to: email@example.com. Alternatively, register your interest at: www.anglia.ac.uk/internships/ business and complete the expression of interest form.
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Have you written your Will? We met with alumna Claire Read (pictured right), who is a Partner at Essex-based solicitors Birkett Long, to talk about the importance of writing a Will. Claire studied LLBH (Hons) Law with us on our Chelmsford campus and graduated in 1996 before qualifying as a solicitor in 2000. She specialises in Wills, inheritance tax mitigation, trust creation and administration and probate work.
becomes regulated – currently you don’t even need any qualifications whatsoever to call yourself a will writer.
What would happen if I passed away without writing a will? What issues may arise? In this situation, the Intestacy Rules come into play. These are statutory rules which dictate who receives what and when, depending on personal circumstances. Many people are surprised to find out that it isn’t automatic that your spouse takes all, even when married with children.
Why is it important to write a Will? There are many reasons for writing a Will, not least the peace of mind knowing that loved ones are looked after. It’s particularly important for unmarried partners who may not have a legal claim to inherit, and also for parents to include the arrangements of guardianship of their children.
How easy is it to write a Will? Really easy – you can do it in person, over the phone or even by email. It will usually take no longer than an hour to do, but for something that may set you up for life, I’d say that’s an hour well spent.
Is it expensive? Not as expensive as many people think, and if it is done properly then it doesn’t work out to be too expensive at all. A good Will should take into account the future, such as future children, grandchildren etc., and, therefore, may never need to be re-written. We recently met with a lady who hadn’t reviewed her Will since she agreed it with us 17 years ago, but was pleasantly surprised to find that
it was still totally relevant and correct – the benefits of a well-written Will.
How much inheritance tax will I have to pay?
Is writing a Will all about money?
If the total value of your estate is over £325,000 (2012/13 inheritance tax threshold), your beneficiaries may have to pay 40% inheritance tax on the amount over £325,000.
No, we always say that protecting your family is the most important reason for writing a Will. A Will can include any possessions – property, animals, sentimental items and even digital media. Somebody included their iTunes music library in their Will!
What’s the benefit of writing a Will through a solicitor? It’s very important to make sure a Will is written properly using specialist, practical advice. Some solicitors like us, who work ‘both sides of the grave’, can offer practical advice on probate and any issues that arise around the execution of a Will which can be very useful. Furthermore, the Legal Services Commission has recently recommended that Will writing
Does giving to charity help to reduce inheritance tax? Yes, all charitable donations are exempt from inheritance tax and are deducted from your estate before inheritance tax liability is calculated. There is also a new initiative called ‘Legacy 10’ which means if you leave 10% of your estate to charity, the overall inheritance tax will be reduced to 36%. Birkett Long have kindly agreed to offer a 20% discount on their Will-writing service for all Anglia Ruskin alumni. If you are considering writing or reviewing your Will, please contact us at giving@ anglia.ac.uk to acquire your reward code and go forth to make one of the most important agreements in your lifetime!
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Enrich the lives of future generations Please consider how you can make a lasting impact on the future of Anglia Ruskin and the next generation of students. Whatever means most to you, you can support any area of the University in a way that doesnâ€™t affect your finances during your lifetime but will make a profound difference in the future. However large or small, leaving a bequest to Anglia Ruskin would be a huge honour to us and wonderful recognition of the role that our University has played in your life. If you are considering making a gift in your Will, please contact us to see how you can shape the future of Anglia Ruskin in years to come. Contact Thomas Kay, Development Manager
A legacy gift could be the most important gift you make in your life.
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Faculty of Arts, Law & Social Sciences
Irene Dickson-Bulleid and Martin Salisbury
Anglia Ruskin lands Macmillan Prize hat-trick The prestigious Macmillan Prize for Children’s Picturebook Illustration 2012 has been won for the third successive year by a student studying on our MA Children’s Book Illustration course. First year part-time student Irene DicksonBulleid took the £1,000 first prize, while second year part-time student Daisy Hirst took the £500 prize for winning the Lara Jones Award, a new category for the most promising book for babies or very young children. A further three MA students and two BA (Hons) Illustration students from our Cambridge School of Art were selected in the Highly Commended category. The previous two winners of the Macmillan Prize for Children’s Picturebook Illustration, Mike Smith and Gemma Merino, both signed publishing contracts with Macmillan Children’s Books and their first books will be released in the coming months. Presenting the awards, Macmillan’s Senior Art Director, Anne Glenn, described Irene’s wordless book, Blocks, as a highly original take on the darker, potentially anarchic behaviour of children. Martin Salisbury, Professor of Illustration at Cambridge School of Art, said: “We
Illustration from Irene’s book Blocks are thrilled for all of the students. Irene is a wonderful example of the levels of commitment it takes to succeed in a competitive area of the creative arts such as this. Like many of her peer group, she has to make great sacrifices to attend the MA course, not least that she has to get up at 4am every Wednesday to travel to Cambridge from her home in Hereford for her weekly teaching day. To achieve so much at such an early stage of the course is a fitting reward for all of her hard work and for reorganising her life around the course.” For more information about the MA Children’s Book Illustration visit: www.anglia.ac.uk/mabookillustration
Upwardly Mobile in the Guardian League Tables As well as Anglia Ruskin’s rise in The Guardian University Guide 2013, the Faculty of Arts, Law and Social Sciences has established itself in the top third of the league table in a number of subject areas. Anglia Law School has continued its climb up the league tables, now ranking at 32 out of 97 universities. This latest rise signifies a leap of over 50 places in the last two years and is recognition of the ongoing attention to
quality and provision of teaching. Julia Ramsay, Acting Head of Anglia Law School, explains: “This shows that all our collective hard work within the School is really paying huge dividends and I am so pleased that this has been recognised in such a prestigious publication as The Guardian University Guide 2013.” Media Studies – which includes Film Studies – also builds on its success in The Sunday Times University Guide 2012. We are one of the top ten institutions for student satisfaction on a Media and Film Studies course and are also now in the top 25% of The Guardian University Guide 2013 overall. Similarly, History, which listed in the top five institutions for student satisfaction on a History course in The Sunday Times University Guide 2012, is in the top 30% of The Guardian League tables along with English and Sociology. Philosophy continues its impressive standing in the league tables at 16 out of 46. For more information about The Guardian University Guide 2013 please visit: www.guardian.co.uk/education/ table/2012/may/21/universityleague-table-2013 www. guardian.co.uk/education/series/ university-guide-2013-subjects
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Faculty of Health, Social Care & Education
Carl Allen and Professor Lesley Page
Elise Pepper and Mary Edmonds
Welcome again to our alumni – 2012 has been a busy year so far with our students taking centre stage winning national, local and university awards.
Student Success Anglia Ruskin student lands national midwifery award Anglia Ruskin University midwifery student Carl Allen is celebrating after winning the runner-up prize in a prestigious national nursing scholarship award offered by the UK’s leading charity for nurses. Carl, 27, was selected from hundreds of hopefuls from around the UK who applied for the recently launched Cavell Nurses’ Trust Scholarship Awards. He was awarded the runnerup prize in the Outstanding Student Midwife Award category and received a Sony Vaio laptop computer. Student wins Nurse of the Year award at Cambridge University Hospitals Recently graduated adult nursing student Elise Pepper has been awarded the Sister Winnie Matchett St Valentine’s Day Award for student nurse of the year at Addenbrooke’s Hospital. The awards formed part of International Nurses Day, which is a chance for communities and hospitals to celebrate the often difficult role that nurses
Darren Chaplin, Steph Ross, Conor Glackin (SU) and Dave Baxter from the Education Society
play in coordinating the care delivered to patients. It provides the opportunity to formally recognise their achievements and simply to thank them for the long hours they spend on their feet each day. Presented with a trophy and certificate for her achievement, Elise was nominated by her tutor, Mary Edmonds, for the award. Celebrated as a generally excellent student, Mary was keen to highlight Elise’s consistently high standard of work and her ‘very good practice comments’. Speaking of her award, Elise said: “I have the best tutors and I am just very pleased to have been nominated.”
Society Success The Faculty is pleased to announce that at the recent University Clubs & Society awards we had two major winners. The Education Society was named best society at the recent Chelmsford Awards Ball on Saturday 5th May at Essex County Cricket Club. This is the second year in a row that the Society has won the award which is a great achievement considering it has only been set up for three years. For the last year the society has been run by Dave Baxter (President), Darren Chaplin (Secretary), Kirsty Clarke (Treasurer) and Steph Ross (Resources Manager) who have grown the membership from 40 to at present
Lisa-Marie Wishart, Rosy Jordan and Liz Blamire from Mindful Midwifery
126 members, making it the largest club or society on the Chelmsford campus. On Saturday 21st April at the Cambridge Awards Ball, Mindful Midwifery was the winner of a new award for Best Newcomer. The society was established last summer by four founding members (Peter Wolf, Lisa-Marie Wishart, Rosy Jordan and Liz Blamire) from the Fulbourn March 2011 cohort. They wanted to have a society which could improve the student experience for midwifery students and so put their ideas together and discussed what they could do. The membership has grown from 10 in the very earliest days, to 44 today, from across many cohorts, covering both Fulbourn and Chelmsford. Liz Blamire, President of Mindful Midwifery commented, “The Student’s Union has been hugely supportive and it is so nice to be recognised by them for our achievements. Thank you to all committee members, general members and supporters, including those from the faculty. I hope that Mindful Midwifery continues to go from strength to strength. Having been through our initiation we will make sure that next year our presence at the awards night will be stronger in numbers, chanting and speech making!” To keep up to date with all the latest news and events from the Faculty please visit www.anglia.ac.uk/fhsce/events
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Faculty of Science & Technology applications within the department to improve cancer diagnosis and accurate treatment prescription as well as being used extensively for research. A number of collaborative projects are already planned on breast cancer, in collaboration with the Helen Rollason Laboratory, and on corneal cell lines in collaboration with Vision & Eye Research Unit (VERU).
Optometry Experts focus on Cambridge Cabbies
Tracking the spread of black squirrels in the UK
The cost of climate change in the East of England
January saw the launch of the black squirrel project website as part of Helen McRobie’s ongoing research mapping the population of this invading species. Helen’s research has been featured in numerous national newspapers and on television. The website received over 85,000 hits in its first month as the public rushed to report their squirrel sightings. To report a squirrel sighting visit www.blacksquirrelproject.org
In March our Global Sustainability Institute published the findings of its study to examine the impact of climate change and water scarcity in the East of England. The study found that the East of England is likely to face severe water shortages over the next 20 years due to significant changes in rainfall patterns, a steadily increasing population and the growing impact of climate change. These are likely to lead to increased energy prices and create additional challenges for utilities and energy-intensive businesses. For more information visit www.anglia.ac.uk/gsi
Science Festival 2012 The dreary early spring weather did little to dampen the spirits of visitors to this year’s ‘Science on Saturday’ event, who packed out the Cambridge Guildhall to enjoy a range of fun activities. Handson activities saw visitors of all ages having a go at identifying invasive ladybird species, getting close up with some exotic creepy crawlies, taking a closer look at the science of vision and hearing, understanding how our brain can play tricks on us, and testing their sporting prowess against the athletes competing at the 2012 Olympic games.
A teaching tool ‘first’ for Life Sciences Our Department of Life Sciences has recently become the first university department in the UK to take delivery of an Immunohistochemistry stainer. The stainer enables scientists to identify malignant cells within human tissue and is used extensively within clinical laboratories to provide diagnostic, prognostic and therapeutic information for the management of patients. The Intellipath will have further
Keziah Latham, Dr Sheila Rae and Liam Kite set up a mobile clinic at Trumpington Park & Ride in Cambridge after being invited to South Cambridgeshire District Council’s Private Hire ‘Stop Day’. As well as assessing whether the taxi drivers meet the required standards, the tests also form part of an ongoing research project by the department comparing the standard letter charts used by optometrists to the number plate recognition test used by driving examiners.
Discovering new populations of endangered antelope Trevor Jones, working in collaboration with colleague Andrew Bowkett from the University of Exeter, used camera traps and DNA analysis of dung samples to establish the presence of three separate and previously unknown populations of the Abbott’s duiker antelope in the Udzungwa Mountains region. The Abbott’s duiker has been in decline for several decades, mainly due to loss of habitat and hunting for bushmeat. Following an assessment by Trevor and his colleagues in 2008, its status on the Red List of Threatened Species was raised from ‘vulnerable’ to ‘endangered’. The discovery of three new populations, reported in the leading conservation journal Oryx, provides renewed optimism for the future of this antelope, and highlights the importance of preserving the Udzungwa Mountains rainforest to ensure their survival.
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Lord Ashcroft International Business School
Alena Linhartova and Paula Albinana
Brewery backs students’ new beer idea Paula Albinana (BA Business Management) and Alena Linhartova (BA International Business Strategy) won through to the final of the AB Inbev Best Beer Competition in Belgium in April. Although they didn’t win, they have secured a worthy prize for their concept and brand for a new beer. Peterborough-based Oakham Ales have been so impressed by the concept and recipe for CB that they brewed 25 barrels. The students have already secured distribution deals for the beer across Cambridge, including with local CAMRA Pub of the Year ‘The Cambridge Blue’. Production Director at Oakham Ales, John Bryan, said: “We’re delighted to brew Alena and Paula’s entry for the Best Beer Competition. We’ve worked closely with them to translate their idea into a real beer with a distinctive flavour and character.” CB is a low ABV ale (2.8%) with hints of peach and passion fruit designed specifically to attract young female drinkers to the ale category. However, the subtle fruit flavour is achieved by combining specific hops, rather than any additional flavouring.
One of the entrepreneurship workshops in South Africa Paula, who is from Spain, said: “Traditional ale has a masculine image but light, sweet and fruity flavours can be created that are very appealing to women. We’re using a New Zealand hop, Pacific Jade, which on its own tastes a little like Orangina, but when brewed together with Galaxy, a hop from the United States, it produces a peach and passion fruit flavour. We think there’s definitely a gap in the market for this kind of beer, which is a proper real ale but with a very low alcohol content. I think it will appeal not only to women but also students who like to have a drink but don’t want to be hungover in their lectures the next morning!”
CEDAR welcomes South African entrepreneurs The Centre for Enterprise Development and Research (CEDAR), in collaboration with the South African Micro Enterprise Development Organisation (MEDO), recently hosted 15 young South African entrepreneurs on a week-long visit to the UK. The project, aimed at promoting entrepreneurship to young black South Africans, got underway with a series of promotional workshops across South Africa at the start of the year, and a lucky few entrepreneurs were selected to participate in the UK visit.
The aim of the week was to allow the visitors to meet like-minded entrepreneurs from the UK, to share experiences and to learn from their mistakes as well as their triumphs. Marea Lewis, one of the young entrepreneurs, commented: “I travelled to the UK with a set of goals and outcomes and throughout the trip those changed completely. My thoughts had been on ways to secure investment or business, but that changed as it was the educational input that I found most valuable. Thank you for an experience of a lifetime.” Professor Lester Lloyd-Reason, Director of CEDAR and UK Director of the project, reflected: “This experience really was something to reaffirm one’s faith in human nature. The energy, enthusiasm and sheer determination to succeed in the face of adversity of these inspirational young people is really something. We are optimistic that this is just the start of a significant ongoing project where the CEDAR team, together with our remarkable group of entrepreneurs, can help drive entrepreneurial opportunities for young people in South Africa.” For more information, please contact Professor Lester Lloyd-Reason, Director of CEDAR T: 0845 196 2479 E: email@example.com
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International focus Alumni Ambassador Profile The Rt Revd Moses Masamba Nthukah (Cert DMgt, DipTh, LTh, BD, MA, PhD resubmission) The Diocesan Bishop, Diocese of Mbeere, Anglican Church of Kenya “It is great to be connected with Anglia Ruskin University as an alumnus and being the current Alumni Ambassador in Kenya. I graduated in 2000 with an MA in Pastoral Theology, after which I returned to my home country of Kenya. While studying, I lived in Ridley Hall Theological College, Cambridge, a member college of Cambridge Theological Federation whose MA programme was affiliated to Anglia Ruskin. The study, interactions and experience of life at Anglia Ruskin and CTF communities built my interpersonal skills, creative and innovative thinking and enabled me to be focused in the vocational call to serve in training and leadership ministries of the Church. Immediately after my return to Kenya I was appointed a lecturer, then after four months a Director of Academic Studies at St Andrews College of Theology and Development in Kabare, Kenya, by then a constituency college of St Paul’s University, Limuru, Kenya. Due to an interest in development practice I founded a national NGO in Kenya and pursued modular studies in MSC Global Development Management at the Open University as a distance student. In 2003 I started a PhD in Theology at the University of Wales and hope to resubmit my thesis by the end of June 2012. While pursuing the latter doctoral research I served as an assistant priest in the Hereford Diocese but in October 2008 I was appointed and consecrated the Diocesan Bishop of the Diocese of Mbeere. I am a member of the Board of the Oxford Centre of Development Research, a
Convener for the Continuing Indaba Project, an official ministry of Anglican Communion, a Chair Technical and Programme Committee of Christian Community Services NGO in Kenya. From 2011 I was appointed a Trustee of the proposed Kenya Anglican University whose main campus is to be hosted in the Diocese of Mbeere.
and most importantly my course!” Ritz also met with Emma Govore (MSc Biomedical Science 2009) during her visit to Harare in Zimbabwe.
Studying at Anglia Ruskin University was inspiring and refocused my vocational life, career and ministry to God, humanity and the rest of creation.”
Visits to Africa Our Country Development Managers (CDMs) travel a lot around the world and try to meet as many of you as possible. Within the last academic year Ritz Chandra, our CDM for Africa, has met some of our recent graduates from Nigeria.
Ritz & Emma Ritz will be visiting Nigeria, Ghana and South Africa within the next few months and she is looking forward to meeting more alumni.
German Alumni Event
l–r: Adijat Asiru, Bridget Okonedo, Ritz Chandra and Adesoye Olamide Bridget Okonedo, BSc (Hons) International Nursing Studies 2012 – “It was splendid at Anglia Ruskin! I had a lovely time.” Adijat Asiru, BSc (Hons) International Nursing Studies 2012 – “Studying at Anglia Ruskin has really helped me grow academically, professionally and socially.” Adesoye Olamide, BSc (Hons) International Nursing Studies 2012 – “I enjoyed everything about Anglia Ruskin, their warm welcome, attention to detail
This year’s event brought our alumni back to Cambridge to have breakfast with the Business School academics on campus. We also had a tour of the newly completed Business School building, which our alumni found impressive. Thank you to all who attended. A full write up is available on our overseas event page, along with some pictures from the event.
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Sports report Chelmsford
Rugby, Football and American football celebrated a fantastic Alumni day in April – we hope to include Netball and Hockey in 2013. The day had a sad slant to it as we played for the inaugural Simon ‘Mad Dog’ Roberts Memorial Trophy. Former students and friends gathered to play a rugby match that preceded the more energetic modern old boys’ game. Current students entered into the spirit allowing the rather heavy but still gifted players of yesteryear to indulge – I hope that will be the case for years to come. The trophy this time round was won by the Former Students.
Again this year the number of members signed up to our clubs has increased, along with the number of entries into BUCS.
Virtually an entire football team from the Park Road years took on current students who surprisingly lost, which came as a shock. I don’t think that will be the case in future, especially if we get a Winter Futsal challenge off the ground. Yes, we are into Futsal now and won our first tournament as part of the Massive Games. Please get in contact – we really want to make a great day of celebration, no matter what decade you studied. We had our first student Cricket match for a few years against Boreham with victory for us. Hopefully we will have played at least two more matches by the time you read this, one against a staff team that is chomping at the bit!
Women’s Hockey, Men’s Football 1st and Netball won their respective leagues with Women’s Hockey undefeated throughout the season, scoring a staggering 54 goals in six games and not conceding a single goal. Judo did fantastically well at the BUCS championships, winning three individual golds and the team gold. The Ruskin Raiders, our Cambridge Cheerleading squad, took part in the BCA North East Classic in Newcastle, finishing third. The annual Fairtrade Football 5-a-side tournament was held in March. It was promoted to students and staff to help raise awareness of Fairtrade fortnight, whilst helping Anglia Ruskin retain its fairtrade status. The event attracted 80 people – Eight teams fought it out
Our Netball girls kept the flag flying by winning the SESSA league and as finalists in the cup competitions. A huge step takes place next year when they step up into the British Universities league. I am hoping that we can get a Golf Society up and running in the near future – if interested, email me: Stephen.Dupree@anglia.ac.uk The 2012/13 Academic year promises to be our best yet, and all of you are part of our glorious past – I look forward to catching up over the coming months.
to become Fairtrade Champion 2012 through group and knockout stages. The fourth annual Varsity was held in Cambridge in April. This year another Men’s Football team took part, so we had four teams competing. Rugby, Netball and Football teams from Cambridge competed against their Chelmsford counterparts. Chelmsford Netball beat Cambridge 45– 36; Cambridge Football beat Chelmsford 4–2 and Cambridge Rugby beat Chelmsford 50–0. Overall, Cambridge Football and Rugby have won varsity four times, Cambridge Netball have won twice and Chelmsford Netball have won twice. Thirteen Men’s teams competed in the annual Anglia Cup tournament in May – eight old boys’ teams returned to compete alongside five current teams. The cup final between last year’s winners Ruskin Army (alumni) and Men’s Football 3rd (current team) saw a win for Ruskin Army 2–0. The plate final between The Founders (alumni) and Men’s Football 2nd (current team) resulted in Football 2nds winning by 1–0.
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News in brief World’s first practicebased degree in plastic and aesthetic surgery We have launched the world’s first practice-based degree in plastic and aesthetic surgery. This MSc course will be run from our Postgraduate Medical Institute (PMI) in Chelmsford. Currently, all UK-qualified plastic surgeons are trained by the Royal College of Surgeons to a competency level that allows safe surgery management with the type of work carried out in the NHS, but this does not include cosmetic surgery. James Frame, our Professor of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, said: “This is a rapidly enlarging, super-specialty that requires recognition in its own right. The primary intention is to improve patient safety and raise public awareness through best practice. At present, a newly qualified, fully accredited plastic surgeon is released, totally lacking any experience in aesthetic plastic surgery, and is able to operate in the private sector. This degree will benefit surgeons and, therefore, should improve the quality of surgery that patients receive.” It is hoped that by establishing a clear and transparent UK qualification it will deter some of the tens of thousands of Britons who fly abroad for so-called ‘safari surgery’ each year. The MSc is open to all accredited plastic surgeons based in the UK and trainees will be able to proceed to a full doctorate in Aesthetic Plastic Surgery. The course will be opened to overseas plastic surgeons in 2013.
Inaugural winners of the Sebastian Walker Award Illustrators Heidi Deedman and Becky Palmer have been named as the inaugural winners of the Sebastian Walker Award,
sponsored by leading children’s publishers Walker Books. The prize is for the most promising Anglia Ruskin Children’s Book Illustration student of 2012 and was awarded at the MA Children’s Book Illustration Graduation Exhibition at Foyle’s in London. The winners will share the £500 prize and will have their MA project considered on a first-option basis by Walker Books. The award was established last year to commemorate the 20th anniversary of Sebastian Walker’s death. Deirdre McDermott, Walker Books’ Picture Book Publisher, said: “The high standard of illustration from the Children’s Book Illustration MA students is recognised worldwide, and the students’ work this year is no exception.”
Anglia Law School has the best LPC/Bar Vocational Training Course
employees, requiring each team of two students to interview three new ‘clients’ to obtain information on their employment issue and then give appropriate advice. Our team was awarded the trophy for the Best Legal Practice Course/ Bar Vocational Training Course.
Fantastic new facilities for Civil Engineering students in Chelmsford Civil Engineering students can now experience fantastic new facilities at Eckersley Road Industrial Estate in Chelmsford. This will allow the student, from the Department of the Built Environment, to run final year projects on areas of sustainable materials not previously available. The new equipment available includes a prism mould and length comparator, a climatic chamber and a Los Angeles machine. Konstantinos Poutos (Senior Lecturer in Civil Engineering) said: “The facilities will benefit the students’ knowledge as well as their research activities.”
First Criminal Justice Summit for students
Anglia Law School has the best LPC team, demonstrated at this year’s finals of the National Client Interviewing Competition held at Sussex University in March. Having won their regional heat, our team were competing in the finals against eight other law schools from England and Wales. The competition was set in the context of employers and
In February, ALSS hosted the first Criminal Justice Summit for students, jointly organised with the Employability & Careers Service. Speakers included the Deputy Governor of HMPS Littlehey and representatives from the Probation Service, Cambridgeshire Police and a Special Constable. They talked about their own career paths, current recruitment patterns in their sector and how to make a successful application. This enabled the students to gain a first-hand perspective on careers in the world of criminal justice.
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New Psychology labs in Cambridge
has reached a deal with Virgin Atlantic for a track and dance for a viral advert, and Ross Wilson who, since running a profitable event at the Q-Club, has been hired by them to work on events.
New website to promote distance learning courses
Our Department of Psychology now has an impressive portfolio of new laboratory spaces, designed to enhance the world-leading research being carried out in the department and to provide students with invaluable hands-on practical experience of using psychological testing equipment. Located on our Cambridge campus in Coslett and Ruskin buildings, the new facilities include: a therapy/neuro-rehabilitation lab; a consumer lab; a perception lab; a new development lab; a psychophysiology lab; and a training lab, which has been created to host focus groups, interviews and presentations. Senior Technician, Anthony Whitmore, commented: “Our new research facilities reflect the ongoing commitment we have made to provide a world-class teaching and research environment for staff and students in the Department of Pyschology.”
BA (Hons) Pop Music students successes Our BA (Hons) Pop Music students are learning the tricks of the music business with live project briefs and through modules such as Live Music Event Management, and are seeing success – and profit – as a result. Recent successes include Tyrese Olali, who
A new Anglia Ruskin website to promote distance learning courses has been launched, building on the success of the previous version. We have added a more comprehensive course search engine, an attractive layout with more options for the promotion of courses and information for students, and social media integration. If you are thinking of distance learning, please visit http://distancelearning.anglia.ac.uk
Lord Prescott guest speaker at climate change lecture Lord Prescott was the guest speaker at a lecture and panel discussion into the implications of climate change at our Cambridge campus in March. He shared his unique insight into the implications of climate change from a global perspective, and in particular from the Chinese viewpoint. Lord Prescott is one of the world’s most qualified people to speak on this subject, having been involved in the climate change negotiations both formally while in government and as a vocal critic and ambassador, and an annual visitor to China over the last 14 years. Dr Pan, Chairman of China Agricultural Bank International and President of China Agricultural Bank also delivered a keynote speech. Dr Aled Jones, Director of our Global Sustainability Institute (GSI) said: “In 2010 China consolidated its position as the world’s largest investor in clean
energy with over $50 billion of new investments. At the same time, global negotiations on climate change almost ground to a halt, with Lord Prescott saying that it almost amounted to a ‘conspiracy against the poor’. This panel discussion brought to life a small part of this global challenge that we still need to tackle.”
Cisco success for Department of Computing & Technology
The Department of Computing & Technology has been successful in its bid for Academy Support Centre (ASC) and Instructor Training Centre (ITC) status in the Cisco Network Academy programme. From August 2012 the current 60 Regioinal Academies in the UK will be replaced by just 12 ASCs and ITCs. Cisco are considered world leaders in computer networking and their Networking Academy programme teaches the skills needed to build, design and maintain networks to hundreds of thousands of students worldwide. The courses are offered through a wide variety of institutions and Cisco assist these in training instructors to meet the high quality demanded by the programme. We have been a Regional Academy since 1999 and since then we have successfully trained over 70 instructors and over 1,200 students.
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Faith and food in Chelmsford I came to Writtle College as a mature student (aged 28) having already found my niche working in the voluntary sector. After graduating, I did a few ‘environmental’ jobs including working for NERC and the RSPB. Eventually, though, I went back to what I knew best – working with people in need. After 20 years in the voluntary sector, I took a leap of faith and moved with my wife to Salisbury where I now work for the Trussell Trust, a Christian charity whose main work is to provide food to people in crisis – it’s a sad fact that in the UK there are almost 13 million people living in poverty. Last year the Trussell Trust Foodbank Network fed 128,000 people in the UK and gave out almost a thousand tonnes of food. So I am now UK Foodbank Network Manager, providing support to over 130 operational foodbanks with a further 60 about to open their doors. I am mainly office based, but no two days are the same. I build websites, manage quality audits, give technical advice about online stock systems, write user guides, deal with donations of surplus food and spend lots of time giving advice and support to foodbanks over the phone. I was delighted to hear recently that a new foodbank is being set up in Chelmsford. The project will be based at The Waterfront Place on Wharf Road. It would be fantastic if Anglia Ruskin could get behind this amazing project supporting local people in crisis. The project needs donations of food (tinned and dried) and volunteers to pack and sort the food. Please go to http://chelmsford.foodbank. org.uk/ for more information. Blessings Tim Partridge Bsc (Hons) Rural Resource Development, 1993
Our PMI impresses Ukrainian visitors Mission Croatia and wondered if Anglia Ruskin might be interested in doing something in partnership with them.
l–r: Rev Tony Cant, Dr Vasiliy Ivanovich Pasichnyk (Dr P), Jan Hancock
“Thanks to you I had the opportunity to learn about the newest world technologies that are implemented at your university. I am impressed, thank you! I am also grateful for your interest in the problems of children in Ukraine affected by the Chernobyl disaster.” Dr Vasiliy Ivanovich Pasichnyk (Dr P) Dr P is the Director of The Revival Centre, a rehabilitation centre in Ukraine for disabled children with complex medical conditions that have resulted from the Chernobyl disaster 25 years ago. Dr P founded the centre in 1995 with his wife Dr Natalia and now heads up a staff of 112 trained staff who design programmes of rehabilitation for the affected children. Dr P was accompanied by members of UK-Aid, a local charity started by Alan Hilliar and Pauline Craven that has been working since 2003 to support Dr P’s work. Alan and Pauline met me after they’d heard about
Their visit to us was hosted by Steve Bennett (Secretary & Clerk and also a passionate supporter of Mission Croatia) and me. They were shown around our facilities and we discussed where there might be natural potential partnerships. Dr. P also gave a presentation that showed the context of his work and detailed the problems they face – including new cancers no-one has ever seen before. As a result, I will be making a short visit to Dr P’s centre with Jan Hancock in August, with a view to setting up a small pilot project to take some students out there to work in the summer of 2013. This trip, along with Mission Croatia – and hopefully other international trips – will be part of a new initiative by Anglia Ruskin called ICE: International Community Experience. ICE is all about finding meaningful opportunities for our students, staff, and alumni to be part of international projects aimed at helping others in developing countries, which may lead to further research and training opportunities. ICE is headed by me, and steered by a small committee of senior staff. If you’re interested in being part of an ICE project, please contact me on 0845 196 7722, or email firstname.lastname@example.org Rev Tony Cant Chelmsford Chaplain
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Staff snippets learnt from studies of participatory arts initiatives with the wider population, but focused in more detail on Jenny’s own work in developing an evidence base specifically in relation to the mental health and social inclusion of people with mental health needs. Jenny’s invitation stemmed from her leadership of an England-wide, government-funded study of arts and mental health.
Dr Jonathan Smith (Senior Lecturer, LAIBS) has been invited to join the National Membership & Professional Development Committee at the Chartered Institute of Personnel & Development (CIPD). Membership of this committee will have great benefits for LAIBS, increasing our engagement with CIPD and enhancing our reputation with students and applicants to our HR courses. It will also give us the opportunity to influence policy at a national level and to feed research that is being conducted in LAIBS into CIPD policies.
Clarissa Campbell Orr (Reader in Enlightenment, Gender and Court Studies) has been appointed as the new President of The Society for Court Studies. Clarissa follows historian David Starkey in the role, and most recently Simon Thurley CBE, the Chief Executive of English Heritage. From the Pharaohs until the twentieth century, royal courts dominated politics, society and the arts, and The Society for Court Studies was founded to promote the study and understanding of courts across the world. Its activities range from the fields of political, social, architectural and art history to musicology, literary criticism and gender studies. Clarissa’s appointment is particularly timely with the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee putting the monarchy firmly in the spotlight. Liam Kite (Senior Lecturer in Ophthalmic Dispensing), is well known for his passion for amateur photography. He has recently collected some of his favourite
Recent staff publications: Dr Aled Jones (Director, GSI) and Dr Jonathan Smith (Senior Lecturer, LAIBS) – Managing Climate Change Business Risks and Consequences: Leadership for Global Sustainability. Rob Home (Professor of Land Management) – essays in African Land Law and Local Case Studies in African Land Law photographs into a self-published book focusing on the themes of nature, animals and family. Here are a few of my favourite things can be found at http:// www.blurb.com/books/2399906. Woody Caan (Professor of Public Health) has been awarded the honorary title ‘Professorial Fellow’ by the Royal Society for Public Health, the first award in their planned ‘Academy of Experts’ for the UK’s public health community. Professor Caan will work closely with the Royal Society in relation to the National Institute of Health Research’s Disease Prevention Panel, on which he currently represents specialist Public Mental Health researchers. Jenny Secker (Professor of Mental Health) opened the Canadian symposium ‘Out of Mind – Into Creativity’ with a keynote lecture entitled ‘Participatory arts and mental health: what does the research tell us?’ It examined what has been
Amelia Oldfield (Senior Lecturer, MA Music Therapy), along with Jo Tomlinson (graduate from first Music Therapy course) and Philippa Derrington (Music Therapist and one of our doctoral students) – Music Therapy in Schools – Working with Children of All Ages in Mainstream and Special Education. Jeannette Baxter (Senior Lecturer, English Literature) and Rowland Wymer (Professor of English) – J G Ballard: Visions and Revisions Dr Iona Negru (Senior Lecturer LAIBS), 2 academic journal articles – ‘An Austrian perspective on the financial crisis’ (Economic Issues, September 2012) and ‘On Methodology and Pluralism of the Austrian school’ (American Journal of Economics and Sociology, autumn 2012)
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Honorary Award holders Music student plays original Stradivarius
Honorary Doctor to work with Prince Charles
Winner of TS Eliot and Forward Poetry Prizes
We are delighted that Dr Grahame Davies has been appointed as Assistant Private Secretary to the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall. Grahame will be the new senior adviser at Clarence House for their work in Wales following the departure of Dr Manon Williams. He will organise and attend Their Royal Highnesses’ Welsh visits, together with drafting speeches, preparing briefings and dealing with all related correspondence. Mateja Kaluza For most violinists, the chance to play an original Stradivarius violin is something of a dream, but one that came true for final year music student Mateja Kaluza. As part of an illustrated lecture on the great Italian instrument maker by Nigel Brown OBE, Mateja performed musical extracts from Bach, Sarasate and Lalo. Nigel has pioneered the use of syndicated trusts to fund instrument purchases, providing fine violins, violas and cellos for virtuosi such as Nigel Kennedy, Stephen Isserlis and Natalie Clein. More recently, his work with the Stradivari Trust has enabled talented young instrumentalists to also get their hands on these precious instruments. His lecture, to a packed Mumford Theatre, explained the structural and timbral differences between early Italian violins and their mass-produced, modern counterparts.
Dr Davies, who was the Editor of Multimedia Newsgathering at BBC Wales, is also a published author and critic. He began his new duties on 8th May and we hope to run a story on him and his new work in a future issue.
Book launch in Australia Professor Barry Carpenter OBE has recently written a series of booklets on Complex Needs. With Jo Egerton and Carolyn Blackburn, he has prepared the first British text on the education of children with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder, Educating Children and Young People with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders, which launched in Adelaide in May. The author of over 100 articles on a variety of topics in special educational needs, he has also won the prestigious Times award for his co-edited book Enabling Access. Barry lectures nationally and internationally and this year will be giving lectures in Abu Dhabi, New Zealand, Australia, Germany, Norway and Borneo. He has been awarded a Fellowship of the Royal Societies of Arts and Medicine and was created OBE by the Queen for services to children with special needs.
John Burnside John Burnside was named winner of this year’s TS Eliot Prize for Poetry for his collection Black Cat Bone, just three months after winning the Forward Prize for the same work. John is only the second poet to have achieved this double accolade for the same book, the first being Sean O’Brien in 2007. The TS Eliot Prize for Poetry was initiated in 1993 by the Poetry Book Society to celebrate its 40th birthday and was described by Sir Andrew Motion (then Poet Laureate and another of our Honorary Doctors) as “the prize most poets want to win”. Chosen by a panel of their peers, the annual prize of £15,000 is presented to the poet considered to have published the best new collection of poetry in the UK and Ireland. John’s Forward Prize win represented a great personal accomplishment for him. He had already been shortlisted on three previous occasions and was up against a field considered by many to be the strongest since the prize began in 1991.
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How do you make a green generation? There are shortages in the skills needed for a sustainable planet. How is Anglia Ruskin addressing this? And what is the best way to educate a green generation? asks Alison Greig. Few would disagree that education is an essential element in achieving sustainability. But what does this education look like, and how exactly does it lead to change? What role does, can and should higher education play in sustainability, and specifically what part does, can and should Anglia Ruskin play? How well are we doing? These are some of the questions our Global Sustainability Institute (GSI) will be addressing in the coming weeks but the answer to the first question is already clear. Education for Sustainability (EfS) looks very much like high quality education: it provides students with the intellectual capacity to better understand the world in which they live, to address complexity and interconnectedness and to work collaboratively to solve problems and create new possibilities.
“Education is the most powerful weapon
which you can use to change the world.” Nelson mandela Embodied within this intellectual capacity are skills that employers are demanding and students believe are important to their future careers. In a Higher Education Academy/NUS survey of 5,763 first year students, the majority believed that it is the role of universities and courses to prepare them for graduate employment. Eighty per cent of students across a range of subjects thought sustainability skills were going to be important to their future employers. There are two distinct skills shortages: technical skills in the ‘green jobs’ arena, and business and transferrable skills which address the complex strategic and operational changes needed to respond to the sustainability agenda. Like it or not, as university tuition fees increase and student quota systems are relaxed, competition among universities for students is likely to
The first prize in the 2012 Sustainability Student Print Prize (organised by the Global Sustainability Institute for students at our Cambridge School of Art) was awarded to Richard Kearns (Printmaking) for his print ‘Centre Parks Elvis’. Students were asked to interpret their own view of sustainability for their submitted work. The two runners up were Elizabeth Frazer (Printmaking) and Richard Walker (Photography).
rise. For Anglia Ruskin to be sustainable, it must respond to the demands of its students and their future employers. So what? Education for sustainability is inherently interdisciplinary. No subject can claim EfS for itself and all disciplines can contribute to it. Research at Plymouth University found no obvious correlation between subject area and sustainability teaching. Whilst addressing environmental concerns may fall most easily within the curricula of science and engineering, social issues and equality are equally essential elements of sustainability. Diversity and social cohesion are already familiar discourses in the social sciences, and health and well-being are inextricably linked to each other. Businesses are looking to take advantage of new opportunities in the provision of goods and services for a green economy whilst mitigating against the negative impacts of, for example, climate change, and more costly resources and environmental legislation. Business school education is, therefore, at the heart of delivering this future change. In 1994, educational commentator David Orr observed that the threat to the planet is largely the result of work by people with BAs, BScs, LLBs, MBAs and PhDs. Education for Sustainability aims to change this.
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Saddleback tamarin feeding on a camouflaged brown cricket by Mojca Stojan-Dolar
Optometry experts focus on Cambridge cabbies
RESEARCH Below are a few examples of our recent research projects:
actually have an advantage in their natural habitat when it comes to detecting both camouflaged prey and predators.”
Colour blindness gives monkeys a helping hand
Ageing in Gypsy Families
One of our scientists has discovered that colour-blind monkeys are better at catching camouflaged prey than monkeys with ‘normal’ eyesight. Dr Andrew Smith (Department of Life Sciences) led the project which also involved scientists from the Universities of Stirling, Cambridge and Sussex, with the results published in the journal Animal Behaviour. While studying three species of tamarin monkey in the Amazon rainforest in Peru and in captivity in Belfast Zoo, Dr Smith found that tamarins with normal colour vision (trichromats) catch more prey than colour-blind tamarins (dichromats). However, the colour-blind tamarins were significantly better at catching camouflaged insects, such as crickets. Dr Smith said: “Experiments have shown that colour-blind humans and non-human primates are better able to detect targets based on texture or outline, while for those colour-normal the target is camouflaged by colour. This means that colour-blind wild primates
Dr Pauline Lane (Reader in Mental Health) has recently conducted research with Siobhan Spencer MBE and Muzelly McCready from the Derbyshire Gypsy Liaison Group, on ageing in gypsy families. The research was funded by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation for their new campaign, Perspectives, which aims to give a voice to older people from very different backgrounds, with a JRF micro-site showcasing their experiences. The Guardian Society email was quoted as saying: “The Joseph Rowntree Foundation is today launching a wonderful campaign to encourage people to think differently about old age. It is part of a research programme looking at how we can ensure a better life for older people with high support needs”. Pauline has now been asked to join the Scientific Committee of the European Academic Network on Romani Studies and to become a member of a reference group for the Department of Health’s Inclusion Health Programme.
Experts from our Department of Vision & Hearing Sciences have hit the road to carry out their latest research. Dr Keziah Latham, Dr Sheila Rae and Liam Kite set up a mobile clinic at one of the Cambridge Park & Rides as part of South Cambridgeshire District Council’s Private Hire ‘Stop Day’. As well as assessing whether the taxi drivers met the required standards, the tests also form part of an ongoing research project by our department. Dr Latham (Senior Lecturer, Optometry & Ophthalmic Dispensing) said: “The licensing officers were pleased that the standard of vision of the taxi drivers we tested was very good. As well as checking their vision against the driving standards we were able to obtain some valuable research data. Our research is looking to compare the ability to read a number plate at 20 metres, which is the visual standard for ordinary drivers, with the ability to read different optometrists’ letter charts. We hope that this will help optometrists when advising their patients on their visual fitness to drive.” In a survey carried out last year by The College of Optometrists, a fifth of drivers admitted to having driven knowing that their vision isn’t as good as it should be, and 16% hadn’t undergone an eye test in the previous two years.
Taxi driver Mathivan Su being tested by Vision and Hearing Sciences researchers
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You’re Doing WHAT? Partner
Institutions The College of West Anglia (CWA) CWA works in partnership with Anglia Ruskin University to deliver degreelevel courses at its three campuses in King’s Lynn, Wisbech and Cambridge, including Business, Computing, Motorsport, Equine, Vet Nursing and Civil Engineering, amongst others. For further information please visit the college’s website www.cwa.ac.uk
John Rayment (LAIBS) is possibly ‘Father of the House’, having first joined us in 1979, the year Margaret Thatcher became Prime Minister. John has spent periods as CIPFA course leader, head of the accounting and finance teaching team and MBA programme leader at Chelmsford, whilst also leading our University’s major research thrust in the areas of MisLeadership, Globally Fit Leadership and the roles of business, governments and business schools in achieving a just, fulfilling and sustainable human presence on the planet. Now, 33 years later, he is taking advantage of our University’s Voluntary Severance Scheme to walk the coast of Britain. Yes, that’s England, Scotland and Wales, about 6,000 miles, which he hopes to do at around 15 miles a day. Some may think this a strange move, others that it fits John’s personality and style. In addition to fulfilling a lifelong dream, John sees it as a personal challenge, a chance to test his physical, mental and spiritual fitness à la his Global Fitness Framework – and a great way to raise money for the Parkinson’s charity:
John, John, cheer me on Walking the coast for Parkinson’s Now you see me, now I’m gone But follow on Twitter @RaymentJohn And http://www.charitygiving.co.uk/ johnrayment to make a donation Starting on 1st August at Tilbury ferry and heading clockwise through Kent, the south coast, South West Coast Path, Wales Coast Path (probable winter break before this as he wants to properly enjoy what the Lonely Planet rates as the best long distance path in the world) then Liverpool, Lake District, bonnie Scotland – “according to the BBC weather map, that looks quite small so shouldn’t take long” – east coast of England and back to Tilbury in time for tea. If you wish to join him for part/all of the walk, let him know your available dates and/or preferred locations. John also needs advice on IT solutions to accessing walking maps of the entire coast of Britain and meeting all other basic IT needs, including access to internet, phone, email, ebooks, tweets and blogs and playing his vast music collection. Oh, and if you know of cheap accommodation on route, John needs about 400 nights’ worth!
Cambridge Regional College (CRC) A £3 million training centre for teaching the ‘green’ building technologies needed to construct low-carbon homes and install renewable energy systems has opened at CRC. The SmartLife Low Carbon Skill Centre was described as “setting a new standard for training and skills” by Climate Change Minister Greg Barker, when he formally opened the futuristic building at a ceremony attended by business leaders from across the county.
University Centre Harlow Our partner, University Centre Harlow, was officially opened in April at Harlow College’s Velizy Avenue campus by David Willetts MP, Minister for Universities and Science, although the first cohort of students started their studies in September 2010. The project is part of the national HEFCE programme to raise the skill levels and increase participation by people with little or no experience of higher education (HE), and is one of the range of initiatives to address these priorities. Its distinctiveness lies in making HE available in areas not already well served with relevant HE.
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Last words A very warm welcome to our Summer 2012 issue of Aspects. And writing this at the end of June, what a summer it has been so far! We’ve had so much rain that some areas of the UK have suffered from terrible floods, and cold days which make it feel more like autumn than summer. But alongside that we’ve had the national ‘feel good’ of the Jubilee celebrations. Our Vice Chancellor has been very much involved in this, as you may have read in his article on page 4. It’s been a time of change in the office. Erin Butcher has now moved across to the Development team to look after our Annual Fund and Sharon Wuyts has disappeared on maternity leave, so we have now welcomed two new people to look after our alumni – David Abbott and Alex Craik. New staff always bring new energy and ideas, so the next few months will be very interesting! I hope you all read the piece about our new online directory solely for our alumni and past staff. This has been going for only a few weeks and at the time of writing we already have almost 500 of you signed up. Hopefully many
Alumni Relations: David Abbott and Alex Craik
more of you will do so over the next few months so that this becomes a really effective network. It will allow you to search for old colleagues, then send them an email and will be a much easier way for you to update your details. You’ll also notice that we’ve launched our Legacy programme with this issue. This is a very long term way of raising money, but excellent for people who would like to support their university without any impact on their current financial status. Also, legacy bequests come out of an estate before inheritance tax liability is calculated, so that can only be good! I hope you’ve enjoyed reading this issue. We always love to hear from alumni about what you are doing, so why not get in touch and you could be featured as one of our alumni stories next time.
Sue Jacobs Head of Development & Alumni Relations
Development: Tom Kay, Claire Shearer and Erin Butcher
Information Officer: Nathan Sexton
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