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Student Town Hall Event: May 2022

16th May 2022

Thank you for attending our Student Town Hall meeting last Friday. Please read this short statement with updates from SU Vice President Adebisi for those who missed it and want to know the key areas we covered:

The Student Town Hall Event held 6th May 2022 was a wonderful opportunity for students to bring up all enquiries to David Sexton and listen to some wonderful updates that will better the students experience here at ARUL. The following updates will benefit all our new students and returning students:

  • Logging your attendance is now even easier! This can be accessed via the ARUL app or the university computers on campus. Just select your AM class or PM class, click 'In Class Attendance' and make sure you are using the ARUL Wi-Fi to log your attendance.
  • Result publications will officially will be available to students via e:Vision on Monday 20th June 2022.
  • We are providing synchronous delivery teaching from now on, and you are expected to attend classes at campus. If you cannot attend classes face to face due to medical reasons or any circumstances beyond your control please email studenthealth@london.aru.ac.uk. Please use this trimester to get familiar with the campuses as well as the support available to you. For further support or clarity please contact a.sasi@angliastudent.com.
  • The Travel Bursary is available for only In Class Attendance. Students will be eligible to receive a £500 travel bursary if your face to face attendance is above 90%. This is a great incentive to motivate and encourage a fulfilling learning style.
  • The Student Union Awards take place 23rd June, so please be sure to nominate a student or staff member who has made a positive impact at ARUL.
  • Finally, if you need further guidance for wellness or personal support please contact the students' union londonsu@angliastudent.com.

Enterprise Hub: 12Ronnies Founders Festival

10th May 2022

On Thursday 5 May 2022, ARU London, in partnership with 12Ronnies Foundation, delivered its first Founders Festival under the umbrella of the university’s Enterprise Hub. It was well-attended with over 250 delegates in-person and online. 

The Festival brought together aspiring entrepreneurs to guide them through what they need to consider before launching a business. This was delivered via a series of educational TED-style talks covering all aspects of starting a business from idea inception and validation right through to legal considerations such as Intellectual property, product development and funding. There were 9 talks in total, followed by lively Q&A sessions and time and space for networking. The full programme can be viewed here: https://foundersfestival.world/ 

Our Principal, David Sexton, was delighted with its success, and commented: 'The event was a wonderful mix of entrepreneurs, aspiring business start-ups and experts, all working together to drive future businesses. A great place to network, explore ideas and meet fascinating people' 

Academic Director, Charles O’Dean expressed his pleasure with how the inaugural Founders Festival, a result of the collaborative partnership of ARU London and 12Ronnies, was so well attended and clearly enjoyed by participants and contributors. He stated: ‘This bodes well for future events and the development of a truly supportive business community.’ 

There was great feedback from the attendees, who were keen to continue their entrepreneurial journey. So, what’s next? 

  • The Enterprise Hub are delivering follow up workshops, including a panel event on marketing next month – even if you missed the Founders’ Festival, email enterprise@london.aru.ac.uk to find out more. 
  •  12Ronnies will be offering a series of networking opportunities and providing students and alumni with access to a private Ideas Nest to capture their ideas in a secure and structured way so that mentors can help get them ‘launch-ready’.  
  • This will feed perfectly into the Start Up Hackathon which is scheduled over the weekend of 10-11 September, where we are aiming to launch 100 new businesses in 48 hours! If you missed the Founders Festival, but would like to be involved in the Hackathon please email enterprise@london.aru.ac.uk 

Co-founder of 12Ronnies, Simon Krystman is already looking forward to delivering the Festival as an annual event. He stated: "The Founders Festival proved to be a great success both with the online and in-person attendees. The state-of-the-art venue supplied by our partner ARU London was the perfect setting for a very engaging event, with lots of talks, idea pitching and networking. So many new business ideas have been captured, ready for nurturing with experienced mentors. Given the success and level of interest for another Festival, we have already started planning for next year.” 


Save the date for the SU Awards!

5th May 2022

ARU London and the Students’ Union is excited to announce that the SU Awards will return as a face-to-face event this June!

Hosted in collaboration with ARU London, the SU Awards will be a big celebration of the achievements of students and staff over the current academic year. We’ll be awarding Personal Development Tutors, student projects, class reps, professional services, and many more.

The ceremony will be presented at Black Rock Bar, East India Dock on Thursday 23rd June from 6 pm, and includes drinks, food, and dancing. It will be the first big event in a while in which students can socialise with their peers face-to-face, so expect glitz, glamour, and tons of fun!

SU Coordinator Izzy Ralfe said: “It is about time we had a face-to-face event with our student and staff ARU London community! Despite Covid having served many continuous barriers over the year, our students and staff have shown the power of community, highlighting the outstanding representation of and commitment to the student experience. The SU Awards lets us celebrate this!”

If there is a student, lecturer, or team that has stood out to you over the year, let them know by nominating them for one of the 13 awards up for grabs. Nominations will be open from Tuesday 3rd May 2022 and can be submitted via the Students’ Union website. There will be a few surprises on the night, with special awards given out by Principal, David Sexton, and the SU Vice President, Adebisi Sasi.

Tickets will go on sale shortly after nominations open – so make sure to check your student emails and the SU websiteFacebook, and Instagram pages for updates.  

We hope to see as many of you as we can on what is sure to be a night to be remembered!


Enterprise Hub: Aspiring Entrepreneurs Online Launch

18th March 2022

As part of the offering of ARU London’s Enterprise Hub, on Thursday 17 March 2022, the Aspiring Entrepreneurs Club was launched. This Club is for current students in the second and third years of their undergraduate degrees, current postgraduate students, and recent alumni. It is for those considering starting their own business who would benefit from support, guidance, and appropriate mentorship. ARU London’s Enterprise Hub intends to facilitate this by working with ARU London academic staff, external experts, and peer-mentors from the existing network of student and alumni business people who are willing to share stories and tips from their personal journeys. 

The event was opened by Principal, David Sexton, who expressed his delight at the launch of this initiative and championed the benefits of getting involved. Enterprise Manager, Trudi Hamer, gave an overview of the planned activities of the Aspiring Entrepreneurs Club. She outlined the support that would be available. There are going to be workshops, events, competitions, awards, and prizes – it really is an exciting time to become involved. All that is required to access the support is to complete a simple Word template outlining your business idea and return the form to Trudi by email.  

Trudi then introduced Simon Krystman, co-founder of a philanthropic organisation, the 12Ronnies Foundation. 12Ronnies are partnering with ARU London and will be running an all-day event called the Founders Festival on 5th May 2022. The event will comprise several TED-style talks, with plenty of opportunities for networking, and a Q&A. It will be educational, but as the name suggests, it is a festival so will also be fun. The event will be held in person at the East India Dock buildings and also online. Priority is being given to ARU London students and alumni, as other universities will also be invited along and there are limited spaces. However, ARU London students will be required to complete the Word template to be considered, demonstrating that they are serious about setting up their own business(es). The proforma is available via Trudi, please email enterprise@london.aru.ac.uk to request.

Simon Krystman went on to explain that after the Founders Festival those wanting to take their ideas to the next level would receive support from across our joint resources and be invited along to a weekend event in early September called the Start-Up Hackathon. The aim of this event is to launch 100 businesses in 48 hours but, as Simon explained, with the correct preparation, learning gained from the Founders Festival and working on the business across the summer months, it will be achievable. He explained that in the true spirit of entrepreneurialism some people will want to get involved in multiple businesses.

Head of Careers, Lorraine Western, asked attendees to invite their entrepreneurial friends (students and recent alumni) who could benefit. All services are provided by the university, as ARU London wants to support its students to succeed and to celebrate their achievements.  

The floor was opened up to questions, and it was heartening to hear from several students and graduates about their business ideas and what they hoped to gain from the services of the Club. There was a genuine buzz around the Founders Festival and the Hackathon. It was explained that after the completed proformas had been collated and assessed there would be further communications to members about the next steps.   

The event was closed by Director, Charles O’Dean, whose remit includes employability. Charles relayed that he was delighted with the enthusiasm of the attendees. He asked all of those present to spread the word within their peer groups as the beauty of this club is that people can join at any point, providing they meet the entry criteria. Charles also thanked Simon Krystman from our partner organisation and expressed his excitement for the future of the Club including the Founders Festival and Start-Up Hackathon.   

The Aspiring Entrepreneurs Club is for those starting out with a business idea, pre-launch. The university and its partners are offering a support programme to assist members to transform their business idea or ideas, into reality with a focus on ensuring that not only it is viable, but also sustainable. The long-term vision is to develop these aspiring entrepreneurs into business owners who will eventually join the established ARU London Enterprise Club.


Tourism and Events Management Student-Led Events

10th March 2022

Level 6 Tourism and Events students have created a variety of in-person and online events as part of the Tourism and Event Live Project Module. These events are for ARU London students to enjoy and so please attend and support these events when able to.

The programme for the projects are as follows:


15 March

A Date to Network within the Events Industry

16:45 – 18:00, Cafeteria, Charterhouse


17 March

Karaoke After Party
17:00 – 18:00  (Pre-book your £5 Ticket) Cafeteria, Charterhouse


22 March

Online tour on Maramures, Romania

13:00 – 13:30 Online via Zoom


Egg-Stra Special Romanian Easter Event

17:00 – 17:40 Online via Zoom


An Art of Italian Aperitif
17:30 – 19:30 (Pre-book your £10 Ticket) Faros Restaurant, WC1X 8PP


24 March

Fly Butterfly Meditation Event

16:45 – 17:45 (Pre-book your £3 Ticket) Room 105, Charterhouse


25 March

Tropical Easter Party
17:30 – 19:30 (Pre-book your £10 Ticket) Salento Restaurant, East India, E14 2BB


31 March

Zumba Class in aid of British Heart Foundation

17:00 – 17:30 Online via Zoom

For further information and details of how to register, book tickets and the Zoom links for the online events please visit the Tourism and Event Live Project VLE Page


Thank you for supporting your fellow students!


Enterprise Club Networking Event

4th March 2022

On Thursday 3 March, the much-anticipated networking event for ARU London’s Enterprise Club was held in the evening via Zoom. The Club was launched back in December 2021 for existing business owners comprised of current ARU London students and alumni. The aim was to bring these entrepreneurs together to create and foster a network of peer-support and collaboration, to celebrate their achievements, and for the university to design a needs-led programme of workshops and support to empower the members of the Club to take their businesses to the next stage of development and growth. 

The event was opened by our Principal, David Sexton, who welcomed everyone and then passed the baton to Enterprise Manager, Trudi Hamer. Trudi set out the plan for the evening; to hear from two Club members about their personal journeys with a focus on their challenges and successes and then break into groups with an academic facilitator: Andy Johnson, Head of the Business School, and Neil Jones and John Threlfall, both Senior Lecturers with extensive experience in running their own businesses. Each group would meet to introduce their businesses, discuss their challenges, and then, via a nominated group spokesperson, feedback to the larger group at the end of the session. The purpose of this was to shape the content of the future quarterly network meetings. 

First up was Soni Nishita, Soni outlined the challenges of setting up her well-established immigration and visa advice service and how as her business has expanded, she has been on a steep learning curve: taking on staff and all that goes with it in terms of HR and payroll, and the legal side of her business: all the licensing required to deliver her services. Soni never has a moment spare, particularly now as she has returned to education, but she would not have it any other way – she loves running her business!

Next Sachin Naik outlined to us his Life Coaching business, which he is just starting. He spoke about his biggest challenges: financing and funding streams. Trudi thanked both speakers and then split the group into breakout rooms for 30 minutes. 

Once the breakout sessions were completed, everyone returned to the larger group to share common themes and challenges. Marketing and finance were the most discussed topics. It was agreed by all that the format for the next 2 in-person sessions would be panel-style with a small number of experts in dialogue about relevant subjects followed by Q&A and networking. The meeting in May will be about marketing and include digital marketing and social media as well as B2B marketing. The August event will have a focus on finance and funding streams. This was welcomed by all. 

The event was closed by Director Charles O’Dean, whose remit includes employability. Charles expressed how delighted he was with the enthusiasm of the entrepreneurs, could see the potential of the group, and looked forward to future developments. 

The Enterprise Club is for existing business-owner entrepreneurs but is part of a wider initiative – the ARU London Enterprise Hub. The Hub is set to launch the next stage of its programme on 17th March 2022, and is aimed at current students at levels 5, 6, and 7 as well as recent alumni: encapsulating aspiring entrepreneurs that we can support with a programme of workshops, guidance and resources to transform their ideas to reality. The long-term vision is to develop these aspiring entrepreneurs into business owners who will eventually join the Enterprise Club. 

Sign up for our Enterprise Club here to be eligible for future events and opportunities.


Learning Update

1st March 2022

Dear All,

In consideration of recent government guidance ‘COVID-19 RESPONSE: LIVING WITH COVID-19’, teaching on your course will only be delivered physically on-campus beginning from 7th May 2022, (the start of trimester 3 of the current academic year).

From some of your feedback, you have been clear that on-campus physical interaction offers a superior learning experience and enables you to interact with your academics and peers in a way that isn’t possible virtually. Therefore, I am sure you will welcome this move to face-to-face learning on-campus.

However, if you are worried about how this change will impact you, we encourage you to contact the DOS office, or the Students' Union advice service, who will be able to help with any of your concerns.

Finally, please note that for those students who are unable to attend class, (due to extenuating circumstances, ill-health etc.), you will still have access to learning materials on the VLE.

I wish you all the best,

Dr Muke Ferguson


Returning To Campus

1st February 2022

We are excited to see all of our students and staff in person once again on campus, supporting their educational development in an environment that promotes learning and community. To help ease the transition from virtual to physical teaching and learning, read our top tips on returning to campus in February. 

1) We have all had to adapt to change our way of teaching and learning over the past two years. Because of this, our first tip is to know that we are one community at ARU London and we are there to support one another. No one knows exactly what this year will look like and it's completely normal to feel anxiety in the face of that uncertainty. But because of this, we can recognise that there is support around each individual in our community as we all return to campus together to make the most out of the educational experience. We have ensured that the well-being of our staff and students are our priority. This includes the quality of teaching we provide which we have received feedback on from SSLCs (Student-Staff Liaison Committees), Town Hall meetings, and student surveys, as being overwhelmingly for on-campus learning.

2) Our second tip is to be patient and positive with ourselves. Returning to a populated environment may feel overwhelming at times, but we encourage you to try to brush off the awkwardness or reach out to our Student Wellbeing Team for further support. The best part of returning is that we were all familiar with physical interactions with people pre-pandemic - for the majority of us, we have been able to continue those interactions at certain times when restrictions on socialising and commerce were lifted. We are all individuals and so some may find it easier to return than others, be patient with yourself as you relearn how to focus in a physical classroom environment after learning alone at home.

3) Form a routine. Routines are a great way of adding structure and control to your day, while also allowing your organisation skills to blossom. Routines also add much-needed stability and predictability which we crave in times of uncertainty. We used routine formats before the pandemic, so let's utilise these on our returns to stay true to our progressive learning forms to help us really excel. Anything you find important can be fitted into your routine, they are simply just adding time schedules to your actions. We recommend a simple starter routine including things such as morning stretches, your favourite breakfast meal, studying at intermittent times, relaxation periods, and regulated sleeping times. Returning to a routine after being at home for a long period during the national government lockdowns will stimulate our minds and bodies just in time for campus learning. 

4) Talk to us. We want to hear your views on returning to campus, what you're loving about it and what you think could develop from it. We want to hear your feedback always, and now is a great time to prepare for the next trimester. You can let us know your thoughts and questions at our Student Town Hall events, SSLCs, or by emailing about attendance to dos@london.aru.ac.uk or studentwellbeing@london.aru.ac.uk for health and wellbeing feedback. Our community is stronger when we communicate. 

5) This leads us to our next tip, develop your own community and talk with each other too. We have a big family at ARU London, however, we know the importance of direct interaction and so we encourage you to create small bubbles with fellow students and lecturers. You can connect with other students in a socially-distanced way if preferred too. Reaching out to coursemates not only develops our social skills but also our network of opportunities, you never know who may need a hand or could help you out in the future. Now the nation is opening back up, it's time to get creative with our friends!

6) Now that you can spread your wings in the city, it's a great time to explore. We have our building in Farringdon offering several rooms for study, learning, writing, and discussion, as well as our East India locations. Brand new this year we have the 5th floor in the Export Building, offering modern workspaces ideal for studying. If you haven't had a chance to visit our East India buildings, please take advantage of the area, there are wide open spaces inside and outside, with great amenities on location, such as a gym, many cafes and restaurants and shops, and Student Support teams at your disposal. All of these will be a great refreshing shake-up from the usual four walls of our homes we have been make-shifting office and study spaces in!

7) One of our most important tips is to continue with good hygienic practices. Although the government regulations are everchanging and at their current state it isn't a necessity to wear a mask, we believe wearing a mask on campus will help us halt the spread of any new or current strains of coronavirus. We encourage all staff and students on campus to carry on with washing their hands for about 20 seconds with soap and warm water, as well as maintaining a safe distance when possible. To support our students and staff, we are resuming our cleaning patterns in buildings, with surfaces and areas being cleaned often.

8) Our final tip is to go with it! When we stop producing outputs, it can be even easier to fall into bad habits, procrastination, and inactivity. Once you start, we know it's hard to stop and we are excited to see you on a roll. It may sound high energy, but when we sink into a big pause, we find ourselves becoming overwhelmed in the future by all the work we have put off, and to make matters worse, there are usually tighter time restraints too. Our Student Support services are available always, for those who need motivation and those who don't - everyone can use the encouragement of our teams.

 If you haven't done so already, please read our new attendance guide too, here. This goes into detail about our new attendance procedure and how to ensure you are properly registered in your classes. We look forward to seeing you all on campus very soon and spending 2022 with you in person.


Peer to Peer Mentoring

1st February 2022

We are delighted to confirm that since its launch in Trimester 1 (2021/22), our Peer Mentoring scheme now has a total of 109 trained and engaged Mentors. This is a very exciting development as it not only adds to the skills of participating Student Mentors, but it serves an important function in welcoming new students into the ARU London community and supporting these students through the exchange of positive experiences including beneficial study techniques on our courses. The feedback from our last Welcome Week was very positive from new students and the Peer Mentors who contributed to this activity.

We are seeking to recruit additional students for our May 2022 intake! All students currently studying at level 5 and who will commence their level 6 studies in May 2022 are eligible for consideration to join the scheme.

Becoming a Peer Mentor is a fantastic opportunity for you to boost your career and professional development whilst studying. Some of the benefits of joining the scheme include:

  • Increased self-reflection – asking questions of a mentee supports deeper insight on your own learning path and achievements
  • Expanded connections and networking opportunities which is a solid experience to add to your CV
  • Improved communication and personal skills
  • Leadership and management qualities
  • Secured positive references 

 Please visit the Peer Mentoring tile on the VLE for further details and to register your interest in becoming a Peer Mentor. If appointed, you will be provided with training for the role, given ongoing support, and a Certificate of Achievement to confirm your contribution in this area which signals experience in a useful employability skill.


Student Town Hall January 2022

14th January 2022

We hosted our first Student Town Hall event of 2022 this week, with Principal David Sexton delivering vital information for this trimester and year ahead and Adebisi Sasi, Vice President of the Students' Union (SU) also touching on relevant topics to the SU and assisting the Principal. 

The Principal explained to attendees our current response to the ongoing pandemic and how the university is supporting them and enabling measures to keep our campuses safe alongside having learning experiences prioritised. After attending the SSLC (Staff Student Liaison Committee) meetings, it was made clear to Sexton that the overall consensus from students was virtual learning initially and so he relayed ARU London's plan for January would be:

UNTIL 30th Jan:
Virtual classes only
Buildings remain open for access to learning resources

Face coverings

PLAN from 31st Jan:
Physical face-to-face and synchronous classes
Assessments virtual except those linked to Prof Bodies

Temperature monitoring will remain on entry
Providing Covid Test Kits for all – encouraging use
Wearing of face-covering encouraged when moving around
Rooming will be fixed for students for the whole day
Hand sanitisers throughout the Campus
Encouraging the maintenance of excellent hand/toilet hygiene
Continuous building cleaning

There was also reassurance that the physical services and resources students will have used in the previous trimester would be continued online, such as the Employability Scheme, Wellbeing assessments, and contact to each student support team - available through their VLE tiles, email, and Live Chats.

The Principal wanted to stress the differences between the learning experience: virtual and face-to-face, understanding that it can be difficult but full engagement from home is crucial to achieving the best learning and so he encouraged cameras to be on and being in an appropriate study space with minimal distractions.

Attendees also gained an update on the new Student Experience Survey (SES) results, for which the university's resources and services received strong satisfaction rates, and as ever we are grateful to receive feedback from students on what is successful and what could improve internally to the university. 

The university has launched a new Enterprise Hub, including a club for budding entrepreneurs. The Hub will offer support to all students and alumni of ARU London, and the Enterprise Club will offer learning sessions, networking events, and opportunities for business growth.

Going forward, students were updated on the Attendance Bursary, which will now be the Transport Bursary. This will be reintroduced in May 2022, and we are hoping to be able to continue on with face-to-face delivery of learning at this time too, which the bursary will aid with. 

In addition, there will be new methods of attendance and ID, both now available through students' phones using the myARUL app. The new attendance guide can be found here, we recommend all students explore the VLE on their phones and report any issues via the method on the guide as this will be crucial when returning to campus after January.

You can catch up with the Student Town Hall events by watching the recording here.

We look forward to seeing you at the next Student Town Hall events in trimester 3 - May.


Student Experience Survey Results

14th January 2022

In December 2021, we asked students their opinions and ratings of our student services and resources via our internal Student Experience Survey (SES). We are proud of the result, posted below, which we believe reflects strongly on the hard-working efforts our teams have put in to create a strong learning environment, experience, and path for our students.

Students had high usage rates, with almost all students using Kortext, Learning Resources, and myARUL, and it's great to see a correlation between highest usage and highest scores. Overall, students rated their experience at an average of 4.4 out of 5 and we couldn't be prouder or more grateful to those we deliver our education to.

Around 20% of students completed the survey from September's trimester. While a good response rate, due to the changing government regulations and Christmas break in December, we are anticipating this January's trimester will enable a higher response rate.

 

Usage

Satisfaction

(out of 5)

Employability

88.7

4.0

iCentre

96.7

4.1

Kortext

98.7

4.2

Learning Resources

96.9

4.3

myARUL

96.4

4.2

Person Development Tutor

91.5

3.9

Disability & Inclusion

71.8

3.8

 

What is the SES?

The SES is our own Student Experience Survey, run every trimester and offered to all students. To access the survey, students need to follow the pathway available through the VLE when live. The survey asks students whether they use these services and if so to rate their experience of them. The Student Experience Survey (SES) measures, on a trimester basis, the level of student satisfaction around the infrastructural arrangements in place to support students ARU London. The result of the survey is used to adjust operational and strategic decisions of benefit to students and is measured on a scale of 1 to 5, 1 being very poor and 5 being excellent. Additionally, there is a qualitative area within the survey for students to make specific comments to elaborate on their impressions. These are particularly important to us, as it helps us to understand in detail how we are succeeding and how we can improve. The areas considered within the survey are the use of Kortext, the PDT function, the i-Centre… and the usage of these areas are additionally monitored within each area.


Student Update January 2022

5th January 2022

Dear Student,

Our student body response to the worsening Covid situation throughout December was ​predominantly to move to attending classes virtually, with less than 4% of the student body physically attending classes in the last three weeks of the trimester. Sadly, the Covid situation has deteriorated further, with new government guidelines published yesterday including recommending the wearing of face coverings in all classrooms and libraries.

Following discussions with the Students' Union on the risks and implications of the current Covid situation, we have agreed to protect student experience by moving all classes and sessions to virtual-only until (and including) the 29th January 2022.

Your timetable will remain the same, with your timetabled live lectures, contact time and access to academics; you will be able to access those lectures directly via the VLE. Your attendance will be recorded based on your virtual attendance. Please remember that whilst joining classes virtually you need to have your camera on and be fully focussed on your lecturer to protect your learning experience regardless of where you access your class from.

Our buildings will remain open for you to access physical learning resources throughout this period, with a skeleton staff available to assist you. We do recommend that you access all support services virtually during January, and only attend campus to utilise the learning resources. Please note that face coverings will be required at all times whilst on campus during this period.

We are all committed to a full return to physical face to face delivery as soon as the Covid situation allows and will look to re-introduce synchronised learning from the 31st of January if possible. However, we hope that this announcement will remove some of the growing anxiety and uncertainty amongst our students and staff.

I will outline our response to Covid and plans for the future at the upcoming Student Town Hall Events next week and look forward to answering any questions you may have then.

Happy New Year!

 

David Sexton,

Principal


Enterprise Club Launch

17th December 2021

On Wednesday 15th December, ARU London launched its Enterprise Hub. The launch event brought together business owners, all of them either students or alumni of our university. 

Principal David Sexton opened the event welcoming all members and congratulating them on their achievements, to date. He explained that the services of the ARU London Enterprise Hub would be split into two strands: 

Strand One: The Enterprise Club – a network of student and alumni business owners (this collection of individuals) 

Strand Two: Support for those wanting to start their own businesses (to be launched early 2022) 

He expressed his personal understanding having started businesses of his own in the past, of the struggles and how sometimes this can feel a lonely place – the creation of this community could go towards filling that void. The purpose of this club is to bring together talent to celebrate their achievements, to network and build a sense of community, promote their businesses and drive forward a programme of events and workshops to take their businesses to the next stage of growth and development.  

After the Principal had established the aims for the club, we heard from two entrepreneurs.

First of all Lasbrey Ejehu, a co-founder of Valitaly. One of four classmate graduates of ARU London’s MBA International programme, Lasbrey explained that the concept for Valitaly – a retailer of authentic Italian food – came directly from a module – Strategic Marketing and New Business Development Model. It was launched in November 2020 just at the right time and has gone from strength to strength. They have even launched their own brand of coffee. Now it is time for them to expand further. Lasbrey considers that the Enterprise Club can help all members as well as the university – he would like practical support on expansion and to collaborate and explore concepts with other club members.  

Next, the group heard from Alina Dumitru, another graduate. She explained that over the years she had started many businesses but her current was the only one that had been successful – she accredited this to her Masters at ARU London, which had given her insights from a different perspective and allowed her to achieve success. Her business, Skintuition, is a collaborative effort between Alina and two overseas partners. They import and distribute high-quality Korean skincare to international markets. Alina’s business is thriving. What she would most like to gain from this club is a sense of community. 

To conclude, the Principal expressed his pride and admiration for everyone’s achievements. He noted the array of different businesses, from retailers of goods to providers of services such as IT, data security, recruitment consultancy and life coaching. 

An open discussion followed about what members would like to gain from this club. It was decided that the aim would be for a physical event towards the end of January, where members will get to meet each other and share their professional insights and business journeys. At this event, the next steps will be decided in terms of what workshops/themed events can be curated based on members' needs. 


Tourism and Events Student-Led Events

15th November 2021

The level 6 Tourism and Event Management students have been busy creating and planning some in-person and online events for you to enjoy during weeks 9-11 (starting on Wednesday 17th November). The events cover a wide variety of topics and give you the opportunity to have fun, keep active, learn new skills or win a prize.  

In-person events include: charity events, historic Pub Crawl, Christmas market, Women in Leadership panel, yoga class, salsa Class, and a student Christmas party. 

Online events include: Quizzes, online tours, an events industry talk, a cultural cooking class, and fitness and health and well-being events. 

For further information about these events, including dates, times, and how to register or purchase tickets please visit the dedicated ARUL Tourism and Event Live Project page on the VLE (click on the name of the project for a direct link) or see below information.

Thank you for supporting your fellow students.

 

Events:

Monday 22 November

  • Historic Pub Crawl: 5 – 7.30 pm: Enjoy this tour of local pubs close to the Charterhouse building. Tickets are £10 and include a tour of three pubs, 3 drinks, and the potential to win a prize. Book your ticket by emailing: FV144@student.aru.ac.uk

 

In your own time between Monday 22nd and Sunday 28 November:

  • Walk the River Thames for Charity: Discover breath-taking views of London and with this pre-determined walking route of London. To accommodate everyone's busy schedules, the route is short and simple to follow. You also have the opportunity to win a digital watch by taking the most creative selfie as you walk the route. To take part email: CA703@student.aru.ac.uk

Wednesday 24 November

  • Christmas Market: 12 – 2 pm: Hurry up, time is running out! Christmas is here! Attend the  ‘ARU London Christmas Market’ at the cafeteria in Charterhouse. Entry: ONLY £3 which includes non-alcoholic mulled wine, cake, and homemade chocolate & biscuits along with free entry to RAFFLE PRIZE DRAW. All proceeds will be donated to MIND Charity. To purchase your ticket email: dr612@student.aru.ac.uk

 

  • Women in Leadership Event: 1-2 pm: Ready to be part of the next generation of leaders? During this 1-hour panel session taking place in 002, Charterhouse, you will learn about different career opportunities, increase your network, obtain tips on how to become a positive leader, directly interact with the speakers and gain confidence to take the next step in your career! Register for this free event or just turn up on the day https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/women-in-leadership-tickets-195039778227

 

  • Salsa de Cuba: 4.30 – 6 pm: Taking place in the Charterhouse cafeteria, Salsa de Cuba presents a beautiful Salsa session hosted and supervised by a professional Salsa instructor. The event is a great opportunity to learn the basic steps of Latin dance and win the title of “ ARU London best dancer 2021” with an Amazon gift prize worth £15 included. The admission ticket of £3.50 includes a workshop and a buffet with Cuban-style drinks and nibbles. Discounts are available for groups of 4 or more. To purchase your ticket visit: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/thusday-kaliente-tickets-205602932907

 

Thursday 25 November

  • Ultimate Me Development Event: 9.15 – 10 am: Join this virtual event where you can learn how to improve your lifestyle using some tips and tricks related to health and wellness. The event's primary subjects will be the importance of mental health, ways to maintain a balance and connection between mind and body, healthy snacks, and some easy exercises that can boost your energy. Join this Zoom event: https://zoom.us/j/98055306169?pwd=Q09UZENsWVN1S1AyQXZHM0w2a0k0dz09

 

Friday 26 November

  • Lunchtime Fitness Class: 1 – 1.45 pm: Have a professional trainer guide you through exercises and speak to you about the importance of working out. Make sure you wear your sportswear. Join this Zoom event: https://zoom.us/j/97239576409

 

Monday 29 November

  • Wellness and Beauty Event: 1 – 1.35 pm: Come join our Wellness and Beauty virtual Zoom event, where you will learn tips and tricks on how to improve your stress level. We will show you ways on how to maintain a balance and connection between mind and body, as well as some easy exercises that can boost your energy. Join this Zoom event: https://zoom.us/j/91817433168

 

Wednesday 1 December

  • ARUL Student Christmas Party: 5 -7.30 pm: It is finally time to celebrate Christmas together again! Join us for a fun evening of Christmas games, drinks, food, and lots of laughs at The Fence Bar, near the Charterhouse Building! Tickets are £10 each or 3 for £27 and includes food and drink. To book your ticket email: arulchristmasparty@gmail.com

  


ARU Vice Chancellor's Outstanding Alumni Award Nominations

4th November 2021

Do you know any alumni or soon-to-graduate students who deserve recognition for their achievements in our community? Maybe even yourself?

ARU is celebrating the university's ambitious graduates at their annual Vice Chancellor's Outstanding Alumni Awards 2022. 

We are asking nominators to provide a statement describing the qualities and contributions that make their nominee a worthy recipient of an award, demonstrating how the nominee’s contribution has made a difference within their chosen profession of their community, and why they should be publicly recognised.

To learn more about the categories and their criteria and judging process, and to download the nomination form, please visit our Alumni Awards nominations webpage.

The closing date for nominations is Monday 16 December, and the judging panel, a subsidiary of our Alumni Board, will meet in January.

The awards evening will take place on Thursday 28 April, and promises to be a great event. To take a look back at our awards evening celebrated last year, click here.

Good Luck!


Top Achiever Awards October 2021

2nd November 2021

This trimester, we hosted the first in-person Top Achievers Awards of the year. Alongside welcoming students back to campus, we were honoured to host events that highlighted the achievements over the past year. The 4 evenings included speeches by university officials, the main ceremony including photographs, certificate and hoodie delivery, special recognitions of scholarship winners from trimester 2 and graduates who received a first or distinctions at level 7, with an opportunity to network over refreshments too.

The Top Achiever Awards take place each trimester to celebrate the success of the top-performing students from each module of each school. Top Achievers are the highest performing students in their modules, and as a Top Achiever, students can access a personal reference from their Head of School when applying for a postgraduate degree or any job role.

There were approximately 450 Top Achievers being recognised over the 4 evenings. View the images and awarded candidates on our events gallery page here.

Congratulations again to our students who have pushed through many obstacles that the pandemic has thrown at them during their studies, on top of general hardships in life, and are proud and pleased to have such a large amount of students continually reaching high levels of achievement in their passions by applying their knowledge, skills, and experiences to their studies. 


Enterprise Week 2021

27th October 2021

Have you ever considered starting your own business? Enterprise Week in November will give you a taster of what that could be like. We have a schedule of successful business experts who will present and discuss prominent themes on entrepreneurial skills and development, as well as join students at the end of their talks for a Q&A. Key speakers will talk on creating ideas to financing them. These sessions will count towards the Industry Exposure requirements as part of the Employability Scheme passports, all attendance will count towards your metrics too.

This event will be held on the week commencing 1st of November 2021 and comprises 4 inspirational and developmental talks from the entrepreneurial world. 

On Monday, we will have Simon Krystman from 12 Ronnies speak on idea validation and the entrepreneurial mindset. Simon is a serial entrepreneur and mentor for startups, he has successfully set up and exited a number of businesses in the digital and innovation space over the past thirty-five years; most recently launching a suite of products for startups and early-stage companies. As part of his role at 12 Ronnies, he mentors at numerous business schools, universities, and incubators both in the UK and overseas. His philanthropic activities involve crowdfunding for communities where he runs a crowdfunding platform to raise small amounts of funding for social causes, often working with Members of Parliament and other community leaders. 

Vascroft Contractors will be joining us on Tuesday with a talk from their COO, Chandni Vora. Chandni will be discussing knowing your audience, stakeholders, and the importance of networking. Chandni Vora is responsible for the strategic and operational growth of the business along with forward load planning and resource management. Chandni has been instrumental in implementing various operational processes in the construction industry to enhance Vascroft’ s competitive advantage and internal growth. Chandni began her accounting career with Bechtel Corporation Inc. after graduating from CASS Business school in 1998 with a BSc (Hons) in Business Finance. At the start of her career 23 years ago with Bechtel, she was thrown into the deep end by being made responsible for financial and project reporting, and life cycle management for over 200 construction projects in the EAMS region. Over the years, Chandni has added to the bottom line with her gravitas to challenge the status quo to prestigious organisations such as Clifford Chance LLP, Grant Thornton, Virgin Media, BAE Systems plc, and Majestic Wine Warehouses Ltd. She is passionate about the need to ensure the construction industry is forward-thinking and moving with the technological changes, to mitigate the skills and economic challenges that lie ahead. She is an Advisory Board Member for E2E, a Freedom Member of the City of London Livery of the Worshipful Company of Constructors (WCC), a voluntary UK council member for Women’s Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (WICCI) of the Member of the Non-executive Directors Network and Women on Boards. She is also a Trustee of the Vascroft Foundation Charitable Trust since 2008 and an active volunteer in other charitable organisations.

David Gluckman, an advertising and marketing author and specialist will be hosting his talk, ‘Inside The Box Thinking: a pragmatist’s view of the ideas business and how it works’ on Wednesday. Born and educated in South Africa, David Gluckman came to the UK in 1961 and worked in advertising. One of his earliest experiences was assisting in the transformation of Irish butter from an unknown commodity to a brand – called Kerrygold. He moved into brand development consultancy in 1969 and has worked in the field ever since.  His longest-running association was with the drinks company, Diage, originally known as IDV. During his 36 years consulting for them, his portfolio of brands includess Baileys Irish Cream, Sheridan’s, The Singleton, Smirnoff Black, Le Piat d’Or, J&B Jet, Tanqueray Ten, and Cîroc. In 2017, David published a book about his experiences, “That s*it will never sell!” (The title was taken from a remark by a US pundit when he first encountered a bottle of Baileys). He continues to take a keen interest in all aspects of brand development and enjoys speaking to audiences at universities, business schools or at business conferences. David believes that the changes occurring in society today necessitate a more responsible attitude to the development of new brands. It is not enough to create for corporate profit: we now, more than ever, have our community, our society and our planet to consider.

On Thursday, Winifred Soribe, a PhD student at the University of Bedfordshire where she was awarded a studentship from the Business and Management Research Institute, will join the university to talk about financing innovation and funding your start-up business. Winifred’s area of research focuses mainly on financing innovation within entrepreneurial firms by assessing how they leverage upon entrepreneurial orientation, intellectual capital, and industry dynamism in order to reduce funding constraints. Prior to undertaking her PhD, she obtained a master’s degree in Accounting and Business Finance from the University of Bedfordshire after completing her ACCA qualification and gaining a bachelor’s degree in economics. She has worked within the accounting and finance industry in the UK and is keen to explore how robust financing options can stimulate more entrepreneurial activity and innovation, thus improving overall economic welfare. Her spare time is spent volunteering as a mentor for entrepreneurs within Nasdaq Mentor Makers (US), Founders and Mentors (UK), serving as a director on the University of Bedfordshire’s student union, advising entrepreneurs within TERN (The Entrepreneurs Refugee Network). She enjoys philosophy, bead making, reading, and cooking.

All talks will be online using Zoom for hosting. The full schedule for Enterprise Week is available on the VLE under the Employability tile. For more information please email Trudi Hamer, Student & Alumni Enterprise Manager at enterprise@london.aru.ac.uk




#RestartAHeart 2021

29th September 2021

There are more than 30,000 out-of-hospital cardiac arrests in the UK every year, and every minute without CPR and defibrillation reduces the chance of survival by up to 10%. When someone has a cardiac arrest, performing immediate CPR can help double their chance of survival in some cases1.

Statistics like these, and many others, are just some of the reasons why we are getting behind the #RestartAHeart 2021 campaign by the Resuscitation Council.

Restart a Heart (RSAH) is an annual initiative led by Resuscitation Council UK which aims to increase the number of people surviving out-of-hospital cardiac arrests. This year is the eighth Restart a Heart.

Whether it’s learning CPR physically or online, you can expand on your knowledge and experience in potentially life-saving situations at our campus in October. We are hosting in-person training and learning sessions at both buildings to spread awareness across our community.

We hope you'll be able to join us for our all-day training and learning at our iCentres, no signup needed:
Wednesday 13th October Charterhouse
Wednesday 20th October East India 

The first session starts at 9 am both days, and there will be key CPR and cardiac arrest information available from experts in the medical field, interactive learning demos, videos on how to apply CPR, hand-outs to help us remember techniques, and a hands-only practical resuscitation station. We will have 3 sections that are about 20 minutes each and you can do all those at once or can come at different times throughout the day.

Completion of the day will result in a British Heart Foundation certificate in CPR awareness and great preparation should a CPR incident happen in your immediate location.

 

1. Resuscitation to Recovery, https://www.resus.org.uk/publications/resuscitation-to-recovery/


Students' Union Nominations 2021

28th September 2021

Every year, students have the opportunity to relay feedback from the student body to the vice president of the students’ union and the university to support the growth and progression of students on campus as a Student Rep. 

There are two Student Rep titles available, the Class Reps and the Course Champions. Both of these roles are voluntary, are held for a year, and work alongside your studies, however, their responsibilities and tasks are different. The Class Rep positions suit students who are able to engage with their individual classes and the Course Champion positions will suit students who can listen and communicate effectively with a whole course body. A "class" is those you see in your lectures each week, a "course" is the group of classes that sit within a subject. For example, the Business & HR course is made up of multiple classes.

You can only apply for one of the positions, so choose the one you believe you would be best for. To help you decide, here is our video explaining the difference: https://youtu.be/HBwJAzYGugw and the responsibilities and requirements for each role below:

The Class Reps will be:

  • The first point of contact for students within your class
  • The voice of your classmates, representing your peers to the Course Champions and/or ARU London Staff
  • A signpost for students who need support outside of the rep role
  • An ambassador for positive change

The Class Reps will:

  • Complete a short online training session with the Students' Union
  • Collect feedback from those within your class
  • Attend 2-3 x Student Forums with your Course Champions so they can take forward your feedback

The Course Champions will be:

  • The first point of contact for Class Reps from within your Course
  • A signpost for students who need support outside of the rep role
  • The voice of your Course, representing your peers to members of ARU London Senior Management Team
  • A leader of positive change

The Course Champions will:

  • Complete a short online training session with the Students' Union
  • Actively seek feedback from the Class Reps from within your Course 
  • Attend 3 x Student Forums to gather the feedback from Class Reps before Student-Staff Liaison Committees (SSLC)
  • Attend 3 x SSLC's to share the feedback gathered at the Student Forums
  • Communicate regularly with the Students' Union and your Course's Head of Department

The Class Rep and Course Champion positions will develop your skills, knowledge and experience in negotiations, listening, communication, strategy, planning, representation, advocacy, leadership, and more. These roles are not only great for anyone wanting to improve their classes, course, and the overall student experience, but also for those who want to enhance their CVs and experience in supportive and leadership roles.

Neither of the positions requires any experience as you would receive a short online training session prior to the commencement of your role, one-to-one support, a variety of skills-based training sessions for you to attend for free, and access to the Rep Hub for supportive representation information throughout your role.

Nominations for Class Reps and Course Champions are live on the VLE now. Access these via the VLE on your phone or web to vote by heading to the ‘Students' Union’ tile, clicking ‘Rep Elections’ and then ‘I want to be a Class Rep/Course Champion’ and filling out the form.

Nominations close midnight October 8th 2021 and then voting will be open 9th - 17th October 2021.

Good Luck!


Ask Adebisi - Q&A Answers

9th September 2021

In the previous trimester, we asked you to ask your new Vice President of ARU London's Students' Union about her new term. Questions ranging from advice for new students to her new vice presidency came pouring in. We have fed these back to Adebisi and she has excitedly answered these for you to let you know the best ARU London has to offer you and what she plans to do to continually improve your learning and experience at ARU London:

What is your plan for 21/22?

Student engagement, Global Week, Black History Month, Award evening, Survival Guide. Increase the engagement student have with the university and the student union. Connecting with student in order to improve their student experience life here at ARUL.

What course are you on? And any plan for further studies? And how are you gonna do it? 

Thanks for this amazing question! I am studying International Business Management. Further studies.. not now because I am more of a practical learner, I like to focus a lot more on experience and then broaden my knowledge with education when I know exactly what I want to specialise in.

With the help of the ARU London Employability team, I was able to secure an internship at a consulting firm and I hope after my degree I work with the company and hopefully the company invest in my masters when I decide to do it. The plan is to finalise my degree, complete my internship, secure employment, gain more experience, enhance my knowledge with a masters degree or additional online courses.

You seem like someone very competent and knowledgeable. Thank you for stepping up for all students. That is all I have to say actually, and you have a wonderful smile!

I am speechless, and that is saying something, thank you so much for your kind words! I hope to make an impact on the student experience in a positive and inspiring way. Thank you so much.

What made you want to stand as the next President?

I was a Class Rep for my cohort and the Course Champion for International Business Management Department, and I could see how some groups weren’t represented. Most importantly, I want all students to get all the support they have access to and make sure their voices are heard clearly and valid. 

How are you keeping up with the current issues affecting the university and union?

The issues affecting the university and union is very vast and no issues can be resolved without both parties working together for a better experience for the student. A lot has changed due to unprecedented issues like the pandemic, and it will most certainly change the way we study as students and the way the university engages with students. 

What was the first thing you did as Vice President?

We created a survival guide that will help students know all the important information they need to know about life in ARU London from Welcome Week to graduation. It is a mini-guide fuelled with vital information. If you have any tips to improve the student experience for all that could be included in the survival guide, do contact me: a.sasi@angliastudent.com.

What words of wisdom do you have for new students in September?

Ask questions, stay connected with the student union and use your voice, because your ideas and opinions are valid. Your representation at the Student Union really boosts your employability and presentation levels.

What are you most looking forward to over the course of your Vice Presidency?

Student engagement, making a legacy change that will better ARU London student life. A social event that will impact a change will also be a bonus.


Good News Story - MyFooDen

19th July 2021

Congratulations to our ARUL students Vlad and Alex who have launched their start-up, MyFooDen!

Vlad and Alex are coining MyFooDen as the go-to place for online shopping of European groceries in the United Kingdom and are now offering a wide variety of food products originating from Poland and Romania at competitive prices.

Vlad and Alex both studied International Business Management, and believe the course helped gain the confidence they needed to setup their business in such a competitive landscape. If you're looking at the market holistically, MyFooDen are competing against all major retailers which also sell online, and the ten-ton gorilla called Ocado.

Vlad and Alex’s main purpose (in joining this course) was to amass contemporary business-related knowledge, especially around Marketing, Business Finance and Business Strategy which have cumulatively provided a solid base and frameworks to use in developing this business. 

MyFooDen are currently offering a 5% discount to ARUL students, staff & their friends and families. Just use ARUL5 at the checkout!

Our website: myfooden.com 

Facebook: @MyFooDen

Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/company/my-fooden


Principals Update July 2021

8th July 2021

Dear Student,

As trimester 3 comes to an end, and the new academic year comes into view, I thought a short update would be useful to keep you abreast of our position and thinking. 

The Covid Pandemic:

As you may have observed over the last week, the Prime Minister announced more details about step 4 of the roadmap, currently scheduled to take place on Monday 19 July but subject to confirmation.  Step 4 appears to remove social distancing, compulsory face masks, and a return to campus for university students.  We will be reviewing further guidance from the Minister as it becomes available, and working with our colleagues, students and partners to determine our response for the new academic year. It does look promising that we can return fully to Campus from September, however, we will of course look at transitional arrangements to introduce changes in a way sympathetic to our whole student body.  Please share your views with your SU and Class Reps so that we can fully understand your viewpoint.  In the meantime, given where we are in the trimester, we will make no immediate changes to our trimester 3 delivery.

Results:

The safety net policy, introduced across the university to counter the impact on students of the pandemic, resulted in an adjusted assessment period, with results formally published on the 9th of July.  Can I point you towards the feedback provided on all assignments and accessible within the module tile on the VLE; your academics have spent considerable time providing advice on how you could improve your submissions, which will help you learn through reflection and so improve your future assessments.  Our External Examiners were very positive about the extent of feedback, so please take advantage of it as a learning tool.  If you have passed your assessments, then many congratulations, but if you have modules to resit can I recommend that you complete and submit them as soon as possible.   There is lots of support available should you need it.  For any queries related to your results or advice and support related to your continued study please contact the Director of Studies Office on DOS@london.aru.ac.uk.  And please remember that our Wellbeing Service is also available for you, either through the VLE or by emailing studentwellbeing@london.aru.ac.uk.  Whatever happens, make sure you submit your re-assessments and if you have challenges then please contact us.

Student Satisfaction:

I am delighted to report that our student satisfaction rates for trimester 2 were very strong.  You once again rated ARUL with the highest overall satisfaction rates of all ARU faculties.  At UG the overall satisfaction score was 84.6 and 4.3/5, with ARUL students rating themselves more satisfied than ARU delivered equivalents in 13 of the 14 questions. ARUL also was the top-rated faculty in 13 of the 14 questions.  PG satisfaction sat at 87.5 and 4.4/5, which is a tremendous outcome.  These results, based upon a 30.8% response rate (the highest in ARU), are excellent and many thanks for your positive feedback.  There are of course areas to improve, and we will look to take all feedback into account as we drive ARUL forward.

Employability Awards:

The last month has seen a raft of Employability Awards Events, and with 914 ​students having completed their Awards, we split the events into the three departments.  At each event, we had employers sharing their thoughts and advice including Harrison Stansbridge, Associate Director at Barclays, Laura Hampson, Senior Sustainability Manager from Mace and Aska Matsunaga, Macmillan Patient Support Supervisor at Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust.  Many congratulations to all Award winners, and I look forward to seeing you at future events.

These are of course dynamic and fast-changing times, and many thanks for your continued focus on education and patience as we attempt to navigate a route to the new normality.

I plan once again to join your new Vice-President in Town Hall Events in September, so I very much look forward to seeing you then.  In the meantime, I will of course continue to update you via these monthly updates.

Best wishes,

David Sexton

Principal


Thank You For Supporting Our Charities!

1st July 2021

This year, our students completing the NSS have raised a huge £1,464 for our chosen charity.

Teaming up with other ARU campuses, we worked with you and the Students' Union to choose charities for each of our campuses to donate to.

Each charity will be receiving £1,464, with a total of £5,856 being donated in total across Anglia Ruskin universities. This year you chose:

ARU London: Mind in Camden 

Cambridge: Cambridge Rape Crisis 

Chelmsford: The Royal British Legion | Armed Forces Charity  

Peterborough: Wilderness Foundation | Transforming lives through nature 

 

Mind in Camden would like to thank all students for participating to raise funds for their recipients, alongside our partnering university charity partners. Here is what Mind in Camden have said about how your donations will be going further to help those in need of support and uplifting:

All our work is with local people who have had, or are having, difficult experiences that have affected their mental health, and we work alongside them. We will be delighted to use the donation to support our services:

Our services include a wellbeing and recovery service; hearing voices projects for young people, people in prison, refugees and asylum seekers in immigration removal centres; social prescribing projects; a Healthy Minds initiative that supports people to reconnect with community activities and a cultural advocacy project.  

The pandemic and its lockdowns and restrictions have pushed already vulnerable people more deeply into isolation, and we have been working to support people by phone, on the doorstep and by delivering meals. We are doing what we can to make the lifting of the lockdown easier for people here in a socially distanced way, and look forward to a time when we can open the doors of our building again as routine and not a carefully planned operation.  

How Peterborough is supporting Wilderness Foundation:

After the initial lockdown in 2020, we were able to offer online therapy and phone support and were one of the first nature therapy facilitators in the UK to be able to return to work in July 2020 and continue our outreach programmes, including Out There Academy, TurnAround and Brave Futures as well as our education programme Chatham Green Project.  

This year we will continue to develop our outreach programmes which help increase self-esteem, support better mental wellbeing, build resilience and help prevent young people who are vulnerable to exploitation, from ending up in the criminal system. 

Your kind donation plays an important part in the foundation’s mission in supporting young people with mental health problems and complex lives. We build connections with wild nature and help young people build resilience coping strategies and help with re-engagement in education as well as important conservation work. The money you have helped raise will provide support such as face to face therapy and online support for those most in need who are still experiencing issues affecting their mental wellbeing such as trauma, anxiety and depression or social isolation due to the pandemic. 

How Chelmsford is supporting The Royal British Legion: 

Donations to the Royal British Legion help those in need within the Armed Forces community; serving and ex-personnel and their families. The Royal British Legion provides vital support, helping veterans and their families in debt and emergency situations. 

How Cambridge is supporting their charity Cambridge Rape Crisis:

The money raised will help us to empower even more women and girls impacted by the traumas of sexual violence in their recovery. Your support helps us to provide our free specialist support services, which includes emotional, therapeutic and advocacy support. This is especially important at the moment when we are seeing extremely high need and demand for our services post lockdown. Our counselling service alone has received the highest number of referrals we’ve ever seen.  

Here are some examples of how the money you’ve raised supports local women and girls:  

  • £5 can buy a self-care bag to help and support survivors through giving evidence in court.  
  • £10 could pay for modelling dough, clay and stickers for a girl’s play therapy session.  
  • £15 could contribute to travel or childcare costs so a woman can attend support appointments.  
  • £50 can give a woman or girl one specialist counselling session.  
  • £64 could cover the cost of recruiting one volunteer for our emotional support services.  
  • £428 could enable us to train one volunteer for our emotional support services.  

As always, we strive to support our communities and push progress across all platforms for students and staff. If you have any wellbeing concerns related or non-related to this subject, please email studentwellbeing@london.aru.ac.uk.

If you know of any local charities you believe would benefit from our support at ARU London, please let us know about them by emailing enquiries@london.aru.ac.uk

 

 


Scholarship Winner - Wuraola Ekajeh

4th June 2021

As part of our Masters Scholarship Programme, we catch up with applicants to find out what they find most rewarding from their postgraduate degree and the scholarship. This week, we reconnected with Wuraola Ekajeh, who applied to the scholarship to further an estate project in Africa she worked on during her undergraduate degree:

 

"In February 2021, I completed a three-year degree at ARU London, obtaining a first-class BSc (Hons) in International Busines Management.

 I enjoyed my three years of study at ARU London, however, as 2021 began to notice that I missed my studies. I quickly realised I had promised myself a four-year study that would include a master’s degree instead of a foundation year. The outcome of my final result and my grade in the Operational and Project Management module motivated me to opt for further study on the MSc International Project Management course, especially since it has a professional backing.  

I applied for the ARU London Masters Scholarship Scheme in order to continue with the second stage of an estate project in Africa that I embarked on during my undergraduate at ARU London. With the first stage now fully completed and occupied with tenants, the scholarship will help me to commence the second stage of the project. Hopefully, there will be another opportunity to source out finance for the last stages of the project, as there are four in total.  

I am convinced beyond a reasonable doubt that acquiring a master’s degree in International Project Management will crown my hard work with success. If everything goes as planned, the completion of the second phase of the estate project will give me hands-on experience in managing construction projects, because it is an area I would like to pursue after my master’s degree. Obtaining this master’s degree will enhance my future career aspirations and applications, and the skills I’ve learnt will also help if I set up my own business. 

Thank you, ARU London, for making my dream a reality!"

 

All ARU London alumni are offered a £2,000 Entry Scholarship if they wish to continue their studies to a postgraduate level. Get the most out of your postgraduate degree by applying for our Masters Scholarship Programme here.

 


Scholarship Winner - Antoaneta Blagoeva

21st May 2021

As part of our commitment to developing our students' knowledge, skills, experience, and employability in their chosen fields, we offer a 50% tuition scholarship. We caught up with Antoaneta Blagoeva, one of our successful May 2021 Masters Scholarship Programme applicants to find out what she finds most rewarding from her postgraduate degree and the scholarship:

"Since 2017, I have been planning to study MSc International Project Management (MSc IPM), as this will enhance the current business management knowledge and skills that I gained through my previous Anglia Ruskin London undergraduate degree in Business and Tourism management.

The International Project Management postgraduate degree has modules such as ‘Entrepreneurship and Innovation Management’ and ‘Business Improvement and Change’. This means that I will be able to capitalise on my strengths in business management and my leadership skills.  In addition, I decided to study International Project Management as the degree offers essential modules such as ‘Strategy in the Public and Private Sectors’, ‘Leading Projects’, and ‘Project Risk Management', which ensures delivery of knowledge and skills related to innovative project management approaches that directly refers to corporate strategy, leadership, and sustainability.

Secondly, I decided to study for a postgraduate degree due to UCASstating that a postgraduate degree improves career development. In fact, “65.6% of working-age graduates were in high-skilled employment in 2019, compared with 78.9% of postgraduates”1. Putting this into context it would mean that I decided to study this postgraduate to increase my employability competitiveness by over 10 % on the post-Covid19 and post-Brexit job markets. Additionally to this, the course provides high-quality project management resources and enables access to experienced project professionals’ network through the APM Chartered Body Project Profession. 

Thirdly, the decision to apply for the ARUL 50% scholarship was vital for me for financial reasons. The ARUL scholarship will support me while I begin researching new career developments and apply for graduate positions. In addition, the Covid-19 pandemic and post-Brexit markets impacted the self-employed business that I have been operating since 2013. In this context, the ARUL 50 % scholarship allowed me to make a new business investment that restarted the operations of my enterprise activities.

Lastly, I plan to achieve several major goals after I graduate in MSc International Project Management. In terms of education, I plan to achieve an MBA International followed by a PhD. In terms of career development, I plan to achieve a new career closely linked to international project and business management and sustainable development of my own international tourism & hospitality business."

 

All ARU London alumni are offered a £2,000 scholarship if they wish to continue their studies to a postgraduate level.

Get the most out of your postgraduate degree by applying for our Masters Scholarship Programme here.


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Times Higher Education (THE) Impact Rankings 2021

22nd April 2021

ARU has been named as one of the top 40 Higher Education institutions in the world for progress towards the United Nations “Good health and wellbeing” Goal.

We’re absolutely delighted that we have been ranked 36th in the world for our achievements in Good Health and Wellbeing in the Times Higher Education (THE) Impact Rankings (https://www.timeshighereducation.com/impactrankings...).

The rankings measure institutions’ work towards the United Nations (UN) Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) (https://www.un.org/sustainabledevelopment/), established in 2015 as an urgent, global call to action towards a more sustainable future for the world’s population. The Impact Rankings are the first worldwide attempt to measure Higher Education institutions’ progress against the SDGs.

Out of more than 1,100 institutions worldwide that entered THE’s Impact Rankings, our overall position was 201-300. Our submission focused on seven of the 17 SDGs, and we placed 36th out of the 871 institutions that focused on Good Health and Wellbeing (SDG 3), and in the top 200 institutions on Reduced Inequalities (SDG 10).


Scholarship Winner - Hadil

9th March 2021

Hadil Said is one of our Postgraduate Scholarship winners for the January 2021 intake. After submitting an entry, she was chosen as one of four winners of a 50% tuition fee scholarship. We caught up with Hadil and this is what she had to say:

‘I have wanted to study for my masters since I finished my undergrad. However, sometimes you can lose focus or find an excuse once you start a new job or profession. During this pandemic, like everyone I was given the gift of time.

I discovered several things missing that would create a better career and future for myself and those I love. ARUL was recommended to me by a friend. Once I found out about the part-time options and the courses available, I could not lose anything by applying. I chose International Project Management because it combined my love for events and has similarities to my Business undergrad.

I applied for the scholarship as studying can be stressful with the pressure of fees. Knowing what a fantastic opportunity this is and the amount of future debt it could save makes a difference, especially with everything happening around us. This scholarship means I will not have to worry too much about future finance, and it has given me confidence. After my degree, I hope to find a job in the project management field, become a member of the APM and continue studying to get a PhD.’

If you are thinking of studying a Postgraduate degree at ARU London, why not submit an entry for our Masters Scholarship Programme? More information can be found here - https://london.aru.ac.uk/admissions/scholarships 


Scholarship Winner - Fatou Helen

5th December 2020

Fatou Helen Ceesay is one of our Postgraduate Scholarship winners for the September 2020 intake. After submitting an entry, she was chosen as one of three winners of a 50% tuition fee scholarship. We caught up with Fatou Helen and this is what she had to say:

'I chose to study the Master’s degree in International Project Management with ARU London because I would like to enhance my professional life, nurture my leadership skills, and actively get involved in project work. It is a growing industry and I would like to be part of it. ARU London is a great university with great lecturers and I didn’t have to think twice about choosing where to study my Master’s.

I applied for the Master’s scholarship to help me with my long-term goals which is to make the world a better place. I am so grateful to be rewarded with a scholarship from ARU London - it has made my life much easier!

I am hoping to start my career in project management and make a positive impact on people around me.'

If you are thinking of studying a Postgraduate degree at ARU London, why not submit an entry for our Masters Scholarship Programme? More information can be found here - https://london.aru.ac.uk/admissions/scholarships 


Scholarship Winner - Murat

28th November 2020

Murat Kalayci is one of our Postgraduate Scholarship winners for the September 2020 intake. After submitting an entry, he was chosen as one of three winners of a 50% tuition fee scholarship. We caught up with Murat and this is what he had to say:

"I have just started my MBA degree, and I am very satisfied with my lecturers as they all have wonderful personalities and support us a lot. 

I wanted to study for my Master’s degree to achieve my personal goals and improve my career prospects. I wanted to take my chances and apply for the scholarship and, thanks to ARU London, I was awarded it! The scholarship encouraged me to be more successful and put in more effort as this opportunity does not come around often, and not to everybody. My short-term goal is to achieve a Distinction in my Master’s degree and, once I complete it, I would like to become either a Business Analyst, Project Manager, or a Supply Chain Manager. I would also like to complete my Doctorate. My dream is to proceed into one of these areas and be successful."

If you are thinking of studying a Postgraduate degree at ARU London, why not submit an entry for our Masters Scholarship Programme? More information can be found here - https://london.aru.ac.uk/admissions/scholarships 


Alumni of the Month – Roberta Animashaun

1st July 2020

Alumni of the Month – Roberta Animashaun

"I came to London more than 10 years ago. I didn’t speak English very well. Previously, I finished secondary school with a specialization in IT and computing. I started to work in a food factory as a production operative but I was a girl with big dreams and I knew that I wanted more and that I could do more.

When I came to London I got married and gave birth to two sons, while I was also working full-time and going to a local college to improve my English. When work became unfeasible, I came up with a plan to improve myself as much as possible while with the kids at home. In 2015 I started at ARUL as in Business and Human Resource Management. It was one of the best decisions I have ever made!  

I tried my best, I read hundreds of books, and it was a challenge to understand Academic language. I have gained a lot from these studies: a different perspective of business, managing the employment relationships, human resource development and organization development, etc. 

During all 4 years of studies, I was looking after family during the day, and in the night I was studying. I pushed myself not to give up. I motivated many of my friends to start at ARU London as well. They listened to me and have already finished university and are creating their better futures. 

I have finished university in 2019 with a 2:1 degree. What is important that I worked hard and extremely improved my skills and knowledge. I am proud of myself. 

In June 2019, the next month after finishing my studies, I started to work in a huge American company in London as a Business Office Assistant. That was my goal, to find a big company because in a big company there are more opportunities to grow.  After 6 months I joined our company’s HR department. Currently, I am working as an HR Onboarding Officer. 

THANK YOU TO ALL ARU STAFF, especially Lectures! They supported and helped a lot during all 4 years of my studies. They have shared their own knowledge and experience which is priceless.  Especially thank you to Neil Jones! He is an amazing and charismatic lecturer who followed me during my journey for 3 years in a row. 

I wish you all to work hard and, especially now in this uncertain current situation, don’t lose your motivation. One day your studies will be a memory, so make sure that your memories will be happy ones".


Alumni of the Month – Kajal Chopra

12th June 2020

Alumni of the Month – Kajal Chopra


"Before you start to think about your career, take time to think about what you enjoy, what do you love learning or reading about, what interests you? For me, I always loved Business and Law. This is why I studied these two subjects back in college and then wanted to study BSc (Hons) Business & Law at university as it combined my two great interests.
Initially, life at ARU London was quite hard for me as I became overwhelmed with what was to come and if I would be able to achieve my goal. As months went by at university I was also battling with some things throughout my time there, but just like you, we all face challenges/ struggles in life. It’s what we do to overcome them and what we prioritize shapes our life.
I would definitely check out the Employability department as they offer a wide range of online sessions, mocks interviews, and job search help. I went to them for help on my CV layout and they gave me some tips on how to improve my format and structure. This then led to me finding a job a month after my graduation. I was working in Account Management where I would handle projects for a corporate deal gift leader who manufactured financial tombstones for investment banks and private equity firms in central London.
My previous academic modules I had studied helped me a lot at work when I would face different scenarios, for example, when I would look over client contracts or submitting billing documents. It reminded me of the information I had learned when studying modules in Business Finance or Contract Law.
Some tips I have are to make sure you ‘do you’, for example, in-class many people brought laptops to make notes, I preferred a pen and notebook. When teachers allowed students to show draft assignments I would never rush, even though many other students would have already shown their work and got feedback. If you have a question or do not understand something never be afraid to ask, I never left a classroom without asking all my questions during or after classes (and I usually had many haha!) What is important is to find your style of learning, even though I had lovely friends in class I preferred to work on my own most of the time.

I was so thankful that I achieved my First-Class Honours in the end and could finally say ‘I did it’. Everyone learns and processes information and knowledge at their own pace, so never compare yourself. Put your head down, commit to the process and you will succeed".


Scholarship Winner - Oyebola Ogunfowokan

12th June 2020

Oyebola Ogunfowokan is one of our Postgraduate Scholarship winners for the May 2020 intake, after submitting an entry he was chosen as one of two winners of a 50% tuition fee scholarship. We caught up with Oyebola and this is what he had to say:

“My career journey has up until now brought me to a crossroads between a vocational impasse and progressive professional development.

Before my enrolment onto the MBA (Health & Social Care) Programme, my highest qualification had been a BSC in medical science from the University of Leeds; a Russell Group University reputed for its academic and research excellence. This I augmented with a Pearson-regulated Harvard style certificate in software testing in an attempt to make a radical transition into the Information Technology sector via one of the government’s entrepreneurial schemes. Unfortunately, the information technology sector had become so advanced that, at my entry-level, only more technical and high-level fluency was sought-after by big organizations with the resources to invest in progressive human capacity. I invested much time talking to new and emerging job brokers and business IT apprenticeships through repeated but irregular interviews, without a single appointment opportunity; the apprenticeship schemes had been a global rush with little space for ‘technology newbies’.

While further certification in this area was possible, it was becoming apparent that a non-commensurate work experience in the IT sector was as good as an engineering mechanic without the know-how to unscrew a bolt using a simple wrench. I immediately knew it was time to return to my first love, the healthcare industry. I applied to ARU London for an MBA in Health & Social Care with a global mindset to focus on furthering my career in healthcare business management. I was determined to succeed. I did not underestimate my chances of a scholarship application entry when the opportunity presented itself, and so I put in a decent application that was selected as one of the successful entries under the postgraduate program. I felt joy at my first recorded success on my desired career journey. I was motivated to go the extra mile academically, as a result of my scholarly success.

I am currently at the start of my postgraduate program, thoroughly enjoying my studies and hopeful for an upper-class achievement at the end of my program.

My successes motivated me to achieve further success, and I hope my story is inspirational to other students”.

If you are thinking of studying a Postgraduate degree at ARU London why not submit an entry for our Masters Scholarship Programme, more information can be found here - https://lca.anglia.ac.uk/admissions/scholarships


Scholarship Winner - Oyebola Ogunfowokan

12th June 2020

Oyebola Ogunfowokan is one of our Postgraduate Scholarship winners for the May 2020 intake, after submitting an entry he was chosen as one of two winners of a 50% tuition fee scholarship. We caught up with Oyebola and this is what he had to say:

“My career journey has up until now brought me to a crossroads between a vocational impasse and progressive professional development.

Before my enrolment onto the MBA (Health & Social Care) Programme, my highest qualification had been a BSC in medical science from the University of Leeds; a Russell Group University reputed for its academic and research excellence. This I augmented with a Pearson-regulated Harvard style certificate in software testing in an attempt to make a radical transition into the Information Technology sector via one of the government’s entrepreneurial schemes. Unfortunately, the information technology sector had become so advanced that, at my entry-level, only more technical and high-level fluency was sought-after by big organizations with the resources to invest in progressive human capacity. I invested much time talking to new and emerging job brokers and business IT apprenticeships through repeated but irregular interviews, without a single appointment opportunity; the apprenticeship schemes had been a global rush with little space for ‘technology newbies’.

While further certification in this area was possible, it was becoming apparent that a non-commensurate work experience in the IT sector was as good as an engineering mechanic without the know-how to unscrew a bolt using a simple wrench. I immediately knew it was time to return to my first love, the healthcare industry. I applied to ARU London for an MBA in Health & Social Care with a global mindset to focus on furthering my career in healthcare business management. I was determined to succeed. I did not underestimate my chances of a scholarship application entry when the opportunity presented itself, and so I put in a decent application that was selected as one of the successful entries under the postgraduate program. I felt joy at my first recorded success on my desired career journey. I was motivated to go the extra mile academically, as a result of my scholarly success.

I am currently at the start of my postgraduate program, thoroughly enjoying my studies and hopeful for an upper-class achievement at the end of my program.

My successes motivated me to achieve further success, and I hope my story is inspirational to other students”.

If you are thinking of studying a Postgraduate degree at ARU London why not submit an entry for our Masters Scholarship Programme, more information can be found here - https://lca.anglia.ac.uk/admissions/scholarships


Global Business Strategy Game

9th June 2020

Congratulations to Antoaneta Blagoeva on coming third in the Invitational Global Business Strategy Game!

This is an astonishing achievement that Antoaneta Blagoeva wanted to share to inspire others.

"I am studying BSc (Hons) Business and Tourism Management at ARUL and as a business student I would like to share my inspirational experience with the Business Strategy Game & Global Best- Strategy Invitational, which I was involved in as a level six student.

The Business Strategy Game represents a business simulation of athletic footwear industries conducted online at the university. During the simulation, I implemented several business strategies such as product development, diversification, blue ocean and market penetration. In this context, I must stress that the scenario of BSG examines day-by-day a wide spectrum of business skills such as HR, TQM, Marketing and Finance Management. Nevertheless, this challenging scenario motivated me to fully engage with the simulation. Through this practice I was inspired to evaluate my capabilities regarding the management of a functional business. Ultimately, I won the BSG Industry Champion award as a manager of the overall best-performing company in industry 2. This award made me eligible to compete in the Best-Strategy Invitational conducted online among the best participants from business universities worldwide.

The Global Best-Strategy Invitational competition was more difficult than the BSG simulation, as several macro-environmental factors negatively impacted the company’s overall performance. Nevertheless, I did not give up on competing internationally, as I had already developed self-confidence through the BSG award that I won and the tutorial support of Tom Farnsworth. Therefore, as a result of this self-confidence, I decided to implement several strategic approaches that placed my company in 3rd position for the Global Best-Strategy Invitational, and I won the BSI Distinguished Participant Certificate. Consequently, the BSG & BSI practices and BS lectures inspired me to believe that I am competitively capable to implement strategy on both national and international levels, thanks to business theories which I learned at ARUL.

As advice to all future BSG & BSI players, I would recommend to move with strategy, not by emotion and intuition. This means that you learn the player guide and identify your strategic objectives and KPI through this guide, as this movement is crucial for your company’s overall performance. Also, ensure implementation of ‘Horizontal strategy’ (Porter, 1998) as the strategic business units of BSG are distinct but interrelated. In addition, the introduction of blue ocean instead of differentiation may deliver stable financial conditions and competitive advantages while application of product development & diversification in the long-term may cause operational and financial stress.

Best wishes to all players and may the best strategy win!"


Scholarship Winner - Patricia-Ancuta Paraschiv

3rd June 2020

Patricia-Ancuta is one of our Postgraduate Scholarship winners for the May 2020 intake, after submitting an entry she was chosen as one of two winners of a 20% tuition fee scholarship. We caught up with Patricia-Ancuta and this is what she had to say:

"To start with, I like challenging myself by getting out of my comfort zone and feeling that I add value to my existence every day. This made me determined to become a highly qualified professional and to develop a series of transferable executive skills, by applying to the Master’s in Business Administration – International at Anglia Ruskin University, which is designed as an all-inclusive programme.  They provide the image of an extremely dynamic institution, strongly anchored in the needs of today's labour market.

In general, I like to test my abilities, and that's why I submitted my application for the Postgraduate Scholarship Scheme. The essay I submitted was my honest story and I am sure that really helped me to gain the scholarship. I revealed my determination and described my student life, years that have influenced and helped me to be the person I am today: much more confident in what the future will offer me. I come from a modest family, and the 20% scholarship means a lot. London is not a cheap city at all, and the scholarship will make it easier for me for a while.

I consider this postgraduate degree to be an amazing step towards my future career as a businesswoman and beyond. I am sure that the acquired knowledge and networks developed during it will help me to achieve a top management position one day. Although people who opt for an MBA often have a vast career behind them with prior key leadership positions, I want to lay a solid foundation at the beginning of the road, and fulfil these positions simultaneously".

If you are thinking of studying a Postgraduate degree at ARU London why not submit an entry for our Masters Scholarship Programme, more information can be found here -  https://lca.anglia.ac.uk/admissions/scholarships


Alumni of the Month - Jamila Zerhboub

4th May 2020

Alumni of the Month - Jamila Zerhboub

I studied and worked hard before being married to who I believed was my soulmate.14 years ago I followed my husband to the UK and remained married to him to what I would call an unsuccessful marriage. My “husband” was not supportive at all, which resulted in him calling me “useless”, a phrase that craved inside me and destroyed me. I felt lost and devastated, which made me start looking for a way to rebuild my life and personality.

I came to learn that one of the greatest gifts that we can give to our self in this life is to decide to commit to a journey of self-improvement without an apology. Thus, I decided to go back to the university to make something out for myself. Going back to school after a large gap of more than 20 years was an awkward phase of my life in the beginning. I finally understood my requirements to succeed academically in the university, and this prepared me to push and achieve what I would call a success. The first year of my four-year course was the foundation of my success in the university and thus makes it my most important year. My best moment in the foundation year was facing the Dragan den experience.

Graduating with a Bachelor of Science with honours in Business and Hospitality Management from ARU London is an exciting achievement for me. This has broadened my understanding and perception of several important issues in the hospitality industry like hotel management, event management, and food and beverage management. I have acquired knowledge and skills I can implement in both my personal and career life.

Throughout my four-year course at ARU London, I have realised that it was important for me to lose everything for it helped me in finding out the most important thing in life, which is to be true to yourself. Understanding and being true to myself have made me realise that I could achieve my goals. Currently, I’m studying an International Master business administration (MBA) at ARU London and this has helped me reach here. My time in school has taught me to be fearless, live freely, and always know that I will succeed no matter what.

In life as a student and a corporate person, you need to understand that your gender, religious background, ethnic, social status, or orientation does not matter. We have similar struggles, and the lessons for us to move forward by overcoming our struggles will apply equally. Therefore, keep studying hard without worrying about your social status or gender and you will surely achieve your goals.


Alumni of the Month - Ike Ofoche

3rd April 2020

Alumni of the Month - Ike Ofoche

“I decided to study MBA Health Care to further my ambition to work within the Healthcare sector. The welcoming speech by the Principal David Sexton made a lasting impression in me by preparing me for the journey, with his words, “The certificate you came for is important but more importantly the information you retain in your head will make the difference in your life ". This resonated with me and inspired my push for excellence. The end results were amazing as I achieved the best overall results in several modules and a Distinction. Employability opens twice a week, and I participated in the walk-in sessions where CVs were structured and tailored towards industry standards. I must give thanks to the hard-working team because my job interview was successful and I have secured a job as a Systems Engineer with a popular commercial bank.

My advice to the students and future applicants is that ARU London should not simply be seen as a sprawling institution covering half the city of London, but it should be thought of as a place of quality, integration and inclusiveness. Don't forget to see Employability for excellent CV workshops and mock interviews.

Thank you ARU London, and thank you so much Employability“.


Level 6 & 5 BSc Business and Events Management Trip: ExCeL

10th March 2020

On Tuesday 25th February, the Level 6 & 5 BSc Business and Events Management students went to the Event Production Show and International Confex. The two events are combined and were held at ExCeL, London’s largest exhibition centre.

The Event Production Show (EPS) is the UK’s leading exhibition for the live event sector. Attending this event gave the students an opportunity to experience the latest in event technology and production and discover a showcase of the latest in event design. EPS featured 6 stages of free-to-attend education streams where students were able to hear first-hand from event professionals regarding the latest trends and challenges facing the industry. Students also attended International Confex, which is the UK’s leading exhibition for event organisers. This event is where event professionals discover insights and trends what will improve their future events. Attending this event gave students an opportunity to talk with 300 exhibitors, network with 7000 event professionals and attend seminars on a range of hot topics within the industry.

Students were also able to see first-hand how a large event operates from a customer service and event management point of view. Students were able to gather ideas and knowledge to bring back into the classroom to help them understand how theory has been applied to a real life case study.


Alumni of the Month - Iulia Paula Pirv

3rd March 2020

Alumni of the Month - Iulia Paula Pir

"I was a young adult when I moved to the UK. Hailing from the beautiful mountain regions of Transylvania, I came here with the purpose of building a career. My passion was always related to the business field, so I started to investigate how I could get myself on that path

Luckily, I found an ad about ARUL courses, and it didn’t take long for me to enrol. I started studying the undergraduate BSc in Business and Law. It was a great journey; I learned so much and I met many people willing to help me achieve my goal. Before I started studying, I always knew I wanted to work as a Project Manager; I was hungry to learn everything that I found related to the subject

The help I got from the Employability office from ARUL was huge. They advised me on what courses to do and how to develop my professional profile. During my second year at uni, I completed a specialised certification in Project Management which swiftly boosted my confidence in applying for jobs in my chosen field

I first started as an intern, but I now work in the Project Management department in the IT sector for a digital company that develops international projects. I got there! However, I still felt that there was so much more to discover, so I felt compelled to apply to study MSc International Project Management

My only advice is to persevere and work hard. Start from the bottom and make your way up. Studying a diploma helped me develop enthusiasm and self-confidence: you must love what you do, and most of all believe that you can do it!".


Level 5 BSc Business and Events Management Trip:106 Commercial Street

3rd March 2020

On Thursday 27th February 2020, the Level 5 BSc Business and Events Management students went to 106 Commercial Street for a venue site inspection. This venue belongs to the Old Truman Brewery catalogue of venues. 106 is a stunning former 19th century stable building, which sits opposite the famous Old Spitalfields Market and is centred around a triple heighted atrium. 106 boasts exposed brickwork and many original features including the stable areas themselves, spread over 3 floors, timber beams and beautiful arch entrance, perfect for an organisation looking for a unique urban venue in Central London.

Students were tasked to gain an understanding of the venue space with a view to using the space for their assessment pitch. They needed to consider the logistical ease of set up and breakdown, any obvious focal points and how the case study organisations branding would align with the venue.

Students were able to take photos and gather ideas for their assessment which is to design and theme an event around a given case study.


The Big Pitch 2020

25th February 2020

Welcome to the Big Pitch 2020!

The Big Pitch is a business idea competition exclusively for undergraduate and postgraduate students at Anglia Ruskin University.

Our aim is simple: we want to find passionate entrepreneurs with exciting, imaginative business ideas and give them the chance to pitch for the money and support that they need to make it happen. You don't need to be a business expert; all you need is a good idea.

The competition will run from 19 February–20 May 2020 and is divided into three rounds.

Register your interest at arul.ink/the-big-pitch

 

If you would like more information about the competition,please visit: https://thebigpitch.co.uk/


Level 6 Business Events and Hospitality Management Trip: ExCeL London

18th February 2020

On Wednesday 12th February 2020, the Level 6 BSc Business and Events Management, and BSc Business and Hospitality Management Students went to ExCeL, which is an exhibitions and international convention centre in Custom House area of Canning Town, East London. It is located on a 100-acre site on the northern quay of the Royal Victoria Dock in London Docklands. The Vision of ExCeL is to be the home of world leading Events.

The students met with the Commercial Director and Events Manager to hear about how Excel operates as an events venue and how they partner with hospitality providers. Students were taken around the venue to see the various event spaces. They also learnt about the best practices the venue and event management teams and hospitality providers need to perform in order for a successful relationship and between the two parties which ultimately leads to a successful event.

Students were able to ask questions and gather ideas for their assessment which is to role play the strategic role of the event venue in delivering the event along with the strategic role of the hospitality provider in delivering an event.


Health and Social Care: King's Fund Event

11th February 2020

Health and Social Care: King's Fund Event

ARU London Health and Social Care team held a lunchtime event where members from the King's Fund discussed health and social care themes.

During the broadcast, key themes discussed included, the publication of the long-awaited green paper on social care reforms, population health and health inequalities; workforce, and legislative changes to support the integration agenda.

We had a great turnout of students with standing room only at the back, so keep a lookout for further, more interesting events in the future and be sure to book your tickets.


Alumni of the Month - Gavin Wood

6th February 2020

Alumni of the Month - Gavin Wood

"Hi, my name is Gavin Wood. I studied at ARU London between 2016 and 2019. The campus is on Charterhouse Street, adjacent to Fleet Street, famous for global newspapers. ARU London is also next to Smithfield Market, famous for William Wallace, and next to the Thames at Blackfriars Bridge, not to mention near Bank, where the great building of Bank of England on Threadneedle Street meets Royal Exchange on Cornhill. The campus is in an iconic setting if history, power, and architecture appeals.

I left London in 2019 after graduating from ARU London to pursue an interest in Forestry, and study MSc Forestry Management at Harper Adams University in Shropshire; one of only a few forestry specialist universities in the UK. Our cohort at Harper is dynamic and includes Forestry Commission staff, land owners, land managers, and people who are passionate about the area of forestry and its ecosystem services for the world and everyone in it.

It's highly unlikely I would be studying Forestry Management now without ARU London. I studied BSc (Hons) International Business Management at ARU. I feel lucky to have had the lecturers I did at ARU. They each gave different tools to better understand how business at the local and international scale works, in terms of fiscal and monetary policies, investments, writing strategies and tactical plans, working well with people from different cultures, critical comparative analysis and better decision making tools generally.

Throughout my study at ARU London I also wrote and released a novel through Waterstones called TIN GOD which is available to purchase.

I would like to thank all of the academic, management and professional services team for supporting me throughout my journey to postgraduate student and novelist".


Level 4 BSc Business and Hospitality, Tourism and Events Management Trip: Tate Modern

16th January 2020

On Thursday 21st November, 2019 the Level 4 BSc Business and Hospitality, Tourism and Events Management students went to ‘Tate Modern.’

Tate Modern, which is a world- famous modern art gallery in London. It holds a collection of modern art from 1900 to the present day. In 2018 Tate Modern was taken over by British Museum as the UK's most popular visitor attraction for the first time in a decade.

Students were able to ask questions and gather ideas for their assessment (Boardroom Simulation) which is to identify the reasons as to how Tate Modern has established itself as the most visited attractions in the UK.


Alumni of the Month - Calin Zamfir

14th January 2020

Alumni of the Month - Calin Zamfir

"Hello, my name is Calin Zamfir. I studied Business Travel and Tourism Management at Anglia Ruskin University London where I graduated with First Class Honours in 2019. I am currently enrolled at the same university in an MSc International Project Management course.

I started my undergraduate degree in 2016 after 30 years since I finished high school. It was not easy to come back to school. Fortunately, I had very good teachers who were very helpful and very skilled. They helped me to develop new skills and enhance my existing ones. I am grateful for their dedication. Step by step I learned again how to learn and simultaneously I started to be aware that I need the degree, not just the diploma, but, most importantly, the knowledge.

During my undergraduate degree, along with my lecturers and my tutors, the Employability Team contributed to my development as a candidate to jobs in the industry. Everything culminated with passing all the stages for my Employability Passport.

I was preparing myself for a career in the hospitability industry from my level 5 in the undergraduate degree. I started my employment as a Hotel Receptionist in a Travelodge hotel. I applied for a Travelodge management course and an MSc International Project Management at ARUL. This new course opened, for me, a different perspective and many other industries.

I would advise all students in an undergraduate degree to focus on their learning, focus on developing new skills, and if they do not understand something in the lecture, they should ask questions until that matter is explained properly."


Hilton Recruitment Seminar

19th December 2019

Hilton Recruitment Seminar

29 Tourism, Hospitality and Events students attended the Hilton recruitment event on Monday 2nd December. During this 30 minute session students heard about Hiltons eco-friendly initiatives and also the job opportunities within this global organisation. Students were given examples from Hilton employees on how to progress within a multinational company and were able to ask questions relating to part time and full time job opportunities.

Those students who attended found the session to be very informative. This event was planned and implemented by Almith Mcfarlene, Emiliya Rankova, Zsofia Saghy and Alexandra Popescu.


Christmas Bus Party

18th December 2019

Christmas Bus Party

On Thursday 28th November, 70 ARU London students from across all three buildings enjoyed the Christmas Bus Party.

The party was held on a traditional double decker London bus. The bus took students along Oxford and Regents street to see the Christmas lights before stopping near Piccadilly circus. Here, students were able to enjoy a glass of prosecco and a mince pie, while listening to an acoustic guitar player. The evening finished with a journey back to Charterhouse and the raffle draw of chocolates, prosecco and afternoon tea. The party was enjoyed by all and was a great way to bring students from all three buildings together in celebration.

The event was planned and implemented by Susana Texeira Ferraz Alves, Linda Santos Simoes, Andreea Raicu and Indiamara Vieira De Souza.


Entrepreneur Event

16th December 2019

Not the Usual Business Seminar

Over 30 level 6 Business students attend the Not the Usual Business Seminar on Thursday 28th November. During this 30 minute session students heard from lecturer and entrepreneur Miguel Dias Costa. Following Miguel sharing his experiences of setting up multiple businesses, the students were tested on if they had what it takes to be an entrepreneur and start up a business of their own, including options for funding their ideas.

This interactive session was both informative and enlightening and was planned and implemented by Gabriella Azzena, Larsen Hodea, Nicola Murgia, Alessandra Balestri and Joe Odis.


Meet the Graduate

13th December 2019

Meet the Graduate

25 Tourism, hospitality and events students attended the meet the graduates event on Monday 25th November. During this 30 minute session the students heard from a Business and Tourism graduate, Calin Zamfir and also Course leader, Kelly Strong. They shared their experiences of studying a post graduate course and working in the industry.

Those students who attended found the session to be very informative. This event was planned and implemented by Giacomo Gabriele, Ksenija Gorcakova, Gioia Giammarino and Sara Cabiddu.


Farringdon Walking Tour

13th December 2019

Farringdon Walking Tour

On Monday 25th November, 30 level 4 Business and Tourism and Business and Events Management students took part in a walking tour around Farringdon.

The students were escorted by Level 6 Tourism and Event Tour Guides to three locations around the Farringdon area. The locations visited were linked to events and hospitality which are the subjects the level 4 students study and included: Crypt on the Green, Museum of the Order Saint John and Leather Lane food market.

The event ran very smoothly and those students who took part really enjoyed the 60 minute tour. The event was planned and implemented by Nina Irinciuc, Razvan Irinciuc, Diana Munteanu and Mihaela Grigoras.


Wear it Pink Fundraising Event

12th December 2019

Wear it Pink Fundraising Event

This fundraising event took place at lunchtime on Monday 25th November. The team sold Lola cupcakes, muffins and had games that students could play in order to win prizes.

The team, which included Cristina Andrei, Alin Cristea, Bartira Andrade De Souza Nassife Passarelli, Ivelina Keranova, Andreea Paraschiv, Gherman Lincan, Florentina Milos and Radu Iancu did a fantastic job of organising the event and raised £176 for their chosen charity, Wear it Pink, which was a great achievement.
Thank you to everyone who donated or took part in this project and helped the team raise this money.


Scholarship Winner - Muhammad Abbas

12th December 2019

Muhammad is one of our Postgraduate Scholarship winners for the September 2019 intake, after submitting an entry he was chosen as one of two winners of a 50% tuition fee scholarship. We caught up with Muhammad and this is what he had to say:

“I have been looking for an opportunity to progress with my studies and the MSC International Project Management from Anglia Ruskin University London seemed like the perfect fit. With accreditation from APM (Association for Project Management) and experienced lecturers it seemed like a great gain knowledge and further my expertise. I had a chance to visit the campus before I applied and found all of the staff welcoming, professional and knowledgeable – I knew I would have the support required to excel in my course and future career.

I am currently working as a Manager Marketing in AYAA Technologies Ltd, a prominent IT company providing various solutions for small to medium enterprises. I have been working on the management of planning of a number of company projects, and am looking forward to gaining additional skills to improve my management of these projects.

With two years’ experience within the company, I was looking for the opportunity to upskill my skills and expertise in project management to benefit my progression in the company and future prospects – I am looking forward to my study and what the future holds.”

If you are thinking of studying a Postgraduate degree at ARU London why not submit an entry for our Masters Scholarship Programme, more information can be found here -  https://lca.anglia.ac.uk/admissions/scholarships


Alumni of the Month - Robie Christian Reyes Ramos

3rd December 2019

Alumni of the Month 

“My name is Robie Christian Reyes Ramos and I am solicitor of the Senior Courts of England and Wales. I studied Law at Anglia Ruskin University London, where I graduated with First Class Honours in 2017.

Before qualifying as a solicitor, I worked and trained at one of Anglia Ruskin University London’s partners, Barar & Associates Limited.

Thanks to the tremendous help that I received from the Employability team, especially Anita Virik, I was able to secure an internship at Barar & Associates alongside my studies.

Nearly three years after my first day at Barar & Associates as an Intern, I have progressed through various roles from an Intern to a fully qualified solicitor.

The skills and knowledge that I have learned during my training contract and my employment overall with Barar & Associates is invaluable to my future career as a solicitor. Building on my skills and knowledge, I have recently left Barar & Associates to develop my career further.

My advice to students is to have the initiative to learn and develop your skills and knowledge, a continuous and regular assessment of your skills and knowledge would be valuable to show what you need to develop further. As a solicitor, you should aim to continuously develop your skills and knowledge to ensure that you are able to represent your client’s best interest.

Additionally, do not be afraid to ask questions, whether it be at your workplace or during your studies.

As my last piece of advice, you should grab the opportunity whenever you are given a chance to do something to improve your skills or knowledge, it does not matter if it is networking, doing a presentation, etc. Do not waste valuable opportunities that can improve yourself, once they are gone, they are gone and you do not know what a good opportunity can lead to.”


GEMS Mentoring Event

2nd December 2019

GEMS Mentoring Event

 

The GEMS programme operated by the Springboard charity provides a mentoring service for undergraduate students, speaks at universities to promote working in the Tourism, Hospitality and Events sector and showcase industry placement years. Springboard’s work encourages, motivates, builds confidence, develops the skills required and mentors their beneficiaries to succeed in a career within hospitality, events and tourism.

 

ARUL Students were invited to register and through the registration they had to indicate what they wanted to gain from having a mentor through the initiative.  This allowed Springboard to suggest possible mentors for each student individual and on 12th and 19th November ARUL students attended the GEMS matching days where they were able to meet with several mentors Springboard had suggested. The students were then able to choose the mentor they felt they could develop the best relationship with and begin the mentoring scheme.

 

Many thanks to Springboard for providing this opportunity to ARUL Students and we are excited to see our students prosper with the assistance of their new mentors.


Masters Fair

28th November 2019

Masters Fair

Across 3 days this week, over 70 Level 6 students attended the ARU London Masters Fair. The purpose of the Masters Fair was to be an educational session giving students an opportunity to learn what ARU London have to offer in terms of its Postgraduate courses.

The students who attended found the sessions very informative and said the sessions helped them understand their potential next steps after graduation.

These events were planned and implemented by Alessia Cilione, Alexandra Epurescu, Andreea Toma and Viktorija Dolgova.


Cancer Research UK Charity Event

27th November 2019

Cancer Research UK Charity Event

This fundraising event took place at lunchtime on Thursday 21 November. The team, which included Alina Aron, Daniel Cotoc, Elena Illie, Veronica Ghita and Angelica Ursachi, shared experiences of fighting Breast Cancer and educated the audience on non-medical preventative methods. As well as donations the team also organised a raffle and the event raised £180 for Cancer Research UK, which was a great achievement.

Thank you to everyone who donated or took part in this project and helped the team raise this money.


Celebrating Black History

26th November 2019

Celebrating Black History

 

This event took place at lunchtime on Monday 18 November. The event targeted all students and the purpose was for the students to learn about Black History and the art of Capoeira. The students also had an opportunity to join in with the music and Capoeira. Over 60 students attended, with the audience enjoying the Capoeira demonstration and interactive nature of the event.

 

The event was planned and implemented by Gerard Rattray, Elisa Apetre, Jewen Murray, Robert Adeoye and Jane Ebokosia.


Alumni of the Month - Patrick Hinds

19th November 2019

Alumni of the Month - Patrick Hinds

"I never finished secondary school therefore, I did not have the opportunity to sit my GCSEs and the notion of education was not held with high regards during my transition through adolescence. However, I had a role model who advised me to return to education as this will open up opportunities in terms of career choices which should support me with developing and maintaining a stable life.

My professional career started in business and administration, having worked in this field for 10 years I have also had the opportunity to work in a finance capacity which gave me the work related experience needed to enrol on the Finance and Accounting course at Anglia Ruskin University London.

The return to educational studies was awkward at first, however once I understood what was required of me academically which I believe is an important part of achieving at a high standard, an element of enjoyment came from indulging in the research. Studying Finance and Accounting at ARU London has broadened my understanding of important matters, such as financial planning, managing finances and how to think about finance from a strategic perspective which can be implemented in both my professional career and most importantly my personal life.

Additionally, the Employability scheme at Anglia Ruskin is extremely useful for individuals who need additional support with how to conduct themselves in a professional manner and also gives individuals an insight of the professional world with industry exposure sessions.

Throughout my undergraduate journey at ARU London, there were many turbulent times with regards to finding a suitable study life balance especially if you are working part time and have childcare responsibilities. However, the undergraduate course which is three years goes so quickly and before you know it, you are dressed up in your cap and gown ready to receive you award at the graduation ceremony which is a momentous occasion.

Currently, I am studying a Masters in Business and Administration (MBA) at ARU London while carrying out a Business strategy and finance officer role with CyPak Investment where I plan to implement the technical abilities gained while studying.

So keep your head down, study hard but also ensure you take timeout for yourself and your loved ones who will support you through this process".


Level 5 BSc Business and Events Management - Event Tech Live

11th November 2019

On Tuesday 6th November, the Level 5 BSc Business and Events Management students went to Event Tech Live (ETL) at the Old Truman Brewery in East London. The unique venue has played host to an eclectic mix of events within its white washed warehouse space. 

Event Tech Live is Europe’s only show dedicated to event technology. The multi-strand conference and exhibition gives event organisers, promoters, marketers, agencies and brands the opportunity to learn about the latest technological developments that could improve their events.The two-day event is packed with 70+ educational sessions from some of the industry’s leading experts boasting five stages, each one dedicated to a different sector within the industry.

Among those presenting their experience, ideas, thoughts and knowledge at the show are drpg’s head of insight and innovation, Callum Gill; George P. Johnson’s creative technologist, Zara Kerwood; and SEMrush’s head of event marketing, Aleksandra Panyukhina.

  • Gill’s role at drpg includes drawing together sector insights, business trends and technological developments. As a leading figure in event technology, Gill presented Virtual Presence and the Rise of the Phantom Delegates at the Brand & Buzz stage.
  • Kerwood was also at the Brand & Buzz stage with her presentation on The Power of Mobile. Having joined George P. Johnson in 2016 as a digital project manager, she is now responsible for leading the creation of digital interactive experiences at the marketing agency.
  • Panyukhina has been working in event marketing at SEMrush since 2016 and took to the brand-new Marketing & Measurement stage to present SEO, Content and Technology: The Perfect Mix to Bring an Offline Experience to Life

The students were able to talk to exhibitors and attend the educational sessions to gain an up to date understanding of event technology which is a fundamental part of the industry’s development. Students objectives were also to gather ideas for the assessments within two of their event modules; Event Planning and Project Management and Event Themes and Design.

 


Level 5 BSc Business and Events Management - Madison Trip

6th November 2019

On Tuesday 29th October 2019, the Level 5 BSc Business and Events Management students went to Madison Roof Top Venue, Overlooking St Paul’s, Madison brings bundles of style, fun and a slice of modern Manhattan to London, all complemented by the views of the City skyline. Perched on the penthouse spot of One New Change, Madison comprises of a glamorous bar, restaurant, cocktail bar and rooftop terraces that are Mediterranean style suntraps making Madison one of London’s most sought after social settings.

The students met with the Events Manager to hear about how the Madison operates as an events venue whilst being taken around the venue to see the various event spaces. They also learnt the best practices the venue and event management team needs to perform in order for a successful relationship and between the two parties which ultimately leads to a successful event. Students were able to ask questions and gather ideas for their assessment which is to design and theme an event around a given case study at this venue and then pitch it.


Level 5 BSc Business and Events Management: SouthBank Trip

29th October 2019

The Level 5 BSc Business and Events Management students went to Southbank Centre, which is a world-famous, multi-venue arts centre in London, with a dynamic year-round festivals programme and an inclusive ethos. Their festival programme encompasses art, theatre, dance, classical and contemporary music, literature and debate. It reaches 6.25 million people a year, and encompasses over 5,000 events featuring world-class artists from across the globe.

The students learnt about how the Southbank Centre operates as an events venue whilst being taken around the venue to see the various event spaces. They also learnt the best practices the venue and event management teams need to perform in order for a successful relationship and between the two parties which ultimately leads to a successful event.

Students were able to ask questions and gather ideas for their assessment which is to design and theme an event around a given case study at a London venue and then pitch it to the directors.


Alumni of the Month - Shukurat Moji Jenmi

1st August 2019

Alumni of the Month

Shukurat Moji Jenmi has just completed her studies in Business and Healthcare Management at ARUL. She opted to study this course to develop herself as a healthcare practitioner but wanted the commercial exposure that the business side of the degree offers.

Following completion of Level 6, Shukurat used the academic knowledge gained in her three years at ARUL to successfully secure a role at Allocate Software, who are at the forefront of workforce optimisation software in the NHS. She has been in touch to share her gratitude towards our lecturing and support staff for providing the foundations for her future career:

“All of this would not be possible without the help of the ARUL employability team, who have kept in touch before and during both interview stages to motivate me along. I say “thank you” to all the lecturers and staff at ARUL who continue to impact lives daily. I hope this motivates current students that age, skin colour etc. does not limit the endless opportunities available.

Thank you to everyone at ARUL for the chance to achieve my full potential.”

Shukurat is hoping to build upon her skillset from her academic background by providing essential data insights and recommendations to inform Allocate about new product innovation. This experience will lay help her towards reaching her career goal of being a consultant business analyst to provide business solutions for virtually any organisation.


Module Evaluation Survey

23rd July 2019

Module Evaluation Survey 

MES will be conducted between Monday 15th July and Monday 5th August. As in the previous semesters, all module evaluation surveys will be online.

A link will be sent to your student email account for you to take part in the survey.


Alumni of the Month - Onai Mbakwe

23rd July 2019

Alumni of the Month - Onai Mbakwe

Success, achievement, and challenges has always been what I wanted to experience -  I decided to do a MBA course in ARU London whilst in employment. I thought this would have been a difficult challenge as I was working full time but the way ARU London had designed their Masters programme that takes place over evenings and weekend, allowed me to balance my; work, social and study life perfectly.

The lecturers were very supportive and it was great being taught by people who are clearly passionate about teaching and fulfil their role to their best abilities.   

Graduating with an MBA Healthcare created opportunities for me, in my previous trust I was involved in a project that won a Nursing Times Award and I've since landed a role setting up a service for a new Hospital within the Independent Sector. My role is dynamic and I feel the MBA prepared me to transition my current skills from NHS to the independent sector with relative ease and comfort.


Introducing our new brand

17th June 2019

Introducing our new brand

The way we look is changing, but our unwavering commitment to our students and our communities remains the same.

ARU's mission has always been to transform lives through innovative, inclusive and entrepreneurial education and research. There’s value in the work that we do, and we’re confident that we do it well. Our new brand encapsulates that confidence.

While we’re moving forward with a new visual style and an emphasis on ARU, we still want to celebrate our history and heritage – so we’ve incorporated elements of our original University crest into our new brand.

As an icon of the East of England, the heron represents self-actualisation, determination and focus. This reflects our commitment to letting people explore, discover and define who they are. But more importantly it acknowledges our students’ ambition and achievements: their successes while they’re with us, and the positive change they bring to the world as graduates.

People are at the heart of ARU, so we’ll be bringing their stories and experiences to the fore. You’ll hear from current students about how they’re realising their ambitions at ARU; from graduates who’ve been given the tools to go out and succeed in the world; and from staff who are committed to making a difference through their teaching and their research.

We’re proud to say you’ll meet people from all walks of life. Some who may always have been destined for university. Some who didn’t think it was an option for them. And some who have witnessed the ability of education to transform lives and now, as lecturers, are passionate about sharing their expertise with a new generation of students.

A common thread running through these stories is people's commitment to the greater good, to giving something back. You could call it idealism. That’s what motivates them.

It’s what motivates us, too.

We know that we help to make the world a better place – not only through our brilliant, diverse groups of students, but through our research, our partnerships with business, and the role we play in our local communities.

We’ve always been firmly rooted in our communities and we want to celebrate our four campuses, our cities and our region. Our new brand will embrace the creative vibrancy of Cambridge and the engineering prowess of Chelmsford; the business powerhouse of London and the healthcare hub of Peterborough.

ARU is a community in itself: a community of staff, students, graduates and partners. We see it in the way our students thrive and in what they go on to achieve. We see it in the genuine, positive impact we have through our dedication to public inclusion, economic development and social good.

Our new brand will shine a light on our dedication to innovative business partnerships, to game-changing research work, and to brilliant outcomes for our students. It speaks for the whole of ARU.


Alumni of the Month - Beth Giles

4th June 2019

Beth Giles graduated with a BSc (Hons) in Business and Tourism from ARUL last year and has just started a new role as Senior Events Coordinator at the Royal Automobile Club.

During the course, she particularly enjoyed the course’s marketing and events modules and credits her lecturer for encouraging her to pursue a career in the events industry, “I really took inspiration from my events lecturer Philippa Vincent, who took me right the way through the process of working in events, from the basics all the way to understanding the planning process of large scale occasions.”

Throughout her studies, Beth decided to get a taster of the practical side of events by working jobs in hospitality; this was a first step on the career ladder and gave her essential skills that are needed to progress into a more prominent events role. After finishing her final exams, it wasn’t long before she secured a placement at one of London’s biggest entertainment venues, Alexandra Palace. Beth was recommended by Philippa to apply for the role, and she started the initial three-month placement in June 2018.

The placement involved assisting the Creative Learning Team with two main projects, BAFTA Big Schools Day and the Great Fete. The role involved a mixture of admin and practical tasks, including managing Detailed Booking Systems, liaising with performers, creating welcome packs, social media takeovers and working with volunteers. Beth explains that this range of responsibilities gave her an extensive introduction to the world of events: “It really appealed to me because it meant I was able to gain first-hand experience in the sector, work within a professional environment for the first time since starting university, and also develop my confidence in meeting and interacting with people.”

Following seven months at Alexandra Palace, Beth had the practical experience needed to kick-start her career in the events industry and felt ready to apply for a more esteemed role. She discovered a senior events role was available at the Royal Automobile Club, an established private members’ club in Pall Mall; she was immediately attracted to this as it would be a new challenge to plan and produce high-quality events for a specific group of people in a corporate environment.

Beth was offered the job and started her new role as a Senior Event Coordinator in April: “The variety of events means every day is a different day, which keeps me on my toes! I'm lucky enough to work in a passionate and creative team who work really hard and I'm able to continue to learn and grow in a wonderful organisation that is the Royal Automobile Club and ARUL provided the perfect preparation for this role.”


Alumni of the Month - Mohammad Islam

7th May 2019

Alumni of the Month

Mohammad Saiful Islam graduated from ARUL with a BA in Applied Accounting (First Class Honours) in 2012. During his time at ARUL, Mohammad also won multiple “Top Achiever” awards due to excellent academic performance across his study modules. His achievements in his undergraduate degree also led him to pursue postgraduate study at ARUL, and ultimately achieved Distinction in MBA (International) in 2014.

When we got back in touch with Mohammad, he described the rewarding academic support he received from lecturers at ARUL: “They provided me solid foundation which enabled me to pursue my topic of interest at the highest academic level. I grew my interest in the application of theories in a real-world context.” He also credits ARUL with developing an array of his academic skills, including critical thinking, note-taking and presentation skills, which have all been essential to his successful academic career.

Since graduating from ARUL in 2014, Mohammad has been conducting doctoral research towards his DBA, completing a study entitled: “Exploring First-time Nascent Entrepreneurs’ Entrepreneurial Opportunity Recognition: A case study of London Metropolitan University’s pre-incubator.” The study investigated the under-researched area of pre-incubator supported nascent entrepreneurs, and specifically examined their cognitive and behavioural processes related to entrepreneurial opportunity recognition.

The study was conducted on graduates who had been supported through university sponsored pre-incubator’s business idea competition and the business start-up programme. The study findings reveal new theoretical insights on their entrepreneurial opportunity recognition that depicts not just their cognition and behaviour, but also their emotion and motivation.

Mohammad’s doctoral supervisor, Dr Theodora Asimakou, praises his unique research:

“The research is exceptionally well designed and conducted to meet very high academic standards; what is more, by adopting a qualitative approach, it succeeds in getting precious insights into cognitive and behavioural processes, that are hard to explore by following the more widespread quantitative approach that dominates this area. The most impressive achievement, though, is found in the findings: the thesis offers new insights into the processes of opportunity recognition and opportunity search, and the work makes a substantial contribution to academic knowledge.”

Mohammad also explained how doctoral research has enabled his personal development:

“Over the four years, I have undergone extensive research training. Thanks to my dedicated supervisor, Dr Theodora Asimakou who has transformed me as a competent researcher. My areas of expertise are academic writing, qualitative research, data management, data analysis and presenting and defending research work. As part of my research development, I regularly present academic conferences in the UK. To date, many scholars have highly commended my work for rigour, clarity and conciseness.”

Following four years of significant research, Mohammad will be graduating with a doctorate in July 2019. He is planning to extend his contribution to academic knowledge through further research on nascent entrepreneurs’ emotion, cognition, behaviour and motivation, and is already preparing to publish articles in peer-reviewed journals in the near future.


Investment Club

16th April 2019

Investment Club

Anglia Ruskin London investment club presents an opportunity for students to better understand the stock market by gaining knowledge on how it works and the benefits of getting involved. The sessions are led by Dele Amusan who details the functioning of the market and ways in which students can participate whilst Martin Sullivan supports the sessions by providing an Introduction to Fundamental Analysis.

The sessions are informative and students who attend gain an understanding of the stock market and some of the advantages of investment.


Trip: Park Plaza Westminster Hotel

16th April 2019

Park Plaza Westminster Hotel 

The Level 5 BSc Business and Tourism Management students and Level 5 BSc Business and Hospitality Management students went to the Park Plaza Westminster Hotel for a lecture on CRM. The Park Plaza Westminster is Conveniently situated on the South Bank of the Thames, Westminster Bridge, London and features contemporary design throughout its 1,019 rooms and suites. The hotel features a Span 15-metre swimming pool, 32 conference rooms, illy Caffè, award-winning Brasserie Joë, Ichi Sushi & Sashimi Bar and If you want a taste of London’s culture, you can listen to live music by local performers while sipping a cocktail at Primo Bar.

The students attended a lecture on CRM by the Regional General Manager and were then taken on a show round of the hotel to see how CRM is embedded into everything they do. Students were able to ask questions and gather ideas for their assessment which is around CRM within the hotel industry.


Discover Romania Tourism Conference

11th April 2019

Discover Romania Tourism Conference

This event took place on Tuesday 9th April from 1pm – 1.45pm. The event was aimed at all students and was an opportunity for them to learn about Romania as a tourism destination.

The students were educated about Romania’s varied landscape, activities, culture, dance and food. This was done through the means of talks, videos, a dancing demonstration and food tasting. Over 70 students enjoyed the conference in the cafeteria with 95% saying they learnt something new about Romania. The event was planned and implemented by Camelia Brahilika, Oana Strambeanu, Elena Gheorghiu, Oana Bobocel and Sergiu Balasanu.


Children in Need Fundraising Event

11th April 2019

Children in Need Fundraising Event

This fundraising event took place at lunchtime on Friday 5th April. The team sold home-made cakes and had games that students could play in order to win prizes. The team, which included Mariana Rosado Ferreira, Gabriele Ribacenkaite, Denise Comba De Alva Teixeira and Louis Pacquette, did a fantastic job of organising the event and raised £170 for their chosen charity, Children in Need, which was a great achievement.

Thank you to everyone who donated or took part in this project and helped the team raise this money.


Farringdon Walking Tour

11th April 2019

Farringdon Walking Tour

On Tuesday 2nd April, 35 Level 4 Business and Tourism and Business and Events Management students took part in a walking tour around Farringdon. The students were split into 3 teams and were escorted by a Level 6 Tourism Tour Guide to three locations around the Farringdon area. The locations visited were The Charterhouse, Museum of the Order of St John and a 1547 pub Ye Olde Mitre.

The teams were given a 5 minute tour of each location, and were also given the challenge to take the most creative photo of their team. These photos have been placed on Instagram using the #unitravelday and the photo with the most likes by Monday 29 April will win a prize.

The event ran very smoothly and those students who took part really enjoyed the 60 minute tour. The event was planned and implemented by Adelina Vasile, Teodora Razgunaite and Loredana Poarca


British Museum Trip

2nd April 2019

British Museum Trip

Two groups of students from the Level 4 Hospitality, Tourism, Events and Tourism Environment module went to visit the British Museum as it is the case study for their interim assignment. They used the visit to find information on the key stakeholders of the museum such as the visitors, the corporate partners, the donors and the local authority.

They collected evidence for their assignments in the form of photos and marketing materials, they also investigated whether there are any conflicts in the needs of the stakeholders.


Alumni of the Month - Petar Draganov

1st April 2019

I started studying my BSc Hons in Business & Human Resources Management in ARUL in 2015, it was an adventure and was a really important chapter in my life.

Thanks to Anglia Ruskin University London, I started my internship back in 2017 and managed to find a great career start post-graduation, I started a job in PEI Alternative Insight, as a client engagement executive. It’s a market intelligence and data provider company in alternative investment sector.  Further, the company is organizing many events and forums around the world. As part of my duties, I make intelligent use of admin systems & PEI staff insight in order to efficiently determine the best approach to engage the client & then action. I am also dealing with account management, and link with other departments as sales and data.

I am really enjoying my time in PEI, and I am grateful for ARUL for all the knowledge I gained during my time in the university, it’s been a great experience.

Thank you ARUL.


Module Evaluation Survey

1st April 2019

Module Evaluation Survey

The Module Evaluation Survey gives students the chance to provide feedback about the teaching or content of each module you study.

How to participate?

A link will be sent to your student email account for you to take part in the survey.

The Survey will run till the 19th April 2019.


International Business Management Trip: Headquarters of Barclays Bank

1st April 2019

Headquarters of Barclays Bank

Business Environment students from the International Business Management degree course were guests at a networking event for 100 people at the headquarters of Barclays Bank in Canary Wharf.

The guest speaker was Transformation Coach Richard Atherton, his clients include Barclays, Sky, Sainsbury’s and the BBC. Richard has completed 50 podcast interviews with prominent business leaders and professors all focused around the topic of how to be human in business, in this talk he shared the lessons he had learned from these interviews.


Global Week Event

25th March 2019

Global Week

On the 18th and 20th of March, we saw the first celebration of Global Week at ARU London. Global week is seen as an opportunity to celebrate our global community and the rich diversity that exists across our university campuses. It was fantastic to see students and staff alike come together to converse and enjoy different foods and music from across the world.

Thank you to everyone who came down and made Global Week a success. The Students’ Union looks forward to making Global Week bigger and better with each year that passes.


Level 5 BSc Business and Events Management Visit Madison Roof Top Bar

21st March 2019

Madison roof top bar, restaurant and event venue Overlooks St Paul’s. Madison brings bundles of style, fun and a slice of modern Manhattan to London, all complemented by the views of the City skyline. Perched on the penthouse spot of One New Change, Madison comprises of a glamorous bar, restaurant, cocktail bar and rooftop terraces that are Mediterranean style suntraps making Madison one of London’s most sought after social settings.

On Tuesday 5th March, the level 5 BSc Business and Events Management Students visited this venue for a show round and mini lecture from the events manager. The purpose of the visit was tied in with the students midterm assessment to pitch a design and theme for a summer roof top party for BAFTA to celebrate their 70th year. Students were able to chat to the events manager after the show round to hear how Madison operates as one of London’s top roof top venues. They also learnt the best practices the venue and catering team need to perform in order for a successful relationship with clients in the context of event operations.


Alumni of the Month - Lauren

12th March 2019

Alumni of the Month

When Lauren started studying for an MSc International Project Management, she was a Project Manager on a small, business change project and was very new to project management (under 6 months in the job). She had no formal project management training and so was unsure if she was doing key activities such as managing risk and dealing with stakeholders in the right way.

The learning she gained on the course enhanced her job performance significantly and allowed her to excel within the role. As a result, about halfway through the course, her employer encouraged her to apply for a promotion. She secured another Project Manager job on a much bigger merger and integration project working within the project management office.

Whilst at ARUL, she continued to work really hard and achieved 9 Top Achiever awards and an overall final Distinction which gave her the confidence to continue to try new opportunities. Since graduating, she has moved onto project managing and IT systems integration project and she is learning about Agile and Scrum project delivery methods. She now has a clear career path and is confident she will be able to continue to progress and grow as she continues to gain experience.


Level 5 Business and Events Management Trip

8th March 2019

On Tuesday 26th February, the Level 5 BSc Business and Events Management students went to International Confex at Olympia London. This well established venue has hosted a wide range of events since opening its doors in 1886.

International Confex has taken place for 35 years and is the largest gathering of event professionals, service providers, thought leaders and buyers in the UK. Its sole purpose is to create an environment of convenience to help support, inspire and drive the events industry forward. 

Attending this event gave the students an opportunity to talk to over 350 exhibitors and attend seminars to help gain an understanding of the latest trends in event management. Seminars took place in four different theatres and covered a multitude of topics including, forecasting the future of event technology, how to double your sponsorship revenues, creativity and branding and a keynote from singer Will Young on wellbeing. Students were also able to see first-hand how a large event operates from a customer service and event management point of view. Students were able to gather ideas and knowledge to bring back into the classroom to help them understand how theory has been applied to a real life case study.


Scholarship Winner - Yvonne

7th March 2019

Yvonne is one of our Postgraduate Scholarship winners for the January 2019 intake, after submitting an entry she was chosen as one of two winners of a 50% tuition fee scholarship. We caught up with Yvonne and this is what she had to say:

"Some will

Some won’t

Some wait

So, what next!

Has always been my motto as a mother of six who in the past had a successful hairdressing business, went through a divorce and became homeless. My motto was realised when I won this scholarship as I proved once more that I am my biggest motivator and I am grateful to ARU London for this opportunity as it has set me on a bright career path. Achieving this award has confirmed to me that anything is possible for anybody and I want to motivate others that it’s never too late to study.

Moving forward, I hope to become an inspiration and mentor to others as I work hard for a PR Sales Director Managerial position, or better yet, run my own company!"

If you are thinking of studying a Postgraduate degree at ARU London why not submit an entry for our Masters Scholarship Programme, more information can be found here -  https://lca.anglia.ac.uk/admissions/scholarships


Scholarship Winner - Christian

26th February 2019

Christian is one of our Postgraduate Scholarship winners for the January 2019 intake, after submitting an entry he was chosen as one of two winners of a 50% tuition fee scholarship. We caught up with Christian and this is what he had to say:

"It was a great delight for me to have won this scholarship and be accepted on the Master of Business Administration program at Anglia Ruskin University, this grant is really helpful for an entrepreneur like myself in this amazingly competitive country.

In 2010, I earned a degree in Finance and accounting, after that I have been exposed to an extensive range of work position in banking, accounting, financial and auditing experiences along my career, those experiences have provided me with a deeper realization of the importance of being competent in the field. The understanding of this fact pushed me to apply to become a highly qualified professional and have the opportunity to raise similar positions in the British business environment. I consider this Postgraduate degree to be an amazing step towards my future career as a business person, as I expect to add it to my experience and extended my social network".

If you are thinking of studying a Postgraduate degree at ARU London why not submit an entry for our Masters Scholarship Programme, more information can be found here -  https://lca.anglia.ac.uk/admissions/scholarships


The Big Pitch 2019

18th February 2019

Welcome to the Big Pitch 2019!

This is Anglia Ruskin's famous pitching competition where current students can enter a business pitching competition to win from a pot of £10K

Step 1: The idea

The tough bit… Have a brilliant idea… Anything from a new product, a retail business, a website, a social enterprise, a smartphone app... We’re open to all ideas!

Step 2: The movie

Record a 60-second video pitch to sell your idea, and upload it by 5pm on Thursday 22 March. Remember to tell us:

  • What is your name and idea?
  • Who’s going to buy it and why?
  • How would you spend the money?

Step 3: The big sell

Finally, you need to promote your entry! People will be voting online and those votes will make a real difference to who goes through to Round 2 – so get a buzz going about it using any means you like – Facebook, Twitter, or even actual conversations or events!


NSS - Have Your Say

6th February 2019

NSS – Have your say.

Take part in the National Student Survey and shape the future at Anglia Ruskin University – the survey gives you the opportunity to voice your experience of your course and help those considering where and what to study.

For every completed Survey, we will be donating £2 to Save the Children. We invite all final year students to complete the survey at https://www.thestudentsurvey.com/ or following the link in your Student E-mail.


Alumni of the Month - Airida

4th February 2019

Alumni of the Month

Airida Jankauskaite recently graduated with a First Class Honours degree in BSc (Hons) Business and Human Resource Management from Anglia Ruskin University, London. She had a career in retail before her studies however, she has always wanted to become a professional in HR. Whilst studying, she was amazed at how supportive and helpful all the lecturers were which helped her to improve her analytical thinking, to structure her ideas and gave her a strong base for further career development.

After graduation, she was a recipient of a Top Achiever award which she is very proud of. Moreover, she has been offered a place as a Graduate Trainee at Anglia Ruskin University, London which she is currently undertaking. Studying at ARUL gave her the opportunity to pursue her dream and she feels she is now even closer to it than ever.


Alumni of the Month - Ina Kvasa

15th January 2019

Alumni of the Month

Ina Kvasa graduated First Class with BSc (Hons) Human Resource Management and is currently working as a Recruitment Administrator with Central and North West NHS Trust. She was recommended by her HR Director where she was working as a Learning & Development Administrator due to her performance. She is settling in her new role, making good progress and haS already been offered a permanent position. She has more training lined up at her workplace which will prepare her to become a HR Advisor and once there is an opening, she will apply for the position.

Ina initially came to the Employability Team for assistance in CV and interview skills – she applied herself well and is a step closer in achieving her career goal as a HR Business Partner/Manager.

Well done Ina!


Level 5 and 6 Business, Tourism and Hospitality: Next Step Event

4th January 2019

Next Steps Panel Event

The next steps panel event took place on Monday, 3rd December and was aimed at Level 5 and 6 Business, Tourism and Hospitality students. The event ran from 1pm – 1.45pm with 7 industry specialist panel members and over 60 students attending. 

The panel members included experts from Tourism, Hospitality and Business. The experts talked about their experiences in their relevant industry’s and provided key information to enable the audience to learn and go away from the session having a better understanding of the next steps they can take for life after university.


Alumni of the Month

3rd December 2018

Congratulations to our graduate Dobromir Dimov who was awarded the St Matthew's prize for achieving the strongest overall final year performance out of all Business Management graduates this summer.

Throughout his study, Dobromir worked as an intern at Equinix, a leading global data centre company and following his graduation, secured a full time position as a Junior Business Analyst. When we caught up with Dobromir he said - “Studying at ARUL definitely opened doors for me and now it’s up to me to keep that momentum going. Being in an industry driving the digital transformation and helping businesses adopt technologies such as cloud and big data is where I see myself growing and learning as a young professional in the future”.

We would like to congratulate Dobromir on his academic achievement and wish him luck in his new position.


Level 5 and 6 Events, Hospitality and Tourism students visit the World Travel Market

27th November 2018

On Wednesday 7th November, over 120 Level 5 and 6, Business and Tourism, Business and Event Management, Business and Hospitality students attended the World Travel Market. World Travel Market is the leading global event for the travel industry, generating more than £3.1 billion of business contracts.

This event has been running for 39 years and over the three days, sees 5,000 exhibiting destinations, technology and private sector companies’ network with 51,000 travel professionals, key industry buyers, journalists, digital influencers, students and tourism ministers. The event was held at ExCeL London which is the largest events venue in London, with an impressive 100,000sqm of purpose built space.

 Attending this event gave the students an opportunity to talk to exhibitors and attend seminars to help gain an understanding of the latest trends in Travel and Tourism. Seminars took place in the regional inspirations zones, covering a multitude of topics, including the importance of content in your marketing, creating an exceptional visitor experience through cutting-edge technology and risk management.Students were also able to see first-hand how a large event operates from a customer service and event management point of view.

Students were able to gather ideas and knowledge to bring back into the classroom to help them understand how theory has been applied to a real life case study.


Made a Difference Awards

4th July 2018

The winners are out! Congratulations to Sonia Ozkaya and Philippa Vincent who both won awards. 

Made a Difference Awards are student led, co-ordinated by the Students’ Union, and are all about students recognising fantastic, inspirational and life-changing Anglia Ruskin Staff. What makes a truly amazing student experience is identified through the nominations and this feedback contributes to improving all areas of our University.

To have a look at all the winners and to see some pictures of the event click here.

Our brilliant SU have also made a video which can be viewed here.


Level 6 Business and Hospitality Students visit the Museum of London

2nd March 2018

On Friday 2 March the Level 6 Business and Hospitality students went on a site visit to the Museum of London. This venue is the case study for part of their assessment for the Hospitality and Venue Management module. The museum is a unique venue as not only is it a fully functional museum daily between 10am – 6pm, it also holds multiple daytime and evening events.

The students met with the museums event sales, operations and catering teams to hear about how the museum operates as an events venue and their individual roles in delivering events at the museum. They also learnt the best practices the venue and the catering teams need to perform in order for a successful relationship and the challenges they are currently facing in relation to the marketing, sales and operations of their events.

The students had the opportunity to view all of their unique event space and get a real insight into what it is like to work and deliver events at a venue.


Exposure into the Industry: the Student Learning and Development Forum

20th November 2017

This month Business and Tourism students had the exciting opportunity to attend the annual Student Learning and Development Forum. This prestigious event was held at the elegant Bloomsbury Hotel, London and hosted by the Institute of Hospitality.

The focal point of the conference was to assess employment opportunities in the industry, contemplate how students can engage and to predict the impact of Brexit. This was achieved through a collection of guest speakers and two panel discussions. The superb lunch provided by the Bloomsbury Hotels further enhanced the day and gave students a glimpse into the world of luxury boutique hotels.

It was a thoroughly enjoyable day packed with up to date and relevant information providing an insight into the current challenges and opportunities in the tourism and hospitality industry.