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The merger between Anglia Ruskin University and Writtle University College to create ARU Writtle, marks a significant milestone in the realm of agricultural and horticultural education and research. In terms of how the merger will look and feel, the newly formed entity will embody a blend of tradition and modernity. The rich heritage and expertise of Writtle University College will combine with the cutting-edge resources and facilities of Anglia Ruskin University, creating a vibrant hub of learning and discovery. The campuses of both institutions will serve as the foundation for a unified and collaborative environment, fostering a sense of community and shared purpose among students, faculty, and industry partners.

 The merger will usher in a new era of interdisciplinary collaboration, where students and researchers from diverse backgrounds will explore the incredible opportunities that the 4th industrial revolution has for agriculture and horticulture. The integration of academic programmes, research initiatives, and industry partnerships will cultivate a fertile ground for research, innovation and knowledge exchange.

 One of the primary goals of this merger is to attract businesses that can engage across the research base with a focus on food systems, particularly in the realm of agritech. We are seeking partnerships with businesses that are driven by a commitment to sustainability, technological advancement, and the enhancement of agricultural practices that can have real world impacts and create value. The ideal businesses for engagement are those that are dedicated to leveraging cutting-edge technologies and scientific advancements to optimise crop production, improve resource efficiency, and mitigate environmental impact.

 Furthermore, we are keen on collaborating with businesses that prioritise research and development in areas such as precision agriculture, vertical farming, food supply chains, and sustainable agri-business models. These partnerships will not only enrich the academic and research landscape but also foster real-world applications of innovative solutions that have the potential to revolutionise how we produce, distribute and consume food.

 The synergy between academia and industry will be a cornerstone of our approach, as we seek to bridge the gap between theoretical knowledge and practical implementation. By forging strategic alliances with businesses that are at the forefront of agritech innovation, we aim to create a dynamic ecosystem where research findings are translated into tangible solutions that address the evolving challenges faced across the farm to fork supply chains. 

Ultimately, the merger between Anglia Ruskin University and Writtle University College represents a transformative opportunity to redefine the landscape of agricultural and horticultural education, research, and industry engagement. Through this collaborative endeavour, we aspire to cultivate a culture of excellence, innovation, and sustainability that will resonate across the agritech ecosystem, shaping the future of agriculture, horticulture and food production for generations to come.

For further details please contact Dr Rob Gowers:

Robin.Gowers2@aru.ac.uk

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