Writtle University College announces Anglia Ruskin merger

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  1. AsianStew

    AsianStew Moderator Staff Member

    ARU - Writtle will be the new name of this institution (when the merger is complete).

    "A small university in Essex specialising in environmental degrees has announced plans to merge with Anglia Ruskin University (ARU)."

    "The institution has previously spoken of money challenges caused by Brexit, the pandemic and war in Ukraine."


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  2. SteveFoerster

    SteveFoerster Resident Gadfly Staff Member

    Wait... why is a small university in Essex having money challenges because of the war in Ukraine?

  3. Rachel83az

    Rachel83az Well-Known Member

    Brexit: not as easy to come to the UK to study any more, so fewer students wind up at that college.
    War in Ukraine: The price of everything in the UK has gone up. Energy bills are sometimes 2-3x what they were before the war.
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  4. Johann

    Johann Well-Known Member

    Right. A confirmation from another UK University in financial difficulties:
    "One unforeseen cost has been the huge rise in energy costs. This year the university's bill has risen by £5m and its leaders expect that extra cost to remain for the next three years." Whole thing here: https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-norfolk-64810537
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  5. SteveFoerster

    SteveFoerster Resident Gadfly Staff Member

    Okay, that makes sense, thanks.
  6. Suss

    Suss Active Member

    Brexit screwed up so much in the UK, and gov officials knew that would happen but were powerless to do anything about it. Brexit swallowed up four prime ministers, the latter two of which (Boris Johnson and Liz Truss) did things to assist Brexit with speeding their demise.
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  7. Rachel83az

    Rachel83az Well-Known Member

    The worst part, IMO, is that there are people who didn't learn from the mistake of Brexit and they are still advocating for their country to leave the EU.
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