Arc Universities

The universities in the Arc region are making a step change in the region's contribution to the national economy

We underpin national competitiveness in many sectors, contributing £13 billion to the economy every year. By linking innovation districts and collaboration between public and private sector partners, the Arc will become a place in which world leading research can flourish.

We are working together with business and government to foster research, skills and innovation to support inclusive and resilient growth across the region, and beyond.

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The Arc Economic Prospectus

University of Northampton

One of the youngest universities in the UK but is already leading the way in adding value to society, having won multiple awards for social impact.

University of Cambridge

The University of Cambridge is one of the largest employers in the region and a central component of the Cambridge Cluster.

University of Ruskin

The Anglia Ruskin University has a mission to transform lives through innovative, inclusive and entrepreneurial education and research.

University of Oxford

Ranked first in the world in the Times Higher Education World University Rankings for 2017, 2018 and 2019, the University of Oxford is a world-leading centre of teaching, learning and research.

University of Bedford

The University of Bedfordshire is an established provider of development and knowledge exchange activities - with a central theme of applied research for business growth.

Oxford Brookes University

Oxford Brookes University is a major local employer with a commitment to harnessing the enterprise, creativity and knowledge of its academics, support staff and students.

University of Cranfield

Cranfield University is a specialist postgraduate university and world leader for education and transformational research in technology management.

Open University

Supporting over 173,000 students globally, The Open University is the largest university in Europe and a leading innovator in digital learning and educational technology.

Buckingham New University

Bucks New University is proud of its position as an anchor institution in the region, with its 127- year history of enabling a richly diverse community of students to achieve their full potential.