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Anglia Ruskin University (ARU) has campuses in Cambridge, Chelmsford, London and Peterborough, plus many partner colleges and institutions across the UK and globally. Students from 185 countries study with ARU across four continents.
ARU is well regarded for its health and social care courses and research across six key study-areas continues to build on the university’s growing reputation. Students can also study the arts, humanities, education, computing and technology, engineering, law, business, economics, life sciences and more, including medicine, at Essex’s only School of Medicine.
ARU has a range of subject areas, including:
There’s been a lot of development and investment in ARU in recent years. Over £100m has been spent on new facilities in Cambridge and Chelmsford within the last five years, including a new science centre in Cambridge and a School of Medicine in Chelmsford. There are further plans to invest another £200 million over the next ten years.
The university has a new sustainability strategy, which will be delivered through education, research, operations and community.
ARU holds a Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF) Silver award.
ARU is a career-focussed university, with the on-campus Employability Services running CV and interview workshops, alongside company visits and sector events. Employability Services also helps students to source part-time, flexible work that fits in with their studies. Students can receive guidance to source and apply for placements too.
The university is leading the way with degree apprenticeships, a work-based alternative route to gaining a degree. Students can gain work experience and a degree at the same time and have no tuition fees if they study through this route.
ARU invests in student employability and in recent years it has made sure that its courses are covering the specific skills and knowledge needed by employers.
Our student reviews praise the university for its additional employment services provided.
There are over 500 courses to choose from at ARU, including the brand-new Musical Theatre degree and several 2-year accelerated degrees in a variety of business disciplines. From Engineering to Psychology, Illustration to Marketing, there’s something for everyone.
Courses can start in both January and September, and potential students can find out information about the options available on the individual course pages.
The Students’ Union (SU) is active across all the campuses with an elected committee that develops services and represents student interests. The SU runs online and in-person events providing something to suit all tastes. It’s responsible for overseeing the range of clubs and societies that are on offer at the university, as well as assisting students who may want to set up their own society.
There’s plenty of opportunities for students to get involved with the running of the SU, or with volunteering opportunities. They can help with campaigns, vote in elections, put themselves forward for a role, organise events, and much more.
New undergraduate students in Cambridge and Chelmsford are guaranteed to have a place in university accommodation from September 2021. University accommodation includes a desk, chair, wardrobe, bed and shelves.
In Cambridge, there’s a variety of halls to choose from, which are all on campus, as well as shared houses, which can be found nearby. The university accommodation includes:
Third-party accommodation in Cambridge can be applied for through the Residential Services Office.
There’s a student village in the heart of the Chelmsford campus, while students in Peterborough can apply to live in nearby flats and houses.
The accommodation pages on the university website hold more details about the options and costs available at each campus.
Libraries in Cambridge and Chelmsford are full of print and online resources, and stay open 24 hours, six days a week during semester time. Self service facilities are available at all campuses and resources can be shared between campus locations.
The Cambridge campus includes a TV studio, an abundance of editing suites, including analogue and digital options with darkrooms, and professional equipment loan facilities. There are a theatre and art gallery on campus, as well as mock law court, public law clinic, eye clinic, forensic science labs, scene of crime unit.
There are also technologically advanced, industry-standard labs for gaming, music, and sports and exercise students to extend practical skills in design, video, AV, fitness, gaming and computer science.
The Chelmsford campus has mock hospital wards, a specialist simulation theatre and super-labs for those studying healthcare. There’s a mock law court, and clinic and specialist spaces for 3D printing, architectural technology design, engineering and building surveying. Chelmsford is home to ARU’s Bloomberg Financial Markets lab with 16 terminals and a ticker displaying share prices worldwide.
The Peterborough campus features a specialist health library and a modern skills lab with state-of-the-art nursing equipment. In Autumn 2022, the brand new ARU Peterborough campus will welcome its first students. This new campus is being built for Peterborough and the surrounding region, in partnership with the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Combined Authority and Peterborough City Council. The building will be environmentally friendly and architecturally leading. A wide range of employment focused degrees and degree apprenticeships will provide opportunities for Peterborough’s promising students and meet the needs of the region’s employers.
Our student reviewers enjoy life in historic Cambridge, one of the UK’s best-known student cities. They love its nightlife, restaurants and shopping, though it can be costly. Chelmsford became a city in 2012 and is developing rapidly as a result, with a new riverfront shopping, cinema and restaurant complex opening recently. It’s also a 30-minute direct train ride to central London, so students can access all that the capital city has to offer too.
Although Peterborough is home to the smallest campus, at the moment, the city itself has two large shopping centres, plenty of restaurants, clubs and bars, as well as leisure facilities such as an ice rink and bowling alley. Peterborough is also well connected to London with only a 50-minute direct train ride.
Clubs and societies cover a wide variety of interests at ARU, from the Alpine Society (lots of hiking), to the Law Society, Cheerleading groups, Mindful Midwifery, Pokémon and a Doctor Who society.
ARU has sports teams and on-campus gyms, including the brand-new gym in Chelmsford called The Factory. There are over 24 different sports clubs including football, basketball, rugby and hockey as well as rowing and ultimate Frisbee. Sports scholarships are available.
The Student Services at ARU is there to help all students and has a variety of specialist teams within it.
ARU has a free and fully confidential counselling service, and support and advice is also offered for finance and careers concerns too.
The dedicated Disability and Dyslexia Support team offer advice and specialist support to students with disabilities, including mental health difficulties, ongoing medical conditions and specific learning difficulties such as dyslexia. They also provide guidance on reasonable adjustments and allowance applications.
The Study Skills Plus scheme helps students develop research, exam and time management skills and is available as group workshops or booked as one to one sessions.
Student fee’s at ARU for 2020/2021 are as follows:
ARU offers a number of scholarships and Bursaries for UK, EU and International students.
If a student’s household income is £42,875 or less and they a UK or EU student studying a full or part-time undergraduate or integrated master’s degree on the Cambridge, Chelmsford or Peterborough Guild House campuses, they will be eligible to receive £300 per year.
In order to apply, the students will need to agree to share their household income details when they apply for student finance.
Open to all undergraduates from the UK (and eligible EU/EEA student) who are taking exams in summer 2021 and expecting to achieve a BBB. This scholarship is worth £1000, and will be automatically awarded to students if they meet eligibility criteria and register as a ARU student.
Talented student athletes who compete at regional, national or international level can apply for a scholarship award ranging between £1,400 and £12,500 per year.
More scholarships and full eligibility criteria can be found on the university’s website.
Cambridge School of Art
ARU traces its origins back to the Cambridge School of Art, which now combines tradition with the latest technology. Through live briefs, industry-standard equipment, work experience and options to study abroad, students are empowered to become the makers and creators of the future. Students can also explore the Cambridge School of Creative Industries, which is home to courses like Computer Games Art and Film & TV Production.
Business & Law
The Faculty of Business and Law offers technology blended with teaching to create a dynamic, innovative learning environment. Courses cover a wide range of disciplines including HR, Marketing, Banking, Accountancy, International Business, Law, Economics and Tourism Management. Many courses offer a placement year.
The Bloomberg Financial Markets Lab in Chelmsford gives students access to the portfolio manager facility. The award-winning Law Clinics on the campuses in Cambridge, Chelmsford and Peterborough offer free, face-to-face legal advice and hands-on experience for students.
Science & Engineering
From Architecture to Engineering and Psychology to Optometry many of the courses in the Faculty of Science and Engineering are accredited by professional bodies and are taught in cutting-edge facilities.
Health and Medical Science
ARU is the largest health educator and provider of courses in Nursing, Midwifery and Social Care in the region and has secured a reputation for academic excellence in healthcare fields.
Information on entry requirements can be found on the individual course pages of the university’s website.UCAS TARIFF CALCULATOR
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