Anglia Ruskin University has campuses in Cambridge, Chelmsford and Peterborough, plus many partner colleges and institutions across the UK and globally. Students from 177 countries study with them across four continents.
ARU is well regarded for its health and social care courses. You 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. Research across six key study-areas continues to build on the university’s growing reputation.
ARU has a range of subject areas, including:
It’s been nearly 160 years since John Ruskin opened the Cambridge School of Art and in 2005 they added his name to theirs. There has been a lot of development and investment in recent years, with over £100m spent on new facilities in Cambridge and Chelmsford in 5 years including a new science centre in Cambridge and a School of Medicine in Chelmsford. Meanwhile they have plans to invest another £200 million over the next ten years.
ARU holds a Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF) Silver award.
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ARU is a career-focussed university, with on-campus Employability Services running CV and interview workshops alongside company visits and sector events, while also helping students to source part-time, flexible work that fits in with their studies. This is also where students receive guidance to source and apply for placements.
The Employability Service also offers one-to-one appointments both before and after graduation. The number of events organised by the Employability Service was something our student reviewers were impressed by.
There are over 500 courses at ARU to choose from, including new courses ranging from the Applied Nutritional Science BSc (Hons) to the Software Development BSc (Hons). Our student reviewers were very keen on the lecturers and academic staff who lead these courses, with many praising the welcoming, encouraging environment they create.
The Union is active across all the campuses with an elected committee who develop services and represent student interests. They are also 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.
The SU team have had high praise from student reviewers, but there’s one thing that irks our student reviewers – there’s no bar on campus in Cambridge. However, we’re reliably informed that the Tram Depot across the road, who the SU collaborate with, is the next best thing!
“Lots of good events put on at the Academy”
“A lot does go on - but we don't have a proper SU bar - which makes a difference”
“Good events and opportunities”
In Cambridge, there’s a variety of halls and to choose from, together with shared houses and YMCA accommodation. These include:
There’s also a student village on the Chelmsford campus, while students in Peterborough can apply to live in nearby flats and houses.
Students seem to be pleased with the provision and quality of accommodation at ARU.
“My room is brand new and well furnished”
"My accommodation at the Railyard has been great”
“Perfect for what I need for a semester”
Libraries in Cambridge and Chelmsford are stacked with print and online resources and stay open 24 hours, six days a week during semester time. Self service facilities are available at all campuses. Subject librarians work alongside course tutors.
Cambridge campus includes a TV studio, an abundance of editing suites including analogue and digital options with darkrooms, professional equipment loan facilities, a theatre and art gallery are also on campus, as well as a mock law court, public law clinic, forensic science labs, a scene of crime unit, and technologically advanced, industry-standard labs for gaming, music, sports and exercise students to extend practical skills in design, video, AV, fitness, gaming and computer science.
Chelmsford has mock hospital wards, a specialist simulation theatre and super-labs for those studying healthcare as well as a mock law court and clinic and specialist spaces for 3D printing, architectural technology design, engineering and building surveying. Chelmsford is also the home to ARU’s Bloomberg Financial Markets lab with 16 terminals and a ticker displaying share prices worldwide.
Peterborough features a specialist health library and a superb modern skills lab with state-of-the-art nursing equipment.
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 they warn 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 recently opened. It’s also a 30-minute direct train ride from central London.
“Quite expensive for students but nice few clubs and pubs”
“Love it! good part time job opportunities”
“Cambridge is full of students, there are a lot of places offering student discounts across all services”
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.
Anglia Ruskin’s sports, run by Active Anglia, run the on-campus gyms in Cambridge and Chelmsford and help organise 24 different sports clubs including football, basketball, rugby and hockey as well as futsal, rowing and ultimate Frisbee. Sports scholarships are also available.
“I like the variety of sports”
“Loads to choose from”
There’s a free and fully confidential counselling service available to all students, and support and advice is also offered for finance and careers.
Meanwhile 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 will also provide guidance on reasonable adjustments and allowance applications.
The Study Skills Plus scheme helps students develop research, exam and time management skills and are available as group workshops or booked one to one sessions.
Undergraduate UK students per year: £9,250
International Students per year: £13,500-18,300
If your household income is £25,000 or less, you’re eligible for a £200 cash bursary to help you with your studies. You’ll need to agree to share your household income details when you apply for student finance.
Talented student athletes who compete at regional, national or international level can apply for a scholarship award worth up to £1,000 per year.
Scholarships can be found on the university’s website.
Anglia Ruskin can trace its origins back to the Cambridge School of Art – it’s still the only institution offering higher education art courses in the city. It carries out a wide range of research into topics including fine art, typography, video and children’s books.
There’s a series of sports coaching and sports science courses on offer at Anglia Ruskin. Part of a broader life sciences faculty, the Cambridge Centre for Sport and Exercise Sciences is carrying out research into pacing strategies in city marathons, relationships between coaches and athletes and visual impairment in sport.
The Lord Ashcroft International Business School teaches over 6,000 students from 100 countries, either in an award-winning campus in Chelmsford or in new buildings in Cambridge. Courses cover banking, accountancy, administration, marketing and tourism management. It also carries out research in conjunction with small and large businesses as well as government departments. The Bloomberg Financial Markets Lab in Chelmsford allows students to access the portfolio manager facility on Bloomberg on 16 terminals with four screens showing Bloomberg News, BBC World, CNBC and Sky News, and a “ticker” displaying share prices from stock markets worldwide.
Health and Medical Science
The largest health educator and provider of courses in nursing, midwifery and social care in the region. Courses are vocational and adapted to the changing demands of the NHS and private healthcare providers for over 25 years. Recent new courses in healthcare science and paramedic science continue to further the university’s reputation for academic excellence in healthcare fields alongside professional development courses for allied and public health sectors.
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