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Anglia Ruskin University

4.4 out of 5 (54 ratings / 36 reviews) Cambridge, England, United Kingdom
What we think, or what we know, or what we believe is, in the end, of little consequence. The only consequence is what we do. At ARU, taking the leap, defying the odds, and striving to succeed is what we do. These are the stories of the people who make ARU.

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Arts, Design & Architecture (7)
Social Sciences (7)
Education & Training (5)
Law (2)
Applied Sciences & Professions (1)
Hospitality, Leisure & Sports (1)
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Anglia Ruskin’s story starts in 1858, when the art critic, patron and philanthropist John Ruskin opened Cambridge School of Art. The art school grew to become Anglia Ruskin University, and it’s still at the heart of our modern-day campus in Cambridge.


  • Our students are at the heart of our University, and we want to deliver an outstanding educational experience. To do this, we'll combine the best of face-to-face and digital learning in all our courses; increase work-based opportunities; and offer activities that enhance academic success and employability.
  • Over the next ten years, our aim is to maximise the impact of our research by focusing on areas of key international and regional need. We'll also use our research expertise to enhance our curriculum.


Our research is making a positive impact on the world. 12 of our research areas were classed as generating world-leading research by the Research Excellence Framework 2014. We’re passionate about research: its potential to innovate, and its power to enhance social, cultural and economic well-being at national and global levels.


Your future career prospects are important, and we're here to help you prepare for the world of work.

Our Employment Bureau can help you find part-time work. Meanwhile, our Employability Service offers careers advice and organises events including employment workshops and company visits.


Student services

Our Student Services Team is here to support you during your studies. We can help you before you arrive at Anglia Ruskin and throughout your course. Check out the Student Services web pages for help with all aspects of university life including money, academic advice, personal support, ways to meet people and get involved, and jobs and employability.

Housing services

We want you to be happy in every aspect of your life at university, and that includes finding a home which is friendly, comfortable and safe. We have lots of options for new students to choose from in Cambridge, Chelmsford and Peterborough - and our Residential Service Team is always on hand to offer help and advice.

Library services

We've made sure that our campus libraries are packed full of the equipment and resources you need.

Our friendly and expert ARU library staff are always on hand to offer guidance and support. We have a team of subject librarians who not only provide a comprehensive programme of study and information skills training, they also work closely with our tutors and tailor services to meet your needs.

ICT services

During semesters, our campus libraries in Cambridge and Chelmsford stay open 24 hours, four days per week, and in each library you’ll find a significant collection of course-relevant materials. There are plenty of study spaces, including group work zones, silent study areas, multimedia playback, networked PCs, wireless connectivity, and standard IT applications.

Medical services

We want you to have a happy, successful time here at Anglia Ruskin. If you have any concerns – big or small – our counselling, chaplaincy and student advice services may be able to help.

Student Life

Campus life

Our campuses are at the heart of four exciting cities: Cambridge, Chelmsford, London and Peterborough. With a thriving Students' Union, 120 student societies and city life right on your doorstep, there's never a dull moment.

As well as Cambridge, we have campuses in Chelmsford, London and Peterborough. Our Chelmsford campus was originally in the city centre but moved to a new, purpose-built site in 1992. 

Sports facilities

Whether you have aspirations of making the next Olympics, representing our university in an existing sport, trying a new sport or taking part in more relaxed fitness activities, Anglia Ruskin University has something for you - all you need to do is come along and give something a try! 

We have a variety of sports available at our Cambridge and Chelmsford campuses. Make new friends, get active, have fun and learn new skills by getting involved.

Student clubs

Here at Anglia Ruskin Students' Union, we're about representation: we dedicate almost all of our resources to making sure your voice gets heard, and you get the most out of your degree.

Cambridge, England, United Kingdom