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.
Anglia Ruskin University has a wide range of courses in Arts, Humanities, Social Sciences, Business and Law, Health, Education, Science, Computing and Engineering. Many of our Business and Computing Masters degrees have work placements of up to 1 year in the UK. We welcome international students in September and January to most of our courses.
The University’s academic excellence has been recognised by the UK’s Higher Education funding bodies, with 12 areas classed as generating world-leading research. Twelve of the 15 subject areas we submitted were rated as generating world-leading research; Allied Health Professions, Dentistry, Nursing and Pharmacy, Architecture, Built Environment and Planning, Art and Design: History, Practice and Theory, Business and Management Studies, Communication, Cultural and Media Studies, Library and Information Management, English Language and Literature, Geography, Environmental Studies and Archaeology, History, Law, Music, Drama, Dance and Performing Arts, Psychology, Psychiatry and Neuroscience, and Social Policy.
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.
Anglia Ruskin University offers students support in a wide range of areas. These include a dedicated service for those with a disability, including a mental health condition, medical condition or specific learning difficulties. There is also a counselling service, advice on finances, and an International office focusing on the queries and needs of overseas students. We also offer a buddy scheme for students before they arrive with us for the chance to be linked up with current students.
The Student Union is active across all the campuses with an elected committee who develop services and represent student interests.
At Anglia Ruskin University we have student accommodation on both our Cambridge and Chelmsford campus all within a short walk to classes on campus. All of our university accommodation has 24/7 security. The accommodation off campus is still close to the university and is a short distance to the city centres and close to good transport links such as buses and trains to London. Private en-suite rooms are available in most accommodation housing and we have a wide variety of high quality, conveniently located accommodation, including catered halls, self-catered halls and houses.
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. There are plenty of study spaces, including group work zones, silent study areas, multimedia playback, networked PCs, wireless connectivity, and standard IT applications.
Both campuses at Anglia Ruskin are fully Wi-Fi enabled. There are many student PCs available across both campuses and open study areas accessible to all students. There is also IT support on call on campuses for students whilst they are studying or attending classes.
We have a medical centre on our Cambridge campus and a GP surgery open to students and the public on our Chelmsford campus.
Anglia Ruskin campuses are close to the city centres of both Cambridge and Chelmsford. Both include a student union shop, book shop, gym, employment bureau and student bar and social spaces. Both ARU Cambridge and Chelmsford have supermarkets and restaurants within minutes of the campus.
Sport halls, fitness suite and fully equipped gyms are available at ARU Cambridge and Chelmsford. Whether you want to try something new or continue an activity you've been doing for years, there's a wide range of sports on offer.
At ARU, you'll find the sport that's right for you, from American football to volleyball and everything in between. Join a sports club if you want to compete in your chosen discipline, or one of our Campus Sport activities if you prefer to play at a more recreational level for enjoyment, social or fitness purposes.
There is also opportunities for students to volunteer, become part of our sports club committees and train as part of our Coach and officials academy.
Our Students’ Union supports over 120 different societies, from course-specfic groups to hobby clubs and special interest meetups. It’s a great way for students to meet new people, build friendships and expand your horizons.
We're delighted that our final year students have once again rated their educational experience highly in the annual National Student Survey (NSS). This year, ARU's overall satisfaction score has increased to 84% – above the sector average of 83%.
Anglia Ruskin University is one of the top 350 institutions in the world (Times Higher Education's World University Rankings)