Anglia Ruskin University Guide

Anglia Ruskin University Guide

  • 1858 John Ruskin opened a School of Art in Cambridge, laying the foundation for the institution which became a university in 1992 and took the name Anglia Ruskin University (ARU) in 2005.
  • In 2014 ARU named the UK Entrepreneurial University of the Year.
  • Today, Anglia Ruskin University is a modern, global university.
  • 39,400 students from 177 countries gain qualifications with us in four continents. Each year, we also help some 2,000 businesses to grow quicker and partner with organisations to deliver a spectrum of educational and commercial projects.

Location and Transport

  • The university is based on three main campuses – one in the centre of Cambridge, one in Chelmsford, and another in Peterborough.
  • Chelmsford offers quick access to London – approximately 30 minutes by train, and with good road connections to the whole of the UK.
  • Cambridge is around an hour from London by train, and can be reached via the M11.
  • Peterborough is also under an hour from London by train.
  • University Centre Peterborough, University Centre Harlow and the College of West Anglia are regional college partners that also offer courses validated by ARU.

Entry Requirements

  • Applicants are admitted to the university based on an assessment that they have the capacity to complete the pathway on which they are to be registered; can achieve the prescribed standard for the award; can satisfy the specific entry requirements for the pathway; places are available on the pathway.
  • Applicants who are unsuccessful when applying for a place on an honours degree may be offered a place on a foundation degree, or an extended degree with a foundation year, if one is available in a similar subject.
  • We consider applications holistically, taking into account a number of factors including personal statement, reference, achievement at GCSE and predicted grades.
  • AS Level examinations provide a useful indication of applicants’ progress at level 3 study which supports decision making. However a lack of AS grades does not disadvantage applicants as we consider all aspects of the application including reference and level 2 (GCSE) achievement.
  • We prefer A level applicants to have achieved a minimum of 3 A levels, unless they are combining A level study with another type of level 3 qualification such as BTEC.
  • For further information please refer to course entry requirements on our website.

Student Mix

The 19,830 students enrolled in the academic year 2014/15 comprise:

Level of study

  • Undergraduate 83%
  • Postgraduate 17%

Mode of study

  • Full Time 74%
  • Part Time 26%


  • UK 86%
  • EU 4%
  • Other 9%

Student gender

  • Male 38%
  • Female 62%

Course Flexibility

  • All students at our Lord Ashcroft International Business School studying a full-time undergraduate degree, have the chance to undertake a placement year in business.
  • Many ARU undergraduate and postgraduate courses are available part-time; distance-learning options are being increased and a selection of full-, part-time and distance learning courses offer Janauary start dates.
  • Extended courses with a foundation year are offered in some science subjects.
  • The course structure is modular, allowing students a choice of modules around a compulsory core.

Teaching Standards

  • Our graduate prospects are among the best in the country – with 9 out of 10 starting their career or further study within the first six months (graduates working or in further study – Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education Institutions, 2012–13).
  • Our courses are rated among the most intellectually stimulating in the country, our lecturers among the most enthusiastic and interesting, and our students among the most confident (National Student Survey 2014).
  • Many of our courses are recognised by industry. A large number are professionally accredited.

Research Standards

  • The Government’s 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF) show that Anglia Ruskin is making a significant impact on economies, societies, the environment and culture in all corners of the globe.
  • Our academic excellence has been recognised by the UK’s Higher Education funding bodies, with 12 areas classed as generating ‘world-leading’ research. We deliver impactful research which tackles pressing issues and makes a difference to all our lives, from saving lives to conserving water (Research Excellence Framework/REF 2014).

Academic Strengths

Faculty of Science & Technology

  • Our Faculty of Science and Technology is a world-class research centre. The 2014 UK Government Research Excellence Framework (REF) recognised all our research areas submitted as world leading or internationally excellent. Our research means that our students are exposed the latest thinking and discoveries in the fields of science and technology.
  • As a result of the high level of investment in our campus facilities and equipment (over £122m in the last 5 years) our students have access to some of the best scientific facilities found in any UK university.
  • Our graduates’ average starting salary is £22,256, beating the national average.
  • Recent graduates have taken roles with organisations such as Autonomy, Skanska, Microsoft and UK Athletics. Some have started successful businesses of their own.
  • Many of our undergraduate courses offer students a ‘sandwich year’ option, working in a relevant industry between years 2 and 3.
  • Nineteen Professional, Statutory and Regulatory Bodies (PSRBs) accredit or recognise our courses. This reflects the quality and industry-relevance of our teaching. Our students have the opportunity to become members of these globally respected professional bodies on graduation.
  • Lecturers from our Vision & Hearing Department have been awarded Lecturer of the Year by the Association of Optometrists for the last two years (2013, 2014).
  • New students are allocated a personal tutor who remains with them throughout their studies. All our lecturers have an open door policy allowing them to provide individual support as and when students require it.
  • Our staff and student run societies represent a wide range of scientific interests. Our events and activities mean that there is always something fun happening both on and off-campus.

Faculty of Health, Social Care & Education

  • With over 6,000 students, we are the largest provider of health, social care and education courses across the east of England. We currently train the majority of nurses and midwives across the eastern region.
  • We work closely with our partners including healthcare organisations, schools, other educational institutions, voluntary organisations and councils to ensure our courses are relevant to today’s jobs.
  • Our courses are designed to lead to relevant careers and over 95% of our students are in employment or further studies within 6 months of completing their course. (DLHE 2012–13)
  • We have been training nurses, midwives and social workers for over 25 years.
  • Following our ‘Outstanding’ rating in 2013 by the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) we have again achieved the highest result possible for 2014.
  • We have many active research groups including the recently opened Anglia Ruskin Nursing Research Unit and the Early Childhood Research Group.

Lord Ashcroft International Business School

  • We are in the top 20% in the country for student satisfaction on business studies (NSS 2014).
  • Average graduate salary is £29,693 – well above the UK average (DLHE 2012–13).
  • All our students, studying a full undergraduate degree, have the opportunity to undertake a placement year in business.
  • Many of our courses are recognised by industry. A large number are professionally accredited.
  • Our lecturers are rated among the most enthusiastic and interesting in the country, and our courses among the most intellectually stimulating (NSS 2014).
  • Students use our Bloomberg Financial Markets Lab – Bloomberg is the world’s leading platform for global business and finance news, data, analytical tools and research – to trade and invest using virtual money.
  • Students take part in a number of competitions each year, including the Universities Business Challenge – we’ve reached the final several times and won it twice.
Faculty of Arts, Law & Social Sciences
  • Our Law, English Language and Literature, Communication, Cultural and Media Studies, History and Music, Drama, Dance and Performing Arts research were all awarded world-leading status in the Research Excellence Framework 2014.
  • Our Law students hold the record in the National Client Interviewing Competition for Welsh and English universities for the highest number of wins.
  • Our undergraduate and postgraduate illustration students have won the Macmillan Prize for Children’s Book Illustration for the last six years.
Faculty of Medical Science
  • State of the art facilities, including a high fidelity simulation suite and top of the range skills laboratories.
  • Courses designed by healthcare employers.
  • Practice makes perfect: clinical placements, improving your employability.
  • Network with over 40 visiting professors and 100 clinical fellows and lecturers from the National Health Service
  • World-leading research (Research Excellence Framework/REF 2014).
  • Home to the internationally renowned Postgraduate Medical Institute (PMI).
  • Excellent partnerships and collaborations: Make your connections count.

Undergraduate Courses