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

Type of Qualification:

Student Facilities

  • A suite of forensic science laboratories, complete with a scene of crime unit. Four university libraries (including an extensive digital library in addition to our on-site print collections).
  • Human energetics sports science laboratory.
  • University eye clinic.
  • Simulated hospital wards and operating theatres.
  • Bespoke counselling rooms.
  • Mumford Theatre.
  • Two art galleries: Ruskin Gallery in Cambridge, with its ground breaking digital exhibition space; and Rivermead Gallery in Chelmsford.
  • Music recital hall.
  • Two drama studios.
  • A suite of computer music studios, multimedia sound and recording studios.
  • Music therapy clinic.
  • A mock courtroom, for our Law students.
  • Language centre.
  • Education facilities include specialised subject rooms for art, design and technology, science, ICT, PE, and early years.
  • Multimedia language laboratories.
  • Rehearsal spaces (for performing arts courses).
  • A TV studio.
  • Health and life sciences centre.

Disability Services

  • Students who study with us and have a disability, long term medical condition, mental health difficulty or specific learning difficulty (such as dyslexia or dyspraxia) we’re here to help.
  • Our Study Support team will coordinate any specialist support or adjustments you might need and advise you on your eligibility for Disabled Students’ Allowances (DSAs).
  • If you are approved for DSAs then our Anglia Access Centre can carry out your needs assessment.

Students’ Union

  • The Students’ Union has lots of opportunities available for you to have fun, make friends and get experiences and skills that can really benefit you in the future.
  • The Students’ Union host a huge variety of events both on and off campus, including weekly club nights in two of the UK’s best student cities Cambridge and Chelmsford.
  • Events include cultural celebrations such as Diwali and Chinese New Year, informal socials hosted by clubs and societies, and large scale events such as the Summer Ball, with live bands and great DJs.
  • All students are welcome to attend the Students’ Union events on any campus.

Availability of Part-Time Work

  • We’ve our own agency, the Employment Bureau, which is based on-campus and deals with all the part-time temp jobs that come up around ARU, as well as with local employers.

Careers Guidance

  • Our Employability Service offers careers advice and organises events including employment workshops and company visits.
  • Got a career in mind, but not sure which course will help you get there? Or maybe you’d like to discuss your future career options?
  • We offer one-to-one appointments with our experienced careers advisers via phone, email or face to face.
  • This support is available to you before you join us, throughout your studies and after you graduate too. Email to book an appointment.

Recent/Prospective New Builds

  • We have invested £122m over the last 5 years in state-of-the-art facilities, and will be investing going forward.
  • Young Street Cambridge is our spectacular new £9m development: a state-of-the-art clinical teaching facility for undergraduates and professionals. The first phase is complete and houses our Faculty of Health, Social Care & Education, providing teaching space for our nursing and health courses.
  • Phase two is taking shape to give us two additional buildings complete with a 200-seat lecture theatre, cafe, seminar rooms, office space, the Vision and Eye Research Unit (VERU) and cycle parking.
  • Cambridge campus We’re creating a revolutionary combined science centre with high tech labs and teaching rooms, equipped with the latest industry standard equipment and digital teaching aids.
  • Chelmsford The real world of financial trading has entered the classroom, thanks to our new state-of-the-art Bloomberg room.
  • The £160,000 Bloomberg Financial Markets Lab has 16 terminals, four screens showing Bloomberg News, BBC World, CNBC and Sky News, and a ticker displaying share prices from stock markets worldwide.
  • Students can use the portfolio manager facility on Bloomberg – the world’s leading platform for global business and finance news, data, analytical tools and research – to trade and invest using virtual money. This enables students to understand the strategies and techniques employed by real-life traders and investors as they aim to maximise portfolio returns.
  • The MedBIC – Business Innovation Centre, Medical and Advanced Engineering The MedBIC, our new £6 million business innovation centre, is a local government collaboration that provides workspaces, workshops, specialised labs and business support to start-up and early stage companies involved in health, medical technology, advanced engineering and other related sectors.
  • Having these businesses located on campus also offers our students with employment, internships and industry related research opportunities.

Notable Alumni

Over 90,000 active alumni in 159 countries, including:

  • BBC presenter –  Nick Crane
  • Chairman of the NSPCC –  Mark Wood
  • David Gilmour –  Pink Floyd

Further Details

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