Anglia Ruskin University

2014 League Table Ranking 105
2014 Overall Score 494
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Entry Standards 244 Help
Entry Standards
The average UCAS tariff score of new students entering the University.

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Student-Staff Ratio 20.2 Help
Student-Staff Ratio
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Research Assessment 2.07 Help
Research Assessment
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Academic Services Spend 863 Help
Academic Services Spend
A guide to how much the University spends on supporting services such as libraries and IT.

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Student Satisfaction 3.94 Help
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Facilities Spend 335 Help
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Graduate Prospects 61.4 Help
Graduate Prospects
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Degree Completion 81.7 Help
Degree Completion
The proportion of students expected to successfully complete their studies and gain a degree from the University.

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Good Honours 56.6 Help
Good Honours
The percentage of graduates achieving a first or upper second class honours degree – the class of degree achieved can impact a graduate’s employment prospects.

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Green Score 40.5 Help
Green Score
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  • 1858 John Ruskin opened a School of Art in Cambridge, laying the foundation for the institution which grew to become Anglia Ruskin University.
  • 1989 The Essex Institute of Higher Education and Cambridgeshire College of Arts & Technology came together to form a polytechnic.
  • 1992 Became a university and changed its name from Anglia Polytechnic University (APU) to Anglia Ruskin in 2005.

Location and transport

  • The university is based on two main campuses – one in the centre of Cambridge and one in Chelmsford. There are also regional college partners – University Centre Peterborough, University Centre Harlow and University Centre West Anglia at King's Lynn.
  • Cambridge is only an hour from London, by train, and can be reached via the M11.
  • Chelmsford offers quick access to London, only 30 minutes by train, and good road connections to the whole of the UK.

Entry standards

  • 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.
  • Professional courses such as Midwifery and Initial Teacher Training have capped numbers and fill up quickly.
  • Applicants who are unsuccessful when applying for a place on an honours degree may be offered a place on a foundation degree.

Student mix

  • Men:women 35:65.
  • Home:overseas 85:15.
  • State:public school 97:3.

Course flexibility

  • The course structure is modular, allowing students a choice of modules around a compulsory core.
  • Joint honours courses are also offered (particularly at the Cambridge campus), allowing students to study two subjects.
  • Many full-time courses are also offered as part-time; distance-learning options are also being increased.

Research standards

  • The Government’s 2008 Research Assessment Exercise (RAE) results for higher education institutions showed that research at ARU is increasing in strength and scope. Anglia Ruskin was the top-rated university for Physchology, second for English (including contributions from Communications, Film and Media), and third for History.
  • The RAE measures departmental success in terms of publications, the research environment and academic esteem – 30% of our submissions were rated as 'internationally excellent' or 'world-leading'. Eight submissions had a proportion of their work rated as 'world-leading': Allied Health Professions & Studies; Art & Design; English Language & Literature; Geography & Environmental Studies; History; Music; Psychology; Social Work, Social Policy & Administration.
  • Anglia Ruskin's five research institutes are: Childhood and Youth Research Institute; Cultures of the Digital Economy; Global Sustainability Institute; Institute for International Management Practice and the Postgraduate Medical Institute.

Academic strengths

  • The National Student Survey (NSS) 2011 showed that many students are delighted with their experience at Anglia Ruskin, 100% of students were satisfied in: Child Nursing in Chelmsford; Civil Engineering; History; Mental Health Nursing in Chelmsford; Ophthalmic Dispensing and Optometry.
  • The following courses achieved more than 90% satisfaction: Audio and Music Technology; Business Economics; Building Surveying; Criminology; Early Years Childcare and Education; English Literature; Fashion Design; Graphic Design; Healthcare Associate Practitioner; Hearing Aid Audiology; Illustration; Photography; Law; Quantity Surveying and Tourism Management.
  • The Vision & Eye Unit has made great developments in many areas of vision and ophthalmology research including glaucoma, burden of global eye disease, low vision, myopia, anterior eye diseases, children’s vision, learning difficulties and visual short term memory. This has been facilitated through working closely with consultant Ophthalmologists from Hinchinbrooke, Adddenbrrokes and Moorfields Eye hospitals  as well with optometrists, psychologists, computing engineers and life scientists within Anglia Ruskin University.
  • 90.4% of our students are in employment or further study six months after graduating, second only to Cambridge University (at 91.2%) in our region. In some areas this figure is exceeded, rising to 95% for the Faculty of Health & Social Care and 93.5% for the Department of Teacher Education. (Source: Anglia Ruskin University’s Destination of Leavers Survey 2009–10)

Student facilities, including library and computing

Specialist study facilities include:

  • 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 groundbreaking digital exhibition space, and Rivermead Gallery in Chelmsford.
  • Music Recital Hall.
  • Two Drama Studios.
  • A Suite of Computer Music Studios.
  • Music Therapy Clinic.
  • A Mock Courtroom, for our Law students.
  • Language Centre.
  • Multimedia Language Laboratories.
  • The recent investment of more than £85m in new study, social and sports facilities aims to continue to improve and expand campuses. The Cambridge campus has recently been redeveloped to create a modern, brand new, state-of-the-art learning and teaching environment for students and staff.

Disability services

  • Information about the disability services at Anglia Ruskin is available from their website.

Students' union

  • Visit the website for details.



  • The Cambridge Campus is situated in the heart of the city, giving easy access to a wide variety of sports and physical activity programmes to cater for every level and ability.
  • The Gymnasium is the central hub to access the wide variety of sports, aerobics classes, and societies which is the perfect way to get the full university experience.
  • The University owned facilities include:

 ~ Heath and Fitness Suite.

~ Studio. (Aerobics and wellbeing classes)

~ Howes Close Sports Fields (Football and Rugby fields with pavilion)

~ Tennis Court.

  • Target Sports – The University has developed extensive links with key partners to make certain sports a mecca for the 'talented athlete' who also wishes to study at University. These include cricket, judo and rowing.
  • For a full outline of the activities on offer, or a tour, please visit the website or telephone 0845 196 219.


  • The Chelmsford Campus facilities include the Mildmay Sports Hall, Mildmay Fitness Suite, Sawyers Gym and access to outdoor and artificial pitches.  Activities include; Rugby, Football, American Football, Cricket, Tennis, Basketball, Cheerleading, Zumba, Boxercise, Martial Arts and Yoga.  For a full list of sports and activities on offer please visit the website or telephone 01245 68432.
  • The campus is located near to the Riverside Ice and Leisure Centre with indoor and outdoor swimming pools, international ice hockey rink plus it is within a 10 minute walk of a whole host of other recreational facilities including Chelmsford Sports and Athletics Centre.

Recent/prospective new builds

  • Recent  investment of more than £85m pounds in new study, social and sports facilitiesaim to continue to improve and expand campuses.
  • A brand new business school and state-of-the-art learning and teaching environment have recently been completed on the Cambridge campus.
  • A new £10-m Postgraduate Medical Institute has recently opened on the Chelmsford campus, with live video links to partner hospital sites.

For further information

  • +44 (0) 1245 68 68 68
  • Anglia Ruskin University
    Bishop Hall Lane
    CM1 1SQ
UCAS Code A60

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