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Anglia Ruskin University

2016 League Table Ranking 115
2016 Overall Score 452
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Student-Staff Ratio 19.0 Help
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Academic Services Spend 974 Help
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Graduate Prospects 58.3 Help
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Degree Completion 79.2 Help
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  • 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 at the Times Higher Education (THE) Awards 2014.
  • Today, Anglia Ruskin University is a modern, global university. 35,000 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 Standards

  • For information on entry requirements please refer to course entry requirements on our
  • 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.

A-Level and GCSE Requirements

  • 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 20,700 students enrolled in the academic year 2013/14 comprise:

Level of study
Mode of study
Full Time
Part Time
Student gender

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).
The 12 subject areas within Anglia Ruskin classified as producing world-leading research are:
  • 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
  • Environmental Studies and Archaeology
  • History
  • Law
  • Music, Drama, Dance and Performing Arts
  • Psychology, Psychiatry and Neuroscience
  • Social Work and Social Policy

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 £122 million 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).
  • We are the UK Entrepreneurial University of the Year (Times Higher Education Awards, 2014) – what better place to think about starting your own business?
  • 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.

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

  • f you 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.
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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.


  • Sport forms a major part of our student experience at Anglia Ruskin – whether a keen participant, an enthusiastic spectator or a talented athlete we will have something for every student as part of our Active Anglia programme.
  • Students studying with us have access to some of the East Region’s best sports facilities at very affordable prices, including swimming pools, indoor and outdoor athletics facilities, 3 sportshalls, squash courts, and 3rd generation artificial pitches.
  • Our Campus Sport programme gives students the opportunity to try something new or to take part in more traditional sports without the commitment of joining a club. Activities are always changing but currently include climbing, canoeing, 5 a side football leagues, dodgeball and glow-in-the-dark sports.
  • We have about 30 sports clubs across our campuses offering high quality coaching, access to good facilities and opportunities to participate in regular competition against other universities. Many of our sports clubs have partnerships with local community clubs providing students with additional opportunities to participate in local and national competition at weekends. In 2014 we moved 12 places up the BUCS overall rankings for sport.
  • We award 20 new sports scholarships every year, providing students with a support package to the value of more than £1,000 per year for the duration of their studies with us. Scholars gain from a dedicated mentor on campus, Strength and Conditioning support, access to physiotherapy, performance-based cash grants, exclusive seminars and support with purchasing equipment and other competition-related expenses.
  • We are one of just a small number of universities in the country that is part of the MCCU Universities programme, providing unrivalled coaching for young cricketers whilst studying at university. Our students benefit from high quality coaching, access to the indoor cricket school, and 3 fixtures against full county sides each season. In 2012 our students played at Lords in the MCCU final.
  • We also have strong programmes in judo, basketball and volleyball. We won the BUCS judo national championships in 2011, 2012 and 2013. In 2014 we entered both of our men’s and women’s basketball teams into the national league and our volleyball clubs also play in national competition in partnership with Cambridge Volleyball Club. We sponsor Cambridge City Hockey Club and offer bespoke hockey scholarships for players of national league standard.
  • We have begun work on a £5-million redevelopment of our Cambridge playing fields to install a new 2-storey pavilion, grass pitches and 2 new full-size, floodlit, artificial pitches including one 3rd generation surface.

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.


  • 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.

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

  • You might want to speak to one of our careers advisers even before you’re a student here, as they can help you choose the right course to suit your strengths and/or career ambitions.
  • Throughout your time here they’re on hand to help you develop your career plans, decide on your course options and plan the next steps, whether into employment or further study.
  • Our advisers are knowledgeable, friendly people, who, like our employability advisers, are available during daily drop-in sessions or can see you for a one-to-one interview by appointment.

Notable Alumni

  • Over 90,000 active alumni in 159 countries, including BBC presenter Nick Crane, Chairman of the NSPCC Mark Wood, and David Gilmour of Pink Floyd.

For further information

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

UCAS Code A60

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