Anglia Ruskin University

2015 League Table Ranking 116
2015 Overall Score 445
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Entry Standards 248 Help
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The average UCAS tariff score of new students entering the University.

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Student-Staff Ratio 23.0 Help
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Research Assessment 2.07 Help
Research Assessment
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Academic Services Spend 868 Help
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Student Satisfaction 3.95 Help
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Facilities Spend 337 Help
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Graduate Prospects 60.7 Help
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Degree Completion 82.5 Help
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Good Honours 51.6 Help
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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 arond an hour from London by train, and can be reached via the M11.
  • Chelmsford offers quick access to London, from 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, if one is available in a similar subject.

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 (at the Cambridge campus), allowing students to study two subjects.
  • Full-time courses may also offered as part-time; distance-learning options are being increased.

Research Standards

  • The Government’s 2008 Research Assessment Exercise (RAE) results for higher education institutions showed that research at Anglia Ruskin is increasing in strength and scope. 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
  • The largest ever analysis of worldwide vision impairment and blindness data has been published in the Lancet Global Health journal, led by Professor Rupert Bourne of the Anglia Ruskin Vision and Eye Research Unit.
  • 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) 2013 showed that that many students are delighted with their experience at Anglia Ruskin. 100% of students were satisfied in Psychosocial Studies, Sports Science, History and English Literature, Fashion Design, Early years Professional Practice, Early Years Playwork and Education, Registered Nursing (Mental Health).

Faculty of Science & Technology

  • The Vision & Eye Unit (VERU) is recognised internationally for its research in key areas including the burden of global eye disease, low vision, myopia, anterior eye diseases and glaucoma. VERU’s key research staff include consultant ophthalmologists from hospitals including Hinchingbrooke, Addenbrooke’s and Moorfields Eye hospitals, research fellows, PhD students and NHS-based visiting clinicians.
  • Nearly 9 out of 10 of our students are in work or further study within 6 months of graduating.
  • Nearly 4 out 5 graduates enter the workplace in professional roles.
  • The UK average starting salary of our graduates is more than £23,000, which is 10% higher than the national average.
  • We deliver course in partnership with leading brands: Harrods, Barclays, UPS, Vision Express, Specsavers, Volvo, Willmott Dixon, Luminus Group , the RAF and British Army.
  • In the 2013 National Student Survey (NSS) the Faculty of Science & Technology received an overall satisfaction score of 84% across all of our courses. 15 of our courses received overall satisfaction ratings in the NSS at or above the national average.
  • 83% of our students would recommend us to a friend; our student retention rate is 94.8%.
  • We help 96.4% of our students through to graduation on their course, and 68% of our graduates receive "good" degrees (1st and 2:1).
  • The latest Destination of Leavers from Higher Education (DLHE) Survey indicated that 9 out of 10 of our graduates are in employment and/or further study six months after completing their course, and 4 out of 5 of our graduates are in graduate level jobs six months after their graduation. Our graduates earn an average starting salary of £22,664, 8% above the UK national graduate starting salary.
  • Industry-ready courses­ We prepare our students for the workplace, by working with employers and industry bodies, and offering an exciting range of in-course placement opportunities.
  • Research active The majority of our staff are actively involved in research, with 35% currently supervising PhD students. This allows our students to be exposed to the latest research findings. Our research has been classed as world Leading, cementing our position as a world-class research centre.
  • Cutting edge facilities Across both campuses our students benefit from access to a range of impressive learning and research environments. We are also investing heavily to provide our students with some of the best scientific facilities found in any UK university.  
  • Support Our students are well supported throughout their studies. New students are allocated a personal tutor at the start of their course, and staff have an open-door policy to allow individual support as required.

Faculty of Health, Social Care & Education

  • With over 10,000 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, midwives, operating department practitioners and teachers 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 93% of our students are in employment or further studies within 6 months of completing their course. 
  • We have been training nurses, midwives and social workers for over 25 years and teachers for over 40 years.

Lord Ashcroft International Business School

  • 93% overall satisfaction of our BA Marketing Course at Cambridge.
  • We have 6,000 business students globally.
  • 88% of our students are in work or further study after six months (DLHE 2012).
  • £26,452 average starting salary of our business graduates (UK average £17,210).
  • 71% of our business graduates go into professional roles within six months.
  • Over 100 teaching staff, researchers and practitioners.
  • Twice winners of the University Business Challenge which is sponsored by IBM.
  • Twice second place finalists in the ABinBev Best Beer Competition, 2012 and 2013.
  • Our work with Barclays delivering innovative work-based degrees won 2 prestigious awards from the CIPD and National Graduate Recruitment Award.

Student Facilities

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 ground breaking 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.
  • Education facilities include specialised subject rooms for art, design and technology, science, ICT, PE, and early years.
  • 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 our website:

Students' Union

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  • 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 3rdgeneration artificial pitches.
  • Our Campus Sport programme was launched in 2012 and provides weekly activities ranging from health walks through to dodgeball – giving students the opportunity to try something new or to take part in more traditional sports without the commitment of joining a club.
  • 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.
  • 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 very strong in judo and cricket. Our substantial judo programme comprises full-time athletes (up to 20 hours a week), world-class research, a recreational section and high performance coach education on behalf of the European Judo Union. 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, 3 fixtures against county sides each season. In 2012 our students played at Lords.
  • We are 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 3rdgeneration surface.

Recent/Prospective New Builds

  • We have invested £122m over the last 5 years in state-of-the-art facilities, and will be investing £98m over the next 5 years.
  • £1.2 million in our Audio and Gaming Studios, which has been used by the BBC to record national radio programmes with the help of our Audio students.
  • £2 million University Eye Clinic building, designed for the dedicated use of our Optometry and Ophthalmic Dispensing students to gain practical experience of carrying out eye examinations on members of the public.
  • Cambridge We are extending our East Road campus by developing a new site on Young Street. The first phase, a new Health Building, opens in April 2014 and houses our Faculty of Health Social Care & Education. The new building provides skills laboratories, classrooms and office space. We have recently refurbished a Victorian building of local importance which is now occupied by our Music Therapy Centre. Construction of phases 2 and 3 will commence in April 2014 with anticipated completion in autumn 2015.
  • Chelmsford The MedBIC is a new £6-million, business innovation centre providing workspace, specialised labs and business support to start-up and early stage companies involved in health, medical technology, advanced engineering and other related industry sectors.
  • The StartupLab, located within The MedBIC, is a dedicated space where Anglia Ruskin students with early stage business ideas and projects can test and develop them in a supportive environment among like-minded peers. Students signing up to the Lab are allocated a mentor to help them develop and fast-track their business idea.

For further information

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