Anglia Ruskin University offers students plenty of choice, whatever they want to study. Learn from lecturers with practical experience in their field, benefit from the university's strong industry links, and explore fascinating subjects while developing the wider skills needed to get on in the workplace. All in a central place that couldn’t be more supportive.

City Centre
City Centre

In or close to the centre of a city

Town Centre
Town Centre

In or close to the centre of a town


The university (including student accommodation, teaching, and leisure facilities) is located on one site

Full Service
Full Service

Offers degrees in a wide range of subjects

UCAS Code: A60

Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF)

TEF Silver is awarded to institutions that deliver high-quality teaching, learning and outcomes for their students, and consistently exceed "rigorous national quality requirements" for higher education in the UK. Find out more about TEF.

Student Statistics

Student population


Level of study

  • Undergraduate 81%
  • Postgraduate 19%

Mode of study

  • Full Time 80%
  • Part Time 20%

Where students come from

  • UK 87%
  • EU 5%
  • Other 8%

Student gender

  • Male 37%
  • Female 63%

Undergraduate Open Days

Open days allow you to experience the university first hand, and help you decide if it's the right place for you​.

Student Services and Facilities

Libraries and Information Services

  • A huge online collection of e-journals, e-books and databases is available 24/7. During semesters, campus libraries in Cambridge and Chelmsford are open 24 hours, four days a week; each provides a significant collection of course-relevant materials. Study spaces range from group work zones to silent study areas, with facilities including multimedia playback, networked PCs, wireless connectivity, and standard IT applications.
  • The library in Peterborough has at least one copy of every item on students' recommended reading list. Stock items include journals and books.

Student jobs

  • ARU has its own on-campus agency, the Employment Bureau, which manages all part-time temporary jobs that come up around the university, as well as with local employers.

Careers advice

  • The Employability Service offers careers advice and organises events including employment workshops and company visits.
  • One-to-one appointments with experienced careers advisers are offered via phone, email or face-to-face.
  • This support is available to students before, during and after their time at the university.

Health services

  • A GP surgery (Rivermead Gate) is available on-campus in Chelmsford, situated near student accommodation.
  • There is a Medical Centre on the campus in Cambridge.

Counselling and Mental Health Support

  • A free and fully-confidential counselling and well-being service is offered to all current students, with drop-in sessions or bookable appointments available.

Disability support

  • The university provides help for students who have a disability, mental health or long-term medical condition, or specific learning difference such as dyslexia or dyspraxia.
  • The Study Support team will coordinate any specialist support or adjustments students might need, and advise on their eligibility for Disabled Students’ Allowances (DSAs).
  • If students are approved for DSAs the Anglia Access Centre can carry out their needs assessment.

Other services and facilities

  • iCentres, available on both the Cambridge and Chelmsford campuses, provide the first point of contact for student help, information and advice.
  • A Student Money Advice Service gives students advice on funding, benefits, other sources of income, managing their money and other finance-related issues.
  • Study Skills Plus offers coaching and workshop sessions to help students develop and refine their writing, planning and exam skills.

Students' Union

  • The Students' Union hosts a huge variety of events both on and off campus, including weekly club nights in 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.
  • The union represents students within the university; students are encouraged to have their say on how the university develops.


  • In 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.
  • Its entrepreneurial excellence was nationally recognised when it won the Duke of York Award for University Entrepreneurship at the Lloyds Bank National Business Awards 2016.

Fascinating Fact

  • Anglia Ruskin University's new School of Medicine features high-tech facilities including the only Theil cadaveric facility in England, so that Medicine undergraduates can work with cadavers preserved as close to life-like as possible​.

Notable Alumni and Famous Faces

  • Nick Crane –  BBC presenter.
  • Mark Wood –  chair of the NSPCC.
  • David Gilmour –  Pink Floyd.
  • Ben Garrod – evolutionary biologist, primatologist and broadcaster.


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