While the university's roots date back to 1858, when John Ruskin opened the Cambridge School of Art, Anglia Ruskin focuses on student's futures. Anglia Ruskin is located in 3 vibrant cities – Cambridge, Chelmsford and Peterborough – with opportunities to study and work in partnership elsewhere, too.

City Centre
City Centre

In or close to the centre of a city


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 79%
  • Part Time 21%

Where students come from

  • UK 87%
  • EU 4%
  • Other 9%

Student gender

  • Male 35%
  • Female 65%

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

Student jobs

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

Careers advice

  • The Employability Service offers careers advice and organises events including employment workshops and company visits.
  • It offers 1-to-1 appointments with experienced careers advisers via phone, email or face-to-face.
  • This support is available to students before, during and after their time at the university.

Disability support

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

Students' Union

  • The Students’ Union host 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

  • In 2018, Anglia Ruskin University will be opening the first School of Medicine in Essex, featuring specialist simulation rooms and an anatomy suite.

Notable Alumni and Famous Faces

Over 98,000 alumni in 165 countries, including:

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


Anglia Ruskin University, Bishop Hall Lane, Chelmsford, CM1 1SQ