Anglia Ruskin’s story starts in 1858, when the art critic, patron and philanthropist John Ruskin opened Cambridge School of Art. The art school grew to become Anglia Ruskin University, and it’s still at the heart of our modern-day campus in Cambridge.
In the last decade, we’ve forged ahead with our research work. We have research-active staff across the University, and a growing reputation in this area.
Our newest research institutes were set up in 2016 and 2017. The Policing Institute for the Eastern Region, formed in 2016, focuses on research, professional development and knowledge exchange that will improve policing practice in the East of England. Meanwhile, the Positive Ageing Research Institute is committed to addressing the growing challenges associated with ageing populations.
Alongside these institutes is a range of research groups, dedicated to subjects as diverse as music therapy, eye diseases, children’s book studies, and political history.
Your future career prospects are important, and we're here to help you prepare for the world of work.
Our Employability Service offers careers advice and organises events including employment workshops and company visits. Meanwhile, our Employment Bureau can help you find part-time work that fits around your studies.
Our resource will give you information about what courses are available to applicants from the European Union.
Find out more details about our entry requirements and information specific to your country. Get updates on events being held in your country to answer any questions you may have.
We want you to be happy in every aspect of your life at university, and that includes finding a home which is friendly, comfortable and safe. We have lots of options for new students to choose from in Cambridge, Chelmsford and Peterborough - and our Residential Service Team is always on hand to offer help and advice.
We've made sure that our campus libraries are packed full of the equipment and resources you need.
Our friendly and expert ARU library staff are always on hand to offer guidance and support. We have a team of subject librarians who not only provide a comprehensive programme of study and information skills training, they also work closely with our tutors and tailor services to meet your needs.
During semesters, our campus libraries in Cambridge and Chelmsford stay open 24 hours, four days per week, and in each library you’ll find a significant collection of course-relevant materials. There are plenty of study spaces, including group work zones, silent study areas, multimedia playback, networked PCs, wireless connectivity, and standard IT applications.
During the semester a Medical Centre with an NHS GP surgery is available for all our students at both campuses.
Four main campuses
As well as Cambridge, we have campuses in Chelmsford, London and Peterborough.
Our Chelmsford campus was originally in the city centre but moved to a new, purpose-built site in 1992. Today, you’ll find our striking, modern buildings nestled by the river in the city’s University and Innovation Quarter.
Meanwhile, our campus at Guild House, Peterborough opened in 2011. It’s a dedicated healthcare site where we train many of our region’s nurses and healthcare professionals.
Whether you have aspirations of making the next Olympics, representing our university in an existing sport, trying a new sport or taking part in more relaxed fitness activities, Anglia Ruskin University has something for you - all you need to do is come along and give something a try!
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