Anglia Ruskin University
Welcome to Anglia Ruskin University
Anglia Ruskin, Entrepreneurial University of the Year 2014, is an innovative, international university with campuses in three vibrant cities: Chelmsford, Cambridge and Peterborough. The University is one of the largest universities in Eastern England, with a global student population of over 35,000 (including 20,700 in the UK). 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*. The University prides itself on championing entrepreneurial spirit among its students and staff – and many of its courses are recognised by industry and a large number are professionally accredited.
The three campuses and cities each have their own distinct personality, but all are characterised by a lively, friendly feel and are easy to get around. Cambridge is, of course, renowned for its beauty and reputation as a seat of learning. Many say it’s the perfect student city – it’s got history, stunning architecture, a beautiful riverside location as well as lots to do.
Chelmsford, one of the newest cities in the UK, has a friendly and welcoming atmosphere and it’s just a short hop on the train (35 minutes) to London. Its Chelmsford campus offers a truly campus experience with its excellent teaching and learning facilities.
The Peterborough campus is small but perfectly formed, just like the city itself. There’s still plenty to do, whether you like bars, theatre or culture – the city is dominated by its Norman cathedral – and it’s brilliantly connected for getting around the rest of England.
*Graduates working or in further study (Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education Institutions, 2012/13).
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Courses and fees
Anglia Ruskin University is spread across three cities – Cambridge, Chelmsford and Peterborough – and comprises five distinct faculties. It offers a vast number of vocational undergraduate and specialist taught Masters’ courses (as well as research degrees), with many offering flexible part-time and distance-learning options, too.
British students can find out how to apply for a repayable student finance package here to pay for fees and living expenses.
“The tutors are so nice and they’re proactive in their approach to your well-being and your degree and the support services available are great. The degree itself is top quality, up to date with the latest practices with super technology to make it easy to study in the way that suits and works for you,” Recent graduate.
The entry requirements for undergraduate courses vary depending on the subject area, but the absolute minimum is usually two GCE A Levels or equivalent and three GCSEs in other subjects.
For the BSc (Hons) in Adult Nursing, for example, you need at least 240 UCAS tariff points from a minimum of two A levels (or equivalent) and three GCSEs at C or above, including English and Maths. The BA (Hons) in Early Childhood Professional Studies, meanwhile, required 200 points and five GCSEs at C or above for 2015 entry.
However, the university will also consider applications from those who don’t meet the normal course requirements, but can demonstrate they’ve achieved the same level of knowledge in another way.
Students who don’t have English as a first language need to show that they have proficiency in at least IELTS 6.0 or an equivalent qualification recognised by the university.
UK/EU Undergraduate fees
Specific fees are available on each course page. If you’re planning to start in September 2015 or January 2016 our tuition fees for full-time students are:
- £9,000 a year for a course leading to a degree (e.g. BA, BSc, LLB)
- £7,500 a year for a foundation degree (e.g. FdA, FdSc) or a Higher National Diploma/Certificate (e.g. HND, HNC).
- £8,500 a year to study for an ARU degree from the London School of Osteopathy
- £7,000 a year to study for an ARU degree at one of our Associate College Partners (University Centre Harlow, University Centre Peterborough & College of West Anglia).
UK/EU Postgraduate tuition fees
Fees for postgraduate courses starting in September 2015/January 2016 can be found on our course pages. Fees for part-time postgraduate students are linked to the full-time fee rate and what you pay depends on the number of course credits you study each year.
Help with finances - UK/EU Undergraduate
We’re committed to supporting new students who are keen to succeed in their studies.
At Undergraduate level, our Books Plus scheme helps all students with study-related costs like textbooks and equipment. Most first-year students are eligible for £400 Books Plus credit from ARU. If you fit the criteria for university funding there’s no application form to complete, you’ll receive your Books Plus card at registration – this can be before Welcome Week in your first year.
If your household income is £25,000 or less you’ll be eligible for a £400 cash bursary to help support your studies. You’re not expected to pay this money back. You’ll receive the funds in two instalments in early December and early February during each year of full-time study and if you’re a part-time student these funds will be paid pro-rata.
ARU Sports Scholarship
We offer students competing at regional, national or international level, the opportunity to apply for a scholarship award worth up to £1,000 a year for three years. Each award is tailored towards the needs of the athlete, and is delivered as a package of support that’ll add value to existing training programmes to help achieve both academic and sporting success.
To find out more, visit our Help with the cost of uni page for undergraduate students.
Help with finances - UK/EU postgraduate
A wide range of scholarships and bursaries are available to our postgraduate students. We offer support to ARU alumni, students who achieve highly in a particular subject-area and those who excel in sports. The following schemes are new for September 2015.
Postgraduate Support Scheme
We’re pleased to offer all UK/EU students who have studied under the new fee regime, the opportunity to apply for one of 92 scholarships worth £10,000 each. This would include a £5,000 fee waiver to contribute towards your course fees, £400 Books Plus Scheme allowance and £4,600 in the form of a cash allowance. Applications will be processed on a first-come first-served basis.
New for September 2015, we are offering a £3,000 discount to UK, EU and International students studying our MBA Educational Leadership and Management.
Learn more about our postgraduate scholarships on our postgraduate Scholarships page.
Over the last five years, the University has invested £122 million in its campuses, so students can enjoy the very latest in high-tech facilities, such as cutting-edge medical simulation suites, forensic science labs, mock hospital wards and a courtroom, and students can practice their skills in safe but realistic environments. There’s also a fantastic purpose-built music centre and full-size professional theatre and the 22-acre Chelmsford campus has an impressive business centre and sports hall, as well the Bloomberg Financial Markets Lab.
The University is currently building a brand new science centre at the Cambridge Campus which will be a major facility for computing and technology, psychology, biomedical science and forensic science. The science centre will support changing teaching styles and include a 200-seat bioscience laboratory, a 300-seat lecture theatre and even more space for our postgraduate students. The building will be ready in the 2017/18 academic year.
“The new healthcare campus is so nice, the facilities look amazing! Huge practice rooms, class rooms and computer rooms,” Prospective student.
Library and Study Facilities
There is a library at each of the university sites and, collectively, they house 1,450 study places and 514 with PCs, so you’re unlikely to struggle to find a spot. They hold 284,713 items and 31,205 unique print and e-journal subscriptions.
Each library is cleverly divided into zones – group, quiet and silent – to suit different types of study. It’s easy to book a study space or a pod online.
The library also holds several study skills workshops, or you can consult its online guides. You can even book a 30-minute appointment with a librarian for specific guidance.
You can access your Anglia Ruskin desktop and all its software on your own device from anywhere on campus using the university’s WiFi or off campus using any internet connection. All students now have access to Office 2013 and Adobe Photoshop CS6 whether you’re studying remotely or on campus.
The Cambridge and Chelmsford libraries are open 24 hours a day, four days a week during semester time (and 24/7 in the run up-to assessment) and from 8.30am to midnight and 10am to midnight on weekdays and weekends, respectively, during the holidays. The Peterborough Library opens from 8.30am to 8pm Mondays to Thursdays, 8.30am to 5pm on Fridays and 10am to 3pm on Saturdays.
Welfare and Financial Aid
You can count on outstanding support from the award-winning Student Services Team rated the UK’s best (Times Higher Education Awards, 2012).
Whatever you’re concerned about, there are lots of sources of help for you as a student at ARU, from practical advice to study guidance and support if you’re struggling emotionally or financially.
If you’re worrying about your studies or suffering from stress or depression or another problem, no matter how major or minor, you can talk to someone at the Counselling and Wellbeing Service free of charge and completely confidentially.
The service has a drop in from 11am-12pm Monday to Friday at 2nd floor, Tindal (Chelmsford) and HEL341 (Cambridge). You can also make an appointment by calling: 01245 686701 / 01245 686700 or emailing [email protected].A chaplaincy service offers an additional level of support available whatever your religion or belief. You can use the service to talk about anything from family and life in general to relationships and money. There are also several quiet rooms available on campus for you use for prayer or relaxation.
But don’t worry if you can’t make the service’s opening hours, there’s also an out-of-hours service – Health Matters, so you can get telephone support from highly trained staff whatever the time of day. The service is available to all current ARU students from 5pm-9am during the week and 24 hours/day at weekends and on bank holidays.
For specific guidance or advice on your studies, such as rules and regulations, the university’s system and various deadlines, the Faculty Student Advisers are on hand to help whatever course you’re following. The team can also point you in the right direction to others in the Student Services team if you’re looking for more specialist, non-academic advice.
ARU’s Study Support Service offers information, advice and support to students with disabilities, be they physical or mental, as well as to those with learning difficulties, such as dyslexia.
Current students can discuss any issues they may be having (such as eligibility for the Disabled Students’ Allowance or timetabling adjustments) at drop-in sessions at all of the three campuses. These sessions are held from 12-1pm every week day in Cambridge and Chelmsford and from 12-1pm on Wednesdays and Fridays in Peterborough. You can also have a study needs assessment at Anglia Access Centre to find out what solutions you need to get the best out of your course.
There are also nursery facilities available at the Cambridge campus. The Anglia Ruskin Nursery offers day care for children from three months to five years. You can also find information about childcare opportunities in Peterborough and Chelmsford here.
If your concerns are financially related, then you can pop in to the Student Money Advice Service for specialist advice. Drop-in sessions are held in Cambridge (HEL341) on Mondays, Wednesday and Fridays from 10am-12pm and 1-3pm and Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10am-12pm. In Chelmsford (2nd floor, Tindal Building), sessions are on Mondays, Tuesdays and Fridays from 10am-12pm and Wednesday’s and Thursday’s from 12-2pm.
You can also call or email to make an appointment on 01245 686700 (Chelmsford) or 01223 686701 (Cambridge).
All UK and EU students (except NHS funded students) get £400 Books Plus credit for each year of full-time study. You can use the money to help books or stationery, or trade in the vouchers for things like driving lessons. And to help your money go a little bit further, you can sell any books you’ve finished with back to the campus bookshop.
The university also offers a Hardship Fund of up to £1,000 for those experiencing financial difficulty through no fault of their own. You have to be a full-time UK undergraduate paying the higher-rate tuition fees to be eligible. Priority is given to second and third-year students.
Finally, you can also drop in, phone or email to chat to the Students’ Union team for confidential and impartial support at any time and on any matter.
The Careers and Employability service is open to all students at any stage of their studies, as well as to recent graduates. They organise company visits, workshops to help your development skills and can also offer advice at any stage of your career – from before you join to after you graduate. You can book an appointment by emailing [email protected]
There are also vast amounts of useful careers-related information on the Employability Service portal.
And if you fancy updating your CV and showing off just how employable you are, you can take part in the Anglia Ruskin Employability Programme. Completing it gets you a certificate which shows that you’ve got the top ten employability skills as set out by the CBI (Confederation of British Industry). The programme is endorsed by the Institute of Leadership and Management and is recognised by employers, so is definitely a good thing to have! Each of the campuses offer training sessions.
If you would like to work whilst studying, the University’s Employment Bureau (find them at Cambridge and Chelmsford) can help you find suitable part-time work. They also have a handy online jobs board.
Another way to do something valuable as well as add some impressive skills to your CV is to do some volunteering, either in the community or as part of the university. You can register and find out about what opportunities are available on the Students’ Union website.
It’s a good idea to register with a doctor when you arrive and this is an easy process thanks to the on-campus health centres. There’s a medical centre with a GP branch surgery and a campus nurse in Cambridge and an on-site GP practice in Chelmsford.
In Peterborough, there is a Wellbeing Centre, which has a nurse service, as well as a confidential counsellor available for drop-in sessions.
If you’d rather not see someone at the university, you can find your nearest GP here.
Students and staff at ARU come from over 177 different countries, so whichever campus you’re studying at, you can be sure it’s going to be very diverse. That also means that there’s lots of support available to non-UK students, including several scholarships (see below) and help with English.
Students who don’t have English as a first language need to prove that they have proficiency of at least IELTS 6.0 (some courses may require higher) or an equivalent qualification recognised by the university. If you need to reach this level, then you could take a pre-sessional English course at its Language Services Unit, which forms part of the Faculty of Arts Law and Social Science. And there are several English-language modules, which you can take during the course of your studies and which count towards your final degree. Drop-in support sessions are also on offer to support our international students.
Sports and recreation
Whatever your level of fitness, there’s something for you at ARU. You can join one of our many successful clubs if you want some regular exercise and competition or, for those who would rather take part in more social activity, there are plenty of Campus Sport sessions which are a fun way of getting active and learning new skills. There is also the opportunity to take part in weekly outdoor activities during term-time, activity typically varies each week but in the past has included mountain biking, canoeing, climbing, archery and skiing this year.
Our sports teams have been very successful in recent years and we have improved our place in the overall university rankings in each of the last 3 years. We offer many sports but are particularly strong in judo, basketball and volleyball – students in these clubs get to compete against some of the best opponents in the UK. We also have 1 of just 6 MCC funded cricket academies in the country, meaning our students get to play against full county sides every season. Plus, if you are a talented sportsperson in any sport we would consider offering you a Sports Scholarship.
We have access to many good sports facilities. In Cambridge the Kelsey Kerridge sports centre has 3 sportshalls, a climbing wall, dance studio, squash courts and two gyms. We have also have Helmore Gym on campus, in which we have just replaced all of the kit with new state-of-the-art machines. We have links to the swimming pools next door and we also have access to several other facilities around Cambridge.
In Chelmsford we have Mildmay Sports Centre which has a sportshall and gym. We also use a nearby 3G pitch for our football teams and students can access the local indoor athletics facility and stadium at a heavily subsidised rate. We are just a short walk from Riverside Leisure Centre which has pools and an ice-rink.
Students in Peterborough can access heavily subsidised use of 5 sports centres around the city through our partnership with Vivacity.
And if you’re looking to add some CV-enhancing skills while having fun, there are many volunteering opportunities on offer through sport. Many of our students are Sports Activators and help us promote these opportunities on campus.
First-year undergraduates can choose from lots of different halls and houses in either one of the three campuses (Cambridge, Chelmsford and Peterborough).
There are nine university halls available to first years, two of which are on campus and the rest within easy walking distance. On-campus, Peter Taylor House (£132.44/week) is quite basic, but is a popular choice with students who want to fall out of bed into lectures while Swinhoe Hall (£120.12/week) gives you the option of paying a bit more for a larger room or to have en-suite facilities (£136.57/week).
With 511 rooms, CB1 is the largest (and one of the most modern) hall (from £127.02 for a decent-sized en-suite room in a flat to £170.03 for a premium studio) and is therefore quite sociable, especially as it’s one of the few halls available with a communal living room. The complex also has shops, restaurants and bars and is close to the train station. Another major plus point is the larger bed size, you get standard singles everywhere else except the nearby, recently opened Railyard (£154.50/week). The latter also has en-suite as standard, but at a more accessible size (244 rooms). It’s split into three blocks, with two (Stephenson and Telford) available to first years. Railyard also has a fantastic common room with a widescreen TV, table football, pool and a PlayStation.
Anastasia House is at the smaller end of the options with just 68 rooms and has the advantage of being right next to the campus. Harston House is also very petite (60 rooms) but it’s reserved exclusively for nursing students.
If you prefer the idea of living in a shared house, then check out Collier Road (adjacent to campus) and university houses (within two miles), which are also cheaper than living in halls (from £87.57-£143.99). The house sizes vary from five to eight bedrooms (Collier Road) to two to ten (university houses) and you can choose to pay extra to have your own bathroom facilities, too.
If you’re joining the Cambridge campus and don’t fancy halls, the university also organises house-hunting days in August. The Residential Service Team will help you find private rented accommodation and it’s the perfect opportunity to meet other students you might want to share with.
Private company Study Inn offers ‘boutique’ student accommodation in the form of shared, fully serviced and fully inclusive apartments. It’s certainly a pricier option (from £195/week for a deluxe studio – which you can split and share with a friend to cut costs), but for the extra money, you get a much more luxurious and modern spec.
Students on this campus can choose to live in the Student Village (provided your home is further than 15 miles away), which is situated right next to the campus. The Village comprises 510 single bedrooms – most with en-suite – arranged into three-, five-, or six-bedroom flats with a shared kitchen. Prices range from £111.16-118.65/week, depending on the size of the flat.
It’s an easy walk to the city centre from the Village and the campus is virtually on your doorstep. There’s also bicycle storage and limited parking available (for certain courses, such as nursing, and Blue Badge holders) here.
Students at University Centre Harlow can also apply to live in the Student Village. It’s about a 40-minute bus ride (Arriva 40) between the two sites. There’s no on-site accommodation at Harlow, but you can get a list of private landlords and agencies by calling 01279 868100.
There are two options available exclusively to students at Guild House and University Centre Peterborough: University Court for first years and the houses in Crown Mews, which are well-suited to second and third-year students. Both are situated close to the campus.
University Court is a complex of two and five-bedroom flats while Crown Mews is a terrace comprising six-bedroom houses and one two-bedroom flat. Both are fully en-suite with free Wi-Fi.
However, if you’re studying nursing, midwifery or operating department practice and your course includes a hospital placement, you can apply for NHS hospital accommodation, which is good value for money and ideally located.
And the university’s Studentpad service also lets you search for private rented accommodation in each of the three campus locations (the Residential Service will give you a password for this). In Peterborough, for example, private rentals cost around £325-£450/month.
And why not check out the agencies local to Cambridge or Chelmsford?
- Choose from standard or en-suite, campus, next-to-campus or city accommodation
- Free internet access (after one-off connection fee for wireless) available throughout (students to organise in University houses)
- The flats are safe and secure, with most offering on-call out of office hours staff, 24-hour security and CCTV
- Rent includes utilities (gas, water, electric to a reasonable level)
“I’m having the time of my life. I’m staying in Peter Taylor House halls on [Cambridge] campus, which is fantastic because everywhere on campus is less than a 3-4 minute walk away and I’ve made the best friends on my floor.” Current student.
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“I loved it when I went! The area it’s in looks perfect for students and all the people I met were really nice,” Prospective student.
The East Road Campus is about a ten-minute walk from the city centre. Pretty much everyone has a bike in Cambridge – the unofficial cycling capital of the UK – so you’ll find plenty of parking for bikes on campus and it’s easy to cycle everywhere. Get a free map and route planner here.
The campus is only a 15-minute walk from Drummer Street bus station, while the Cambridge Coach Station is only five minutes away.
It’s a 20-minute walk from the train station, which has regular services between Cambridge and London, as well as easy access to the major London airports.
Harwich international port (for ferries from Holland or Germany) is around a two-hour drive (or 2.5-hour train ride) to Cambridge.
If you’re driving, it’s a good idea to use the Park and Ride service. Four of the services stop at the Grafton Centre, which is right opposite the campus. There’s no on-campus parking, but there are two multi-storey car parks within five minutes.
The campus is about a ten-minute walk from the city centre. Buses and coaches stop at Duke Street bus station and from there, it’s a 15-minute walk to the campus.The train station is just a ten-minute walk away and it’s on the main London Liverpool Street to Norwich line.
Harwich international port (for ferries from Holland or Germany) is around an hour from Chelmsford by train or car.
If you’re flying, it’s easiest to fly into London Stansted, from where you can get the X30 bus service to the campus.
And, if you’re driving, the city is only 15 minutes’ drive from the M25. On-campus parking is only available to disabled blue-badge holders (or visitors after 4.30pm), but there are over 5,000 parking spaces across the city and two park and ride sites. There’s also ample parking for cyclists.
PeterboroughOur Guild House campus is just over the river from Peterborough city centre with all its attractions and transport links. The bus station is adjacent to Queensgate shopping centre and is only a short walk from Peterborough rail station and the city centre.
From Queensgate bus station (Peterborough city centre) hop on the number 1 bus which stops directly outside Guild House. The journey time is approximately five minutes. This bus route also stops at Werrington, Walton, Millfield, New England and the Ortons (Malborne, Goldhay, Southgate, Wistow), as well as our accommodation at Taverners Hall.
Peterborough is easy to get around by bike. It’s flat and has an extensive network of over 200km of cycle paths. There are 11 named and numbered routes surrounded by a 45-mile Green Wheel route which circles the city.
If you are driving there are fast road connections via the A1(M) for north-south journeys and the A14 and A47 east-west routes. Parking is available at £3.00 per day.
The next open days for both postgraduates and undergraduates take place on:
- Saturday 27th February 2016
- Undergraduate and Postgraduate Visit Day at our Cambridge and Chelmsford campuses
- Saturday 11th June 2016
- Undergraduate and Postgraduate Visit Day at our Cambridge and Chelmsford campuses
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