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Anglia Ruskin University

Before becoming Anglia Ruskin University, the University was part of the Cambridge School of Art, founded by William Beamont in 1858. The university was renamed Anglia Polytechnic, after merging with the Cambridgeshire College of Art and Technology and the Essex Institute of Higher Education. It was not until 1992 that the institution was giving university status, and in 2005 it was named Anglia Ruskin University, as it remains today. The university has over 39,000 students worldwide, and has campuses in Chelmsford, Peterborough, Cambridge, and university centres in Kings Lynn and Peterborough.

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Anglia Ruskin University

The overview

The main things you need to know about studying at the Anglia Ruskin University.

  • Rankings

    Anglia Ruskin University is ranked 56th out of 130 Universities in the UK by the Times Higher Education 2024.

  • Employability

    The Graduate Outcomes survey shows that 92% of graduates from Anglia Ruskin University are either in employment or further study 15 months after graduating. ARU is ranked 5th in the UK for its proportion of graduates who are in education or further study in the first 15 months after graduating.

  • Fees

    For UK students, the fees will be £9,250 for those studying towards a degree. This fee will remain the same for those students from Ireland, Europe, EEA and Switzerland, provided that they have citizens’ rights after Brexit. For international students, the fees start at £15,900 for 2024/2025 and may increase for different courses.

  • Bursaries

    There is a full range of scholarships and bursaries available here.


Anglia Ruskin University offers accommodation for students across its campuses in Cambridge, Peterborough and Chelmsford. The university offers its accommodation on a first come first served basis so students are encouraged to apply as soon as possible. The University is also offering 360 degree room tours to allow students to view their rooms remotely:

Students' Union

The Students’ Union is located in the Peter Taylor House Building, in Cambridge. This is the student hub of the university, where many of the ARU’s 120 societies meet.

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Anglia Ruskin University Students' Union
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Famous for

Anglia Ruskin University was awarded the ‘Entrepreneurial University of the Year’ in 2014 at the Times Higher Education awards. In addition to this, the university won the Duke of York award for Entrepreneurship at the Lloyds Bank National Business awards, in 2016. Anglia Ruskin has many notable alumni such as Syd Barret and David Gilmour, both members of Pink Floyd, as well as Manish Bhasin, BBC presenter and sports journalist.


Students Joe Dean and Ayeshah Zolghar, have had their work selected from over 4,000 entries to be displayed the prestigious Trinity Buoy Wharf Drawing Prize exhibition. The exhibition will showcase the work of 56 artists, all at different stages of their career, from across the world. This achievement has been celebrated by the university, especially by academics in the fine arts department.

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"Cambridge, with an educational history which stretches back over 800 years, Cambridge is one of the most iconic places to live. Whether you’re strolling around the colleges or punting on the river, you’ll never run out of things to do."

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