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Anglia Ruskin University

UCAS Code: A60

Location: East Anglia Show on Map

Site: Campuses in Cambridge and Chelmsford, plus associate colleges in Harlow, King’s Lynn and Peterborough.

A modern university; a member of the million+ group of universities.

Student Population

Total Students:21,605
FE Students:0%


Total undergraduates:18,245
Full Time:69%
Mature on Entry:34%
UK Students:88%
State school entry:96%

Teaching Staff

977 full-time and part-time

Broad study areas

Art & design, built environment, business, education, humanities, languages, drama & performing arts, law, science, social sciences, computing, technology, nursing, planning, engineering.


Admission Information:2+ A levels plus minimum 3 GCSEs at C or above, including English and maths.
Points on Entry (Mean):253
Drop Out Rate:10%
Accommodation:Most first years housed (unless local).


Founded:1991 as Anglia Polytechnic, from Essex Institute of HE and Cambridgeshire College of Arts & Technology (developed from the School of Art, founded in 1858 by John Ruskin); 1992 university status (as Anglia Polytechnic University).
Site:2 main sites: Chelmsford (including Lord Ashcroft International Business School); Cambridge city centre.
How to get there:Good train connections and National Express service from London to both cities. M25 and M11.

Student services & facilities

Student advice & services:International student advice; counselling & wellbeing service; disability advice and support; study support, money advice; employment bureau.
Amenities:Bookshops; nursery; Ruskin Gallery and Mumford Theatre (Cambridge). Wide range of facilities in both cities, including shopping malls, cinemas, museums, theatres and nightlife.
Sporting facilities:Sports hall, fitness room (Chelmsford); gym and pitches (Cambridge). Range of sporting clubs, cricket to judo.
Accommodation:First year students housed at Chelmsford, and at Cambridge if they apply by the deadline and live more than 35 miles away (limited availability for late and clearing applicants at Cambridge). 2000+ self-catering places, most with broadband internet access: 1500 in Cambridge, rent £75−£135 per week; 510 in Chelmsford, rent £97.50−£105 pw; all contracts 40+ weeks/year. Students live in private sector halls and houses thereafter (most on 11-12 month contracts); rents from £90 pw in Cambridge, £85 pw in Chelmsford (plus bills) for self-catering.

Study opportunities & careers

Library & information services:Main libraries at Cambridge and Chelmsford plus specialist health libraries at Fulbourn and Peterborough. Total of 293,150 books (including audio), 20,955 print and e- journals, 206 databases, plus range of study facilities for group work, individual silent study and seminar rooms with presentation facilities. Open-access PCs and wireless connection in each library; IT help desks at Cambridge and Chelmsford. Expert library staff at service points in library, by appointment and through online enquiry services. Generous opening hours; 24 hours in term time at main sites. Introductory and information skills training programmes available.
Other learning resources:Mock courtroom, rehearsal spaces, music therapy clinic, forensic science and human energetics sports science labs, eye clinic, simulated hospital wards and operating theatres.
Study abroad:Many students spend period abroad. Exchange links for eg business studies and technology students in France, Germany, Netherlands and Spain.
Careers:Information, advice and placement. Employer mentoring scheme (matching students to relevant employers). Entrepreneurship module available to all students.


Living expenses budget:Minimum budget of £845 per month (excluding tuition fees) recommended by university.
Term-time work:University allows term-time work for full-time first-degree students on most courses. Student employment office helps find work on and off campus.
Financial help:Fee waivers of £1500 pa for students whose household income is up to £25k pa; of £500 pa where it is £25k−£35k pa. Also 317 scholarships open to full-time students whose family income is up to £25k pa, of £3000 in Year 1 (£1900 pa thereafter).
University tuition fees:Home students pay £8300 for first degrees (but £7500 for FdA, FdSc or HND; £6500 at partner colleges).International students pay £9800 pa (classroom), £10,300 (lab-based).


Academic features:

All courses available on modular, credit accumulation basis. Large number of franchised courses in other East Anglian colleges.

Awarding body:

Anglia Ruskin University.

Main undergraduate awards:

BA, BEd, BSc, LLB, BOptom, BEng, FdA, FdSc.

Length of courses:

Most 3 years full-time; some 4 years eg sandwich courses and MEng; 5 years MEng sandwich; 2 years FdA, FdSc.

Main subjects offered:

  • Accountancy
  • Animal Science
  • Animation
  • Archaeology
  • Architectural Technology
  • Architecture
  • Art
  • Audio
  • Behavioural Science
  • Biochemistry
  • Biology
  • Biomedical Science
  • Biotechnology
  • Building Surveying
  • Business Administration
  • Business Economics
  • Business Studies
  • Cell Biology
  • Childhood Studies
  • Civil Engineering
  • Cognitive Science
  • Communication Studies
  • Computer Science
  • Computer Technology
  • Computing
  • Conservation
  • Construction
  • Counselling
  • Creative/Performance Writing
  • Criminology
  • Cultural Studies
  • Drama
  • Ecology
  • Economics
  • Education
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Electronics
  • Engineering (General)
  • English
  • English as a Foreign Language
  • Environmental Biology
  • Environmental Management
  • Environmental Science
  • Equine Studies
  • Estate Management
  • European Business Studies
  • Fashion
  • Film Studies
  • Finance
  • Forensic Science
  • Graphic Design
  • Health
  • History
  • Human Biology
  • Human Resource Management
  • Humanities
  • Illustration
  • Industrial Design
  • Information Systems
  • Information Technology
  • Interactive Games Production
  • Interactive Multimedia
  • Interior Design
  • International Business
  • Internet Technology
  • Journalism
  • Law
  • Linguistics
  • Management
  • Manufacturing Engineering
  • Marine Biology
  • Marketing
  • Media Studies
  • Media Technology
  • Medical Microbiology
  • Microbiology
  • Midwifery
  • Molecular Biology
  • Multimedia
  • Music
  • Music Technology
  • Nursing
  • Ophthalmic Optics
  • Optometry
  • Performance Arts
  • Philosophy
  • Photography
  • Popular Music
  • Product Design
  • Psychology
  • Public Health
  • Quantity Surveying
  • Social Policy
  • Social Science
  • Social Studies
  • Social Work
  • Sociology
  • Software Engineering
  • Sports Sciences
  • Sports Studies
  • Structural Engineering
  • Surveying
  • Sustainable Development
  • Systems Analysis
  • Teacher Training
  • Telecommunications Engineering
  • Tourism
  • TV Studies
  • Veterinary Nursing
  • Video
  • Visual Arts
  • Web Development/Design
  • Wildlife Management
  • Zoology

Student view

Nick Evangelista, Students' Union President (Cambridge), James Green, Student Experience Officer (Chelmsford)



What’s it like as a place to live? Cambridge is a fantastic place to live, there is always something to do especially within the Union.

How’s the student accommodation? Relatively new on-campus halls. Students who live in the nearby Mill Road area will not forget the experience. You can buy nearly everything you want here.

What’s the student population like? The student demographic is wide and varied. Increasing numbers of international students also create a fascinating yet friendly atmosphere.

How do students and locals get on? Very well. Locals recently commenting to the Union on how well behaved students were after leaving our venue.


What’s it like as a place to live? Chelmsford is a friendly place to live with easy access to London.

How’s the student accommodation? The University accommodation is a clean and bright area. Cost is reasonably expensive but halls are located on campus.

What’s the student population like? Friendly and from a diverse background consisting of full time, international and nursing students.

How do students and locals get on? Very well with great student nights in town used by local people and students alike.



What’s it like as a place to study? Courses are wide and varied with facilities being upgraded all the time. 24/7 library in Cambridge through union consultations with the university.

What are the teaching staff like? Teaching staff very much student centered and focused on creating a better learning environment all the time.


What’s it like as a place to study? Very much practise based with nursing, teaching and science and technology being prominent, but with a large business and law school.

What are the teaching staff like? Friendly and always there to help, sometimes hard to contact.



What are student societies like? There is a wide range of clubs, ranging from traditional football and rugby to ski and snowboard and Afro-Caribbean. People encouraged to become involved and set up new societies.

What’s a typical night out? Flirt at the Students Union on a Friday is very popular.

And how much does it cost? Union = £25. Into Town = £40, more at weekends.

How can you get home safely? Walking in groups from the union or town as it is not far. Taxi fares can be expensive but worth it if you’re alone.


What are student societies like? More of a minority involved. Around 20 on campus ranging from an International Society to American football team.

What’s a typical night out? Start at SU bar and go to club in town.

And how much does it cost? £30 for a good night including taxis.

How can you get home safely? Student bar on campus. 5 minute walk to centre of town.



Is it an expensive place to live? Can be expensive. Most students work part-time to help pay rent and other costs.

Average price of a pint? Students Union = £1.90. Town = £2.80.

And the price of a takeaway? Chinese = £12, Pizza = £10, Indian = £12.

What’s the part-time work situation? Students Union offers bar, gym, shop and office work. There are more than enough shops around to get a Saturday job.


Is it an expensive place to live? Most students work to subsidise costs.

Average price of a pint? £2.10 town/£1.70 SU bar

And the price of a takeaway? £3.50

What’s the part-time work situation? Loads of jobs with strong uni and SU support.



What’s the best feature about the place? The City of Cambridge is the hub of student life and a fantastic place to live and study.

And the worst? The prices of private renting accommodation and some of the letting agents.


What’s the best feature about the place? It’s a big town that has the safely of a small town.

And the worst? Parking and travel is near impossible.

And to sum it all up? Friendly place with new and expanding features within the uni.

Past Students

Kim Howells MP, Peter Turnbull (crime writer), Sacha Count (own lingerie firm), John Swinfield (TV presenter), Adam Ant, Fluck and Law (Spitting Image), Jerry Hayes (former MP), Mike Smith (DJ and musician), Tom Sharpe (author).

More info?

Contact SU on 01223 460008, email info@angliastudent.com or look at website, www.angliastudent.com



Anglia Ruskin University
Chelmsford Campus
Bishop Hall Lane


0845 271 3333





Student enquiries:

Contact Centre, 0845 271 3333


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