Anglia Ruskin University


Anglia Ruskin University is a public university in East Anglia, United Kingdom.

It has its origins in the Cambridge School of Art, founded by William John Beamont in 1858. The school became Anglia Polytechnic after it joined with the Cambridgeshire College of Arts and Technology and the Essex Institute of Higher Education. It became a university in 1992 and was renamed Anglia Ruskin University (after John Ruskin) in 2005.

It has been listed in the Times Higher Education’s (THE) World University Rankings – being named as one of the top 350 institutions in the world and joint 38th best in the UK. Anglia Ruskin University has also been named as one of the most upwardly mobile universities in the world. It is the only UK university to feature in the top 20. Its academic excellence has been recognised by the UK’s Higher Education funding bodies, with 12 areas classed as generating “world-leading” research. The results of the Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014 show that Anglia Ruskin University is making a significant impact on economies, societies, the environment and culture in all corners of the globe.

The university eventually reconsidered a name change and chose Anglia Ruskin University (thus incorporating into the title the surname of John Ruskin, who gave the inaugural address of the Cambridge School of Art), with the new name taking effect following the approval of the Privy Council on 29 September 2005.


There are five Faculties of study at Anglia Ruskin University:

  • Lord Ashcroft International Business School
  • Faculty of Arts, Law & Social Sciences
  • Faculty of Health, Social Care & Education
  • Faculty of Medical Science
  • Faculty of Science & Technology

Faculties are sub-divided into departments or divisions.

HSHS, the former Homerton School of Health Studies, was acquired by the University from the Trustees of Homerton College in 2005, after working closely in partnership for a number of years.


Applicants are admitted to the university based on an assessment that they have the capacity to complete the pathway on which they are to be registered, they can achieve the prescribed standard for the award and can satisfy the specific entry requirements for the pathway.

Applicants who are unsuccessful when applying for a place on an honours degree may be offered a place on a foundation degree, or an extended degree with a foundation year, if one is available in a similar subject.

They consider applications holistically, taking into account a number of factors including personal statement, reference, achievement at GCSE and predicted grades.

AS Level examinations provide a useful indication of applicants’ progress at level 3 study which supports decision making. However a lack of AS grades does not disadvantage applicants as they consider all aspects of the application including reference and level 2 (GCSE) achievement.

They prefer A level applicants to have achieved a minimum of 3 A levels, unless they are combining A level study with another type of level 3 qualification such as BTEC.

For further information please refer to course entry requirements on their website.


Their Faculty of Science and Technology is a world-class research centre. The 2014 UK Government Research Excellence Framework (REF) recognised all their research areas submitted as world leading or internationally excellent. Their graduates’ average starting salary is £22,256, beating the national average.

Recent graduates have taken roles with organisations such as Autonomy, Skanska, Microsoft and UK Athletics. Some have started successful businesses of their own.

Nineteen Professional, Statutory and Regulatory Bodies (PSRBs) accredit or recognise their courses. This reflects the quality and industry-relevance of their teaching.

With over 6,000 students, their are the largest provider of health, social care and education courses across the east of England. They currently train the majority of nurses and midwives across the eastern region.

They are in the top 20% in the country for student satisfaction on business studies (NSS 2014).

Many of their courses are recognised by industry. A large number are professionally accredited.

Their lecturers are rated among the most enthusiastic and interesting in the country, and their courses among the most intellectually stimulating (NSS 2014).

Their Law, English Language and Literature, Communication, Cultural and Media Studies, History and Music, Drama, Dance and Performing Arts research were all awarded world-leading status in the Research Excellence Framework 2014.


Their 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 (graduates working or in further study – Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education Institutions, 2012–13).

Their courses are rated among the most intellectually stimulating in the country, their lecturers among the most enthusiastic and interesting, and their students among the most confident (National Student Survey 2014).

Many of their courses are recognised by industry. A large number are professionally accredited.


Their Employability Service offers careers advice and organises events including employment workshops and company visits.

They offer one-to-one appointments with their experienced careers advisers via phone, email or face to face.

This support is available to the student before it join them, throughout their studies and after it graduate too.

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