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.
Over the years, a number of colleges and institutes have become part of Anglia Ruskin. They include the Cambridgeshire College of Arts and Technology (CCAT) and the Essex Institute of Higher Education (formerly the Chelmer Institute – itself formed from the Mid-Essex Technical College and the Brentwood College of Education). At first, these colleges combined to become Anglia Polytechnic, and then Anglia Polytechnic University in 1992.
As well as Cambridge, they have campuses in Chelmsford, London and Peterborough. Their Chelmsford campus was originally in the city centre but moved to a new, purpose-built site in 1992. Today, you’ll find their striking, modern buildings nestled by the river in the city’s University and Innovation Quarter. Meanwhile, their campus at Guild House, Peterborough opened in 2011. It’s a dedicated healthcare site where we train many of their region’s nurses and healthcare professionals.
Today, students from more than 185 countries study with us. Their students are at the heart of our University: their educational experience engages, challenges and empowers them to reach their full potential.
ARU has always been inclusive, and actively encourage students from a wide range of academic and societal backgrounds to study with us. We measure our success by their success.
Their research and innovation draw on the breadth of ARU strengths to develop ideas and solutions which have the potential to transform lives and communities and enrich our curriculum.
ARU is known for being welcoming, and are proud to be a Disability Confident Employer, a Stonewall Diversity Champion and a Mindful Employer.
ARU also values the wider ARU community, as it has the potential to create a university that is greater than the sum of its parts.
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