Anglia Ruskin University
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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. It was been known as Anglia Ruskin University since 2005.
Today, Anglia Ruskin is one of the largest universities in the East of England, with 35,000 students from 177 countries. We’re well regarded for the quality of our teaching and support – with industry-recognised courses, inspiring tutors, and an award-winning Student Services Team.
The University has invested over £122 million in our campuses in the last five years. They will be adding a further £98 million to keep pace with innovation.
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Today, ARU is an innovative global university with students in 177 countries gaining qualifications in four continents. Each year, the University helps some 2,000 businesses to grow quicker and partner with organisations to deliver a spectrum of educational and commercial projects.
An Anglia Ruskin graduate has a nine out of ten chance of getting a job, a better chance than most other graduates of securing a permanent job, and is likely to beat the average graduate salary – all within six months of leaving us.*
- 9 out of 10 of our graduates start their career or further study within the first six months.
- 3 out of 4 of our students secure professional jobs, outperforming most other graduates.
- Anglia Ruskin students tend to earn more than other graduates.
For the second successive year, our courses are rated among the most intellectually stimulating in the country, our lecturers among the most enthusiastic and interesting, and our students among the most confident.**
The University was named the UK Entrepreneurial University of the Year at the Times Higher Education (THE) Awards 2014.