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Anglia Ruskin University was awarded university status in the early months of 1992. Presently, with a student population of just over 31,000, the institution is one of the largest universities in the Eastern part of England, and a large provider of part-time education. The students of Anglia Ruskin University are on study paths leading to undergraduate and postgraduate degrees, as well as to a range of professional qualifications.  In addition to being one of the most noteworthy suppliers of nurses and teachers in the region, the school offers an ever mounting range of contemporary courses designed to meet the unique needs of the individual and the requirements of a knowledge-based economy. The main campuses of Anglia Ruskin University, located in the cities of Cambridge and Chelmsford, attract students not only from the East of England but also an increasing number of students from mainland Europe and from further afield. On top of that, the University has an extensive network of contacts with institutions throughout the world, delivering courses in countries as far removed as Malaysia and Trinidad and Tobego.

Anglia Ruskin University: Vision

The vision of Anglia Ruskin University is multifaceted and includes a number of lofty, yet attainable goals.  According to the school’s website, their vision is as follows:

  • Anglia Ruskin University is passionate about the advancement of knowledge and the education of students.
  • The institution takes university education in imaginative new directions.
  • The school is important to the region and wants to be viewed in the UK and internationally as exceptional.
  • The key contribution of Anglia Ruskin University is to the enhancement of social, cultural and economic wellbeing.

More specifically, Anglia Ruskin University is working diligently to ensure that:

  • More than 90% of their students will succeed, be satisfied, and will recommend the university to a friend or family member.
  • The Destination of Leavers from Higher Education (DLHE) Survey will report that 95% of students are in work or further study six months after leaving the school; and their graduates' earnings will match average graduate earnings; and 7% of students will leave the school to start their own businesses.
  • All judgments of their academic quality and reputation show continuous improvement and at least 95% of all external assessments are positive, including those of Professional, Statutory and Regulatory Bodies.
  • Every member of the academic staff will be engaged in research or current professional practice in their academic discipline.
  • The school’s Research Institutes (The Childhood and Youth Research Institute; The Cultures of the Digital Economy; The Institute for International Management Practice; The Postgraduate Medical Institute; and the Global Sustainability Institute) will have national recognition.
  • More than 90% of staff will find their work satisfying, will recommend working at the university to friends or family, and will receive job-related training and development each year.
  • Students will use the Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) on a daily basis, with sustainability serving as a key feature of their experience, and that most full-time campus students will be involved in activity outside the academic curriculum.
  • To enable its academic program to be administered and delivered affordably at home and abroad, face-to-face and online, the school will strive to maximize its efficiency through the use of student and staff friendly online systems. Anglia Ruskin University shall also strive to exceed national and sector benchmarks for the sustainability of their buildings and processes.
  • Anglia Ruskin University will become a leading UK provider of Professional Doctorates, work-based learning and the Accreditation of Prior Learning.
  • 20% of their campus-based students will hail from outside the EU and the university will educate an equal number of students both on-site and off-site.
  • The number of organizations Anglia Ruskin University works with will grow by 5% a year, as will the school’s external commercial earnings, while profitability will remain at least at 10%. The university will mainstream their not for profit sector development work and expand activity in this area so as to become a recognized centre of excellence.
  • Anglia Ruskin University will establish a Business Innovation Centre (to support the growth of new businesses based on ideas emanating from both inside Anglia Ruskin University and in the broader community they serve) which they manage and for which they provide academic support.
  • The university will investigate, and if feasible, establish a “Med Tech Campus” in the city of Essex, a Science Park which uses its connections with Anglia Ruskin University (particularly the Postgraduate Medical Institute) to attract local and international businesses to relocate to Essex because of the supply of high quality graduates and the school’s related research base.
  • Anglia Ruskin University will increase their engagement with local communities, including those associated with their international partnerships.

Anglia Ruskin University: Values

Anglia Ruskin University hopes all of its students, both local students and those studying abroad, will feel a sense of belonging as a member of this popular and highly successful university.  Moreover, the university fully understands the significance of this portion of its students’ lives; and therefore strives, through the values listed below, to create an environment where lifelong friendships can be formed.

Values of Anglia Ruskin University

  • Academic ambition. Anglia Ruskin University wants their teaching and research to be excellent, and they are determined that their students and staff will realize their full potential.
  • Innovation. The university is purposeful, challenging and curious about the world. They are prepared to do things differently: to be creative, entrepreneurial and to bring enthusiasm to everything they do.
  • Supporting each other. Anglia Ruskin University is friendly and inclusive, and celebrates individuality and diversity. The school supports and encourages everyone, and works hard to anticipate and meet students’ needs and aspirations.
  • Honesty and openness. Anglia Ruskin University operates with integrity, trust and respect for each other and they deliver on their promises. The school share ideas, information and challenges and seeks out the views and opinions of all stakeholders.
  • Concern for the environment. The leadership team of Anglia Ruskin University consistently demonstrates a concern for a sustainable environment.

Why Choose Anglia Ruskin University

Whether you are a local student living in the East of England or someone who is considering studying abroad at this renowned institution, Anglia Ruskin University is a great choice.  Here are just a few reasons why:

Anglia Ruskin University Offers Relevant and Practical Degrees

The courses at Anglia Ruskin University are designed to be not only relevant to the needs of industry and the professions, but also engaging and stimulating with the emphasis on the acquisition of practical skills.

  • The Department of Vision and Hearing Sciences has a long-established relationship with some of the UK's largest retail opticians, including Specsavers, Boots and Vision Express, giving their students opportunities for work-based learning.
  • Their Lord Ashcroft International Business School has developed a course with Barclays Bank Plc.  In this course, which is also being offered more widely as a talent recruitment and staff development solution for other businesses, students are work-based, sponsored and salaried for all three years of the course.
  • Anglia Ruskin University’s Biomedical Science course is accredited by the Institute of Biomedical Science and their Forensic Science pathways have recently been accredited by The Forensic Science Society.
  • Their MA Film and TV Production has established links with 4Rights, Channel 4 television's commercial arm and talks and seminars are provided by members of Channel 4's commissioning and business staff..
  • Their Legal Practice Course was the first in the country to receive Skillsmark accreditation and was awarded a Grade 1 - the top award of four possible grades - consolidating the school’s reputation as a provider of top quality, work-based learning.

Anglia Ruskin University Has More than 31,000 Students, and Is One of the Largest Universities in the East of England

  • Anglia Ruskin University supplies many of the region's teachers, nurses, midwives and social workers and they are the largest provider of undergraduate courses in subjects allied to medicine.
  • The school is the largest undergraduate provider in the subject area of Architecture, Building and Planning.
  • They are the largest undergraduate provider for Mass Communication and Documentation.

Anglia Ruskin University Conducts World-Leading Research

In the Government's most recent Research Assessment Exercise (RAE) for Higher Education Institutes, Anglia Ruskin University was the top-rated modern university for Psychology, 2nd for English Language & Literature (including contributions from Communication, Film and Media) and 3rd for History.

Anglia Ruskin University Has Wonderful Facilities

Anglia Ruskin University has invested over £81m in the last five years, with a further £90m planned over the next five. Among their specialist study facilities are:

  • A suite of forensic science laboratories, complete with a scene of crime unit
  • Four University libraries (including an extensive digital library in addition to our on-site print collections)
  • A suite of multimedia sound and recording studios
  • A Human Energetics Sports Science Laboratory
  • A University Eye Clinic
  • A simulated hospital ward and operating theatres
  • The 266-seat Mumford Theatre
  • Two art galleries; Ruskin Gallery in Cambridge, with its groundbreaking digital exhibition space, and Rivermead Gallery in the city of Chelmsford
  • A mock courtroom, for its Law students
  • A state-of-the-art Language Center
  • Multimedia language laboratories
  • And more…

Graduates of Anglia Ruskin University Leave with Great Career Prospects

Anglia Ruskin University’s Employer Mentoring Scheme is highly-regarded, and has Home Office recognition. The scheme has been designed to support 2nd year undergraduates as they begin thinking about—and and planning for—the transition from study to work. Each student is carefully matched with a mentor from their chosen career field, who volunteers time to provide skills-building, support and encouragement.

Anglia Ruskin University Is One of the Most Socially Inclusive Universities in the UK

Over 96% of the students at Anglia Ruskin University come from state schools.

Anglia Ruskin University Takes Pride in Making International Students Feel Welcome and at Home

Anglia Ruskin University was ranked in the top three in the UK for their Welcome, Arrival and Orientation Program for new international students in the autumn of 2010 International Student Barometer, an independent survey of current international students at UK universities.

Anglia Ruskin University Cares about Its Students

The Student Service at Anglia Ruskin University provides a range of academic guidance and professional services, including careers and personal and counseling support services. The school’s student advisers provide financial aid and impartial advice, as well as practical help with managing money. For example: welfare loans, support to access charitable and trust monies, and a range of money management and cooking workshops.

The Support at Anglia Ruskin University Does Not End at Graduation

Anglia Ruskin University is in touch with over 60,000 alumni in more than 140 countries. Their former students include: Pink Floyd members Syd Barrett and David Gilmour CBE, Ronald Searle CBE (creator of St Trinian's), Peter Fluck and Roger Law (creators of Spitting Image), David Driver (Head of Design at The Times), Nicholas Crane (presenter of Coast and Great British Journeys), former Attorney General Baroness Scotland of Asthal, and Lord Ashcroft KCMG, one of the outstanding businessmen of his generation.

All Programs Available:
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    • Architecture
  • Arts, Design and Crafts
    • Theatre
    • Performing Arts
    • Music
  • Business
    • Business Administration
    • Management
    • International Business
    • Marketing
  • Communications
    • Film TV and video
    • Multimedia
    • Communications
  • Computing
    • Information Technology
  • Education
    • Education
  • Engineering
    • Civil Engineering
    • Engineering Science
    • Graphic and Industrial Design Engineering
  • Finance
    • Accounting
  • Health
    • Nursing
    • Optics
    • Pharmacology
  • Hospitality, Leisure, Tourism and Travel
    • Tourism
  • Human Studies and Services
    • Social Work
  • Humanities
    • Humanities
    • Art History
    • History
    • Philosophy
  • Law
    • Law
  • Philology, Languages, Literature
    • Literature
    • Philology and Linguistics
  • Public Administration and Services
    • Public Administration/Management
  • Sciences
    • Athletics and exercise science
    • Sociology
    • Biology
    • Environmental Studies
    • Geography
    • Psychology
    • Political Science
    • Chemistry
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