Anglia Ruskin University

Our 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, shortened to ARU, 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 ARU. 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.

Our early expertise in the arts and education has broadened, and today we offer courses in computing and technology, engineering, law, business, economics, life sciences and more.

We’ve been a leader in the field of health and social care since 1992, when nursing training was transferred from local health authorities to ARU. As well as our three highly regarded nursing courses, we train midwives, paramedics, operating department practitioners and social workers.

Of course, the arts and education are still important to us. We train early years professionals on our Chelmsford campus, and at our partner college in Peterborough. Our MA Children’s Book Illustrationis a world-renowned course that builds on the long tradition of Cambridge School of Art. We’ve embraced 21st-century variations on our more traditional arts courses, too – including computer games art and music technology.

Our vision consists on transforming lives through innovative, inclusive and entrepreneurial education and research.

We are determined to achieve our goals and continually strive to enhance our University for the benefit of all.


Programs Location
Business and Tourism Cambridge (England)
Business and Tourism with Foundation Year Cambridge (England)
International Hospitality and Tourism Management (Taught) Cambridge (England)
Tourism Management Cambridge (England)
Tourism Management (with Placement Year) Cambridge (England)


As well as Cambridge, we have campuses in Chelmsford, London and Peterborough, where our newest campus, ARU Peterborough, a brand new university for the city, will open its doors in September 2022. Our Chelmsford campus was originally in the city centre but moved to a new, purpose-built site in 1992. Today, you’ll find our striking, modern buildings nestled by the river in the city’s University and Innovation Quarter. Our campus at Guild House, Peterborough opened in 2011 as a dedicated health, social care and education site where we train many of our region’s nurses and social workers, and these courses will continue to run alongside a number of new courses at ARU Peterborough.


We want you to be happy in every aspect of your life at university, and that includes finding a home which is friendly, comfortable and safe.

Our university accommodation offers a bed, desk, chair, wardrobe and shelves as a minimum.

ARU is home to students from all over the UK and the world, so you’ll live with people from a wide variety of backgrounds. Our accommodation is interfaith, mixed gender and culturally diverse.


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Anglia Ruskin University

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CB1 1PT Cambridge, Cambridgeshire

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