Anglia Ruskin University

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Anglia Ruskin University
Anglia Ruskin University logo.svg
Former names
Cambridge School of Art,
Cambridgeshire College of Arts and Technology,
Mid-Essex Technical College,
Chelmer Institute of Higher Education,
Essex Institute of Higher Education,
Anglia Polytechnic University
MottoExcellentia per societatem (Latin)
Motto in English
Excellence through partnership
TypePublic university
Established1858 (as a school)
1992 (as a university)
Endowment£ 0.7 m (2015)[1]
ChancellorMichael Ashcroft
Vice-ChancellorRoderick Watkins
Students22,245 (2016/17)[2]
Undergraduates18,125 (2016/17)[2]
Postgraduates4,115 (2016/17)[2]
United Kingdom

Coordinates: 52°12′11.1″N 0°8′1.3″E / 52.203083°N 0.133694°E / 52.203083; 0.133694
ColoursBlue and yellow          

Anglia Ruskin University (ARU) is a public university in East Anglia, United Kingdom. It has 39,400 students worldwide and has campuses in Cambridge, Chelmsford, Peterborough and London, it also shares campuses with the College of West Anglia in King's Lynn, Wisbech and Cambridge.

It has its origins in the Cambridge School of Art, founded by William John Beamont[3] in 1858; the school became Anglia Polytechnic after the Cambridgeshire College of Arts and Technology and the Essex Institute of Higher Education merged. 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 39th best in the UK [4]; the higher education strategy consulting firm Firetail recognises Anglia Ruskin University as one of the 20 "rising stars" in global Higher Education. It is the only UK university to feature in the top 20.[5]. However, it is ranked as 118th out of 131 universities in the UK in the Complete University Guide [6].


Henry Acland and John Ruskin (left), the latter playing a key role in the institution's journey forward after foundation.[citation needed]
Front view of Helmore Building of Anglia Ruskin Cambridge campus.

Anglia Ruskin University has its origins in the Cambridge School of Art, founded by William John Beamont in 1858. The inaugural address was given by John Ruskin[7] (often incorrectly described as the founder; in fact he founded the Ruskin School of Drawing in Oxford); the original location was near Sidney Sussex College, later moving to its present location in East Road, Cambridge. The governing body in the 1920s included two remarkable pioneers in the civic history of Cambridge, Clara Dorothea Rackham and Lilian Mellish Clarke after whom buildings on the East Road campus were later named. In 1960 this became the Cambridgeshire College of Arts and Technology (CCAT) In 1989 CCAT merged with the Essex Institute of Higher Education to form the Anglia Higher Education College. The merged college became a polytechnic in 1991, using the name Anglia Polytechnic, and was then awarded university status in 1992.

Initially Anglia Polytechnic University (APU), it retained the word 'polytechnic' in its title because "the term 'polytechnic' still had value to students and their potential employers, symbolising as it did the sort of education that they were known for – equipping students with effective practical skills for the world of work"[8] although in 2000 there was some self-doubt about including the term 'polytechnic' – it was the only university in the country to have done so. Wanting to keep the 'APU' abbreviation, a suggestion put forward by the governors was 'Anglia Prior University' (after a former Chancellor), but the Governors decided to keep 'polytechnic' in the title.

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.[9]

Former students included the Victorian poet, Augusta Webster, who signed John Stuart Mill's petition for votes of women in 1866. Past lecturers include Odile Crick, wife of Francis Crick, who created the simple iconic image of DNA;[10] the musician Syd Barrett, song writer and leading guitarist of the band, Pink Floyd is an alumnus. Author Tom Sharpe was a lecturer in History at CCAT between 1963 and 1972 and Anne Campbell,[11] the Labour MP for Cambridge from 1992 to 2005, was formerly a lecturer in Statistics at CCAT. A blue plaque is to be erected to the leading educationalist, Dame Leah Manning in 2019 at the former ragged school in New Street which was acquired by the university in 2006 and converted into the Anglia Ruskin University Institute of Music Therapy.

Chelmsford Campus move[edit]

The Chelmsford Central campus closed at the end of the 2007/8 academic year, with all facilities moving to the new buildings at the Rivermead campus (now called the Chelmsford Campus) on Bishop Hall Lane.

Three buildings were saved – the East building (built 1931), the Frederick Chancellor building (built 1902), and the Grade-2-listed Anne Knight building (built in the mid-19th century), which was used by Quakers; the East and Frederick Chancellor buildings fall under a conservation area, meaning they cannot be demolished without planning permission, as they are historically important due to their uses in the early days of higher education in Essex. The site is currently vacant due to the recession halting development which had been planned for many years; however, new plans have been released by Genesis Housing, who currently own the site.[12][13][14]

The Chelmsford Campus facilities include a mock law court, mock hospital wards and operating theatres and labs.

Student Complaints, 2014[edit]

In a BBC News article from 3 June 2014, Anglia Ruskin University was reported to have received more complaints and appeals from its students than any of the other 120 universities who responded to freedom of information requests. In the year 2012/13 it received 992 "complaints and appeals".[15] In response, Lesley Dobree, Deputy Vice Chancellor (Academic), said that only 9 of the 992 recorded complaints were actual complaints – the others were protests about examination and assignment marking, it is not known if the BBC responded to this, or if the other universities in the list were assessed by the same criteria.

The article further stated the case of a group of students from the Chelmsford campus, who were abruptly informed that their Legal Practice Course was moved 45 miles to the Cambridge campus, they would therefore be limited to only two days of face-to-face teaching, having to watch the remaining lectures online rather than attend them live.

In 2019 Pok Wong, a 2014 graduate of Anglia Ruskin University, received a £61,000 out-of-court settlement from the University in a dispute about of the quality of teaching; the University has maintained that the payout does not prove that the university was at fault.[16][17]


Anglia Ruskin was awarded Entrepreneurial University of the Year in the 2014 Times Higher Education (THE) Awards.[18]


The university has campuses in Cambridge, Chelmsford and Peterborough, University Centres in King's Lynn and Peterborough, and collaborative partnerships with institutions in a variety of locations throughout the world, including London, Berlin, Budapest, Athens, Basel, Kuala Lumpur, Singapore and Trinidad.


Anglia Ruskin's Cambridge Campus is home to one of only 9 optometry schools in the UK, having its own optometry clinic.[19]

Hallway through Helmore toward Mumford Library. The university reception as well as the bookshop and the utility shop are situated by this hallway.

The Cambridge campus has recently been redeveloped, which began with the refurbishment of Helmore, the main building on East Road, completed in 2006. In 2009, one of the University's largest buildings, Rackham, in the centre of the campus, was demolished to make way for the new Lord Ashcroft International Business School; the Mumford Theatre, which presents a range of professional touring, local community and student theatre for both the public and members of the University, is housed at the centre of the campus. From 2015, a new building at Young Street hosted the health courses, like nursing, midwifery, paramedic, ODP etc.[20]

The Chelmsford campus houses the Queen's Building (opened in 1995) and the Sawyer's Building (opened in 2001); the Michael A Ashcroft Building opened in 2003 (renamed the Lord Ashcroft Building); the Mildmay Sports Centre, and the Tindal Building, in 2005; the William Harvey Building in 2007; The Faculty Building (renamed The Marconi Building in 2011) in 2008; and the Postgraduate Medical Institute building – named as Michael Salmon Building in 2017 -, opened 2011.[21][22] In May 2017, the work has started on the building of Essex's first School of Medicine.[23]

The Cambridge, Chelmsford, and Peterborough campuses have accommodation for students to live in during term-time.

Ruskin Gallery[edit]

The Ruskin Gallery is the university's public art gallery.[24] Admission is free. Exhibits have included historic and contemporary art, as well as works by students and staff; the gallery is surrounded by fine art, illustration, design, and media studios. On 9 May 2011 Ruskin Gallery unveiled its new digital gallery, which displays art in a digital format on High Definition screens, including the world's first Panasonic 103" 3D Full HD plasma screen.[25]


Panorama of Anglia Ruskin University, Cambridge

Organisation and administration[edit]

The School of English, Communication, Film and Media takes place in Mellish Clarke Building

There are four Faculties of study at Anglia Ruskin University[26]:

  • Faculty of Business and Law
  • Faculty of Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences
  • Faculty of Health, Education, Medicine & Social Care
  • Faculty of Science & Engineering

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.

2018 Merger [26][edit]

Following a restructure of the University in 2018 the Faculty of Medical Science and the Faculty of Health, Social Care and Education merged to form the new Faculty of Health, Education, Medicine and Social Care; the merger also involved a transition from a department organisation to a school based one. This saw the School of Economics, Finance and Law move to the new Faculty of Business and Law; the University now contains 13 schools.

Faculties and Departments Pre-2018[26][edit]

Webb Building, one of the university's pre-WWII establishments, houses administrative and academic organs of the Faculty of Health, Social Care & Education.
Peter Taylor House is one of the residencies within the university campus in Cambridge.
Lord Ashcroft Building houses the Lord Ashcroft International Business School.
Bryant Building, named after historian Sir Arthur Bryant, houses the Postgraduate Medical Institute (PMI) of Anglia Ruskin University.

Lord Ashcroft International Business School[edit]

The Lord Ashcroft International Business School (LAIBS) in the business school of Anglia Ruskin University in Cambridge and Chelmsford, England, United Kingdom, it is one of the largest business schools in the East of England, with nearly 100 full-time teaching staff and approximately 7,200 students from over 100 countries.

LAIBS is a member of the EFMD and offers degrees. Several programmes of the LAIBS are accredited by ACCA and CIMA, and many other professional bodies in the United Kingdom.

Faculty of Medical Science[edit]

Built on the international reputation of ARU's Postgraduate Medical Institute (PMI) on its Chelmsford campus, the Faculty of Medical Science (FMS) opened in 2014; the Faculty delivers courses out the Department of Allied & Public Health and the Department of Medicine & Healthcare Science. It is home to the university's nascent School of Medicine which is the third department of this Faculty; the Faculty offers medical and clinically-focussed undergraduate, postgraduate and doctoral level degrees.

It merged with the Faculty of Health, Social Care and Education in 2018 to become the new Faculty of Health, Education, Medicine and Social Care.

Faculty of Science & Technology[edit]

The Faculty of Science & Technology was one of the largest faculties at Anglia Ruskin University, with six departments spread across both Cambridge and Chelmsford campuses.[27]

The Department of Built Environment was a large multidisciplinary department with the most comprehensive Built Environment portfolio in Eastern England and is based at the Chelmsford campus.[28]

The Department of Computing and Technology was located at both the Chelmsford and Cambridge campuses; the department maintained close links with the electronics, software, automotive and creative industries, and is a Cisco Systems Regional Networking Academy.[29]

The Department of Life Sciences was located at the Cambridge campus. State-of-the art industry-standard equipment for teaching includes well-equipped laboratories, gas and liquid chromatographic systems, and facilities for drugs analysis, toxicology, fire investigation and DNA analysis.[30]

The Department of Psychology was based at the Cambridge campus, it was recognised for its outstanding performance in the 2008 UK Research Assessment Exercise, making it the UK's top-rated Psychology department in a post-1992 university for the quality of its research.[31]

The Department of Vision & Hearing Sciences was based at the Cambridge Campus for Optometry and Ophthalmic Dispensing[32]

Research: Psychology, Vision, and Environmental Sciences research was rated as world leading or of international quality in the 2008 UK Research Assessment Exercise.[33] Successes include discoveries of new animal species,[34] design of new car bonnets for improved pedestrian safety,[35] and leading study in the first to study the toxic effects of benzylpiperazine (BZP).[36]

Faculty of Arts, Law & Social Sciences[edit]

The Faculty of Arts, Law & Social Sciences (ALSS) offered courses from Foundation to PhD level through its five departments, which include the Cambridge School of Art itself.

The faculty also housed the Anglia Ruskin University Language Centre, which provided language training and courses to students, staff and the general public, and supports 11 research clusters, including the Cultures of the Digital Economy Research Institute (CoDE) Research Institute.

Anglia Law School runs courses on both Cambridge and Chelmsford campuses, with a mock courtroom on each. Course provision includes undergraduate, postgraduate, research and professional qualifications, their LLB (Hons) Law was rated in the top third of undergraduate law courses in the Guardian League Tables 2013.[37]

Lord Ashcroft Building houses the Chelmsford section of the business school.

Cambridge School of Art is home to some 800 students studying for undergraduate, taught masters and doctoral qualifications, its graduates include Syd Barrett and Dave Gilmour of Pink Floyd, Spitting Image Creators Peter Fluck and Roger Law and Creator of St Trinian's Ronald Searle.[38]

English, Communication, Film and Media; the department offered courses at undergraduate, postgraduate and research level over three programmes: Film and Media; English Literature, writing and publishing; and English Language and Intercultural Communication. Their Film and Media provision ranked in the top quarter, and BA (Hons) in the top third, of The Guardian University League Table 2013.[39]

Humanities and Social Sciences. Offered courses in History, Philosophy, Sociology, Public Service and Psychosocial Studies at undergraduate, postgraduate and degree level, their History and Sociology provision both ranked in the top third of The Guardian University League Table 2013, while Philosophy ranked 16th.[40]

Music and Performing Arts. Offers courses at undergraduate level in Music, Drama, Creative Music Technology, Popular Music and Performing Arts and at postgraduate level in Music Therapy and Dramatherapy. Research Degree supervision is also offered in a range of subjects; the department organises a varied programme of events each semester, including Lunchtime Concerts, Anglia Opera and Festival Week, and provides individual instrumental and vocal tuition.[41]

Faculty of Health, Social Care & Education[edit]

The Faculty of Health, Social Care & Education was based in Chelmsford, Cambridge and Peterborough; the Faculty is divided in 5 departments including Acute Care, Allied Health & Medicine, Education, Family & Community Studies and Primary & Public Health.

The Faculty of Health, Social Care & Education offers courses over a range of study levels, from foundation and undergraduate degrees to postgraduate qualifications. A variety of disciplines were available from nursing, operating department practice and social work to midwifery, education studies, public health and laparoscopic surgery.

School of Medicine[edit]

On 10 October 2016 Anglia Ruskin announced that they planned to open Essex's first Medical School at its Chelmsford Campus;[42] the purpose built brand new medical school would be the first undergraduate medical school in Essex and would cost £20-million to build. The medical school would include state-of-the-art skills facilities, specialist teaching space, a lecture theatre and a cadaveric anatomy suite.

On 19 May 2017 Anglia Ruskin announced that it has begun works to build the purpose built medical school on its Chelmsford Campus, due to be opened in September 2018.[23] Chief Executive of Basildon and Thurrock University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, Mid Essex Hospital Services NHS Trust and Southend University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, Clare Panniker, attended the event alongside other officials.

On 21 September 2017, the university announced that the General Medical Council had approved its curriculum and that the university now had official School of Medicine status.[43]

Research Institutes[44][edit]

Anglia Ruskin has 7 research institutes.

Academic profile[edit]

National rankings
Complete (2020)[45]118
Guardian (2020)[46]103
Times / Sunday Times (2019)[47]122
Global rankings
THE (2019)[48]301–350
British Government assessment
Teaching Excellence Framework[49]Silver

Anglia Ruskin University's 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 released on 18 December show that Anglia Ruskin is making a significant impact on economies, societies, the environment and culture in all corners of the globe. The 12 subject areas within Anglia Ruskin classified by REF 2014 as producing world-leading research are: Allied Health Professions, Dentistry, Nursing and Pharmacy; Architecture, Built Environment and Planning; Art and Design: History, Practice and Theory; Business and Management Studies; Communication, Cultural and Media Studies, Library and Information Management; English Language and Literature; Geography, Environmental Studies and Archaeology; History; Law; Music, Drama, Dance and Performing Arts; Psychology, Psychiatry and Neuroscience and Social Work and Social Policy.[50]

An investigation performed at the end of 2007 by the QAA reveal that as a result of its investigations, the audit team's view of Anglia Ruskin University is that "confidence can reasonably be placed in the soundness of the institution's present and likely future management of the academic standards of the awards that it offers and the quality of the learning opportunities available to students".[51] However, an external inspection of Initial Teacher Education revealed inadequacies in 2010; the areas highlighted were the effectiveness of the provision in securing high quality outcomes for trainees, and the extent to which the training and assessment ensures that all trainees progress to fulfil their potential given their ability and starting points.[52] It was only the Primary ITE that was found to be inadequate in the inspection, the Secondary and FE ITE were awarded a mark of satisfactory. Since this inspection the Primary ITE has been awarded 'satisfactory' grades by Ofsted in May 2011 and 'good' in 2012.

Anglia Ruskin was named the UK 'Entrepreneurial University of the Year' at the Times Higher Education (THE) Awards 2014.[53] Anglia Ruskin University was awarded a First in the Green League 2012 by People & Planet;[54] the league is based on ten environmental criteria, both policy and performance related. It incorporates data obtained through the Freedom of Information Act, including the percentage of waste recycled and CO2 emissions for each individual institution. Anglia Ruskin University has been named as one of the most upwardly mobile universities in the world;[5] the list, produced by Higher Education strategy consultants Firetail and published by Times Higher Education, includes Anglia Ruskin as one of the 20 "rising stars" in global Higher Education. Anglia Ruskin is the only UK university to feature in the top 20. Nine of the "rising stars" are located in the United States, with universities in Australia, South Korea, Japan, Germany and Finland completing the list, it has been listed in the Times Higher Education's (THE) World University Rankings for the first time – being named as one of the top 350 institutions in the world and joint 38th best in the UK.[55]

Notable alumni[edit]

The bust of Lord Ashcroft, an alumnus of the university and after whom its business school as well as the building where it is housed is named, can be seen at the university's Cambridge campus


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