Anglia Ruskin University Higher Education’s World Top Universities Rankings, Complete University Guide
Anglia Ruskin University 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 in 1858. The school became Anglia Polytechnic after the Cambridgeshire College of Arts and Technology and the Essex Institute of Higher Education joined. 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. 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.
Cambridge School of Art, Cambridge College of Arts and Technology, Mid-Essex Technical College, Chelmer Institute of Higher Education, Essex Institute of Higher Education, Anglia Polytechnic University.
Anglia Ruskin University of History:
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 (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. 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” 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.
Anglia Ruskin University Student Services and Facilities:
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.
The Chelmsford Campus facilities include a mock law court, mock hospital wards and operating theatres and labs.
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.
Organisation and administration:
There are five Faculties of study at Anglia Ruskin University:
- Lord Ashcroft International Business School
- Faculty of Arts, Law & Social Sciences
- Faculty of Health, Social Care & Education
- Faculty of Medical Science
- Faculty of Science & Technology
- Faculties are sub-divided into departments or divisions.
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.
Anglia Ruskin University Student life:
ARU Students’ Union:
Here at Anglia Ruskin Students’ Union, we’re about representation: we dedicate almost all of our resources to making sure your voice gets heard, and you get the most out of your degree.
We also give you lots of opportunities to have fun, make friends and get experience outside of the classroom. You might be interested in attending some of our fantastic social events, volunteering or working for us.
You could also join one of our societies, which range from alternative music to creative writing, and Harry Potter to Pokemon. We have course-specific societies too, where you can meet people who are studying similar subjects to you. Any student can join a society, and new members are always welcomed. If we don’t have the society you’re looking for, you can start one!
Everything we do is led by students, for students. We’re independent from the University and you get to decide how we’re run and what we do. You can vote in our elections, get your voice heard through student councils or take part in campaigns. Visit official website to find out more.
Sport at Anglia Ruskin University:
Whether you have aspirations of making the next Olympics, representing Anglia Ruskin university in an existing sport, trying a new sport or taking part in more relaxed fitness activities, Anglia Ruskin University has something for you – all you need to do is come along and give something a try!.
Anglia Ruskin university Postal addresses:
Bishop Hall Lane
Health and social care campuses:
University Centre Peterborough:
College of West Anglia:
You can also contact us by phone on +44 (0)1245 493131 or complete our enquiry form. If you know which member of staff you need to contact you can find them in our staff directory. Applicants with admissions or general enquiries should use the main contact details above to ensure your query is directed to the correct person.
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