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Anglia Ruskin University Reputation
Anglia Ruskin University is located in East England, Cambridgeshire. The reputation for teaching has been recognised with a Silver rating in the Teaching Excellence Framework. 23,500 students are enrolled at Anglia Ruskin University:
- 20,430 of these students come from the UK
- 1,265 come from other EU countries
- And 1,805 are students from non-EU countries.
(Source: HESA 2017/18)
The graduate outcomes for Anglia Ruskin University show that six months after leaving university, 95% of graduates are in work or further study. The average graduate salary six months after leaving Anglia Ruskin University, is £21,000 a year.
(Source: DLHE Survey 2016)
Updated: 23rd September 2019
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Haven’t been here that long but overall it has been an alright experience. The standards are very high and the expectations of students is strict and the amount of work you are expected to do both academically and extra curricular can be overbearing but the teaching is good.
Anglia Ruskin is a hatful toxic place. The staff are self serving egotists who happily bully students on a weekly basis. Over time the students se this behaviour and you’re fair game. If you go to this university you can expect to spend a lot of time crying. Many students leave deeply depressed. They treat your ambitions and dreams with contempt and a solely interested in profiteering. The tutors, in their own reputation and careers. They quickly learn which students are more knowledgable/capable and invest all their time and energy into them, the rest, it’s just tough luck. They don’t care, they even go so far as to sabotage your career and bad mouth you in the industry. The facilities are cold, open plan (presumably to prevent suicides), isolating, lonely and lacking a calm space to settle. You can go three years here and never feel like you’re a part of the university. There is no recourse, no one to complain to, if you do they don’t care and nothing comes of it. Don’t go here.
If you have to go to the Essex, Chelmsford campus, go to a different university. Chelmsford is awful! Full of wannabe gangsters and Essex chavs. However, I'm sure the Cambridge campus is miles better. With that said, the library is fantastic, open 24hrs so if you're a night owl, you'll be well at home studying there. The teaching is fairly good too.
MA Childrens book illustration: head of course is a snob, heard him bullying and yelling at students. Picks off his favourites and ignores everyone else. Only interested in his own career. Facilities are rubbish, nowhere to work. Good reputation but course is rubbish. No support, don’t teach you anything, don’t care about your career, don’t care about your development, just want your money.
If you have a disability, DO NOT GO TO THIS UNIVERSITY. They will not support you. Your tutors will bully you, They do not follow reasonable adjustments and they do not care about your progression. You will watch as your abled peers develop and learn and their complaints procedures are set up in order to dismiss negative comments. No action will be taken. You can complain until you are blue in the face. It will make no difference. They will bleed you dry. The facilities are not accessible and the disability "support" team know nothing about your course or work and have no powers to actually do anything to improve your studies or support you in another capacity than placatory well wishes. The primary concern of the tutors is their own careers and the prejudice is rife. The support team is funded by your DSA, which they will merrily bill for without actually providing you with the service you are paying them for. Their advocacy service is used to support their staff.
Wifi basically didn't work for me. Buildings were quite nice but were not disabled persons friendly. icenter staff were lovely. IT and other helpful departments were often prompt with replies and as helpful as possible. Some professors were really great. Others were nightmares. I would not recommend for Psych related Masters programs, but I have heard good things about their undergrad programs.
Facilities are very diverse. I got to use a letterpress workshop, photography studios, video studios and huge iMac Suites. When not in lesson these facilities are shared between different Year Group students from different courses so I can get feedback from different perspectives.
Before I started the course I was overly ambitious and very chaotic with my design ideas. Over the three years on my course, I have been taught how to focus my creativity and come up with an appropriate outcome for every project I start, instead of just having unrealistic ideas that I never execute. In my opinion, all lecturers on my course, including the guest lecturers, are really different so have had the chance to get feedback on my work from diverse points of view and that is something I have found extremely beneficial.
Study a distance learning degree in digital marketing with this uni. This has been my worst educational experience to date. Tutors appear unhelpful and hard to reach. The content isnt very good either, just thrown a load of reading, no live lectures, or video lectures or anything. Lots of information but no framework so you don't actually know how to carry out activities required for assignments. Come assignment time you're left trying to find your own way. Very unorganised, unlogical and very unprofessional. If OU did this course I'd go there. It's hard to believe this is costing 4500p/a. Im on my second assignment for this course and if it wasn't for the fact I'd owe money and unsure if I could change to a different uni, I'd leave in a heart beat. OU appears much better. Than this amateurish course.
My course has been enriching in many aspects, and I have gained a lot of confidence in myself as a researcher, presenter, networker, and person. This has occurred through participating in research training events, presenting at seminars, and working on conferences at the university, such as the Cambridge Arts Network conference. My supervisor and other lecturers in the Cambridge School of Creative Industries have guided me and assisted me in making connections with other researchers. I have grown immensely as a researcher as I have gained knowledge in academic writing, conducting literature reviews, and critically analyzing film and other forms of art. The research specific facilities are nice, and hopefully there will be even more spaces created for researchers to work and socialize in the near future. Cambridge has endless possibilities for researchers and creative-minded people, and as a centre of academic excellence, Cambridge definitely does not lack in inspiration.
The campus its self is very small, has very little to do, and does not feel like the classic cosy, friendly, campus you might associate with university. In line with this there are very few decent sports/societies to take part in, from what I have seen the accommodation is minimal and fairly grim. The lecturers and staff I have come across however have been brilliant, I study Paramedic Science and I find them to be knowledgeable, enthusiastic and generally very good. Most of them are still active Paramedics which is a brilliant resources for those of us learning the trade. Despite this however the course is in its infancy and still teething. It feels like a university that is desperate to make money, there are clearly too many of us, but they dont want to pay more staff. The course could be done in 2 years in terms of content, but that would be a years less fees for them. Great staff but Uni is a scam. Learn a trade instead.
Only go to ARU part time but so glad that I’m not there full time or live there looks so dead! The rooms and library are nice. Then canteen is okay sometimes really lovely and sometimes meh. The theatre in Ashcroft building is painted dark purple making the room really dark which isn’t a nice educational environment!
I loved my experience at university here, but I felt like some facilities were limited in the music department. Equipment was sometimes broken and therefore unable to use...and ALSS nights like Thursday night live were always empty as the same bands would always play.
The university has great facilities, and the societies and student union is fantastic! Most of the toilets are gender neutral, and the bathrooms in the SU offer towels and tampons free to students. The university also offers fantastic student support. It is a great environment, and the events the SU put on are always fun and interesting. Another plus is the SU bar is always cheap!! Great university overall.
ARU is located perfectly just outside the city center, so you're close to everything without being mauled my tourists. My Freshers experience was great, there was so much on and I felt encouraged to try things out and get involved. I love my course and the staff are friendly and helpful. I am an art student and can particularly hilight the printmaking studios and the animation facilities! If you're considering coming for an open day, definitely come along, and have an explore.of Cambridge while you're at it. I fell in love with the city pretty quickly and love to explore the surrounding area. There are lovely Riverside walks they take you into the middle of nowhere in no time
For the last 3 years I’ve been doing Film and TV Production at Anglia Ruskin University, and it is everything I wanted it to be. The course, which is divided into several modules, focuses heavily on putting the students into the shoes of filmmakers. The university provides us with the equipment used on professional film sets and allows us to learn from practice rather than theory. With modules such as Documentary, TV Studio, Specialised Practice and the final Major Project, the course becomes a worthwhile and entertaining experience while enhancing artistic skills in the area of filmmaking.
Anglia Ruskin University has, so far, given me an amazing university experience. Having studied Drama in my first year and now having transferred onto the Writing and Film course, I can say without a doubt that the student services give wonderful support with your options as a student. As a course rep for my current course, I have gained a huge responsibility of making sure fellow students are enjoying what they do, as well as communicating with staff on a professional level. What ARU doesn't tell you is how much respect you will be given as a student, and it's phenomenal when you realise how your lecturers will give you such independence with your coursework and how much love they have for their industries. It really is all about “U” here, and it's really shown!
I study Paramedic Science BSc Hons. I have found my uni experience disappointing at ARU. In first year, the accommodation on campus was horrible - tiny rooms with paper thin walls, the rooms were dark and uninviting and really over priced! The uni building itself is quite nice, and the campus has a nice layout except I don’t really like that members of the public are often just wondering around campus. The course I’m on is run relatively well, many of the lecturers care and put effort in. The equipment we use in skills is always up to date and good quality. The uni’s SU bar is really impractical and nobody wants to go there as everything is overpriced and they don’t have any cool events, the only student unions are academic or sports related except for “tea and coffee club” which is saddest thing I’ve ever seen. The nightlife in Chelmsford is so bad and the uni don’t do anything to encourage local businesses to engage with students.
Overall, it's good there. Especially the English Lit department. But the SU are difficult to work with, there's limited societies, which are often very cliquey. There's been a lot of building work going on this year, which has been incredibly disruptive.
Aru has its ups and downs like any university. I have very much enjoyed my time here. If you make the most of it then you will have a great experience with the uni. If you don't then you will feel as through the uni has let you down. Everything you need to have a great time if there, you just have to be the one to go it it.
Great for anyone looking into doing a career in sport like myself, as the facilities and possibilities are of high quality. Main downside for me is that clubs will often be judged from the big wigs based off of the actions of the few, rather than the whole collective.
Good for undergrad life sciences, however if you stay to do a master's degree you essentially re-do undergrad experiments (especially the genetics module which is identical). Masters dissertation supervisor was wholly unhelpful and generally seemed disinterested. Facilities are good and Cambridge is a nice place to live (very expensive though but that's to be expected)
I’m in my second semester of year 1 and I’m loving it so far. I commute 3 days a week and I feel very supported. The only thing I would say is that the teaching in every lecture is very same-y so this needs to change.
Student union not open at night! Library on campus, small gym Mildmay charges apply to join. People hang out in kitchens which disturbs others studying. No social life. Spar, pizza place. The campus laundry expensive and clothes can come out dirty. Whole place needs a refurbishment and hot water sorting out and windows double glazing. Very old small rooms. Lots of international students. Courses are predominantly non white
Overall great. Staff are short and give up a lot of their time to teach us best they can to give us great knowledge. Facilities are excellent, atmosphere is great and livrarians and teachers are best i met. Career service staff are rubbish however, not helpful. Give up your time to see them and train to campus just to be shown 4 websites, 3 of which you allready use and been introduced to throughout the course.
Im not exactly Anglia Rusking student because im with CRIC and it was the worst decision ever waste of time and money we are learning nothing and when u have a problem no one can help u. Recently i had a problem to access my time table and i spend about 5 hours in the office waiting with 20 other students for help. Also the campus is a joke. It is overprised and it is not possible to break the contract. I dont know anyone who is satisfied with the student accomodation
Disorganised, generally unhelpful place. For example, I’ve received conflicting information on what work to submit and when, and have been given generally poor advice. I feel I always have to email and phone for help, it’s rarely offered. Thankfully other students have been on hand for help and advice, particularly in relation to confusing timetables. Without this, I think things would be worse. I understand the drop out rate at ARU is high, frankly given what I’ve experienced, I’m not surprised.
The lecturers, staff have been really helpful whenever I have had issues and very understanding. There are a lot of societies that are really interesting and I tend to join at least two every year (best way for me to have a work life balance)
It is a nice university with several campuses; I have found passionate lecturers and bad, Boring ones. The WiFi is standard for educational purposes about 700mb download and upload. But overall a nice place to futher your studies.
The uni itself is great. Amazing careers advisors that can help you prepare for the next step after uni. Cambridge nightlife however is pretty dead. Only 2-3 clubs that are worth going to however after a while they get pretty boring. Surprising for a city which has one of the most famous universities in the world in; but the city itself is fairly isolated, and student life isn’t as exciting as you may think.
Anglia Ruskin has such a great support network. From an advice service to a financial service to really supportive staff that want to see you achieve so much. Everyone you talk to puts you at ease and there is such a fantastic employment bureau for part time jobs within the Uni that pay the living wage!
Computers are as expected, but rooms are closed at silly hours. Dozens of societies, sure, but 90% are representative and only a few are recreational. Students Union is the redeeming factor - they're lovely folks who genuinely try to look out for people and provide as many events and opportunities to the student body as they can. I went to ARU for three years and feel almost like I wasted the time, but the SU is prime.
The university are more interested in hitting targets and getting quotas. They do not assist students when they need help and refuse to treat people fairly. It seems you are more likely to get good grades if you are friends with the teacher or if the gains something from that student. Papers are definitely not marked anonymously. To may people have dropped out of my course for failed due to this.
Very unorganised due to lack of staff - especially in medical related subjects - also they have admitted to not teaching us what we need to know and also lecturers frequently run late. Not very helpful in support either. Would not recommend if you have a disability or need other learning support for example to go here.
ARU is a great place to go no matter your personality. There is something for everyone to take part in, and it will really being you out of your shell. The tutors will push you to do your best and there's no reason why you can't get a first here. Fab uni, I've stayed to do PG study!
From my experience everybody at Anglia Ruskin has been very helpful and supportive in every activity and class. Lectures are great and knowledgeable. Could use more flexible times for the extracurricular activities with the lecturers but otherwise really good University! Thank you, Anglia Ruskin!
ARU is a good university the facilities are amazing especially for my course (psychology) my lecturers are all very friends and helpful with any questions I have. The other services the university have offered me are amazing! I got a well paid job through the uni which I wouldn’t have found without their help. I couldn’t rate this university any higher
I am in my 2nd year of uni and have found my experience amazing. The lecturers have been so friendly and I feel they are very approachable to talk to. I also feel the uni has been supportive and helpful with just finding out I have dyslexia which I thinks is amazing
Facilities are awesome, especially for science students as we have just got the shiny new Science centre! Most of the staff are really friendly and help you with anything you need. The careers team are brilliant. Being in Cambridge especially is great as it is a lovely city! Not something you get from going to a uni like Leeds or Huddersfield... just saying!
Some dire lecturers with limited use of the English language written or spoken. 2hr per week lectures per module (so not a lot). Ridiculous assignment guidance that is then marked down when you follow given advice and a library with books from the ARK. Given an era of online learning save your money, time and use your ambition elsewhere. That said I got a 1st. (truly not hard).
I am a CRIC student at the moment so I am guessing Anglia Ruskin is so much better but CRIC is not good. If you can avoid being a CRIC student please do they take a long time to solve your problems or to do your paperwork. However, they are incredibly fast to send you emails if your attendance is below 85.
I really enjoyed my time at this University, and especially since the Cambridge Campus is so helpful and easy to navigate. Most of the buildings are relatively new or newly refurbished, and they have all the things you need to be able to study and learn efficiently. They are also building a new Science Building now, to replace the old one. Some classrooms did have very poor ventilation, however, but I found this mainly to be the older buildings like Ruskin. The clubs and societies at this Campus are very centred around the fact that you may have a special skill in something and require a lot of its members. Those that did not, was very hard to find any information on about meetings and location. The student union is very visible and connected to the students and arrange a lot of parties, get-togethers and trips. The library is good content wise, but all the grouprooms above the ground floor has horrible ventilation.
I'm studying Early years via distance learning, the uni try ad get us involved in as much as possible inviting the group to the campus for various events. The distance learning program has been well considered to ensure its user friendly. I have several friends at various uni's doing the same course and Ruskin by far has the most support.
ARU is a great university the cambridge campus is located very close to the center of the town. there are several great facilities, the library and open access areas are great for independent study proiding computers and room for book work. however they get filled very quickly at peak times. there are many areas that provide food and a place to socialise there are 4 cafe type areas that also act as good overflow study areas as do unused lecture rooms. for societies there is a great variety and it is farly easy to start your own plus the su help in many way like with concerns on the course and in uni in general. there is a great student support service that provides help for those who suffer from mental health issues or are just confused or just miss home. the employability service and bureau provide great advice on getting job and increaseing your employability after your degree even provide advice on deciding what to do after your degree. the internet is normally good.
No su bar/ area for a start, its a University a student bar is mandatory. If you like sport dont bother, horrifically managed with rude and deliberately unhelpful staff (Active Anglia). Do not provide travel to games or provide equipment. Coaches are brilliant how ever. Classes are mediocre with little support regarding coursework and exams. The academic year is very short compared to other universities giving you little time to take info in. Some lecturers struggle with English.
Students at clubs/societies (and in general) are very nice and helpful. They made me feel very welcomed and included in my first few weeks of starting uni. People on my course are always helping each other out and giving advice in terms of how to improve our work (I study Fine Art).
I am at the Cambridge Campus. It is fantastic. I am studying Paramedic Science and the facilities that I have available to me are brand new and first class. The university is incredibly student orientated and they really listen to what we have to say. There is a good selection of societies, however there are fewer on the Cambridge campus but it is easy to start a society of your own. The university also has an employment bureau the students can register for and you can get paid to be an ambassador. You really feel like they university want to help you succeed.
The Science department is brilliant; the lectures are interesting and engaging. The lecturers are very passionate about their subjects, and it’s great to be able to discuss their current research with them. The societies are great, a good mix so there is bound to be one that interests you (I love the wildlife society). There are some great facilities such as the library, employment bureau, and students union. Good service to help you get volunteer work to gain relevant experience which is so important in my subject (Zoology).
A university that is expanding and growing a lot lately. The facilities are being improved and new buildings are being constructed. They are spending a lot of money as well to bring new staff to the university including very prestigious well known professors.
Although I am only a first year I feel like I have to make this review! I just feel so comfortable here! Honestly I was a little worried about the jump from A-Level to University but Anglia Ruskin have made the transition so smooth. I've spoken to friends at other universities (including Russell Groups) who have struggled with getting any support whereas here in lectures everything is explained so well and the university works hard to make sure you're equipped with the right skills. Also my lecturers (History) are extremely enthusiastic and make it interesting so I don't sit and watch the clock. I can't speak much about other courses but I know that help is always there regardless and all staff on whatever course are happy to help during classes and outside of them. Getting a 2.1 here seems very achievable thanks to effort of the university. May I also add that the location of the Cambridge campus is brilliant, 15 minute walk from train station, 10 minutes walk from city centre :)
The University is absolute immaculate, I cannot think of any improvements however the Student Union is beginning quite late, its been roughly a month and this is when most major queries tend to begin, also its easier for the students to change anything early on before we get used to something like out timetable for example, if we need something changed, it would be easier to change it earlier rather than later.
I go to University Centre Peterborough, they have lovely staff in such a personal and friendly environment! I'm currently employed as a research ambassador and have found many job opportunities as my time as a student! I would definitely recommend UCP and ARU!
Anglia Ruskin in Chelmsford overall is a pretty good university, campus living isn't the best. Value for money with accommodation really isn't good. The main reason I decided to study here was due to the fantastic course reparation. I've studied in high education before where the course wasn't as good but campus living was better - guess I have the reverse now.
It's structured, modernised and honest in channelling your transferable skills into the real world (without it being too daunting!). The library is very good and, I think, the best thing is that the University has connections all over the city so you're able to experience as much as you like, with people who share the same educational or recreational interests.
nursing degree is great here! You get so much support and is great for commuters too. Cambridge has so much in the city to do and the university has fantastic facilities. Brand new buildings for nursing with amazing skills lab. The university library is great, so much material and has 4 levels of quietness so you can get whatever you need done.
I love my course and it seems everyone studying healthcare subjects agree with me. They have all the modern facilities required for teaching the next generation of paramedics and nurses etc. I'm not so sure about other subjects but the university does have a certain reputation and I haven't heard much to dispute that when hearing about the 'proper subjects'. Clubs wise I have joined many more Cambridge University society's than ARU and it is a shame that ARU do not work on promoting a relationship between the society's of the 2 university's (I found these society's by emailing them individually as they are not allowed at ARUs fresher fair without paying extortionate fees). Uniwide WiFi from Eduroam has no issues
Great university, the Lord Ashcroft Business School looks great and the facilities cater to your every need, WiFi is good but can be a bit weak sometimes, plenty of clubs and societies to join and the students union are always on hand. With the uni being the Entrepreneurial University of the year I think that shows its brilliant with career opportunities!
the university it's self is pretty good. There are several food places, and toilets in every building. There could be more computers and spaces for study outside of the library where it's acceptable to talk but is still comfortable! The wifi isn't bad, it has its moments