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Anglia Ruskin University
Established 1992 — gained University Status
1991 — Anglia Polytechnic
1858 — Cambridge School of Art
Endowment £371,000[1]
Chancellor Michael Ashcroft
Vice-Chancellor Prof. Michael Thorne
Students 20,300[2]
Undergraduates 16,855[2]
Postgraduates 3,445 [2]
Location Cambridge and Chelmsford, Essex, England
Coordinates: 52°12′11.1″N 0°8′1.3″E / 52.203083°N 0.133694°E / 52.203083; 0.133694

Anglia Ruskin University, formerly Anglia Polytechnic University, is a university in England, with campuses in Cambridge and Chelmsford.



Anglia Ruskin University has its origins in the Cambridge School of Art opened in 1858 by John Ruskin. 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"[3] although in 2000 there was some self-doubt about including the term 'polytechnic' — it was the last 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, because "Nowadays, few remember the old polytechnics and technical colleges, and there was no longer any value to students or faculty in retaining the word 'polytechnic' in the title. Indeed, it was sometimes seen as a hindrance, especially in non-vocational subject areas."[3] From over two hundred suggestions and consultations with staff, students and local residents, communities and businesses, the University chose Anglia Ruskin University (thus incorporating into the title the surname of John Ruskin, who founded the Cambridge School of Art in 1858, which eventually became the university), with the new name taking effect following the approval of the Privy Council on 29 September 2005.

Past lecturers include Odile Crick, wife of Francis Crick; she created the simple iconic image of DNA as two intertwined ribbons linked by ten rungs per turn of the double helix that appeared in the article in Nature announcing the discovery of its structure.[4] Author Tom Sharpe was a lecturer in History at CCAT between 1963 and 1972 and Anne Campbell,[5] the Labour MP for Cambridge from 1992 to 2005, was formerly a lecturer in Statistics at CCAT.

Peterborough Regional College was in talks with Anglia Ruskin University to develop a new university campus for the city, following the closure of Loughborough University's satellite campus. The college and the university have now officially completed the legal contracts for the creation of a new joint venture company, and University Centre Peterborough opened in November 2009.


The main entrance to Anglia Ruskin University on East Road, Cambridge.

There are five Faculties of study at Anglia Ruskin University:

  • Ashcroft International Business School
  • Faculty of Arts, Law & Social Sciences
  • Faculty of Education
  • Faculty of Health & Social Care
  • 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. The two organisations have now integrated to form the Faculty of Health & Social Care.


Anglia Ruskin's Cambridge Campus is home to one of only 5 Optometry schools in England (with there being only 8 in the whole of the UK) having its own Optometry Clinic offering free eye tests and a full range of optometric services to members of the public throughout the academic year.itself[6]

The Cambridge campus is currently undergoing extensive redevelopment, 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 Ashcroft International Business School (AIBS) which is rivalled only by the University of Cambridge itself, demonstrating Anglian Ruskin Cambridge Campus's all round academic reputation and prestige.[7]


Ruskin Gallery

The Ruskin Gallery is the University's public art gallery. 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, design, and media studios.

Profile and reputation

Anglia Ruskin University's Helmore Building, East Road, Cambridge.

Anglia Ruskin University is one of the largest universities in the East of England, and one of the largest providers of face-to-face part-time training in the country.

In the Research Assessment Exercise (RAE) 2008, more than 30% of Anglia Ruskin’s submissions were rated as Internationally Excellent or World-Leading. Among the academic disciplines now rated World-Leading are Allied Health Professions & Studies; Art & Design; English Language & Literature; Geography & Environmental Studies; History; Music; Psychology; and Social Work & Social Policy & Administration.

The University jumped 35 places in the Times Higher Education tables following the announcement of the outcome of the 2008 Research Assessment Exercise (RAE) results.

Anglia Ruskin University was shortlisted for the Outstanding Employer Engagement Initiative Award at the Times Higher Education Awards 2008.[8]

On 3 July 2008, Anglia Ruskin University was rated 4th in the "Green League" of British universities, compiled by People and Planet. The league is based on nine 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 is ranked among the top 2000 universities in the world.It is ranked 1953 according to

A recent 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.[9]

UK University Rankings
2010 2009 2008 2007 2006 2005 2004 2003 2002 2001 2000 1999 1998 1997 1996 1995 1994 1993
Times Good University Guide 103rd[10] 106th[11] 104th[12] 87th[13] 94th=[14] 93rd 94th 92nd= 78th 73rd= 73rd= 67th 66th 67th 84th= 93rd 86th= 76th=
Guardian University Guide 83rd[15] 71st[16] 73rd[16] 87th 87th[17] 60th[18] 79th[19] 92nd[20]
Sunday Times University Guide 111th[21] 112th[22] 123rd 100th[23] 94th[24] 92nd[24] 112th[24] 107th[24] 107th[24] 87th[24] 82nd[24] 82nd[24]
Daily Telegraph 104th=[25] 81st
FT 91st[26] 83rd[27] 86th[28] 83rd[29]
Independent N/A[30] 109th[31] 104th[31]

Partner organisations

Anglia Ruskin's official International College is Cambridge Ruskin International College (CRIC)[32] which is the Associate College of Anglia Ruskin University and is based on the Cambridge Campus offering Foundation, 1st Year Degree and Pre-Masters programmes leading into many of the university's degrees.

Anglia Ruskin operates the Suffolk Anglia Ruskin University Centre at Belstead House in Ipswich, in conjunction with Suffolk County Council. The centre is for Suffolk teachers who wish to study for degrees at MA level in education, and has around 2400 students.[33]

Anglia Ruskin also has regional partnerships with Braintree College, Cambridge Regional College, Cambridge Theological Federation, Chelmsford College, Epping Forest College, Harlow College, Huntingdonshire Regional College, Norwich School of Art & Design, Peterborough Regional College, SEEVIC College and Suffolk Postgraduate and Research Centre.

Anglia Ruskin is also partnered with Marshall University in Huntington, West Virginia in a student exchange programme. This allows credits earned at one university to count towards the other's degree programmes. A similar agreement is in place with Valparaiso University in the United States and University of New Brunswick in Canada.[citation needed] It is also partnered with Amity Global Business School in India, Singapore and London, and SKANS School of Accountancy, Pakistan. Anglia Ruskin University is a founder member of the Cambridge Network.[34]

Anglia Ruskin is also partnered with Universities in France, Germany and Spain within the Education faculty running an exchange, and welcomes Erasmus sudents

Notable alumni

Alumni include Pink Floyd members Syd Barrett and David Gilmour. Other alumni include Patricia Scotland (Baroness Scotland), Ronald Searle (creator of St Trinian's), Harry Potter illustrator Thomas Taylor, Pam Smy, illustrator, Jane Simmons, illustrator, Nicholas Crane, Australian architect Harry Seidler (Cambridge Polytechnic) Michael Ashcroft, Baron Ashcroft and BBC Sport's Manish Bhasin graduated in 1997 from Anglia Ruskin University with a degree in "Communication Studies with English".

Kafeel Ahmed, a terrorist in the 2007 Glasgow International Airport attack, was a research student in computational fluid dynamics at Anglia Ruskin.[35][36][37]


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