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Why has the name changed?

The term “polytechnic” was confusing and outdated. The new name removes this confusion
and makes sure that our name reflects the high quality of the education and services we provide.

Why “Anglia Ruskin University”?
John Ruskin was an eminent Victorian, a mould-breaking educator who was deeply committed to making education accessible to all and passionate about teaching universally applicable skills. The foundations for our University were laid in October 1858, when Ruskin gave the Inaugural Address at the opening of the Cambridge School of Art. His link with our past and the fact that his values continue to inform our future, make his name the perfect choice for the University.
Why change the name now?

When we achieved university status in 1992, the term ‘polytechnic’ still had value to students and their potential employers, symbolising as it did, the sort of education that we were known for – equipping students with effective practical skills for the world of work. Nowadays, few remember the old polytechnics and technical colleges, and there is no longer any added value to students or faculty in retaining the word ‘polytechnic’ in our title. Indeed, it is sometimes seen as a hindrance, especially in non-vocational subject areas.

The change from being a polytechnic has been happening through staff and curriculum development for a long period of time. We have also been discussing the name for many years and, with the University embarked upon an exciting phase of growth, this is the right time to change.

When does the new name come into effect?

We’re phasing in the change gradually to avoid waste, with the new name being introduced through scheduled changes, such as the Undergraduate Prospectus for Entry 2007. By 1 August 2006, the new name will have completely replaced the old one.

How will a name change benefit staff/students?

The new name will remove the lingering confusion that stems from the historical role and status of a polytechnic. We are now a fully-fledged university, and our staff and students deserve a name that reflects that. We believe that a stronger brand and a clearer identity will have beneficial effects for all staff and students, not only in terms of their sense of pride in being a part of Anglia Ruskin University, but also in how it will help us shape our future and build on the developments to date.

What does the future hold for Anglia Ruskin University?

Our new name marks a period of substantial growth and development for this University. We will be investing £55 million in our campus infrastructure over the next few years. We are refining our curriculum to meet the needs of our 28,000 students and their potential employers, and we are increasing our efforts to make a high quality, university education accessible to all.


Cambridge Campus


ARU's campus is centrally located in the heart of the city. This ensures that everything is easy to access - learning resources, facilities for day-to-day living, and of course everything required for an active social life! The Mumford Theatre located on the campus provides an excellent venue for student drama and musical productions


Chelmsford Campus

APU in Chelmsford consists of two campuses 10 mins walk apart; the Central campus and the Rivermead campus. Rivermead features the new School of Education, which opened in Spring 2000 and houses 750 students and 75 staff in the prestigious Sawyers Building, the student village and a wide range of student facilities, including a bank, shops and Medical Centre, plus the Learning Resources Centre which houses the main library.


Sporting Matters :

APU has a large number of team sports and many have achieved outstanding records of achievement, both locally and nationally.

Sports at Cambridge : Sport at Cambridge is helped by the enthusiasm and commitment of both staff and students who lead the activities. As well as a multi-gym on campus, the Kelsey Kerridge Sports Centre and Parkside swimming pool are just 400 metres from APU's main site, with excellent indoor facilities.

Outdoor sports pitches are at our Howes Close field, 2 miles north of the campus, and include football, hockey and rugby pitches.

Sports at Chelmsford :

There is a friendly atmosphere about the sports activities on the Chelmsford campus that most students enjoy. There are teams in most sports and a very good social life off the field. The Chelmsford campus offers an all purpose sports hall plus a fully equipped fitness room.


The University Accommodation Service UAS, Located at Cambridge and Chelmsford, Provides a full range of housing services to all APU students.

Accommodation at Cambridge :

  • Bridget's and Nightingale Halls of Residence : Situated in the centre of Cambridge and accommodating up to 108 first year students

  • Peter Taylor House : Peter Taylor House is one of APU's halls of residence on the Cambridge campus. It is extremely convenient for lectures and an active social life on and off campus. Each room has ensuite facilities and telephone and TV points and a shared kitchen.

  • Swinhoe Hall :

    Accommodating 119 first year students on campus. Six rooms have facilities for students with special needs, (i.e. wheelchair access, visual and hearing impaired and call alarm system). Adjoining rooms are available for a 'live-in' helper if required.

  • University managed Houses :

    Bed-spaces are available for first year students in houses owned or managed by APU. The houses differ in size accommodating 2-10 students sharing kitchens etc.      

Accommodation at Chelmsford :

  • Ransomes Way Student Village : 500 students are accommodated in single en-suite study-bedrooms, with three to six students sharing a small kitchen or kitchen/diner and a telephone connected to the University network. The student village is very close to the Learning Resource Centre and is only 10 minutes' walk from the main teaching campus.

  • Midmay Halls of Residence :

    These halls accommodate around 100 students sharing kitchen and bathroom facilities, two of which have wheelchair access. There is a common lounge with TV and a launderette on site. The halls are 15 minutes walk from the Central or Rivermead campus.

  • Park Road and local University-owned houses :

    Another 23 single rooms are in houses near the town centre. Students share kitchen and bathroom facilities and rooms are simply but adequately furnished.

  • Private Sector :

    There is an adequate supply of private sector housing in Chelmsford, though quality can be variable so it's wise to look at a selection.

    Accommodation in a shared house or bedsit can include bed and breakfast, half-board or self-catering. It's worth bearing in mind that private sector rents often do not include fuel, water, telephone bills and council tax etc.