The story started in 1858 when the art critic, patron and philanthropist John Ruskin opened Cambridge School of Art. The art school grew to become ARU, and it’s still at the heart of our modern-day campus in Cambridge.
Over the years, many colleges and institutes have become part of ARU. They include the Cambridgeshire College of Arts and Technology (CCAT) and the Essex Institute of Higher Education (formerly the Chelmer Institute – itself formed from the Mid-Essex Technical College and the Brentwood College of Education).
At first, these colleges combined to become Anglia Polytechnic, and then Anglia Polytechnic University in 1992. The campuses are at the heart of four exciting cities: Cambridge, Chelmsford, London and Peterborough.
With a thriving Students' Union, 120 student societies and city life right on your doorstep, there is never a dull moment.