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Distance learning from Anglia Ruskin University

Distance Learning from Anglia Ruskin UniversityWhether you're keen to change the direction of your career, gain a promotion, get back to work or you're simply eager to keep your brain active, distance learning is the ideal solution. You can study a course in your own time and around other commitments, such as your job, children or hobbies.

At Anglia Ruskin University, we offer an extensive range of distance learning courses, which you can study from a place that suits you, as well as benefitting from full support throughout your course.

Using our Learning Management System (LMS), you can access a comprehensive range of study resources, take part in online workshops and join lively discussion boards to chat about ideas and assignments. In addition, our expert tutors are on hand to offer regular feedback and advice.

Depending which subject you choose to study, you may have the opportunity to join us on campus for some residential workshops or study days. In fact, if you live close to one of our campuses, you're more than welcome to pop in to use the libraries and facilities at any time.

Importantly, we look forward to welcoming you to our campuses to graduate upon the successful completion of your course.

About Anglia Ruskin University

Although our roots stretch back to the mid-19th century, we're far more concerned with what we can do today to help our distance learning students build a more prosperous future.

ARU Campus ChelmsfordWith nearly 40,000 learners studying at various levels, we're one of the largest universities in the East of England, boasting undergraduate, postgraduate, research degree and distance learning students from around the globe.

In addition, we also have a whopping 85,000 alumni in some 177 countries worldwide.

We believe the reasons for our success are simple, and we're keen to make sure our enterprising and innovative approach rubs off on our students. Indeed, we were extremely proud to pick up the award for the Entrepreneurial University of the Year at the Times Higher Education Awards in 2014.

Quite simply, it's our thirst for enterprise, as well as our ambitious attitude, that sets Anglia Ruskin University apart from the rest, and the results speak for themselves:

Courses and Research Expertise


Cambridge School of Art in 1909Aside from our proficiency in the arts and education, we offer innovative courses in...

... among many more.

Since nursing training was transferred from local health authorities to Anglia Ruskin in 1992, we've been leading the field in health and social care. Aside from our trio of reputable nursing courses, however, we also train midwives, operating department practitioners and social workers.

QAA Quality MarkBut this doesn't mean we've neglected the arts and education.

At our Chelmsford campus, and our partner colleges in Peterborough and Harlow, we train the next crop of teachers and early years practitioners, while our MA Children's Book Illustration is a celebrated course, which builds on the long tradition of the Cambridge School of Art.


REFAt Anglia Ruskin University, we have six high-profile research institutes and, over the last 10 years, our research work in various areas, not to mention our reputation, has grown considerably, with research-active staff across the university.

These institutes include...

Aside from these six valuable institutes, we're also involved in various other research dedicated to music therapy, eye diseases, political history and more.

Thanks to this, 12 of our research areas were ranked as 'world leading' in the Government's Research Excellence Framework (REF) of 2014.

Anglia Ruskin today

Anglia Ruskin - a modern university built on a rich historySince our first bricks and mortar institution opened its doors 156 years ago, we've witnessed lots of changes, although our commitment to advancing the knowledge and education of students has never wavered.

In fact, we're well regarded for the excellence of our teaching and support, with industry-recognised courses, inspirational tutors and an award-winning Student Services Team combining to create the welcoming and inclusive environment our students have come to expect.

When you study with us, we take your happiness and wellbeing seriously, so as well as our Student Services Team, we have a thriving and active Students Union and a student volunteering programme. Our Sport and Active Anglia programme was also launched in 2011 to give all of us plenty of opportunities to keep fit and healthy.

What's more, we've invested more than £8m, one of the biggest investments by any English university, to support students who may have struggled to afford a university qualification or perhaps those who may not have even considered dipping their toe into further education.

We're also incredibly proud to display the 'Two Ticks' symbol, and to be a Stonewall Diversity Champion and a Mindful Employer.

The Future of Anglia Ruskin University

Anglia Ruskin University - invested in the futureIn the last five years, we've invested over £122m in our campuses, with a further £98m earmarked to make sure we keep pace with innovation.

We're also dedicated to making sustainability a part of every Anglia Ruskin student's experience by slashing waste, encouraging biodiversity, travelling green, supporting Fairtrade, saving water and more. In a nutshell, we want our concern for the environment to inform every aspect of what we do.

To learn more about the goals we've set ourselves from 2017-2026, please check out our Strategy to read the latest chapter in our story.

About our Vice Chancellor

Professor Iain Martin MBChB, MEd (Dist), MD

Professor Michael Thorne, Vice Chancellor of Anglia Ruskin UniversityProfessor Martin became Vice Chanellor of Anglia Ruskin in March 2016.

He grew up in Hampshire before taking up a place at the University of Leeds to study Medicine. After his undergraduate education he completed post-graduate training in Surgery in Yorkshire, concluding as Lecturer in Surgery at the University of Leeds. Iain then took up the role of Senior Lecturer and Consultant Surgeon at the University of Leeds and the Leeds General Infirmary. His clinical and research interests focussed on gastrointestinal cancer and minimally invasive surgery. During his time in Leeds he developed an ongoing interest in Higher Education more widely.

In 2000 Professor Martin moved to the University of Auckland, New Zealand, as Professor of Surgery. Over the next 13 years, whilst at the University of Auckland, he held a variety of roles including Head of Surgery, Head of the School of Medicine, Dean of the Faculty of Medical and Health Sciences and for the last 18 months Deputy Vice Chancellor with responsibility for external and international engagement. In 2012 he moved to the University of New South Wales in Sydney, Australia as Deputy Vice Chancellor Academic, a position he held until his appointment as Vice Chancellor of Anglia Ruskin University.

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