Computer Science graduate Simone blogs about life at ARU, and some of his favourite things about studying here - from student support and inclusivity, to opportunities to gain professional experience. Here's his top five.
If you're looking for a university that prioritises diversity, innovation, and student support, ARU will probably be the perfect choice for you. As an ARU graduate in computer science, I can attest to the university's commitment to providing an inclusive and supportive learning environment for all students.
Diversity and inclusivity
ARU is a diverse and inclusive university that welcomes students from all backgrounds and cultures. The University has been recognised for its commitment to reducing inequalities, ranking in the top 200 universities in the world for this effort. ARU has also been acknowledged as one of the top 50 UK universities for social inclusion, demonstrating its dedication to promoting equality, diversity, and inclusion.
Innovative teaching and learning
One of the standout features of ARU is its innovative and practical approach to teaching and learning. The University provides students with a range of opportunities to develop their skills and knowledge through work placements, ARU internships, live briefs, and careers events. ARU also uses virtual learning environments and online resources and course specific software to enhance the learning experience. This approach ensures that students are well-equipped to thrive in the modern workplace.
Student support services
ARU is committed to providing a supportive and inclusive learning environment for all students. There's a range of support services, including mental health and wellbeing support, disability support, and academic support. Additionally, there are dedicated teams to support international students and those from under-represented backgrounds. This commitment to student support ensures that every student at ARU receives the assistance they need to succeed.
ARU has a strong reputation for research excellence and is recognised for its world-leading and internationally excellent research in a range of fields, including health and social care, education, and the arts. The University is home to several research institutes, including the Global Sustainability Institute and the Cambridge Centre for Sport and Exercise Sciences. ARU's research excellence ensures that students are taught by experts in their field, providing them with a top-tier education.
Great campuses and facilities
ARU has vibrant and modern campuses in Cambridge, Chelmsford, and Peterborough, providing students with a range of facilities like on campus gym, library, virtual desktops, and Students’ Union. It's invested heavily in new buildings and facilities in recent years, including teaching spaces, research facilities, and student accommodation. ARU also has a wide range of clubs and societies, sports facilities, and social events, providing students with opportunities to get involved in campus life and meet new people.
As an ARU graduate, I can confidently say that choosing ARU was one of the best decisions I ever made. I highly recommend this place if you want to build up a strong technical curriculum as well as to receive a well-rounded university experience by working as a student ambassador, or taking part in sports clubs and societies at the Students’ Union.
Come and explore
Simone studied BSc (Hons) Computer Science at ARU in Cambridge. Find out more about our courses, facilities, and student life at ARU at one of our Open Days.