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Why ARU: A Personal Journey

Andie Riches

Faculty: Science and Engineering
School: Psychology and Sport Science
Category: Student support services

7 May 2024

As a current PhD student in the School of Psychology and Sport at Anglia Ruskin University (ARU), I've had the remarkable opportunity to witness first-hand the institution's commitment to excellence and innovation. Having completed my undergraduate studies in sports science at ARU as well, my journey here has been nothing short of transformative. Did you know that Anglia Ruskin University (ARU) snagged the title of Times Higher Education University of the Year 2023?

It's kind of a big deal! Think of it as winning the Oscars of the UK university scene. ARU was honoured with this prestigious award at a glitzy ceremony in Liverpool, further cementing its reputation as a top-notch institution. Let me share with you why ARU holds a special place in my heart and why it could be the perfect place for your own academic adventure.

1. Bridging Passions:

One of the things I love most about ARU is its flexibility in academic exploration. During my undergraduate studies here, I had the opportunity to delve into various modules, each offering a unique perspective and sparking my curiosity. This freedom allowed me to discover where my true passion lay. From analysing the biomechanics of athletic performance to delving into the psychological intricacies of sports psychology, ARU has provided me with the platform to explore the rich tapestry of sports science. It's this flexibility and support that has empowered me to pursue my PhD research.

2. Mentorship and Guidance:

At ARU, mentorship is a fundamental aspect of the student experience. Throughout my PhD journey, I've been fortunate to have a network of support that extends beyond just my supervisors. Fellow PhD students have been invaluable peers, offering guidance, sharing experiences, and providing a sense of camaraderie as we navigate the challenges of doctoral research together. Additionally, my supervisors have been a beacon of knowledge and support, offering invaluable guidance and encouragement every step of the way. Thanks to this incredible support system, I've been able to pursue ambitious research endeavours with confidence, knowing that I have a team of mentors and peers cheering me on every step of the way.

3. Research Opportunities:

ARU's vibrant research community provides a nurturing environment for exploration and discovery. With access to state-of-the-art laboratories and engaging in collaborative research projects, students are presented with abundant opportunities to participate in impactful research endeavours. As a PhD student, I've been privileged to collaborate closely with my supervisors and peers on various research projects, pooling our expertise and insights to address important topics in psychology and sport. Additionally, ARU has provided avenues for networking and professional development, including
opportunities to attend conferences and connect with like-minded researchers, further enriching my academic journey and contributing to the advancement of knowledge within my field.

4. Community and Camaraderie:

ARU isn't just an institution—it's a vibrant community of scholars brought together by a shared passion for learning and discovery. From engaging classroom discussions to exciting events hosted by the Student Union and opportunities to explore the vibrant culture of Cambridge, ARU fosters a sense of camaraderie that goes beyond academic boundaries. Throughout my undergraduate and PhD journey, I've found comfort in the support of my peers and the inclusive atmosphere of the ARU community. Whether it's hanging out at Student Union gatherings or enjoying the sights of Cambridge, I've always felt connected to a community that values collaboration and collective growth.

5. Personal reflections:

Reflecting on my time at ARU, I've grown both academically and personally. From stepping onto campus as a curious undergraduate eager to delve into the world of sports science to now, as a PhD student, my journey at ARU has been a testament to the institution's unwavering commitment to academic excellence, innovation, and community. It's here that I've not only discovered my passion and enhanced my skills but also forged lifelong connections that I hope will continue to shape my path long after graduation. ARU has provided me with the platform and the tools to evolve into the scholar and individual I am today, and for that, I am truly grateful. ARU offers more than just a degree - it offers a pathway to realising your fullest potential.


The views expressed here are those of the individual and do not necessarily represent the views of Anglia Ruskin University. If you've got any concerns please contact us.