ARUCPD is a free, ARU-accredited, award-winning co-curricular course available to students across all faculties in Cambridge and Chelmsford. Every module has been designed to be relevant to industry and to give ARU students a competitive edge in the job market.
Current students can find out more on My ARU.
Each ARUCPD module is designed with input from academics, students, and industry professionals to ensure that the modules offer relevant and progressive knowledge and skills.
ARUCPD is a co-curricular activity, meaning it runs alongside your course. At the start of each trimester, you will have the opportunity to join one of the modules running.
Your degree studies should always remain a priority, which is why ARUCPD is created with you in mind. Generally, you'll be expected to engage with the module for approximately 50 hours, including work outside of face-to-face teaching and meetings, depending on your working style and productivity.
Whether you're balancing your studies with work, raising a family, caring responsibilities, a disability, or any other social or personal factors, you should be able to find a module that fits around your existing commitments.
"You can literally choose a module depending on your lifestyle and you'll never be disappointed.
"My ARUCPD modules helped me to enhance the skills I had and made me feel more confident and secure in my abilities but also allowed me to gain new skills in goal setting, time management, critical thinking, and innovation."AltheaBSc (Hons) Business with Tourism Management
ARUCPD modules will enhance your degree course and overall university experience in a variety of ways:
"I can clearly see how ARUCPD modules I took complemented my main studies.
Not only have I gained so many additional skills, ARUCPD has supported me with my studies by outlining key areas then covered in my modules, making understanding content in my classes much easier."LucyBSc (Hons) Business Management
Any extra- and co-curricular activities will help set you apart from the crowd, but ARUCPD offers standout skills and benefits such as:
92% of students agree that ARUCPD brought value to their CVs and helped them improve their career prospects.
"ARUCPD is great, and it's a huge boost to my CV.
"Being able to highlight my co-curricular activities and skills gained from the ARUCPD modules has allowed me to receive two competitive year-long finance internship offers."CameronBSc (Hons) Banking and Finance
"The modules I have completed have proven to be extremely beneficial in my career search and have provided me with invaluable experience."SultonmurodBSc (Hons) Banking and Finance
We have different modules running each trimester, and these will continue to change based on what employers are looking for.
In previous years, module subjects have included:
There are currently over 20 different modules available. Some are delivered by ARU academics or external industry experts, while others are student-led or based on independent study.
"The variety of skills developed through ARUCPD has been incredibly beneficial and they help me both with studies and in working life.
"These modules opened doors for me that I would have otherwise not even knocked on, thinking it’s not for me because it’s too hard or too technical, or just doesn’t match with my previous qualifications or experience. They gave me a chance to test the waters in two areas that I didn’t see myself studying."AgnesMBA Master of Business Administration