Student engagement

Two male and a female student sitting chatting

We've a dedicated Student Engagement team responsible for providing opportunities to get involved in business and law related extra-curricular activities.

Course programmes and events run throughout the year to complement your studies and allow you to put your academic knowledge into practice, network with business professionals and enhance your employability skills. You also get to spend time with other students from our Faculty of Business and Law and, most importantly, have fun!

ARU Certificate for Professional Development

A collection of co-curricular modules you can engage in outside of your studies and gain additional academic credits towards an ARU-accredited University Certificate in Professional Development (ARUCPD). This free course is designed to help you enhance your knowledge outside of your course, provide opportunities for networking and allow you to get on-the-job skills before you graduate.

Employability skills

By working closely with our ARU Employability service, we deliver support for our postgraduate students on placement courses, to ensure time is allocated to help you develop your CV and reflect the added value skills and experiences obtained during your time at ARU, helping you to stand out to employers when researching your placement opportunity.

Practical opportunities

We also provide the chance to sharpen your 'hire-ability' skills by providing many opportunities to meet contacts from the business industry, arranging business based trips, skills-based training events and guest lectures. All of this helps to build your business contacts and secure that dream graduate job when you leave us.


National competitions

Cintia Papp and Krisztian Papp holding their certificates

As a Faculty of Business and Law student, you'll be able to enter university level competitions which run at different times of the year. These include the national Universities Business Challenge (UBC) where our students form teams and take part in a simulated business strategy game competing against teams from across the UK.

We have an excellent track record of success, as our students have reached the finals, and won an unprecedented three times, highlighting ARU as the only university in the UK to have achieved this record. The competition is supported by IBM and focuses on entrepreneurship and sustainable business engaging students to use vital business skills and have lots of fun. Regularly reaching the final and semi-finals, our most recent winners were Krisztian and Cintia Papp, a brother and sister duo who won top spot in 2019.

ARU competitions

In addition to these, there are other business, finance and marketing focused games, including The Big Pitch where cash can be won to help a start-up business - the top prize being up to a whooping £10,000. Experience in these local, national and international competitions give you great new skills, can improve your employability and is excellent to put on your CV.

The great achievement of reaching The Big Pitch final has been possible thanks to the valuable teaching received since the beginning of the course. 

The fabulous seminars of 'be your own boss', for example, which are of great help, the experience of the 'UBC competition' and an important one the event of the Cambridge winter fair 2018 with the 'Make, design and sell' program, in which I realised the power that the treasure card (my business Idea) has itself. The sum of all these trainings and opportunities awakened in me the confidence to launch my idea to the Big Pitch competition.

Thanks to all the wonderful team of the Anglia Ruskin Enterprise Academy (AREA) who with their daily support are making dreams come true.
Katherine Hasegawa
Finalist in The Big Pitch 2019

Bloggers and vloggers

During your time you'll also have the opportunity to blog or vlog your experiences of life as a Faculty of Business and Law student. Find out what our current students are saying.

Want to find out more

For more information about all of the student experience opportunities available for Business and Law students please visit our testimonials page or find us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.