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ARU Peterborough offers a new start in new year

Published: 10 October 2022 at 09:16

Exterior of new ARU Peterborough building

Range of courses, including Masters degree, available to begin in January 2023.

After a successful start to its first term, Peterborough’s new university is now open for applications to begin courses in January.

Unlike many universities, a large number of courses at ARU Peterborough have two main start dates, in September and January, providing greater flexibility for students.

Following years of careful planning and preparation, 20 September marked the first day of teaching for many students at University House, which features sector-leading facilities including cutting-edge computer science, nursing and midwifery, and biomedical science labs.

ARU Peterborough has worked with over 170 local employers to co-create the courses on offer. Designed with employability in mind, the courses aim to provide businesses with a pipeline of talented, highly skilled graduates to help grow the local economy.

ARU Peterborough is offering a wide range of undergraduate courses and degree apprenticeships in January – Accounting and Finance, Business and Management, Digital Marketing, Building Surveying, Construction Management, Manufacturing Engineering, Quantity Surveying, Agri-food Technology, Environmental Management and Biomedical Science – as well as its first postgraduate course, a Masters degree in Supply Chain Management.

ARU Peterborough received over 1,600 applications to start courses this autumn, and is expecting to support more than 950 learners this trimester. This includes up to 650 students based at University House, and other provision includes support for small business owners as part of Small Business Britain’s Small and Mighty Enterprise Programme. This is one of a range of industry-linked short courses being delivered across the academic year, including a number of Institute of Environmental Management and Assessment (IEMA) accredited short courses.

University House is Phase 1 of ARU Peterborough and has a teaching capacity of 846 in specialist labs and teaching rooms, although not all students are on campus at the same time with some students accessing placements or studying for Degree Apprenticeships.

The £16.7m Peterborough Research & Innovation Centre, operated by the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Combined Authority – is set to open next year, and plans have been submitted to Peterborough City Council for Phase 3 of ARU Peterborough, which will feature a Living Lab public science facility as well as additional specialist teaching facilities.

Professor Ross Renton, Principal of ARU Peterborough, said:

“Our students and staff have experienced a fantastic start to life at University House. ARU Peterborough’s facilities have been designed from the ground up to ensure students have the best possible learning environment, and our courses have been shaped to ensure they meet the talent needs of local companies, both now and in the future.

“January is the second main entry point for students to join ARU Peterborough, and our numbers will continue to grow thanks to a range of undergraduate courses, degree apprenticeships, and postgraduate provision. The January entry point is expected to prove particularly attractive to international and mature students, while there is an additional entry point planned in May for a smaller number of specialist apprenticeship courses.”

ARU Peterborough is a partnership between Anglia Ruskin University, the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Combined Authority, and Peterborough City Council.

For more information about ARU Peterborough, including details of all courses beginning in January 2023 and the next Open Day, on 5 November, please visit aru.ac.uk/peterborough.