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ARU to be an oasis of calm on results day

Published: 11 August 2023 at 12:16

Main entrance to Anglia Ruskin University's Chelmsford campus

Wellbeing services on offer at ARU campuses as students receive their grades

Anglia Ruskin University (ARU) is to provide an oasis of calm on A-Level results day, traditionally a stressful time as students receive their grades and make decisions on what to do next.

ARU’s Clearing centres will open at 8am on Thursday, 17 August in Cambridge and Chelmsford for online, telephone and in person inquiries for courses at all campuses including the new university ARU Peterborough. Approximately 120 staff will be staffing phones and offering advice to anyone calling in.

ARU will also be providing support to any students who wish to visit its campuses on results day. Counselling and wellbeing staff will be on hand to offer advice, therapy dogs will be on campus, and activities such as table tennis, wellbeing podcasts and board games will be available.

On Saturday, 19 August, ARU’s campuses in Cambridge and Chelmsford, as well as ARU Peterborough, will be open from 10am until 1pm. There will be opportunities for prospective applicants to speak to lecturers and current students, take a campus tour, and speak to advisors about accommodation, finance and the admissions process. ARU Peterborough will also be hosting a community day, showcasing the award-winning campus.

ARU is offering around 150 courses in Clearing this year, from Psychology to Engineering and from Adult Nursing to Business Management, Law, and Accounting and Finance. ARU Peterborough is also providing courses in Clearing, and these can also be found on the ARU website through the Clearing portal.

Prospective students can also discover the new Experience ARU platform, which provides 360 guided tours personalised to subject areas, and ‘days in the life’ videos – along with key information and signposting to information to make it easy and immediate for Clearing applicants and prospective applicants to get a flavour of their subject and location of interest.

Professor Roderick Watkins, Vice Chancellor of Anglia Ruskin University (ARU), said:

“Results day can be a stressful time for people, even if they have got the results they hoped for. More and more people are choosing to make late decisions on where to go next and what to do, once they have picked up their results.

“Our advice would be stay calm, take your time to consider all possible options and think everything through. All are welcome to avail themselves of the resources on offer at ARU while they consider their next steps – regardless of whether they intend to study here.”

For more information about courses available at ARU in Clearing, visit aru.ac.uk/clearing . The Clearing centres will be staffed from 8am until 8pm on Thursday, 17 August and from 8.30am until 6pm on Friday, 18 August. The number to call is 01245 686868.