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Welcome Week

Welcome Week gives you a taste of student life at ARU. You’ll receive essential information about your course, meet staff in your faculty and get the chance to spend time with your course mates and make new friends.

If you're starting your course in January 2023, Welcome Week will take place between 9–13 January.

Your induction will take place online and in person, so you’ll receive all of the information you need to get started including:

  • School and Course introduction. You'll meet other students and your Course Leader
  • meeting with staff in your Faculty and having the Personal Development Tutor system explained to you
  • meet your Welcome Buddy. Your buddy is here to support you as a new student at ARU. Find out more about Welcome Buddies.
  • join a ‘Student Life’ session where you’ll have the opportunity to ask current students questions, learn from their experiences, and find out where to go for help throughout your time at ARU
  • introduction from the ARU Students’ Union about student-led clubs and societies, as well as other opportunities and experiences outside your course.

There will be activities on campus throughout the week including our Freshers' Fairs so come on to campus and join in if you can. Look at the ARU App and Students’ Union website to find out what’s on when you arrive. Download the app now from the App Store (Apple) or Play Store (Android).

Take a look at the course induction section below to find out when your first day on campus will be.

Please collect your ID card from the iCentre in Cambridge and Chelmsford, and the Student and Library helpdesk in Peterborough.


Ground Floor, Queen's Building
9.30am–4pm, Monday
9am–4pm, Tuesday–Friday


Ground Floor Library, Mumford Building
9.30am–4pm, Monday
9am–4pm, Tuesday–Friday


Student and Library Helpdesk counter in UHP 028, University House
9am–5pm, Monday–Friday

Complete the e:Vision registration task, including adding a photo, then come to our registration hub on campus during welcome week to collect your card.

When you collect your ID card, we also need to scan your personal identification documents. Please ensure you bring one of the following:

  • a passport
  • European Union residency card
  • driving licence
  • birth certificate
  • a valid visa (if applicable).

If for any reason you didn’t manage to upload a photo during your e:Vision registration, you can do this now on the the Student ID Card photo upload page.

If you're studying at ARU London, or a partner institution, you'll be contacted directly with information regarding Student ID Cards.

Maintenance loans (SLC)

If you have a maintenance loan agreed by the Student Loans Company (SLC), we will confirm your loan when you collect your Student ID Card and complete the Right to Study checks. You should receive your first loan instalment within five working days after confirmation, but not before your scheduled SLC payment date.

If you have any questions about your SLC, please contact us at [email protected]

If you need to apply for funding, do so as soon as possible.

If you have any questions about registration, please contact us at [email protected]

Staff will be there to help you through the process on campus.

The ‘Into ARU’ online induction walks you through everything you need to know about settling in and studying at ARU.

There are different sections for you to explore that include videos and top tips. We encourage you to complete Into ARU as soon as possible so that you’re fully prepared for your studies.

It should take about 20 minutes to complete Into ARU, and don’t worry if you need to stop for any reason, you can pick back up where you left off.

Into ARU is hosted on Canvas, our learning management system.

If you are prompted to login to Canvas use your username: [[email protected]] and your ARU password.

Into ARU for undergraduate students

Into ARU for postgraduate students

Your course induction takes place in Welcome Week, before teaching starts. This is a chance for you to meet new people and get to know more about your course. This is a continuation of the online induction, so we recommend you attend both to ensure you are fully prepared for your start at ARU.

We have lots planned for you, so don’t miss out!

Find your course induction programme

  1. Check your Joining Email sent by [email protected] for your course title.
  2. Visit the Timetabling web pages  and click on 'Course Induction Welcome Week'.
  3. Select your course from the drop-down menu and select the week your course starts (the majority of sessions will take place the week commencing 9 January).
  4. Select 'View Timetable'

If you’ve got any questions, email us at [email protected].

Depending on your course, you may see an online event on your welcome week timetable. If you have an online session, then it will take place online on Canvas (our learning management system). Check your personal email mid-December for an email from ARU. You'll find the link to your course induction Canvas site, the date of your first session and all the information you need to get started.

You're expected to attend all the events included in your Course Induction Programme, but if you can't make it don't worry.

Collect your Student ID Card

Please collect your ID card from the iCentre in Cambridge and Chelmsford, and the Student Support Desk in Peterborough.
The UK Government requires us to make sure you are eligible to study in the UK (often referred to as a right to study check). When you come to the Registration Hub to collect your ARU Student ID card, you will need to bring a form of identification with you. If you’re an international student, you’ll need to bring a passport and visa.

Contact your faculty

Your faculty will be able to assist you with accessing and understanding your timetable, will notify relevant staff members of your arrival and answer any questions you may have about joining your studies late.

Please contact your faculty using the relevant email address below:

ARU Peterborough: [email protected] 
Faculty of Business and Law: [email protected]
Health, Education, Medicine and Social Care: [email protected]
Arts, Humanities and Social Science: [email protected]

Faculty of Science and Engineering:

Catch up on your induction

Your main induction sessions were recorded and are hosted on Canvas so you can catch up on all the key information that you missed. These sessions are relevant whether you are studying on campus or online only. If you get stuck or have any questions, please contact your faculty.

Get in touch with your Welcome Buddy

If you’re an undergraduate student, make sure you respond to your Welcome Buddy (a current student matched with you for your first trimester to help you settle into university life). Check your ARU email account for an email from the Welcome Buddy team with a link to your chat space.

If you have any questions, please contact: [email protected]

Before your course begins, it’s useful to familiarise yourself with what studying at ARU looks like.

On our starting your course page, you'll find useful information about how to access your timetable, the different systems that you’ll be using to support your studies, and some of the services that are available to help you improve your academic skills.