Writtle University College and ARU have merged. Writtle’s full range of college, degree, postgraduate and short courses will still be delivered on the Writtle campus. See our guide to finding Writtle information on this site.

Science Centres

ARU is home to two dedicated Science Centres with specialist labs and teaching spaces: one in Cambridge and one in Writtle.


External view of Anglia Ruskin's Science Centre

At the heart of our Cambridge campus, our Science Centre opened in 2018. It’s a £45m investment for students and researchers in psychology, life sciences, and biomedical and forensic science.

In the Centre you’ll find seven floors of modern teaching space including:

  • a 200-station biosciences laboratory
  • authentic crime scene rooms
  • specialist forensic analysis equipment
  • a range of psychology labs including ECG, neuroscience and biomarker analysis.

The Centre allows us to meet increasing demand for our science courses at undergraduate and postgraduate level – and employers' need for highly trained graduates in the field of STEM (science, technology, engineering and maths). It also gives our students and staff a world-class facility in which to learn, teach and carry out research. It's a hub of expertise and innovation.

The striking façade of the Science Centre is in fact a large-scale piece of public art.

Designed by artist Annie Cattrell, the work is titled Transformation. It mirrors the aims of the building itself: namely, to see science in action.

The piece, formed from hundreds of small discs, appears at first to be a solid surface. Yet each disc can move independently, creating ever-changing patterns and movement.


Five students working at a bench in a science lab

In Writtle our Lordship Science Centre supports students’ practical skills development. It replicates industry best-practice laboratory environments and features:

  • a range of laboratory spaces for science practicals and research, that can be configured to suit different student groups
  • dry laboratory
  • fully digitally equipped teaching spaces, including cameras and large 'repeater' screens throughout, to improve visual access to demonstrations.

Come and explore

Take a look around our campuses and facilities, and find out more about studying at ARU, at one of our Open Days.