Student Snapshots

At Anglia Ruskin University, we celebrate the diversity of our population. We have developed Student Snapshots using registration data from our students.

Like a photograph, Snapshots give an impression of our student bodies on the day they were taken and serve as a rough guide to the diversity that can be found across our campuses.

The Snapshots reflect data on a range of characteristics including age, caring responsibilities, disability, ethnicity, gender, religion or belief and sexual orientation. ARU has started collecting data on gender identity which we hope to reflect in later versions of the Snapshots. We are also reviewing the words we use to ask for some of the data, as feedback indicates it isn't clear to everyone and this may be affecting the quality of the information we receive.

This data has been taken from our student record system, ASTRA. Students declare this information themselves during the registration process. Please note that the 2017/18 figures do not include students from Cambridge Ruskin International College and Globe Education Services. Students who are enrolled on courses where the location is recorded as ‘Distance learning’ are not included in the snapshot.

For an explanation of the different categories found in our snapshots, please read our guide.

If you have any feedback or questions on the Snapshots, please contact

Download the latest Campus Snapshots (December 2017)

The November update includes a new indicator showing the percent of students from a low participation neighbourhood.

Download the latest Faculty Snapshots (December 2017)

In creating the faculty-based snapshots, and as a result dealing with lower numbers of students - there are more instances highlighting the application of our methodology. It is important to note that where percentages are under 1%, they are subsumed into the 'other', or equivalent, categories where possible. For example, in terms of religion any individual categories with a response rate of less than 1% (eg Spiritual) are subsumed into the Other Religion or Belief category. In applying this same logic to all categories, we therefore run the risk of colleagues assuming that – for example – 'there are no students that have declared their religion as Spiritual' when in fact there might be, just less than 1%.

Snapshot archive

November 2016



March 2016