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Nursing. A Job. For Life.


It takes strength, pragmatism and character to be a nurse. If you have it, we’ll have you.

All careers in nursing begin with care, but they can take you in so many different directions: hospitals or community, days or nights, children or adults. We will help you find the right path for you.

The possibilities are endless and exciting and we’d love to take the first step of your nursing journey together.

Why choose ARU as the place to start your journey? We have been shortlisted from the Nursing Times Pre-reg provider of the Year, 2019.  Our outstanding nursing facilities, our supportive staff and the placement opportunities we offer in association with our practice partners are a good place to start. And you don’t have to take our word for it, check out below just some of the things that prepare our students for rewarding and fulfilling careers in the East of England. We offer nursing degrees in Adult, Child and Mental Health.

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A job. For life

Inspired teaching

ARU nursing class

What makes a great nurse?

Learn more about the application process

Facilities

Our Cambridge, Chelmsford and Peterborough campuses all offer dedicated skill laboratories in which you can use state of the art equipment to hone your professional skills.

From mannequins, to beds and medicine cabinets, our facilities are built to replicate a busy nursing wards and give our students the practice they need to be confident before they go to their placements. We have large nursing wards on all three campuses with additional child nursing specific labs in Cambridge and Chelmsford. 

Placement



Our practice partners

We take the practice experience of our students very seriously. This is evidenced by the outstanding grading we received in the ‘fitness to practice’ category in our latest NMC inspection. This success based on strong partnerships with healthcare providers through the East of England. Find out more about our partners below, or visit our nursing placement pages to learn more about our mentors, shifts and placement locations.

Hospital placements

Basildon and Thurrock University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
Colchester Hospital University NHS Foundation Trust
Mid Essex Hospital Services NHS Trust (MEHT)
North West Anglia NHS Foundation Trust
Papworth Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
The Princess Alexandra Hospital NHS Trust
Southend University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

Community placements

Anglia Community Enterprise (ACE)
Cambridgeshire Community Services NHS trust
Cambridgeshire and Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust (CPFT)
Essex Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust
NELFT NHS Foundation Trust
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We also work with Cambridge Independent Services and the Essex Independent Sector. 

Student blogs

We are proud of our outstanding students and we like to think that they are best placed to tell you what it's like to be a nursing student here at ARU. From descriptions of varied nursing placements to tips on how to prepare for the course, we have a large range of student blogs which aim to give you some insight on what our nursing courses are really like. 

Read our students' blogs.

Why choose us?

Shortlisted for Student Nursing Times Award 2019

We are hugely proud to have been shortlisted for Student Nursing Times Pre-Reg Provider of the Year 2019. This is thanks to the commitment and professionalism of our experienced academics and tutors who ensure our students receive the best nursing education possible, alongside our Practice Partners.

96% of our Adult Nursing graduates are employed 6 months after completing their degree*

We work with a vast number of NHS Trusts and partners to ensure you have the best possible placement experience, and are fully prepared to register as a nurse when you graduate.

We share our vision of nursing education. Our Dean, Professor Ruth Taylor, has been elected onto the Executive Team of the Council of Deans of Health. This is the representative body for the UK’s university faculties involved in education and research for nurses, midwives and health professionals.

*Unistats  

Our recent awards and nominations: 

Shortlisted, Nursing Provider of the Year (Pre-reg), Student Nursing Times Award 2019 

Winner, Best Transformational Project, E-Assessment Awards 2019 
MyKnowledgeMap, creators of Myprogress, worked closely with ARU to digitally transform our approach to practice-based assessment for our 2,000 pre-registration student nurses and 5,000 practice supervisors across the region.

Winner, Trainee of the Year, EPUT Quality Awards 2019
3rd year student, Mervyn King

Shortlisted, Community and General Practice Nurse Award, RCNi Awards 2019
Rohit Sagoo, Nursing Senior Lecturer