Concept mock-up for ARU Peterborough

ARU Peterborough

What is ARU Peterborough?

ARU Peterborough, a Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Combined Authority and Peterborough City Council initiative, is a new £30 million university for Peterborough. It's set to open its doors to 2,000 students in 2022, with an ambition to offer university courses for up to 12,500 by 2030.

The Vision

Sustainable Development & Design

Apply from September 2021

We’re creating an exciting range of degree courses which are being developed with input from regional businesses, so you can be confident that you’ll learn the skills in demand by employers. Courses* start in September 2022, and you can apply from September 2021. Employers will help us to develop courses, which will be taught through a mixture of campus lessons and work-based learning.

+ Business and marketing

+ Computing and games development

+ Education

+ Engineering

+ Food and environment

+ Health and social care

+ Nursing and midwifery


At ARU we value students from a wide range of educational backgrounds, and we are looking at ways to make it possible for students, of all ages, to reach the entry requirements for degree study, such as ‘access to higher education’ courses (equivalent to Level 3) offered by partner colleges.

Find out more

We'd love to welcome you to this new university in Peterborough. Get in touch through our Contact Us page.

*These courses are subject to approval and may change.

Discover Peterborough

With transport links to neighbouring cities, Peterborough is a historic yet thriving modern city that's a great home for students. Explore what Peterborough has to offer.

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Working with employers

Driven by the mayoral authority of Cambridgeshire and Peterborough in collaboration with Peterborough City Council and Anglia Ruskin University, ARU Peterborough will provide transformational and inclusive higher education for the city and region.

The aim of ARU Peterborough is to work with employers as co-creators in developing and delivering the curriculum, which will be led by student and employer demand.

University courses in Peterborough will be delivered through a mixture of campus lessons, in-work training and apprenticeships, with distance learning and outreach programmes to improve accessibility and widen participation.

Courses in the following faculties will be available from September 2022 and students will be able to apply from September 2021:

Further information

If you are an interested employer:

Information for students and employers

Find out more about the services and support ARU will offer students and businesses in Peterborough.

Information for students Information for employers

Getting in touch with us

If you are an interested employer:

If you are an interested student: