Get involved at ARU

There are loads of things you can get involved in at ARU. Use your time here to volunteer, try new things and meet new people.

It’s a known fact that students who get involved with university activities make a wider network of friends and organise their time better. It also looks great on your CV.

Represent your University

Become a Student Ambassador and share your experiences with new or potential students – simply register your interest with ARU Temps. (ARU Temps also offers other part-time temporary work which you can fit around your studies.)

Represent other students

Becoming a Rep or an Officer is a great way to work with other students and staff at all levels of the University to make positive change. There are a variety of part-time and voluntary positions available on all campuses including in the categories of Campaign Rep, Education Rep and National Conference Delegate. You could also become one of five full-time and paid Executive Officers who are elected in March and lead the Students’ Union, serving for a term of one year from July.


We support more than a thousand students who volunteer for us, run sports clubs and societies, act as student reps or help out in the community.

We have hundreds of opportunities available to you and fantastic staff to help you every step of the way. We will also officially accredit your hours so you can add them to your CV.

Volunteering is a great way to increase your chances of getting your dream job when you leave university – or simply a way of giving something back to your community.

Find out more about volunteering through the Students' Union.

Join or create a society

There are loads of societies you can join to meet people with the same interests as you. If we don’t have a society to match your interests, you can work with the Students’ Union to create your own.

Attend social events

Our Students’ Union organises social events all year round. Freshers' events are a great way to meet new people.

Learn a new language

Learning a language can help to boost your employability – and it's fun.

Our Anglia Language Programme is open to all ARU students. It offers a range of modern foreign language modules, and you can study on campus in Cambridge or Chelmsford.

Get sporty

Join a sports club or get involved with social sport. There’s something for everyone, from complete beginners to accomplished athletes. Choose from cricket, rugby, netball, judo, ultimate Frisbee (yes, really) and more…

Be part of the community

We host a wide range of events on campus including theatre shows, art exhibitions, workshops, talks and festival performances. We’d love to see you at our community events, many of which are free. Check out our online diary.

Give us your feedback

We want to make sure your experience here is the best it can be so we’d love to know what we’re doing right, and hear what you think could be improved. There are a number of surveys throughout the year. If you’re asked to participate, please take the time to do it. Your answers are important to us and guide the changes we make here.