World-class facilities

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You'll benefit from incredible facilities at ARU, the result of £115m of investment over the last five years.

In June 2018, we won a prestigious higher education award for the quality of our learning facilities, based on student surveys.

What's new?

In 2018, we:

  • started training a new generation of doctors in Essex's first School of Medicine. The building houses specialist simulation rooms, mock hospital wards and an anatomy suite. It's been recognised for its innovative design, winning Best Educational Building in East Anglia at the Local Authority Building Control Building Excellence Awards 2019
  • opened our new Science Centre in Cambridge, complete with a 300-seat lecture theatre adapted for science teaching, and a raft of specialist labs
  • established two new Law Clinics, which offer free legal advice and give our students the opportunity to work on real-life cases with qualified solicitors.

What's next?

We're planning to invest £200m over the next ten years.

We'll be integrating the best digital learning options into all our courses. While this will enhance our students' learning experiences, it won't replace traditional face-to-face teaching. Our commitment to that – and to contact time with your lecturers – is unwavering.

We'll be looking outside of the classroom too, investing in a range of activities to make your university experience the best it can be, and boost your employability.

Explore our facilities

Our facilities range from medical science SuperLabs, a financial trading room and fully-equipped TV studios, to engineering labs, computer gaming suites, mock law courts and paramedic skills labs. Cambridge School of Art is a work of art in itself: a red-brick Victorian building chock-full of art, design, photography and printmaking studios.

Our library and IT facilities are also second to none: you can access our vast online collection 24/7, and you'll have Office 2013 and Adobe Photoshop CS6 as standard.

Everyone can use and enjoy shared spaces like the renowned Ruskin Gallery, which stages free exhibitions throughout the year; our campus gyms in Cambridge and Chelmsford; and the University Eye Clinic, where our optometry students learn under the guidance of qualified professionals. (Drop in for a free eye test.)

Take a look around: