Student stories

We're proud of our students and everything they achieve.

We think everyone's got a story to tell when they arrive at university. Your journey to higher education might not have been straightforward. You might have moved a long way from home to study the subject you love; been on a journey of self-discovery; or overcome considerable personal challenges. There are people at ARU who can relate to that.

Here, our students share some of their inspiring stories.

Benedict: finding my future

What do you do when you're one of the first students to ever study medicine at ARU? If you're Benedict, you discover an affinity for cardiology, grow in confidence – and blaze a trail for those who come after you. Read Benedict's story.

Maggie: taking the leap

Making the decision to go to university is never taken lightly, especially when it means leaving home. But what if, like Graphic Design student Maggie, your home is 1,500 miles away? Read Maggie's story.

Sam: challenging prejudice

As a postgraduate student at ARU, Sam has launched an online project for gay, bisexual, trans and non-binary male youths – and found a place where they fit in. Read Sam's story.

Immanuel: defying the odds

Dysautonomy. Coeliac disease. Dyspraxia. Dyslexia. What do they all have in common? Answer: Immanuel, a Computer Gaming Technology student who's thriving at ARU. Read Immanuel's story.

Esme: making it work

How do you juggle university with the nursery run? Esme Harvey-Smith, a 20-year-old mum and drama student at ARU, has first-hand experience of 'jumping in and doing it'. Read Esme's story.

Chris: in at the deep end

Following life-changing surgery, Chris's teachers weren't sure he'd make it through mainstream school. But he did. And then he took the next step, by applying to study business at ARU. Read Chris's story.