It has its origins in the Cambridge School of Art, founded by William John Beamont in 1858. The school became Anglia Polytechnic after it joined with the Cambridgeshire College of Arts and Technology and the Essex Institute of Higher Education. It became a university in 1992 and was renamed Anglia Ruskin University (after John Ruskin) in 2005.
It has been listed in the Times Higher Education’s (THE) World University Rankings – being named as one of the top 350 institutions in the world and joint 38th best in the UK. Anglia Ruskin University has also been named as one of the most upwardly mobile universities in the world.