Anglia Ruskin University Scholarships and bursaries

We know that undertaking a degree course is a big commitment in lots of ways – including financially. We’ve developed a range of scholarships and bursaries to make this easier for some of our most talented students.

Our scholarships and bursaries for UK and international students are outlined below

Merit Scholarship

Our Merit Scholarship is open to undergraduate students who are taking exams in summer 2021 and expecting to achieve BBB grades or above.

Value

£1,000.

Duration

This scholarship takes the form of a fee discount; we’ll deduct it from the tuition fees for your first year.

Eligibility

To be eligible for our Merit Scholarship you should achieve BBB grades or above (120 UCAS tariff points) or equivalent entry score and be:

  • starting an undergraduate degree course in September 2021 on our Cambridge, Chelmsford or Peterborough Guild House campuses
  • from the UK or an EU/EEA student who remains eligible for student finance. International students should refer to our International Merit Scholarship
  • studying full-time, unless there are exceptional circumstances preventing full-time study
  • sitting A-level exams (or equivalent) in the same year as you start your degree course.

Your tariff points should be obtained from two or more A-Levels or their equivalent.

Applicants for our MBChB Medicine and MEng Civil Engineering are not eligible to apply.

Foundation, extended, degree apprenticeship, distance learning degree programmes and/or CPD and short courses are also excluded.

How to apply

There is no need to apply. You’ll automatically receive our Merit Scholarship if you meet the eligibility criteria.

ARU Bursary

Our ARU Bursary is open to undergraduate and integrated Masters students from the UK.

It is also available to EU students starting a course in January 2021, and to those starting a course in the 2021/22 academic year who remain eligible for student finance.

Value

Up to £300 per year (pro rata for part-time students).

The value will depend on the assessment of your household income by Student Finance England, or another UK funding provider.

Household income of £0-£25,000

  • Total amount per year £300 (split into two payments)
  • First payment £150
  • Second payment £150

Household income of £25,001-£42,875

  • Total amount per year £200 (split into two payments)
  • First payment £100
  • Second payment £100

Duration

You’ll receive payments at two points in the academic year:

  • December and April if you start a course in September
  • April and December if you start a course in January.

Payments are made via BACS to your UK bank account, using the bank account details you supply when you register with us at the start of your course.

If you’re up to date with payments towards your study and do not have outstanding instalments owing to Anglia Ruskin University, you’ll receive your bursary as expected. If you do have an overdue payment, we reserve the right to use all or part of your bursary instalments to offset any outstanding debt.

Eligibility

To be eligible for our ARU Bursary you should:

  • be starting a course in January 2021, September 2021 or January 2022
  • be a UK or EU student for courses starting in January 2021
  • be a UK student for courses starting in September 2021 or January 2022 (some EU and EEA students may also be eligible)
  • be studying a full-time or part-time undergraduate degree or an integrated Masters course, on our Cambridge, Chelmsford or Peterborough Guild House campuses
  • have a household income of £42,875 and under
  • be fully registered on a course at ARU starting on or after 1 August 2020
  • have made a means-tested application to Student Finance England (or another UK student funding provider such as the Student Awards Agency for Scotland), have given your consent to share the financial details and have been deemed eligible for support
  • engage with your studies on an ongoing basis. Engagement is based on your attendance in lectures and tutorials as well as engagement with our Learning Management System and library resources.

You will not be eligible for our ARU Bursary if you are:

  • an international student living outside the UK or EU (including Channel Islands)
  • studying for a degree apprenticeship, or as a distance learner or blended learner
  • sponsored by the NHS, an employer or a local authority
  • studying at one of our partner institutions
  • on a year out, on a year-long placement or study abroad
  • pending registration or re-registration, intermitting, suspended or excluded
  • not engaging with your studies.

How to apply

There is no need to apply. You’ll automatically receive the ARU Bursary if you:

  • meet the eligibility criteria above
  • have already been means tested by Student Finance England (or another UK student funding provider such as the Student Awards Agency for Scotland) for a student loan, and given consent for Student Finance England to share your details with us.

Student loans: the small print

If you haven’t already applied for a loan from Student Finance England, or another funding provider, you should complete an online application but not complete the Loan Request Form.

If you are unable to provide this information online, you can complete a paper form. If you do not wish to apply for the Tuition Fee Loan put ZERO in the loan amount box.

Your student funding sponsor will also need to support your application by providing their financial information as part of your online application. If they are unable to provide this information online, they can complete a paper form.

Both you and your student funding sponsor must also complete the Bursary Consent Statements on your application to confirm that you will allow your information to be shared with us. If you’ve already applied for a loan but haven’t completed the Statements, contact the Student Bursaries Helpline on 0300 100 0612.

Alumni Scholarship

Our Alumni Scholarship is for eligible students who have already completed an ARU degree course, and want to undertake a postgraduate taught or postgraduate research degree.

This scholarship is available to students starting a course in January 2021, or the 2021/22 academic year. It applies to any student who has completed an ARU degree, or an ARU-validated degree at one of our partner institutions.

You should have completed one of the following degree awards:

  • Full honours degree (BA/BSc, BEng, BOptom)
  • Full Masters degree (MA/MSc, MEng)
  • Postgraduate Certificate (PG Cert)
  • Postgraduate Diploma (PG Dip)

Value

This scholarship is a fee discount. We’ll deduct it from the tuition fees in your first year.

There are two scholarships available:

  • 20% off your fees for ARU alumnus who achieved a 2:2 or above when applying for a postgraduate taught degree
  • or a £400 discount for ARU alumnus when applying for a postgraduate research degree

Duration

The scholarship is awarded in full in the first year of the postgraduate taught or research degree (full time or part time).

Eligibility

  • You must be an ARU alumnus and be starting a new course (a student in their first semester of study at Anglia Ruskin University).
  • There is no time limit on when you completed your ARU award (including at predecessor institutions).
  • You must be starting a new postgraduate taught or research award either full-time or part-time.
  • For courses starting in January 2021, you must be from the UK or EU. International students should refer to our International Alumni Scholarship.
  • For courses starting in September 2021 or January 2022, you must be from the UK or be an EU and EEA student who remains eligible for student finance.

This scholarship is not available for degree apprenticeship or distance learning courses, or to applicants who are receiving fee discounts from external agencies such as HEE, GMC or NMC.

How to apply

There is no need to apply. You’ll automatically be assessed for our Alumni Scholarship as part of your application.

Find out if you are successful 

You will receive confirmation of your eligibility when you receive your conditional offer.

MBA Scholarship

Boost your career prospects with our prestigious Master of Business Administration (MBA). Study in Cambridge, with our dynamic Faculty of Business and Law, and choose from a one-year course or two years with the option of a work placement.

Please note: our MBA Scholarship cannot be combined with the international early payment discount, or with any other scholarships.

Value

  • One-year MBA: we offer a £4,000 fee reduction to all successful applicants.
  • Two-year MBA with the option of work placement: we offer a £2,000 fee reduction to all successful applicants. If you aren’t able to secure a work placement, you’ll instead become eligible for the £4,000 discount offered to one-year students.

Duration

This scholarship is a fee discount. We’ll deduct it from the tuition fees in your first year of study.

Eligibility

To be eligible for our MBA Scholarship you must be:

How to apply

There is no need to apply. You’ll automatically receive our MBA Scholarship if you meet the eligibility criteria.

Sport Scholarship

Basketball

Our Sport Scholarship provides direct support to talented sportspeople who choose to study at ARU.

Scholarships are available to students competing in our performance sports of basketball and volleyball – in exceptional circumstances, we will also consider applications from those participating in individual sports and competing at the highest levels. All sport scholars enjoy free access to our campus fitness centres in Cambridge and Chelmsford.

Value

There are two levels of scholarship, ranging from £1,400 up to £12,500 per year.

Podium level

Offered to students who are of an international standard and can successfully compete at the highest level of university sport and above, this scholarship is worth up to £12,500 per year. It is given as a full or partial fee waiver.

You’ll also benefit from individualised strength and conditioning sessions, sport therapy, sports performance workshops, and fees, travel and accommodation for agreed competitions.

Elite level

We offer scholarships of £1,400 per year to cover performance-related costs for students who compete at regional or national level. It is given as a cash bursary.

You’ll also benefit from strength and conditioning sessions, sports performance workshops, and travel and accommodation for agreed competitions.

Duration

Our Sport Scholarship covers the normal, full-time duration of your degree course. Eligibility is conditional on continuing satisfactory academic progress.

Eligibility

To be eligible for our Sport Scholarship you should:

  • meet the entry requirements for your chosen course
  • be a UK, EU or international student
  • be studying an undergraduate or postgraduate taught course at our Cambridge, Chelmsford or Peterborough Guild House campuses
  • be competing at regional or national level to qualify for our Elite Level scholarship
  • be competing at national or international level to qualify for our Podium Level scholarship
  • be able to demonstrate that you’ll have a significant impact on the performance of the sports team you join at ARU (if applicable) and/or on BUCS points.

Foundation, extended, degree apprenticeship, distance learning degree programmes and/or CPD and short courses are excluded.

How to apply

Complete an application form, including a supporting statement outlining why you’re suitable for this scholarship. Please include evidence of your current playing level and references.

Sport Scholarship application form

Sport Scholarship guidance notes

Key dates

Applications are open year-round. You’ll remain eligible for our Sport Scholarship up to the point your start your course at ARU.

How we assess your application

Your application will be assessed by a panel of ARU staff; we’ll be looking at the details you provide in your application and supporting documentation. You may need to undergo a screening or submit a report from physiotherapists (or equivalent) in your previous club or team.

We may also invite you to an interview to talk about your application.

International Excellence Scholarship

Our International Excellence Scholarship is awarded to students who can demonstrate exceptional academic and extra-curricular achievement.

As well as looking at academic excellence, we’re interested in why you want to study at ARU, your career goals, work experience, and relevant activities you take part in outside your studies. We’ll ask you to write a short supporting statement when you apply for the scholarship.

Please note: this scholarship cannot be combined with any other scholarships, or the international early payment discount.

Value

The total value of this scholarship is £4,000.

Duration

This scholarship is a fee discount. We’ll deduct it from the tuition fees in your first year.

Eligibility

To be eligible for our International Excellence Scholarship you should accept your offer from ARU and be: 

  • an international student
  • starting a course in September 2021, at our Cambridge or Chelmsford campuses
  • studying a three-year bachelor degree or a postgraduate taught degree (this includes our PG Dip Legal Practice Course)
  • studying full-time, unless there are exceptional circumstances preventing full-time study.

Undergraduate students should have achieved ABB grades or above at A-level (or equivalent). Postgraduate students should hold a 2:1 or above (or equivalent).

Degree apprenticeships, foundation degrees, distance learning or work-based degrees, Postgraduate Certificates, Postgraduate Diplomas, students applying to ARU College, and students joining a Masters with credit are excluded.

How to apply

International Excellence Scholarship application form

Complete our application form and submit a 500-word supporting statement outlining why you’re suitable for this scholarship.

You will also need to submit supporting documentation including evidence of your extra-curricular activities. This is likely to be certificate or letter from a senior member of the organisation(s) you’ve been involved with.

Key dates

  • Apply by 28 May 2021 for courses starting in September 2021
  • Apply by 22 October 2021 for courses starting in January 2022

We will let you know if your scholarship application has been successful no later than one month after the deadline.

How we assess your application

Your application will be assessed by a panel of ARU staff and representatives from the Students’ Union. You’ll be ranked based on the details you provide in your application and supporting documentation. We may also invite you to an interview to talk about your application.

International Merit Scholarship

Our International Merit Scholarship is awarded to international students whose academic achievements set them apart from their peers.

Our scholarship is available to undergraduate, postgraduate and research students.

Value

  • £2,000 to undergraduate students who’ve achieved BBB grades or above (or equivalent international qualification)
  • £1,000 to undergraduate students who’ve achieved CCC grades or above (or equivalent international qualification)
  • £2,000 to students with a 2:1 who are applying for a postgraduate taught degree
  • £1,000 to students with a 2:2 who are applying for a postgraduate taught degree
  • £2,000 to students with a Distinction in a UK Masters degree (or international equivalent) who are applying for a postgraduate research programme
  • £1,000 to students with a Merit in a UK Masters degree (or international equivalent) who are applying for a postgraduate research programme. 

This scholarship is a fee discount. We’ll deduct it from your tuition fees.

Duration

If you’re studying an undergraduate or postgraduate taught course, we will award the scholarship in your first year.

If you’re studying a research programme, we will award the scholarship each year that you pay full tuition fees, up to a maximum of three years.

Eligibility

To be eligible for our International Merit Scholarship you must be:

  • an international student
  • starting a course in the 2020/21 or 2021/22 academic year, at our Cambridge or Chelmsford campuses
  • studying a bachelor degree, a taught Masters (this includes our PG Dip Legal Practice Course), or a research programme
  • studying full-time, unless there are exceptional circumstances preventing full-time study.

Undergraduate students should have achieved CCC grades or above at A-level (or equivalent). Postgraduate students should hold a 2:2 or above (or equivalent).

Degree apprenticeships, foundation degrees, distance learning or work-based degrees, Postgraduate Certificates, Postgraduate Diplomas, students applying to ARU College, and students joining a Masters with credit are excluded.

How to apply

There is no need to apply. You’ll automatically receive our International Merit Scholarship if you meet the eligibility criteria.

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