The Vision

ARU Peterborough is supporting the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Combined Authority and Peterborough City Council vision of delivering a step-change in life chances for people in Peterborough and beyond, helping to improve and retain the skills of people in the region while also bringing additional opportunity and prosperity to the area.

The Mayoral Authority of Cambridgeshire and Peterborough and Peterborough City Council have been working closely with partners and key stakeholders for the past 3 years in planning the new University, an ambition of the city for over 40 years.

The new University for Peterborough is a partnership between the Mayoral Authority of Cambridgeshire and Peterborough, Peterborough City Council and Anglia Ruskin University. The new university is known as ARU Peterborough until it achieves full independence.

ARU Peterborough will provide a practical solution to the problem of low employment and skills levels across Peterborough. It will aim to boost the skills and employability of students.

It has been created to address a higher education cold spot, widen participation by attracting a diverse student population from non-traditional backgrounds to improve social mobility and to redress the skills gaps within businesses and industries across Peterborough and the rest of the region.

Why does Peterborough need a new university?

Peterborough is in the bottom 10% of the UK’s skills levels. It has seen a rapid increase in both population and growth with generally high employment levels across the region. Skills growth, has not kept up with the expansion of population or employment and skills.

Local businesses are struggling to recruit the staff they need and companies offering high value jobs have been discouraged from moving in leading to a decline in the overall prosperity of the city and surrounding areas. ARU Peterborough will offer an employment led delivery model to increase skills levels in Peterborough, helping the area build its economic prosperity, benefitting both individuals by increasing employment prospects and employers by enabling the expansion of business.

What ARU Peterborough will do

  • The new University in Peterborough will play a pivotal role in transforming the city into a regional centre, raise aspirations and have a transformational effect on the life-chances of its students.
  • The aim of ARU Peterborough is to work with employers as co-creators in developing and delivering the curriculum which will be led by student and employer demand and include a mix of on-campus face-to-face tuition and off-campus Degree Apprenticeships and work-based learning. Here
  • ARU Peterborough will act as a pipeline for the future workforce for the region. It will aim to recruit students from the city and surrounding area, providing opportunities for the region’s promising students including those who may not have considered a University education before.
  • ARU Peterborough will work closely with partners and employers across the city to secure placements for students, and to ensure graduates have the opportunity to stay in the region after they have completed their studies by linking qualifications to jobs.
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Chosen Higher Education Partner

Anglia Ruskin University (ARU) has a strong ethos of partnership working with employers across the Talent, Skills, Innovation and Business Support spectrum.

ARU is ambitious for Peterborough, and wants to invest further in the city and recognises this development as an ideal opportunity to promote economic development and tackle social inequalities across the region.

ARU has just been named as one of the top 10 mainstream* universities in the country for graduate employment, and fifth in the country for employment and further study, in the Graduate Outcomes 2020 survey.  And ranked second out of the country’s mainstream universities for the proportion of part-time UK undergraduate students in full-time employment 15 months after graduating. – with 97% in employment or further study

Collaborating with over 300 employers to train over 2,000 apprentices makes ARU one of the largest university providers of Degree Apprenticeships in the UK, this experience will benefit Peterborough employers and their current and future employees.



The Development of our new facility at ARU Peterborough marks a landmark in the university’s commitment to higher education. The modern building design has also been put together to match with our commitment of zero carbon emissions by 2030.

Our Vision

ARU Peterborough

The ARU Peterborough is the next step for us bringing high quality further education to other parts of the county. Our new campus will allow students to further their knowledge in the chosen area of study, as well as provide them access to advanced facilities.

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