ARU Peterborough university reaches new heights

Construction of Peterborough’s brand-new university has reached its highest point, a milestone marked by a ceremonial ‘Topping Out’ event. ARU Peterborough is part of the Anglia Ruskin University, and is being built in collaboration with Cambridgeshire & Peterborough Combined Authority and Peterborough City Council.

The £24.8m facility will be ‘employment-focused,’ the courses being carefully selected to serve industries currently experiencing shortages of skilled workers in the area.

With construction work now on the home stretch, the university is on track to welcome its first students this September.

Courses currently available include:

  • Accounting and Finance
  • Business and Management
  • Computer Science
  • Construction Management
  • Law
  • Marketing
  • Mobile Game Development
  • Public Health

Mayor of Cambridgeshire and Peterborough, Dr Nik Johnson, said: “I couldn’t be more delighted to see progress on a new university for Peterborough moving forward at breakneck speed.

“A new university for Peterborough focused on job creation will be key in bolstering opportunity and levelling up prosperity throughout the region.

“I’m proud of how far we have come on a journey that will drastically improve the prospects of people in Peterborough and across the region while boosting the number of skilled workers available to businesses.

“The university building is just the beginning, and we will also deliver new research and development facilities for the city and surrounding region by 2030, massively boosting the innovation potential of Peterborough.

“I am looking forward to seeing the building work progress over the coming months, as well as the development of our other huge plans for this university.”

Professor Roderick Watkins, Vice Chancellor of ARU, said: “From the outset, we have set out to deliver a purpose-built university with the right facilities and courses to increase opportunities for young people in and around Peterborough, which has long been a higher education ‘cold spot’.

“Thanks to the fantastic collaborative work with our partners – Peterborough City Council and Cambridgeshire & Peterborough Combined Authority – and the drive and determination of ARU Peterborough Principal Ross Renton and his team, the progress of the new university has exceeded all our expectations.

“We will be welcoming students into our first building in a little over six months’ time, the construction of the Manufacturing and Materials Research and Development Centre is well under way, and funding has been secured for the third phase, which will include a public science facility. These are truly exciting times for Peterborough.”

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