Anglia Ruskin is listed among The Guardian’s ‘Six of the Best’ top performing universities for English excellence

Published: 3 May 2006 at 10:27

Anglia Ruskin University is proving that ongoing investment in its facilities and teaching and learning programmes is having a real impact on the quality of the student experience provided by the University, according to The Guardian University Guide which has just been published to help students choose the right combination of university and course from those available nationally.

Featured in a supporting article within the Guide entitled Six of the Best, Anglia Ruskin is given a special mention for its English course which is ranked third in The Guardian’s subject table behind Cambridge and Oxford a fact that the Guardian predicts ‘will raise a few eyebrows – and the University’s profile’.

The content of the course, delivered within the Department of English, Communication, Film and Media, is broad allowing students to blend the traditional with the modern, spanning, as The Guardian notes, everything from ‘Shakespeare to science fiction.’

Head of Department, Rowland Wymer, said:

“The recent University name change has been particularly good for recruitment to English but English has been a strong subject here for a long time and it is good to have further formal recognition of this.  Our location in Cambridge, combined with our 5 rating (for international excellence) in the 2001 Research Assessment Exercise, means that we have always been able to recruit top-quality staff who excel at both teaching and research.”

“The Department has a long tradition of teaching writing as well as literary criticism and now offers degrees in Writing, as well as English. It tries to combine a full coverage of traditional authors and periods with more experimental and innovative topics such as science fiction.  Film is now an important part of the Department’s research profile and Media Studies (which includes Communication Studies and Film Studies) has also done exceptionally well in the same League Tables.”

The other top performing subjects within Anglia Ruskin’s course listing include Art & Design, Mathematics, Nursing (via the Homerton School of Health Studies, now a part of Anglia Ruskin University), Philosophy and Social Work.

Anglia Ruskin’s Vice Chancellor Professor David Tidmarsh said:

“It is excellent news that we are producing so many outstanding courses that are making it into their national subject ratings. Our ongoing mission is to make every single course the very best it can be, in order to continually improve our institutional performance.”

“We are providing our students with first class courses which are delivered within two of the country’s fastest-developing campus locations, at Chelmsford and Cambridge.”

The Education Guide looks at a variety of factors including teaching quality, staff-student ratios and graduate job prospects and the rankings are compiled from official information published on universities and higher education colleges. 

Anglia Ruskin University is placed 82 in the overall rankings out of a list of 120 UK universities.

Full information on the Guardian League Tables is available online at