Anglia Ruskin University began as the Cambridge School of Art founded by William Beaumont. It was then merged with the Cambridgeshire College of Arts and Technology and the Essex Institute of Higher Education and was renamed Anglia Polytechnic. It was then given university status in 1992 and renamed Anglia Ruskin University in 2005.
The university has campuses in Cambridge, Chelmsford and Peterborough, university centres in Kings Lynn and Peterborough and partnerships with universities from the around the world including Berlin, Budapest, Trinidad, Singapore and Kuala Lumpur.
Anglia Ruskin's Cambridge campus has only one of nine optometry schools in the UK and has its own optometry clinic.
The university also has its own public art gallery, the Ruskin Gallery. Exhibitions include historic and modern art and works from staff and students too.