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Peterborough campus to broaden local talent pool for construction

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The new ARU Peterborough campus offers built environment degrees and apprenticeships
Anglia Ruskin University’s new campus welcomed by built environment employers.

Anglia Ruskin University, a CIOB accredited university, opened its Peterborough campus to students at the start of this academic year.

The vision is for it to be a high-quality employment-focused university for the city and region. The curriculum has been led by student and employer demand, as well as developing opportunities in the technological, scientific and business areas.

Plans for a second teaching building and interactive public science centre have been given the green light to open in 2024.

In Peterborough, low skills levels have historically limited wages, progression and quality of life. Before the completion of phase one, Peterborough was one of the largest cities in the UK without a university.  This meant higher education felt inaccessible and irrelevant to many people, and low aspirations entrenched poor outcomes.

Built environment degrees

ARU Peterborough delivers built environment degrees in construction management, quantity surveying and building surveying. These are offered as full-time and part-time courses as well as higher and degree apprenticeships in construction management and quantity surveying. 

The promotion of the industry is a priority for the Built Environment Team at ARU Peterborough. Ollie Crofts MCIOB, senior quantity surveyor at Burmor Construction, a CIOB CBC based in Peterborough for over 40 years, is delighted the campus has been built.

“We were extremely excited when ARU Peterborough finally came to fruition,” he said. “Not only does it give us direct access to a pool of local talent, but it encourages communication and an amazing opportunity to work with ARU through employer advisory groups.”

He added: “The groups provide a platform for local employers to feed back to the university on the attributes and experience that construction companies look for when hiring graduates.”

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