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Welcome to the Academic Office's webpages.

The Academic Office is one of 11 Support Services within Anglia Ruskin University and is led by the Director, Paul Baxter. Based at the Chelmsford and Cambridge campuses, the structure of the Academic Office comprises four units, supported by an Administration Team, which individually and collectively are working towards achieving our Vision and fulfilling our role. The Academic Office is also one of the major contributors to the SITS Core Capabilities Project through the SITS Project Team.

Our offices at the Chelmsford Campus (2nd floor, Ashby House) and the Cambridge Campus (1st Floor, Abbeygate House) are open as follows:

Monday to Thursday from 8:30am - 5:00pm
Friday from 8:30am - 4:30pm

We support a wide range of academic activities, including a secretariat function to the Senate committee structure, and provide access to a variety of publications and information which are designed to help the staff and students of Anglia Ruskin University and its UK and international Associate Colleges.




Units within the Academic Office
Publications and other frequently accessed information

Assessment Unit

(inc: Department Assessment Panels, Mitigation Panel, Awards Board, Student Review, Assessment Calendar, Official Publication of Results, Guide to Student Results, Final Submission Deadlines, Retireival Packages)


Assurance Unit

(inc: Curriculum Revisions, (Re)Approval of Courses and Associate Colleges, Register of Collaborative Activity, Examinations, External Examining, Periodic Review, Academic Appeals, Annual Monitoring and Quality Enhancement Audits)


Degrees Unit

(inc: Research Degrees Regulations, ProgressPlatform, Research Degree Examinations, the Senate's Research Committee and Research Degrees Subcommittee and the Faculty Research Degrees Subcommittees)

Strategic Planning

and Policy Unit

(inc: Corporate Plan 2015-17, Module Evaluation, HESA/HESES Returns, Key Information Sets (KIS) Key Performance Indicators, Student Satisfaction Surveys)


The Academic Office Vision

The Academic Office Vision is to:

  • deliver outstanding professional support, advice and guidance to all our customers – research students, examination candidates, appellants, external examiners, Associate Colleges, academic staff, Senate committees, the Corporate Management Team and the Vice-Chancellor's Group;

  • maintain lean and innovative systems for all areas of our work including more electronic based schemes which empower faculties, associate colleges and other support services to achieve their objectives, with appropriate support from the Academic Office;

  • become a recognised and trusted source for both regular and special demands for management information, and advice on its interpretation and meaning;

  • be an exemplar of best practice for the sector and aspire to achieve external recognition for our work.

The Role of the Academic Office

The role of the Academic Office is to:

  • take a lead role in the project to re-implement our main student record system and associated systems;

  • take a lead role in the Anglia Ruskin Assessment Project; a reviewof our current approach to assessment including associated regulatory and systems issues;

  • lead in the development of the new Corporate Plan to cover the period from 2015-17;
  • develop innovative approaches to managing the process of academic governance through which the Senate and its Standing Committees exercise institutional oversight of academic standards and quality at Anglia Ruskin University;
  • manage:

    -     the operation of Anglia Ruskin’s examinations
    -     the assessment of students’ academic progress and subsequent decisions about their awards
    -     the provision of academic transcripts and award certificates

  • manage the resolution of academic appeals and alleged assessment offences by students;
  • continue to develop, implement, monitor and review internal quality assurance systems and processes, approved by the Senate, to ensure that academic standards and quality are set and maintained at an appropriate level and satisfy the requirements and expectations of national agencies and the appropriate professional, statutory and regulatory bodies (PSRBs);
  • manage the quality assurance of Anglia Ruskin's research degree programmes including the introduction of Progress Platform to revolutionise our approach to this area of work;
  • ensure that decision making is based on accurate data analysis and embed the use of data throughout the institution, co-ordinate the resolution of data quality issues and introduce revised systems to maintain high quality data and management information;
  • ensure that our statutory data returns (HESA, HESES etc.) are accurate and give the best possible presentation of our performance to outside organisations including league table compilers.

If you have any comments or suggestions about the Academic Office’s webpages, please detail these in an e-mail message to the Director of the Academic Office.