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Curriculum > Academic Registry: Academic Calendar


The Academic Calendar


Key Dates for the Academic Year including Teaching, Examinations and Vacations

Anglia Ruskin University's Academic Calendar contains information on all the key dates you need for the academic year, including teaching weeks, examination periods and vacations for all taught provision.

Calendars are published on this page for academic years:



Provisional dates for the 2020/21 academic year are also provided below

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Please note: the calendar information provided on this page is for delivery of courses at Anglia Ruskin's main campuses in Cambridge, Chelmsford, Peterborough (Guild House), London, our Associate Colleges throughout the UK (except Arden University). Teaching dates and examination periods for our overseas Associate Colleges broadly match those used in the UK but small local variations have been agreed on occasion to accommodate, for example, different public holidays in different jurisdictions. Exact details are provided to students in their Student Handbooks.


The format of the Academic Calendar changes in 2019/20

with some major differences being introduced from September 2019.


Find out more....!


Provisional dates for the 2020/21 academic year are provided below for information.

The dates are PROVISIONAL and will be confirmed on this website one year in advance of the start of the appropriate calendar.

2020/21 Academic Year (provisional; will be confirmed in September 2019)

Trimester 1 Teaching (11+1 weeks): 21st September - 11th December 2020; Examinations: 14th - 18th December 2020

[Welcome Week: 14th - 18th September 2020]

Trimester 2 Teaching (11+1 weeks): 25th January - 23rd April 2021; Examinations: 26th April - 12th May 2021

[Welcome Week: 11th - 15th January 2021]

Trimester 3 Teaching (11+1 weeks): 10th May - 30th July 2021; Examinations: 2nd - 6th August 2021

[Welcome Week: 3rd - 7th May 2021]


Principles of the Academic Calendar

All of Anglia Ruskin's undergraduate and postgraduate taught courses in 2018/19* are delivered on either:

  • a Semester basis (two periods of learning and teaching in an academic year: September to January and January to June) or
  • a Trimester basis (three periods of learning and teaching in a 12 month period: September to January; January to June and June to September).

Therefore, for each academic year, two calendars are published: Semester and Trimester deliveries.

Anglia Ruskin formally defines Semesters and Trimesters and how they link to the assessment process.


***BUT: the format of the Academic Calendar changes in 2019/20 with some major differences being introduced from September 2019.***



Links to the Assessment Process

The Academic Calendars map directly to the assessment process. An Assessment Calendar, which details the dates of individual Modular Assessment Panel (MAP), Anglia Ruskin Mitigation Panel and Anglia Ruskin Awards Board meetings, is published by the Academic Registry and can be viewed on the Assessment Service's webpages.

In addition, final dates that can be set for the submission of student work are also provided and should be used when Module Leaders are developing their module guides and which correspond directly to the academic calendar and assessment processes.

This page does not provide dates of individual examinations - these are available from the Academic Registry Examinations section.


Please direct any queries or questions about the Academic Calendar to Paul Baxter, Academic Registrar.