Anglia Ruskin University

The challenge

Anglia Ruskin University (ARU) wanted to introduce a scheme to provide practical support for students to help cover the additional costs of study and to help students prepare for the transition from study to employability.


The solution

ARU worked with JS Group to design the Books Plus scheme that was introduced to support student learning through a targeted bursary.


How it works

  • The scheme is universal and students receive £400 each year of study
  • In years 1 and 2 the bursary can be spent on learning resources, gym membership, and SU goods and services including clubs and societies
  • For final year students a range of employability related items are available to students (interview attire, online language and technical courses, professional memberships etc.)

Students can access their learning resources at the on-campus John Smith's student stores or via the ARU online store at


The better outcome

"The purpose of Books Plus is to support students with the cost of study resources and to encourage student engagement and a sense of belonging." Julie Walkling - Director of Student Services

Since the introduction of Books Plus, ARU has seen its NSS score improve by 6%. For student responses to the scheme please go to:




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To find out more contact David Fox on:
01425 485922 or