University of Bedfordshire

2016 League Table Ranking 110
2016 Overall Score 483
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History

  • Although a new university, Bedfordshire is an institution with a rich heritage, and academic roots across the county dating back to 1882.

The University of Bedfordshire has over 18,000 students, from more than 120 countries, at its five campuses across the UK:

  • Luton – a town centre based campus which boasts a range of industry-standard facilities as a result of a major investment programme, including the flagship Campus Centre (opened in 2008), the bespoke Postgraduate and CPD Centre (2013) and a state-of-the-art library, due to open early in 2016.
  • Bedford – an enclosed leafy campus which houses the Gateway teaching and learning building (opened in January 2015), the Campus Centre, which features a professional theatre and dance studios, a refurbished sports hall and discipline-leading sports science laboratories.
  • Putteridge Bury campus – an Elizabethan mansion on the outskirts of Luton which is home to many postgraduate students and the university’s Conference Centre.
  • Aylesbury – the university’s Buckinghamshire campus is fully equipped with purpose-built facilities for nursing and midwifery students.
  • Milton Keynes – opened in 2013, UCMK is the newest addition to the University of Bedfordshire and is located in the centre of one of the UK’s fastest-growing cities.

Location and Transport

  • Whether you prefer to dance the night away, or kick back and relax in the beautiful countryside, Bedfordshire has something to suit everyone. Luton and Bedford are lively, student-friendly towns with thriving social scenes, surrounded by tranquil, rural villages where you can truly embrace country life.

Luton

  • Luton is the largest town in Bedfordshire, and is surrounded by the beautiful north Chiltern Hills.
  • It has excellent transport links to the rest of the UK and Europe, and lies just 30 miles north of London – the capital is only a 30 minute train journey away. In addition, London Luton airport is only 3 miles from campus.
  • Luton boasts a wide collection of pubs, clubs, restaurants and other leisure facilities, as well as the Galaxy Leisure complex, which offers an 11-screen cinema, 16 bowling lanes, a bingo hall, an arcade, and much more.

Bedford

  • Bedford is an idyllic riverside town, located 40 minutes from central London by train.
  • It has excellent transport links to the rest of the UK as it sits between the M1 and the A1. The rest of Europe can be easily accessed, as London Luton and Stansted airports are nearby.
  • Centrally located between London, Oxford and Cambridge, Bedford is a lively cosmopolitan town with a rich heritage, celebrated in a programme of events and festivals throughout the year.
  • The town itself is safe and student friendly, with a lively mix of traditional town pubs, bars and restaurants, modern nightclubs, high street and niche shops, heritage and history and first-class sports facilities.

Milton Keynes

  • Milton Keynes is a modern, bustling metropolitan 'new city'.
  • It has 230 stores, making it one of the largest undercover shopping centres in Europe, attracting 30 million visitors each year. It is also home to the Xscape Centre which houses a 16-screen cinema, bowling alley, and an indoor ski-slope – ideal for leisure seekers.
  • There are also more than 350 restaurants to choose from, and the fastest growing After 6 culture outside of London.

Entry Standards

  • We offer a wide range of courses which have differing entry requirements, but our standard offer is usually in the range of 200 to 280 UCAS points from a minimum of two A levels or BTEC QCF.
  • Please refer to our website for specific course and entry requirement information.

Student Mix

The 17,835 students enrolled in the academic year 2013/14 comprise:

Level of study
Undergraduate
72%
Postgraduate
28%
Mode of study
Full Time
78%
Part Time
22%
Domicile
UK
75%
EU
3%
Other
22%
Student gender
Male
40%
Female
60%
  • If you’re looking for an international experience without leaving the UK, then you’ve found the right place. We pride ourselves on our diverse international community, where our home students are able to mix with staff and students from more than 120 countries.
  • What’s more, to ensure you leave with a truly global outlook on life, we ensure that students leave us with a nuanced understanding of international practice, so no matter where you go on to once you leave Bedfordshire, you have the skills and cultural know-how to really make a difference.

Course Flexibility

  • We offer high-quality courses with a range of full-time and part-time study options including day, evening and weekend.
  • Designed with employer and employee requirements in mind, our courses provide opportunities for integrated personal, academic and career development.
  • The mode of delivery, course structure and length may vary depending on the course you wish to study.

Teaching Standards

  • Our research informs our curriculum. And our teaching is rooted in the professional and practice expertise of our staff. Within the University of Bedfordshire Business School, students can benefit from Practice Weeks, where students get the opportunity to work alongside businesses on real projects, learning key skills in confidence, negotiation, time management, team work, and planning to name a few – all key attributes and behaviours that employers wish to see in their graduate recruits. Our law students learn to present cases in a Moot Court; our nurses hone their skills in simulation labs; and all of our students are encouraged and supported to make their experience of work and of volunteering a key part of their academic experience.
  • The University of Bedfordshire places a strong focus on enterprise, so that we can create the kind of graduates that organisations compete to employ. This is seen in the number of professional accreditations that many of our courses carry, and through the success of our graduates, with 92% in work and/or further study within six months of graduating (DLHE 2014). The university is in the top 12 in the country for active graduate start-ups by turnover (HEBCIS).
  • But don’t just take our word for it. Our students think so too. And that’s why we’ve been rated as a number one university for improving the student experience, and a leading university for improving career prospects (National Students Survey 2014).
  • We are also rated in the National Student Survey as a top 25 university for personal development, which is a key feature, and a top 30 university for assessment and feedback – critical to student learning.

Research Standards

The University of Bedfordshire is home to world-leading research with direct societal, economic and cultural impact. This is recognised in the UK-wide 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF), which recognises the university’s research success in both quality and quantity:
  • Almost half of the university’s research is classified by the REF as world-leading or internationally excellent, the highest ratings possible.
  • We have been awarded the prestigious Queen’s Anniversary Prize for Higher and Further Education, for our pioneering research in social work and social care.
  • And our research strength continues to grow: we have more than doubled our proportion of world-leading research since 2008; three times as many university researchers now produce internationally recognised research compared to the previous assessment in 2008.
  • This research excellence extends right across our subject base, in Health; Psychology; Biological Sciences; Earth Systems and Environmental Sciences; Computer Science and Informatics; Business and Management; Law; Social Work and Social Policy; Education; Sport and Exercise Science; Leisure and Tourism; English Language and Literature; Music, Drama and Performing Arts; and Communication, Cultural and Media.
We have 10 specialist research institutes:
  • Centre for Research in English Language Learning and Assessment (CRELLA)
  • Institute for Research in Applicable Computing (IRAC)
  • Institute of Biomedical and Environmental Science and Technology (iBEST)
  • Institute of Applied Social Research (IASR)
  • Business and Management Research Institute (BMRI)
  • Institute for Health Research (IHR)
  • Research Institute for Media, Art and Performance (RIMAP)
  • Institute for Research in Education (IRED)
  • Institute for Sport and Physical Activity Research (ISPAR)
  • Institute for Tourism Research (INTOUR)

Academic Strengths

  • The Faculty of Creative Arts, Technologies and Science – also known as CATS, this exciting and diverse faculty is home to courses within the following subject areas: Art & Design; Computer Science & Technology; Life Sciences; Journalism & Communication; Media Arts & Production, and Performing Arts & English. Many of our courses are accredited by professional bodies such as IBMS, NCTJ, BCS, and IET.
  • Students within this faculty have a vast array of facilities at their fingertips, including: an industry-standard TV studio which is frequently used by the BBC, a 280-seat professional theatre and dance studios, in addition to new science labs and a new scene of crime room for those studying Forensic Science. Our Computing and Engineering students, meanwhile, benefit from new engineering labs, in addition to Linux and robotics labs.
  • The Faculty of Education and Sport – this faculty is home to courses based on our long record of academic excellence in the following subject areas: Education Studies; Teacher Education; Language & Communication; and Sport Science & Physical Activity.
  • Students within this faculty have access to our state-of-the-art PE and Sport Science Centre (which was used to train athletes for the 2012 London Olympics) in addition to the newly refurbished sports hall, which brings our PE and sports facilities up to national championship standards.
  • Our English students have access to the Language Centre which allows students to conduct recordings of trainee teachers’ training practice to be analysed with ease. This faculty is also home to CRELLA – the Centre for Research in English Language Learning and Assessment – which is a world-leading centre of research into language testing and programme evaluation.
  • The Faculty of Health and Social Science – known as HSS, this faculty is home to professionally accredited courses within a range of subject areas: Nursing, Midwifery & Healthcare; Clinical Education & Leadership; Psychology; Social Studies; and Sports Therapy.
  • Students are able to work in excellent facilities to support their learning. Our Healthcare students can work in our high-tech Simulation Centre at our Butterfield site in Luton. The Psychology Department’s specialist facilities provide first-class psychology laboratories and computing environments for all our students, including a Health and Biological Psychology lab, a Cognitive lab, a Human Interaction lab and a Qualitative Data Analysis lab.
  • The faculty is also home to a number of world-leading researchers including Professor Jenny Pearce and her colleagues whose work into child sexual exploitation won the Queen’s Anniversary Prize for Higher and Further Education in 2013.
  • The University of Bedfordshire Business School – our view on business education is international and practice driven. Known as UBBS, the University of Bedfordshire Business School is the largest business school in the region, has been awarded the Small Business Charter, and is home to courses within the following subject areas: Accounting & Finance; Management & Business Systems; Law; and Marketing, Tourism & Hospitality.
  • Many of our courses are accredited by professional bodies such as CIPR, CIM, and CIPD. Students are able to work within our award-winning Business Pods which imitate a real-world business environment, as well as gaining access to our professional Law Moot Court. Accounting and Finance students, meanwhile, can get to grips with The Thomson Reuters facility which provides trading information for companies all around the world.

Student Facilities

The University of Bedfordshire is continually investing in state-of-the-art facilities to provide you with an excellent student experience and the best environment in which to succeed. Regardless of the degree you choose the teaching and learning facilities will be first class, including:

  • Luton Campus – new facilities in the Computing and Media departments; new science labs; business facilities including pioneering Business Pods and a Law Moot Court; Psychology, sport & exercise science, biomedical science and forensics laboratories; Multi-camera HDTV and radio studios, and art & design studios.
  • Bedford Campus – a Physical Education and Sports Science Centre, including a recently refurbished and extended sports hall; specialist sports and exercise science laboratories; the new Gateway teaching and learning centre, which opened in January 2015 – a £25-milliom investment; the Campus Centre, which is home to a 280-seat theatre, dance studios, a fair trade café and large social space.
  • University Campus Milton Keynes – the new campus houses an array of modern teaching facilities, a Student Information desk, advice centre and Students’ Union. The campus is also home to 2 special purpose electronics and telecommunications laboratories, as well as a large general purpose computer lab, giving IT student’s hands on experience.
  • Buckinghamshire Campus – our healthcare students are based in dedicated facilities at the Buckinghamshire campus in Aylesbury and our award-winning site in Butterfield Park, Bedfordshire, which is fully equipped with contemporary clinical skills labs, a simulation suite and on-site Learning Resources Centre.
  • Our Luton campus will boast a brand new £46-million seven-storey library by early 2016. This follows major investment in a new Campus Centre and en-suite on-campus accommodation at our Luton campus. And, all of this is in addition to our many first-rate resources and industry-standard facilities, as well as our new Postgraduate and Continuing Professional Development (CPD) Centre which opened in 2013.
  • There are multi-faith chaplaincies at the Luton and Bedford campuses. Both campuses have several multi-faith prayer rooms and the teams offer a warm welcome to students of all faiths, as well as those with none.
  • All students will have 24/7 access to BREO (Bedfordshire Resources for Education Online) – the university’s online learning environment. All students use BREO to access lecture notes, discussion boards, podcasts, blogs and announcements. It is web-based allowing access from anywhere with an internet connection, at any time.
  • The award-winning Careers and Employment Service provides a number of opportunities and services to help students succeed in the workplace.

Support for International Students

  • At Bedfordshire we are dedicated to providing you best support possible during your time with us. Our specialist teams in the International Office will take care of you from application and enrolment and throughout your student life so that you can focus on your studies. 
  • Our Student Support team will make sure you arrive to a warm welcome. You will also receive a Pre-Arrival guide which tells you everything you need to know before coming to the UK. Once you arrive, the team organises five-day orientation programme to introduce you to the life and study here.
  • Every new student is given a Buddy – a current international student who can help you settle into student life quickly and easily. Buddies will provide you with anything from directions to find your lectures to helping you with accommodation or buying a sim card for your phone. 
  • Our Student Information Desk can be accessed 24/7 and delivers a range of services, from printing council tax letters and booking appointments with a counsellor, to providing a wide range of information all in one place.
  • Our Professional Academic Development (PAD) team can help you if you are experiencing difficulty with your studies or if you want to develop your skills further. From referencing to It skills, PAD team is there to support you every step of you way.
  • We have designed Communications skills classes to give you an excellent foundation on which to build your academic success and equip with you with practical skills. The programme will be individually tailored to your needs and will include helpful areas like.
  • For further information, visit our website.

Disability Services

  • The University of Bedfordshire is committed to supporting applications from students with disabilities. We do all we can to ensure we are accessible and welcoming to all.
  • The Health & Well-being Team (Disability Support) is available to discuss any learning support issues you may have and can provide services such as BSL interpreters, note takers, dyslexia screening and tuition and support with mobility on campus.
  • The Learning Resources Centre (LRC) offers a range of support services and specialist software and equipment. You can find out more on the LRC website.
  • For further information please contact the Health & Well-being Team (Disability Support): telephone 01234 793333/01582 489622, email disability@beds.ac.uk, or visit our website.

Students' Union

  • Responsible for the representation of all students at the University of Bedfordshire.
  • Acts as the main voice of students in meetings with the university.
  • Provides independent welfare advice to students on anything from academic appeals, housing, finance and health.
  • Facilitates volunteering opportunities on campus and in the local community.
  • Has 3 union bars across Luton and Bedford which play host to a number of exciting events.
  • Facilitates sports and societies.

Sport

  • Sport is a large part of university life. So whether you want to compete, keep fit or just spectate, there are many activities to suit all sporting abilities.
  • Bedfordshire has a great reputation for sports, and there is a wide range on offer including badminton, basketball, cricket, football, golf, hockey, netball, rugby and tennis to name but a few. However, if you’re more comfortable watching from the sidelines, then you can cheer on the Bedfordshire Bulls teams that compete in the British Universities Colleges Sport (BUCS) leagues.
  • Our physical education and sports science centre at Bedford contain state-of-the-art sport science labs, brand new fitness suite with a separate strength and conditioning room which is exclusively available to all students and staff, brand new Astro Turf and a recently refurbished sports arena. This arena can seat up to 300 spectators and is a show court for netball, futsal and basketball.
  • Our Luton campus has a brand new fitness suite, designed for students and staff. Memberships to both Bedford and Luton’s gym are available for £100 per year, providing excellent facilities at affordable prices.
  • Get into Sport is the University of Bedfordshire's sport participation programme. It aims to get more students involved in sport and physical activity whilst they are at the university. Get into Sport offers free membership which allows students to attend any session on the timetable throughout the academic year, with the emphasis on fun and social recreation.
  • The Alexander Sports Centre in Bedford has extensive playing fields and an indoor multi-purpose 8 badminton court sized sports hall. Alexander sports centre is used for academic lectures as well as Athletic Union training and BUCS fixtures.
  • Venue 360 is home to most of the University's Luton campus sports facilities. The 40,000 sq. ft. clubhouse is located in pleasant riverside surroundings, just five minutes from the university's Park Square campus. It is the venue for most of the sports teams’ training and the majority of home matches.
  • Inspire is a multi-sports venue offering a whole range of activities from swimming and diving to dance and badminton. Inspire is run by Active Luton and through partnership with the university offers discount membership to students and staff.
  • High Town Sports and Arts Centre is located a short walk away from the university’s Luton campus and can be used by students and staff at a discounted membership rate. It has a large sports hall, group fitness studio and a theatre for performances.

Recent/Prospective New Builds

  • There has been valuable investment in developing the university's teaching and learning facilities to enhance the student experience.
  • Investment in a Physical Education and Sport Science Centre and student accommodation at the Bedford campus.
  • Major developments at our Luton campus, include a funky and functional Campus Centre, brand new en-suite accommodation and a new Postgraduate Centre.
  • Business facilities including an industry-standard Law Moot Court and the unique and revolutionary Business Pods.
  • Investment in laboratories for Psychology, Biomedical and Forensic Science, and Sport Exercise Science.
  • New facilities in the Computing and Media departments.
  • A new award-winning site for healthcare students at Butterfield Park, Luton, home to specialist simulation labs complete with fully functional theatre, ward, and clinic environment.
  • Bedford campus boasts a modern Campus Centre, halls of residence and a National standard PE and Sport Science Centre.
  • UCMK has brand new teaching facilities, 2 special purpose electronics and telecommunications laboratories, a Continuing Professional development suite and a brand new library.
  • For 2015, our Bedford campus boasts a brand-new, three-storey building. Known as the Gateway, this modern, new facility will offer a number of high-quality teaching spaces, as well as informal learning spaces, lecture theatres and a new student services centre – everything you could need, all under one roof.
  • By 2016 our Luton campus will boast a brand new seven-storey library, one of a kind in the UK.

Availability of Part-Time Work

  • The Luton, Bedford and Milton Keynes campuses are located close to their respective town centres, so part-time work is easily accessible.
  • Within our award-winning Careers and Employability Service is a Recruitment Services team, essentially an in-house recruitment consultancy working on behalf of local employers and our students to place them in relevant, paid part-time work.
  • The university also aims to provide as many internal, paid part-time opportunities as possible to our students.
  • From day one, our students can register with the Recruitment Services team and have access to information to all new part-time job vacancies that become available. Our in-house team will also provide support in application and CV writing too.

Careers Guidance

  • The university's Careers & Employability Service aims to unlock your potential as a student or graduate and enable you to manage your future career by providing a professional, high-quality information, advice and guidance service.
  • Our qualified Employability Advisors are linked to university departments in order to provide specialist industry advice within your course. In addition, you will have access to them via a daily drop-in service and bookable one-to-one appointments.
  • The Careers & Employability Service supports prospective students, current students and graduates to build their employability skills and maximise their work experience opportunities in order to pursue their chosen career after university. In addition to our Employability Advisors, the service offers a dedicated placements team for students on sandwich courses and a recruitment services team which manages part-time and full-time job vacancies. They also manage the University of Bedfordshire skills award, The Edge.
  • By using the service, students will access expert careers guidance, interview and selection test preparation, advice on developing CVs and invitations to careers fairs and employer events. The service also works proactively with a wide range of employers to develop engagement between employers, students and the university.
  • The university's EmployAble programme has been developed to support students in accessing all the initiatives across the University that will support them in building their personal employability skills and portfolio. The Employability Advisors will support you in reflecting on what the EmployAble programme has provided you and how to sell those transferable skills to future employers.

Notable Alumni

  • Becky Jago, Media Performance BA Hons 1997 – Television news presenter with ITV Anglia.
  • Toby Friedner, Media Production BA Hons 1997 Senior Journalist for BBC Three Counties Radio.
  • Adrian McDonagh, Sports Studies BA Hons 1998 MD, Easy Web Recruitment.
  • Jonathon Goodman, LLB Law, 1998 Joint Head of Chambers, 1 Gray’s Inn Square.
  • Matt Fisher, Media Performance with Radio BA Hons 2000 Station Sound Manger at BBC Radio 1.
  • Melvin Odoom, Media Performance BA Hons 2001 Comedian, radio DJ and television presenter, Radio presenter for KISS 100 Breakfast.
  • Wesley Clarke, Media Technology BSc Hons 2001  Record Producer, DJ.
  • Simon Hall, Product Design BA Hons 2001  Director of EcoStyle Ltd.
  • Dharam Barrett, Media Performance BA Hons 2002 Director, Film Maker.
  • Gemma Hunt, Media performance BA Hons 2003 TV presenter for CBBC.
  • David Balfe, Creative Writing BA Hons 2003 Musician, Record Producer, Writer and Director.
  • Tom White, Media Performance BA Hons 2005 TV presenter for Sky Sports News.
  • Maggie Alphons, Sport and Exercise Science BSc 2006, Sport and Exercise Assessment MSc 2007 English women's rugby international.
  • Ben Hodson, Photography and Video Art BA Hons 2007 Award-winning, professional photographer.
  • Ryan Freckleton, Sport and Exercise Science BSc Hons 2007 Great Britain Bobsleigh Team, Director Wired For Sport Ltd.
  • Chris Butcher, Animation BA Hons 2009 – Award-winning stop motion animator.
  • Ruth Corden – Social work BSC Hons 2010 – Agony Aunt on The Joy of Teen Sex, Channel 4.
  • Thomas Wiggins-Wilson, Business Management BA Hons 2010 – Analyst, Morgan Stanley.
  • Thomas Dolby, Computer BSC Hons 2010 - Senior Programmer and Head Games Development Team, A.i.Solve.
  • Jurgita Bareikaite, Ba Media Production 2007 – Production Co-ordinator, MTV networks.
  • Md Enamul Haque, Postgraduate Diploma in Project Management – Deputy Secretary, Ministry of Public Administration, Government of Bangladesh.
  • Dan Prior, BA Media and Radio production 2005 – Sound Producer, BBC Radio 1 & 1Xtra.

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  • University of Bedfordshire
    University Square
    Luton
    Bedfordshire
    LU1 3JU
UCAS Code B22

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