University of Bedfordshire

2015 League Table Ranking 117
2015 Overall Score 439
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Entry Standards 225 Help
Entry Standards
The average UCAS tariff score of new students entering the University.

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Student-Staff Ratio 20.9 Help
Student-Staff Ratio
The average staffing levels at the University.

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Research Assessment 2.09 Help
Research Assessment
The average quality of the research undertaken in the University.

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Academic Services Spend 974 Help
Academic Services Spend
A guide to how much the University spends on supporting services such as libraries and IT.

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Student Satisfaction 3.92 Help
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Facilities Spend 665 Help
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Graduate Prospects 53.1 Help
Graduate Prospects
A guide to the employability of graduates on completion of their courses at the University.

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Degree Completion 82.3 Help
Degree Completion
The proportion of students expected to successfully complete their studies and gain a degree from the University.

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Good Honours 47.5 Help
Good Honours
The percentage of graduates achieving a first or upper second class honours degree – the class of degree achieved can impact a graduate’s employment prospects.

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Green Score 47.0 Help
Green Score
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  • The University of Luton merged with De Montfort University's Bedford campus on August 1 2006 and became the University of Bedfordshire.
  • The Bedford campus has a long history of sporting excellence dating back to 1882, when it was the Bedford Training College for Teachers.
  • The Luton campus became a university in 1993 and has academic roots that date back to 1904.
  • The University comprises five campuses – Luton, Bedford, Butterfield Park and Putteridge Bury (just outside Luton) and Buckinghamshire (Aylesbury).
  • The University is working in partnership with Milton Keynes Council to develop a new University for Milton Keynes (UCMK).

Location and Transport

  • The University's Luton campus is located only 30 minutes north of London by train. It is in the heart of the town centre and near to the M1, junctions 10 and 11.
  • London Luton International Airport is 5 km (3 miles) from the main campus and is now one of the UK's largest airports.
  • The Bedford campus is only 40 minutes by train from London and has easy access to Cambridge and Oxford.
  • The Aylesbury (Buckinghamshire) campus lies 33 miles north-west of London and can be reached via road links from the M40 or direct rail links from London Marylebone Station.
  • UCMK is situated in the centre of Milton Keynes shopping, business and entertainment district, with quick access to Milton Keynes Central train station and the M1.

Entry Standards

  • Standard entry for undergraduate degrees requires 200 or more UCAS tariff points which should include either two A level passes or approved equivalent.
  • The University welcomes students with a range of qualifications and considers relevant experience.

Student Mix

  • The University welcomes people from many different backgrounds and cultures.
  • 36% of students are mature (aged 25 and over).
  • 69% of students are from the UK.
  • 4% are from other EU countries.
  • 27% are from countries outside the EU.

Course Flexibility

  • We have options to study on a full-time or part-time (day or evening) basis, with distance learning available on selected courses.
  • Some students also get the opportunity for real work experience undertaking projects for companies as part of their course.
  • We work closely with employers to develop a curriculum, with a strong vocational focus, helping students develop the confidence, interpersonal and practical skills to succeed.
  • Interactive study materials are used to offer flexibility and individuality to the student learning experience.

Teaching Standards

  • Our staff have received a number of National Teaching Fellowship Awards for outstanding contributions to teaching and learning.
  • We have been awarded top marks – a 'confidence' rating – in our most recent Quality Assurance Agency audit.
  • The University takes on an innovative approach to teaching that combines traditional lectures with the use of new media and industry-standard facilities.
  • More than 90% of our graduates go into work and/or further study within six months of graduating.
  • We have won the Queen’s Award for Enterprise: International Trade 2011, the most prestigious corporate award.

Research Standards

  • Our research underpins our teaching and many of our academics are world-leaders in their fields.
  • We were commended in the most recent Research Assessment Exercise (RAE) for our 'world-leading' research in Earth Systems and Environmental Science; Social Work, Social Policy and Administration; Sport, Tourism and Leisure; English Language and Literature; and Communications, Cultural and Media Studies.
  • The RAE also rated our research as 'internationally excellent' in the areas of Computer Science and Information, and Business and Management Studies
  • Ten specialist research institutes – 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) which includes research on English language learning and assessment, Institute for Health Research (IHR), Research Institute for Media, Art and Design (RIMAD), Institute for Research in Education (IRED), Institute for Sport and Physical Activity Research (ISPAR), Institute for Tourism Research (INTOUR), and Institute of Diabetes in Older People (IDOP).

Academic Strengths

  • High-calibre of teaching staff with extensive industry experience.
  • The new Higher Education Achievement Report (HEAR) demonstrates students’ employability, lifelong and life-wide learning.
  • We continue to forge and maintain close links within the industry.
  • Many of our courses are accredited by professional bodies such as the Chartered Management Institute, the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants, Qualified Teacher Status, the General Social Care Council and the Institute of Biomedical Science.

Student Facilities

  • The Learning Resources Centre at Park Square offers a modern learning environment and has over 300 networked PCs.
  • There are more than 300,000 books and 2,300 print journals and 3,500 ejournals which students can access digitally.
  • The four-storey library on the Bedford campus features 385 study spaces, 120,000 loan items and 120 internet-enabled PCs, and the Learning Hub provides students with an information-rich and socially interactive environment.
  • 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.
  • Bedfordshire's brand-new JobSavviGrad online job search tool helps students find jobs matched to their skills.

Disability Services

  • Please contact Julie English, Senior Health and Wellbeing Adviser: telephone 01234 793270, email, or visit the website.

Students' Union

  • Based at the Luton and Bedford campuses.
  • Home to a bar, café and social space.
  • Provides a variety of clubs and societies to suit almost everyone’s interests, and a great way to meet new people.
  • The friendly SU team is also on hand to offer help and advice.
  • Regular events, outings and activities to get involved in.


  • Our Physical Education and Sport Science Centre at Bedford, contains state-of-the art sport science labs, two gyms and two dance studios, and was used as a training base for 2012 Olympic athletes.
  • The Alexander Sports Centre has extensive playing fields, an indoor multi-purpose sports hall with badminton courts, tennis courts and a climbing wall.
  • The Vauxhall Recreation Club is home to the Luton campus' sports facilities. It includes a fitness studio, tennis and squash courts, and five-a-side football pitches.
  • The Physiology labs also have full accreditation by the British Association of Sport and Exercise Science (BASES).
  • There is a Get Into Sport Scheme for staff and students thanks to generous National Lottery funding from Sport England, with many activities to get involved in.
  • The University has more than 40 teams playing in the British Universities and Colleges Sport (BUCS) leagues and competitions.

Recent/Prospective New Builds

  • There have been valuable investments 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 Luton and Bedford campuses.
  • 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 an Olympic standard PE and Sport Science Centre.
  • UCMK will have brand new teaching facilities, Smart Cities Institute and City Data Hub and potentially an exhibition and conference space.

Availability of Part-Time Work

  • Both the Luton and Bedford campuses are located close to their respective town centres so that part-time work is easily accessible.
  • The Job Shop helps students to find a job whilst studying.
  • The university's award winning volunteer team helps to find placements, enabling students to gain valuable work experience.
  • A student ambassador scheme provides casual employment for University students.

Notable Alumni

  • Maggie Alphonsi – Sport and Exercise Science graduate, English women's rugby international.
  • Ruth Corden – Social work graduate.
  • Gemma Hunt – Media performance graduate, TV presenter for CBBC.
  • Melvon Odoom – Media Performance graduate, Radio presenter for KISS 100 Breakfast.

For further information

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  • University of Bedfordshire
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    LU1 3JU
UCAS Code B22

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