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University of Bradford

2016 League Table Ranking 63
2016 Overall Score 632
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Entry Standards 312 Help
Entry Standards
The average UCAS tariff score of new students entering the University.

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Student-Staff Ratio 17.9 Help
Student-Staff Ratio
The average staffing levels at the University.

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Research Quality 2.95 Help
Research Quality
A measure of the quality of the research undertaken in the University.

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Academic Services Spend 1,071 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 3.97 Help
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A guide to how satisfied students are with the quality of teaching they receive.

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Facilities Spend 549 Help
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A guide to how much the University spends on supporting facilities such as the careers service, health and counselling services and sport facilities.

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Graduate Prospects 72.1 Help
Graduate Prospects
A guide to the employability of graduates on completion of their courses at the University.

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Degree Completion 83.8 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 74.0 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 64.9 Help
Green Score
This environmental & ethical ranking of the University is provided courtesy of the People & Planet Green League - the only comprehensive and independent green ranking of every UK university. Choosing a greener university can reduce your carbon footprint and improve your job prospects in a global low-carbon economy.

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  • Originally founded in 1882 as a technical institute.
  • We were awarded our Royal Charter by the Queen in 1966.
  • Received university status in the same year as Aston, Bath, Brunel and Loughborough.
  • We have gone from strength to strength, gaining world-class research credentials and national respect in key subjects.
  • The university has a strong and respected history of embracing technology. Technology and its application underpins and defines our outlook as a future facing university – providing our students with the skills and knowledge they need to be progressive and successful in their chosen careers.
  • The university is committed to sustainable development, and has won numerous environmental awards for pioneering initiatives.

Location and Transport

  • Set over two campuses; our city campus is just a 5 minute walk from the city centre, whilst our Management and Law campus is a short 10 minute bus ride from the city centre.
  • Bradford is one of the least expensive student cities in the UK.
  • A great central UK location, we are close to Leeds and Manchester.
  • We have excellent transport links with two international airports nearby and strong road, rail and coach links to major cities including: Manchester, by train or road approx. 50 minutes; London, by train just under three hours, road 4 hours; Birmingham, by train or road approximately 2.5 hours.
  • The stunning Yorkshire Dales National Park is on our doorstep; Yorkshire was named as one of the top places in the world to visit in The Lonely Planet travel guide.
  • Bradford is the world’s first UNESCO City of Film, within the district is the model village of Saltaire a UNESCO World Heritage Site and the village of Howarth, home to the literary Bronte family.

Entry Standards

  • 53.2% of undergraduate degree students are admitted to university with A-levels or BTECS as their highest qualification for admission.
  • Average entry points 300.

Student Mix

The 12,505 students enrolled in the academic year 2013/14 comprise:

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Mode of study
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Student gender

Research Standards

  • The university is proud of the high quality of its research and knowledge transfer activity, its continued development enables it to be a world-leading, research-intensive university that brings real solutions to issues affecting society and communities worldwide.
  • It is a research-intensive institution and the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF) ranked the University of Bradford in the top 50 in the UK for research quality, three quarters of which is classed as either world-leading or internationally excellent.
  • Allied Health in top 20 for the quality of its research publications.
  • Mechanical Engineering in top 20 for research impact and publication quality.
  • Civil Engineering in top 10 for the quality of research publications.
  • Civil Engineering in top 20 for its research impact.
  • Archaeology in top 10 for its research impact.
  • Politics and International Studies top 10 for its research impact.
  • Social Work top 10 for the quality of research publications.
  • The university offers researchers the opportunity to work in an environment which supports the application of research within education, society, industry and through the academic experience of students.

Academic Strengths

  • The university is an established research active university whose heritage dates back to 1882 and was awarded its Royal Charter in 1966. Key areas of excellence include physical sciences and engineering, life sciences and health services, management and business, and international relations, politics and societal impact.
  • Health studies students interact with service users and carers from a huge variety of backgrounds through regional NHS trusts and social care providers, experience that is priceless in the working world.
  • The School of Management in the Faculty of Management and Law is recognised as one of the world’s top business schools with the coveted Triple Crown of accreditations (AACSB, EQUIS, AMBA).
  • Following a £4.3-million modernisation, the Faculty of Life Sciences has a range of highly sophisticated facilities and equipment - and it continues to develop.
  • Many Bradford academics in Development, Politics and Peace Studies and Economics advise governments and organisations around the globe. Their department hosts one of the world’s six Rotary International Centres in Peace and Conflict Resolution.
  • The university offers fantastic work placement opportunities and maintain a global network of potential employers. It also strongly supports entrepreneurship among its students and graduates.
  • Bradford has a strong track record of graduates entering professional and managerial level jobs. The university’s focus on industry relevant course content and experience means that University of Bradford graduates can expect the best start possible to working life.

Student Facilities

  • Over £120 million has been invested in world-class facilities over the last 10 years.
  • There are 120+ student societies and sports clubs to join and engage with.
  • Culture – the City Campus has its own dedicated theatre, art gallery and music centre. Run by Arts on Campus, it has an exciting programme of events, from original drama to art exhibitions and African drumming workshops. You can also check out Bradford Student Cinema.
  • The Career Development Services – the professionals in this team are experts in helping students get the career they want. Students can expect impartial career advice; help with finding part-time work, placements, vacation work and graduate jobs, there are also workshops to help write CVs, fill in forms and give great interviews.
  • Entrepreneurship – the University of Bradford offer schemes exclusive to its students and graduates which can help with every aspect of starting a business.
  • Placements – when it comes to preparing for the working environment, a work placement is invaluable, either as a part of the course or during spare time. Not only will academic skills put into practice, but you will also learn what aspects of your chosen career you might need to improve on while you still have our academics here to help. You will also make contacts which could be useful for the future.
  • The University of Bradford has a student support centre known as the Hub. In addition to general admin and support, students can get help and advice with enrolment and courses, finance and accommodation.
  • International Office – with 15% of the University’s students originating from outside of the UK; the International Office is experienced in understanding the extra support needed by international students.
  • Library and IT – free Wi-Fi is available throughout both our campuses; the university also has well-stocked libraries and computing facilities.
  • Academic Skills advice is available independently of the course of study. Advice, workshops and one-to-one support is available to support students with academic and interpersonal skills.
  • Faith – there is a huge variety of backgrounds and nations at the University of Bradford, with provision for different faiths on campus or in the surrounding area. Students will find societies, places of worship and staff dedicated purely to student faith.

Disability Services

  • The university's aim is to create an environment which enables disabled students to participate fully in the mainstream of university life. The Disability Services team are well equipped to help in all kinds of ways.
  • Visit our website to find out about Disability Services at the University of Bradford.

Students' Union

  • The University of Bradford Union of Students (UBU) is there to support each and every student studying at Bradford. Every student is automatically a member of the Students’ Union.
  • The UBU is home to Team Bradford; the heartbeat of the student community in Bradford. Team Bradford is there to encourage student participation and representation whilst striving to improve the overall student experience.
  • The UBU is where you will find everything you need to complement your student life, whether that is expanding your skills through sports, societies (r 120+) to choose from), media or volunteering; meeting new friends or enjoying our entertainments, going on our day trips or events; joining with like-minded students in areas of politics; or getting academic or social advice and support.
  • The Students' Union is based in the £8-million Student Central building, home to a variety of bars and cafes, a 1,300-capacity nightclub and a sunlight-flooded Atrium. There’s also a great gym and pool at the Unique Fitness and Lifestyle sports centre.


  • Unique Fitness and Lifestyle sports centre is situated at the heart of the main campus, the facilities have benefitted from a £5-million refurbishment.
  • The large main hall is used for badminton, five-a-side football, trampolining, archery, basketball, volleyball, cricket, netball, martial arts and various fitness activities. The small hall is available for a variety of activities, including fencing, martial arts and exercise classes; while the studio facility provides space for activities such as Tae Kwon do, Aerobics, Zumba, Body Pump and Salsa. There are also two squash courts at the facility. There is a fully equipped and heated 25-metre indoor swimming pool which is supervised by qualified staff at all times.
  • The university has a Multi-Use Games Area (MUGA) next to the sports centre and there are Astroturf pitches and grass pitches close to the main campus.
  • The Unique Fitness and Lifestyle staff and the Student Union's Athletic Association work closely in actively promoting sports on the campus. There are approximately forty sports clubs currently running.

Recent/Prospective New Builds

  • The university has invested £120 million in its City and Management Campuses. Developments include a sustainable student village, two new science buildings, a conference centre, new Faculty of Health Studies and Faculty of Management & Law buildings and major refurbishment works to the library and Students’ Union and to the sports centre.
  • Most recently completed are the Bright Building (Education and Sustainable Development Centre) and the Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths Centre (STEM Building), which has been built to the Passivehaus Standard.
  • The university has developed, and now manages, a newly constructed award-winning student village consisting of townhouses and cluster flats to accommodate 1,026 students. This has achieved a BREEAM rating of 94.5, the highest score in the world for residential accommodation.
  • The Faculty of Life Sciences has undergone a £4.3million modernisation of the biomedical science laboratories, the forensic enhancement suite, clinical skills and aseptic suites. It is in the process of developing an Integrated Learning Centre that will feature highly sophisticated human patient simulators and dedicated facilities for scholarship in pathology and anatomy.
  • Substantial investment in the estate, completing the University’s ambition to deliver a fully inclusive City Campus.
  • £1.5-million investment in the Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) centre.

Availability of Part-Time Work

  • The JobShop helps students find part-time work, on and off campus.
  • All students are paid at least the Living Wage rate of pay (pay depends on type of job applied for). The Living Wage is higher than the minimum wage and is defined by the Living Wage Foundation as the hourly rate of pay 'deemed adequate for a worker to provide their family with the essentials of life'.
  • As well as helping students find local employment, the University belongs to a network of similar JobShops in other institutions around the country.

Careers Guidance

  • We offer a welcoming, supportive environment where you can access impartial careers information, advice and guidance from professionally qualified staff throughout your studies and for five years after graduation.

Amongst the available services are:

  • Drop-in Information and Advice.
  • 15 minute appointments with a member of our Information Team are available every day, ideal for quick queries including initial feedback on your CV and researching careers information.
  • Individual career guidance appointments.
  • 20  and 45 minute bookable appointments with a Career Development Adviser. 20 minute appointments are for feedback on the content of your job applications or to get you started with your career planning.
  • 45 minute appointments are for any aspect of your career planning, including career choice, postgraduate courses, taking time out, and interview preparation.
  • Telephone, Skype or email appointments can be booked if you can’t come in.

Jobs and employment

  • We provide vacancies for graduates & internship opportunities, student placements & internships, local and on-campus part time jobs. Register to access vacancies. See other vacancy sources. Going Global is a database of country-specific careers resources for more than 80 international locations. We also hold local and national newspapers, professional journals and specialist publications.
  • Graduate recruitment and careers fairs.
  • We organise several fairs each year involving a range of employers.
  • Career and employability workshops.
  • Our weekly workshops cover a range of topics including effective interviews, CVs, placements, internships and LinkedIn labs, sector specific career opportunities, which often feature guest speakers from industry and business.

For further information and advice contact us on:

Notable Alumni

  • Tony O’Reilly (ex CEO of Heinz) went from rugby union star to Ireland’s first billionaire. He studied a marketing PhD at the University’s Business School.
  • Kate Swann. Until recently Kate was CEO of WHSmith and has been listed by Fortune  as one of the 50 most powerful women in business. She is also a graduate from the University’s Business School.
  • Rob Wilmot was co-director of Freeserve back in 1998. After floating on the London Stock Exchange, Rob became one of the youngest directors of a FTSE 100 company at the age of 29. Rob exited Freeserve after the completion of a £1.6 billion sale to Wanadoo in 2001. He studied a BSc (Hons) Electronic Imaging and Media Communications at the University.
  • Dr Mo Ibrahim is a global expert in mobile communications, who through his charitable trust now works to promote good governance among heads of state in African countries. In 2008, he was listed by TIME Magazine as one of the 100 most influential people in the world. He studied MSc in Electronics and Electrical Engineering at the University.


For further information

  • 0800 073 1225
  • University of Bradford
    West Yorkshire
    BD7 1DP
UCAS Code B56

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