University of Bradford

2014 League Table Ranking 82
2014 Overall Score 558
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Entry Standards 306 Help
Entry Standards
The average UCAS tariff score of new students entering the University.

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Student-Staff Ratio 19.4 Help
Student-Staff Ratio
The average staffing levels at the University.

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Research Assessment 2.34 Help
Research Assessment
The average quality of the research undertaken in the University.

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Academic Services Spend 885 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
Student Satisfaction
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Facilities Spend 417 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 68.1 Help
Graduate Prospects
A guide to the employability of graduates on completion of their courses at the University.

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Degree Completion 82.9 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 52.8 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 54.0 Help
Green Score
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  • The University of Bradford is an established research-active British university where a professional Graduate career comes first.
  • The University of Bradford received its Royal Charter in 1966. Its origins date back to 1832 with the formation of the Mechanics Institute.
  • The first Chancellor was Lord (Harold) Wilson, the then prime minister.
  • The university has a long tradition of offering professional, applied courses underpinned by close links with industry.

Location and transport

  • The University of Bradford has two campuses: the City Campus, which is very close to the centre of Bradford and the School of Management. The School of Management is set in parkland a couple of miles away from the city; it is home to both beautiful historic buildings and state-of-the-art facilities.
  • Bradford is perfectly placed, right in the middle of the UK,  with great transport links that mean you can go anywhere you like with ease, whilst living in the least expensive student city in the UK. Leeds is just 20 minutes away by train, the Dales and Manchester are within easy travelling distance for a day or a night out, and there are trains and coaches direct to London too.
  • Meanwhile in Bradford itself there is art, music, theatre, history, clubbing and great food and drink from all over the world right on your doorstep, and at little expense. Bradford is a famously global city – the perfect place to learn about other cultures – but at the same time it has also been voted the most English city in the UK for its love of cricket, fish and chips and events like the annual beer festival in the UNESCO World Heritage site of Saltaire. 

Entry standards

  • 58.5% of undergraduate degree students are admitted to university with A-levels or BTECS as their highest qualification for admission.
  • Entry points 200–430, average points 300.

Student mix

  • Female 52% and male 48%.
  • State:private school ratio 30:1
  • Home:international ratio 5:1.
  • Applications per place ratio 6:1.

Research standards

  • For over40 years, the University of Bradford has developed a unique portfolio of world-class research and knowledge transfer (RKT) in the UK and abroad.
  • With particular strengths in Healthcare, Management, Engineering and International Development.
  • Ranked Top 50 English University for research funding (HEFCE 2009–10).
  • 80% of research output of RAE-rated international quality.
  • 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.
  • Making Knowledge Work is a core value at the University which ensures continued close working with industry and business through teaching, research, placements and collaborations:
  • The strong emphasis on applied research-informed teaching (informed by the needs of industry) ensures students benefit from studying in a supportive, academic environment with an excellent range of well-equipped research facilities and private study areas.

Academic strengths

  • The University is an established research active university dating back to 1966. Key areas of excellence include Healthcare and Life Sciences, Management, Engineering and International Development.
  • The Academic staff at Bradford are proactive and dynamic; they make a difference through their research and academic work.
  • The University has an enviable reputation for graduate employment, ranked top twenty in the UK for Graduate Level Employment.
  • Most of the University’s courses are professionally accredited, or closely aligned with business, employers and professional bodies. Through the support, encouragement and the teaching and learning experience, students are well equipped with skills and education to enable them to stand out in the jobs market and to get the career they want.
  • Students can take advantage of the employability support and opportunities on and off campus.
  • To give students the best academic experience possible, learning at the University of Bradford comprises a variety of components: world-class facilities, cutting edge research, input from industry, and the chance to push themselves with support from all of the staff.
  • The research and industry expertise of the academic staff adds an invaluable dimension to the learning experience. For example, academics working on the new 'smart bomb' cancer treatment at the University are also teaching our undergraduate students in areas such as Pharmacy, Drug Discovery, Chemistry and Cancer Pharmacology, and when working on project students have access to the same research labs where these treatments are being developed.

Student facilities, including library and computing

  • 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. It may be that at some point during your University studies – or after you’ve graduated – you decide that you would like to start up your own business. The University of Bradford offer schemes exclusive to our students and graduates which can help with every aspect of starting your own business.
  • Placements. When it comes to preparing you for the working environment, a work placement is invaluable, either as a part of your course or in your spare time. Not only will you see your 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. It is the centre of most of the student support services, and students are encouraged to consider The Hub as a one-stop-shop for all needs. In addition to general admin and support, students can get help and advice with enrolment and courses, finance and accommodation.
  • International Office. With 2,000 international students studying at the University, the International Office is very experienced in understanding the extra support needed by international students.
  • Library and IT. Wifi is available in numerous places throughout our campuses. We have well-stocked libraries and computing facilities, which on the city campus are available for learning and research 24/7.
  • Learner Development Unit. The LDU is here to support students with academic, maths and interpersonal skills. There are regular workshops and clinics on specific subjects as well as individual and group activities with skills advisors.
  • Faith. There are a huge variety of backgrounds and nations at the University of Bradford, there is 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.
  • Graduation and beyond. Graduating will mean the beginning of a new relationship between graduates and the University. Wherever you go and whatever you do, the University is always interested in graduates’ progress as alumni through our Alumni Office.

Disability services

  • The Disability Services team are well equipped to help in all kinds of ways. Visit the website to find out about disability services at the University of Bradford.

Students' Union

  • The students' union offers many services to improve the university lives of students, including social, volunteering, engagement and advice services. There is an advice centre, its own cinema, the longest continuously-running student radio station in the UK, a 1,300 capacity club venue, 4 bars based in the Student Central building, over 30 sports clubs and 60 other societies, a volunteering project, a UBUS to provide free, convenient, safe, night-time travel around Bradford, a strong focus on student politics and democracy, and much more.
  • The Students' Union is based in the £8-million Student Central building, that has three levels of rooms and venues. The different levels are designed to support learning, social learning and of course socializing.


  • Unique Fitness and Lifestyle sports centre is situated at the heart of the main campus, the facilities have benefitted from a £5-million pound 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.
  • Outdoor facilities – 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.
  • Clubs and coaching – 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 thirty five sports clubs currently running.

Recent/prospective new builds

  • The University of Bradford is underway with an £120-million investment programme. Recently completed is the new accommodation, the Green, currently the most sustainable building in the world and Student Central where you’ll find social and study spaces, bars and venues and the Students’ Union. The School of Health Studies has now relocated to brand new accommodation on the City Campus.
  • New developments due to open this year are the STEM Centre, a facility for teaching and demonstrating Science Technology, Engineering and Maths subjects. The building will aim to be to the highest achievable sustainability specification, positioned at a central campus location, with easy access to the Sustainability and Enterprise Centre, another new development for 2013.
  • The SEC will be used for research and knowledge transfer activities and as an Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) 'learner' centre. It will provide facilities for ESD events (which work mainly with primary school children) and learning opportunities through the building's function and the sustainable construction that are integral to the design.

Availability of part-time work

  • The JobShop helps students find part-time work, on and off campus.
  • All students are paid at least the legal minimum wage (pay depends on type of job applied for).
  • As well as helping students find local employment, the university belongs to a network of similar JobShops in other institutions around the country.

Notable alumni

  • Over 100,000 students have graduated from the University of Bradford over the past 45 years – there are alumni working all around the world, here are a few examples:
  • Rob Wilmot – he 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.
  • Dr Ibrahim – 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.
  • Tony O’Reilly – businessman and former international rugby union player. He is known for his involvement the Independent News & Media Group and as former CEO and Chairman of the H.J. Heinz Company.


For further information

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

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