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University of the West of England

2016 League Table Ranking 62
2016 Overall Score 632
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Entry Standards 324 Help
Entry Standards
The average UCAS tariff score of new students entering the University.

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Student-Staff Ratio 19.7 Help
Student-Staff Ratio
The average staffing levels at the University.

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Research Quality 2.70 Help
Research Quality
A measure of the quality of the research undertaken in the University.

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Academic Services Spend 1,134 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
A guide to how satisfied students are with the quality of teaching they receive.

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Facilities Spend 702 Help
Facilities Spend
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 68.2 Help
Graduate Prospects
A guide to the employability of graduates on completion of their courses at the University.

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Degree Completion 84.9 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 71.4 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 34.8 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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  • In 1595 the Bristol Society of Merchant Venturers' Navigation School is founded.
  • In 1969 Bristol Polytechnic is founded.
  • In 1992 Bristol Polytechnic gains University status, becoming the University of the West of England (UWE).
  • Today UWE Bristol is the largest provider of Higher Education in the South West of England.
  • There has been strong emphasis over the years on building close partnerships with businesses and organisations locally, nationally and internationally.

Location and Transport

  • UWE Bristol has three Campuses (Frenchay, Glenside and Bower Ashton) around Bristol, plus further afield UWE Gloucester and Hartpury College.
  • The University is easy to reach from most areas of the country, situated close to the M4 and M5 motorways. There are also excellent train and coach connections.
  • Bristol Parkway station is very convenient for the University's Frenchay Campus and there are regular buses directly to campus.
  • There is free bus travel for students in UWE Bristol-owned accommodation.
  • London is just 90 minutes from Bristol by train. Travel by coach is easy too, with an extensive network of routes. Bristol Airport has direct flights to many UK and European cities.

Entry Standards

Student Mix

The 27,050 students enrolled in the academic year 2013/14 comprise:

Level of study
Mode of study
Full Time
Part Time
Student gender

Course Flexibility

  • More than 600 courses to choose from.
  • Many courses can be studied either full-time (with or without a sandwich placement year) or part-time.
  • Most of the programmes are modular.

Teaching Standards

  • UWE Bristol has consistently scored ‘excellent’ in the teaching assessments carried out by the Quality Assurance Agency.

Research Standards

  • UWE Bristol has an outstanding reputation for its user-led research applicable to real world problems.
  • Over the past 10 Year UWE Bristol has more than doubled its research income from organisations such as research councils, charities and the government.
  • The RAE 2008 results showed that over a third (37%) of research carried out at UWE Bristol was considered to be world-leading or internationally excellent.
  • UWE Bristol has been granted the European Commission's HRExcellence in Research Award, which recognises the University's outstanding work in developing and supporting its research staff.

Academic Strengths

  • Strong focus on employability – 95.5% of UWE Bristol graduates are in work or further study six months after graduating (DLHE 2015). 

Student Facilities

  • UWE Bristol is investing £220m in infrastructure and facilities by 2020 to improve students’ experiences. This will include a new Business School building, new student accommodation, a central plaza and transport hub, and refurbished teaching and learning spaces.
  • Learning facilities include: a 24-hour computer lab, libraries on each Campus, a mock courtroom, a forensic Crime Scene House, a wind tunnel, a flight simulator, a financial trading room, and a host of specialist labs and studios.
  • Social facilities include: a high-quality Centre for Sport, an on-campus cinema, a Centre for Performing Arts, a NatWest Bank, several bars, numerous shops and cafés.

Disability Services

Students' Union

  • A brand-new £9.8m Students’ Union building opened in summer 2015.
  • Over 8,000 sports, societies and network members.
  • Students can join over 160 different sports clubs, societies, community networks and volunteer activities.
  • The Students’ Union has over 1,200 student reps throughout the university.
  • Every UWE campus has a Students’ Union run bar
  • The Students’ Union at UWE and the University won four awards at the South West Fairtrade Business Awards 2015, amongst which was Gold for Best Fairtrade Retailer. Last year the shop won Best in Category, which is one of the most highly contested categories.
  • The Students’ Union Bars at UWE have been awarded gold in the Best Bar None scheme 2015, a national award supported by the Home Office and aimed at promoting responsible management and operation of alcohol licensed premises.


  • The Centre for Sport on the Frenchay Campus provides extensive facilities including two state of the art fitness suites, an indoor climbing wall, squash courts and a water based astro pitch.
  • The standard of facilities is such that UWE was listed as a London 2012 Olympics and Paralympics Pre-Games Training Camp.
  • A comprehensive programme of friendly social sports is offered to engage all abilities in sport.
  • The Students’ Union offers opportunities to play in around 40 sports competitively.
  • Sports bursary awards and support programmes are available for talented athletes.

Recent/Prospective New Builds

  • Opening of the Bristol Robotics Laboratory (BRL), a joint initiative between UWE Bristol and Bristol University in 2012.
  • The new UWE Bristol International College opened in September 2012.
  • Major refurbishment of our Glenside Campus in 2012/13.
  • Recent developments on the Bower Ashton Campus included a new Media Hub with industry-standard radio and television broadcasting suites, new specialist Drama facilities, a new student learning zone and extended catering, library and Students’ Union facilities.
  • As part of the UWE Bristol Masterplan a total investment of £220m is planned in infrastructure and facilities by 2020, including: a new building for the Faculty of Business and Law, new student accommodation for 2014/15, a new £9.8m Students’ Union building which opened in summer 2015 and a central plaza and transport hub.
  • A new football stadium for Bristol Rovers Football Club (BRFC) is planned on the land adjacent to Frenchay Campus.

Availability of Part-Time Work

  • The Students’ Union JobShop helps students find the right job to fit around their studies. Around 4,000 part-time jobs are advertised through our JobShop every year.
  • The JobShop also offer tips on specific job hunting and advice on employment rights, tax, National Insurance, etc.
  • More than 200 students undertake internships funded by UWE Bristol every year.

Careers Guidance


For further information

  • 0117 32 83333
  • University of the West England, Bristol
    Frenchay Campus
    Coldharbour Lane
    Bristol BS16 1QY
UCAS Code B80

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