University of the West of England2014 League Table Ranking 56
2014 Overall Score 621
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- The University of the West of England (UWE) began life as the Merchant Venturer's Navigation School in 1595. In 1969, in a merger with an art college, Bristol Polytechnic came into being.
- The 1990s saw mergers with two health colleges before university status in 1992.
- The emphasis over the years has been on building links with employers ranging from Aardman and Airbus to the Wellcome Foundation and the World Bank.
- The University doubled the size of its campus in 2008.
- Further major partnership with BBC and Hewlett Packard in 2011.
Location and transport
- Four campuses around Bristol, plus Health Education Centre in Gloucester.
- Discounted bus service for UWE students.
- Bristol Parkway, intercity station, only minutes from main Frenchay campus. London 75 minutes by train.
- For physiotherapy, law and media, students need around 300–340 tariff points. For building around 280 and biological sciences around 300.
- UWE accepts a wide range of other qualifications such as the new Advanced and Progression Diploma, National Diplomas and Diploma in HE Access courses.
- Of a total of 28,197 students, 1,659 are from non-EU countries.
- Male 44%, female 56%.
- More than 600 courses to choose from.
- Many courses may be studied either full-time (with or without a sandwich placement year) or part-time, and students may switch between modes if their circumstances change.
- Most of the programmes are modular. Students collect credits for each module until they have gained the number they need for their degree or diploma.
- UWE has consistently scored 'excellent' in the teaching assessments carried out by the Quality Assurance Agency.
- UWE featured in the top 12 in student satisfaction in 18 out of 40 subject groups featured in the National Student Survey.
- Over the past six years, five Bristol UWE lecturers have received prestigious awards from the National Teaching Fellowship Scheme for excellence in teaching.
- More than a third of research either world-leading or internationally excellent (RAE 2008).
- More than 60% of research either world-leading or internationally excellent in biomedicine, art and design and cultural and media studies.
- Doubled its research funding from Government, one of the biggest winners in the UK.
- The university courses are supported by partnership arrangements that provide opportunities for students.
- Recent Ofsted report rated the primary, secondary and further education initial teacher training (ITT) courses as outstanding – the top grade available.
- Rated the fourth best university in the UK for Architecture according to a survey in the Architects' Journal.
- One of the fastest growing universities for research in 2008 Research Assessment Exercise with high scores in Creative Media and Biomedical Sciences.
Student facilities, including library and computing
- Libraries on all campuses.
- Computing – 1,800 workstations including 580 in libraries. There are wi-fi zones in all libraries and a number of communal rooms.
- All student rooms wired for internet access.
- All students are given 24-hour access to library (during term time), computer and internet facilities.
- Frenchay library contains a number of advance bookable IT stations and bookable rooms for presentation procedure practice or group study, containing IT and AV facilities.
- Visit the website for information about disability services at West of England, Bristol.
- The UWE Students Union provides an independent Advice Service, Jobshop, Nursery and Lettings Agency for students.
- The Union trains over 500 student representatives who feedback to the University.
- The Union also works with top clubs in the city centre to put on club and society nights, as well as student events on campus.
- Also home to over 80 of clubs and societies ranging from rugby to drama organised by students for students.
- There are many cultural networks supported by the Union.
- An active Students Union with opportunities to play in around 40 sports competitively.
- Sports teams are supported by a team of professional coaches to compete in the British University and Colleges Sport (BUCS) Championships.
- Sports bursary award and support programme for talented athletes.
- The Centre for Sport provides extensive facilities including two state of the art fitness suites, indoor climbing wall, squash courts and water based astro pitch and many more!
- A comprehensive programme of friendly Social Sports to engage all abilities in sport.
Recent/prospective new builds
- £85-million student village and sports centre opened on the Frenchay Campus in 2006.
- £11.5 million in Bower Ashton Campus (Art Media and Design).
- New nursery at Frenchay Campus.
- New architecture and product design building.
- £300-million investment programme.
Availability of part-time work
- The Students' Union JobShop helps students to find the right job to fit round their studies.
- The employers are aware of study commitments, holiday periods and exams!
- The JobShop also offers tips on specific job hunting and advice on employment rights, tax, National Insurance, etc.
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