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University of the West of England

2015 League Table Ranking 53
2015 Overall Score 661
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Entry Standards 337 Help
Entry Standards
The average UCAS tariff score of new students entering the University.

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Student-Staff Ratio 20.0 Help
Student-Staff Ratio
The average staffing levels at the University.

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Research Assessment 2.20 Help
Research Assessment
The average quality of the research undertaken in the University.

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Academic Services Spend 1,049 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 4.02 Help
Student Satisfaction
A guide to how satisfied students are with the quality of teaching they receive.

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Facilities Spend 684 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 67.5 Help
Graduate Prospects
A guide to the employability of graduates on completion of their courses at the University.

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Degree Completion 84.7 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 70.0 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 44.0 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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  • 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.

Entry Standards

  • 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.

Student Mix

  • Of a total of 28,197 students, 1,659 are from non-EU countries.
  • Male 44%, female 56%.

Course Flexibility

  • 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.

Teaching Standards

  • 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.

Research Standards

  • 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.

Academic Strengths

  • 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

  • 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.

Disability Services

  • Visit the website for information about disability services at West of England, Bristol.

Students' Union

  • 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.


For further information

  • +44 (0) 117 328 3333
  • University of the West of England
    Coldharbour Lane
    BS16 1QY
UCAS Code B80

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