University of Worcester
- Undergraduate Students
- Postgraduate Students
- International Students
- Originally founded in 1946 as a Teacher Training College.
- Degree-awarding powers held since 1996.
- Granted full university status in 2005.
Location and Transport
- Worcester is 51.5 km (32 miles) south west of Birmingham and is easily accessible by air, rail and the M5 motorway network.
- The university is located centrally, just a short walk from the train and bus stations. The St John's Campus is a 15 minute walk/5 minute drive/10 minute bus journey from Worcester city centre, while the City campus is right in the heart of the city, close to both train and bus stations.
- Worcester has two rail stations – Foregate Street and Shrub Hill. National Express operate eight buses a day to Worcester.
- Find out about entry requirements at Worcester online.
The 10,065 students enrolled in the academic year 2014/15 comprise:
Level of study
- Undergraduate 85%
- Postgraduate 15%
Mode of study
- Full Time 77%
- Part Time 23%
- UK 95%
- EU 4%
- Other 1%
- Male 35%
- Female 65%
- Joint and major minor degree courses are widely available.
- All single honours students have opportunities to take free choice modules in other subjects.
- Most courses are available to study full-time or part-time.
- There are many opportunities for course-related employability skills training and activities.
- The university's mission is to provide high quality, inclusive, education.
- Student satisfaction levels are high.
- The university performs well in all external quality assessments.
- Worcester was one of the most improved universities for research in the Research Excellence Framework 2014, climbing 32 places in the Research Fortnight rankings. Researchers at Worcester were recognised as carrying out world-leading work in History, Art and Design, Health, Education, Biological Science, Psychology, Sport, Geography, Archaeology & Environmental Studies, and English Language & Literature.
- The university has two high profile research centres, the National Pollen and Aerobiology Research Unit and the Association for Dementia Studies; a number of well-established research groups in areas such as River Science, Physical Activity, Health & Well-being and Early Modern Society & Culture; and emergent groups in areas such as Biomedical Research and 'Green' Literature.
- Reflecting the professional and practice-based strengths of several of its academic Institutes, the university has a strong focus on applied research which shapes and influences the practice of teachers, health professionals, coaches and managers. The university is also engaged, however, in basic research in areas such as plant science, the history of slavery and Shakespeare, although in these areas too there is an emphasis on how this research can ultimately have real world impact.
- Teacher Education, Early Years, Sport and Exercise Science, including disability sport, Psychology, Nursing and Midwifery, Biology, History, Heritage and Archaeology Studies, and Management and Leadership.
Type of Qualification:
- The university has invested significantly in a new library – the Hive was opened by HM The Queen in July 2012. It is the first joint university and public library in Britain, housing more than 275,000 books and over 12 miles of history records.
- A new study and guidance centre at the St John’s Campus contains 400 study spaces, PCs, Macs and access to a complete range of student services.
- All halls of residence have internet access and on-campus media services offer students a wide range of multi-media support.
Our Disability and Dyslexia Service provides a wide range of support and advice for students with disabilities, including funding advice and assessment.
The university has one of the highest proportions of disabled students of any university.
- Is run by students for students with a team of elected student officers providing its leadership each year.
- Co-ordinates an army of volunteers who put in 30,000 hours of their time free last year for good causes across campus and within the local community.
- Ensures the student voice is heard through student academic peps and institute reps.
- Supports 35 societies with over 800 members, ranging from archaeology and theatre groups, to Harry Potter and Zumba.
- Co-ordinates over 1,200 students playing performance and recreational sport, with 35 teams competing within the national BUCS programme.
- Provides an impartial and independent Student Advice Service, offering representation and advice on academic and housing matters.
- Entertains students within its own bar, the Pear Tree, with regular feature nights, and arranges safe nights out at local venues and clubs for students.
Availability of Part-Time Work
- The university has a strong earn-while-you-learn programme, with a range of part-time work available within the university itself, in Worcester and the surrounding area, including jobs with local sports clubs, schools, charities and performance companies.
- A part-time jobs bulletin is produced weekly, with jobs both in the local area and on campus. Last year nearly 800 students were working on campus in a total of 62 different roles.
- Workshops and one-to-one advice is available for students to help them in making applications for part time jobs.
- Individual advice and guidance appointments with expert careers advisers are available through the university’s firstpoint service, on a daily basis.
- Careers advisers run talks and workshops at lunchtimes and within courses.
- Careers booklets, leaflets and other information is available online and through the firstpoint student centre.
- Conferences, employer talks and other events run throughout the year.
Recent/Prospective New Builds
The university opened its City Campus in 2010 in the refurbished buildings of the former Worcester Royal Infirmary in the city centre, housing its business school, a health and wellbeing centre along with spacious teaching and learning spaces. There are also over 170 high quality student residences located on City Campus.
The £60m joint university and public library, the Hive, was opened by HM The Queen in July 2012, as the first of its kind in Britain. The Hive has won numerous awards since opening including Best University Contribution to the Community and Best University Library Team.
The state-of-the-art University of Worcester Arena, designed to be fully accessible, opened in 2013.
A new study and guidance centre at the St John’s Campus opened in 2013, containing 400 study spaces, PCs, Macs, a radio studio and access to a complete range of student services.
The university completed the acquisition of Barrington House in early 2015, a large period house located close to the University’s St John’s Campus. The building has been sympathetically refurbished to a high standard to create student accommodation.
A number of science laboratories have been recently upgraded following a £1 million investment – these became operational in September 2015.
The university has acquired a large complex in the city centre, close to its City Campus. Following an extensive refurbishment the facility will house the university’s Language Centre, Law School, modern teaching facilities and social learning spaces – work will be completed in time for September 2016.
A Grade II listed building opposite the City Campus has also recently been acquired and will be transformed into the University of Worcester Art House housing, illustration, Graphic Design and other art based subjects. Works are due to get underway in 2016 and be completed by mid 2017.
The university has also recently acquired an outdoor activity centre, including a 10-acre lake, which will be used to develop courses and sports provision.
- Daryl Mitchell – Captain of Worcestershire County Cricket Club
- Jo Yapp – former Captain of England Women’s Rugby
- Swaroop Sampat – Bollywood actress and former Miss India
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