University of Bedfordshire

The University of Bedfordshire was formed by the merger of the University of Luton with De Montfort University's Bedford campus in August 2006. The university currently has five campuses: Luton, Bedford, Milton Keynes, Aylesbury and Putteridge Bury.

Town Centre
Town Centre

In or close to the centre of a town

UCAS Code: B22

Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF)

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Student Statistics

Student population


Level of study

  • Undergraduate 82%
  • Postgraduate 18%

Mode of study

  • Full Time 77%
  • Part Time 23%

Where students come from

  • UK 81%
  • EU 8%
  • Other 11%

Student gender

  • Male 38%
  • Female 62%

Student Services and Facilities

Libraries and Information Services

  • All campuses have library provision available. At the Luton campus, a brand new seven-storey library includes 300,000+ books, 6,000 e-books and 900 computers. It features dedicated silent areas, breakout spaces and pods to facilitate group work, a café, and state-of-the-art IT and AV equipment.

Student jobs

  • Luton, Bedford and Milton Keynes campuses are close to town centres, so part-time work is easily accessible.
  • The Careers and Employability Service has a recruitment services team, placing students in relevant paid part-time work with local employers; there are also paid part-time opportunities within the university.
  • From day one, students can register with the recruitment services team to gain information on all new part-time job vacancies that become available.

Careers advice

  • The Careers and Employability Service provides a high-quality information, advice and guidance service. They help students build employability skills and maximise work experience opportunities in order to pursue their chosen career after university.
  • Employability Advisors link with academic schools to provide specialist industry advice within each course, with daily drop-in services and bookable one-to-one appointments. A dedicated placements team assists students on sandwich courses and courses with a professional practice year; and the recruitment services team manages part-time and full-time job vacancies, and develops engagement with a wide range of employers.
  • Students can access careers guidance, interview and selection test preparation, advice on developing CVs and invitations to careers fairs and employer events, use the EmployAble programme to help access a range of support, or gain the University of Bedfordshire skills award, The Edge.

Health services

  • University of Bedfordshire Student Engagement Advisers provide confidential and impartial advice on a range of aspects including academic, personal and health issues.

Counselling and Mental Health Support

  • Students experiencing mental health difficulties can receive personal and confidential support. The university also provides support for students returning to study after a period of illness.

Disability support

  • For students with a disability, a long-term medical condition, or a specific learning difference such as dyslexia, the University of Bedfordshire can provide individual support on aspects such as: access on campus, accessing non-medical helper support, examination access arrangements, applying for Disabled Students' Allowances (UK students only), and screening for specific learning differences such as dyslexia.

Students' Union

  • The Students' Union represents all students at the University of Bedfordshire; it is run by five full-time officers, elected each year by students. They act as the main voice of students in meetings with the university, ensuring that student views are heard and represented at all levels.
  • There are a whole range of clubs and societies for students to get involved in whilst at university as well as over 40 sports teams, who compete with other universities in the BUCS league. The Metro Bar and Kitchen in Luton and the Hub in Bedford host regular events including quizzes, comedy and club nights, and offer a range of affordable food and drink options.
  • Beds SU also provides impartial advice and support on a wide range of issues including finance, housing, safety and representation.


  • Although a new university, Bedfordshire has a rich heritage, with academic roots dating back to 1882.
  • New developments include a purpose-built, seven-storey library in 2016 at Bedfordshire's Luton campus; and in September

     2019 a brand new, four-storey STEM (Science, Technology, English and Mathematics) building will open. Featuring industry-standard equipment, it will be home to a wide range of new courses including Nutrition, Physics, Geology and Mechanical Engineering.

Fascinating Fact

  • Smart city development, organ donation, cyberstalking and Parkinson's disease are just a few of the areas researched at the University of Bedfordshire.

Notable Alumni and Famous Faces

  • Adrian McDonagh – managing director of Easy Web Recruitment.
  • Melvin Odoom – comedian, television presenter and radio presenter for KISS 100 Breakfast.
  • Maggie Alphonsi – English women's rugby international.
  • Sarah Jane Cass – founder of TalentSJC.
  • Tamara-Lee Notcutt – senior casting director for Walt Disney.
  • Mandy Thandi – actress in BBC daytime drama series Doctors.
  • Becky Jago – ITV Anglia newsreader.
  • Toby Friedner – BBC broadcast journalist.
  • Gemma Hunt – CBeebies star.
  • Sam Darlaston – winner of the KISS Chosen One 2015, and radio presenter on KISS.


University of Bedfordshire, University Square, Luton, Bedfordshire, LU1 3JU