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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.

City Centre
City Centre

In or close to the centre of a city

Urban
Urban

In a town

UCAS Code: B22

League Table Scores

  • Entry Standards
    Entry Standards

    The average UCAS tariff score of new students entering the university.

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    95
  • Student Satisfaction
    Student Satisfaction

    A guide to how satisfied students are with the quality of teaching they receive.

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    4.01 / 5.00
  • Research Quality
    Research Quality

    A measure of the quality of the research undertaken in the university.

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    2.52 / 4.00
  • Research Intensity
    Research Intensity

    A measure of the proportion of staff involved in high-quality research in the university.

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    0.27 / 1.00
  • Graduate Prospects
    Graduate Prospects

    A guide to the employability of graduates on completion of their courses at the university.

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    67.8 / 100.0
  • Student-Staff Ratio
    Student-Staff Ratio

    The average staffing levels at the university.

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    17.6
  • Academic Services Spend
    Academic Services Spend

    A guide to how much the university spends on supporting services such as libraries and IT.

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    1,588
  • Facilities Spend
    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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    596
  • Good Honours
    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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    63.5 / 100.0
  • Degree Completion
    Degree Completion

    The proportion of students expected to successfully complete their studies and gain a degree from the university.

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    72.8 / 100.0

Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF)

TEF Silver is awarded to institutions that deliver high-quality teaching, learning and outcomes for their students, and consistently exceed "rigorous national quality requirements" for higher education in the UK. Find out more about TEF.

Student Statistics

Student population

Small
<5,000
Medium
5–10,000
Large
10–25,000
Largest
>25,000

Level of study

  • Undergraduate 78%
  • Postgraduate 22%

Mode of study

  • Full Time 76%
  • Part Time 24%

Where students come from

  • UK 83%
  • EU 7%
  • Other 11%

Student gender

  • Male 40%
  • Female 60%

Undergraduate Courses

Type of Qualification:

Mode of study:

Student Services and Facilities

Library

  • All campuses have library provision available. At Luton, a brand new seven-storey library includes 300,000+ books, 6,000 e-books, 900 computers, silent-study rooms, group-work areas, presentation-practice rooms and a café.

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 high-quality information, advice and guidance service to 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

  • The university offers an initial assessment to students to determine the most beneficial support for their individual needs. 
  • This might include one-to-one support in managing mental health and well-being; support in developing coping strategies to maximise potential and university experiences; advice on Disabled Students' Allowance (DSA); information, advice and supported access to other services within the university, Beds SU and the local community; and support during absence caused by ill health and facilitation of a planned return to study.

Counselling services

  • The University of Bedfordshire offer free counselling to all full-time and part-time registered students.
  • Counselling offers students the opportunity to talk in confidence with someone who is impartial and separate from their work, social and family life, helping them to resolve their difficulties. Counsellors may be able to give advice on making changes or about new ways to manage situations.

Disability support

  • The Health and Well-being team (Disability Support) can discuss any learning support issues students may have, providing services such as BSL interpreters, note takers, dyslexia screening, tuition and support with mobility on campus.
  • The Learning Resources Centre (LRC) offers a range of support services and specialist software and equipment.
  • Please refer to the university website for details.

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.

History

  • Although a new university, Bedfordshire has a rich heritage, with academic roots dating back to 1882.
  • The university has more than 20,000 students from over 120 countries.

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 – MD, 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.

More than a degree

  • Bedfordshire believes that university life is far more than acquiring new knowledge. Through studying at Bedfordshire, a whole host of opportunities are opened up to you.
  • Co-curricular activities give students the opportunity to enhance real-world skills and develop professionally, and complement their studies. Become a course rep, a PAL leader, or take up a work placement.
  • Extra-curricular activities – they’re fun and give students the opportunity to demonstrate additional skills that will help in the work place, as well as showing determination and commitment to developing new skills. Volunteer, take on an internship, get involved in the university radio station, or go on a Go Global trip – they’re just some of the activities extra-curricular activities on offer at Bedfordshire.

Address

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