University of Bradford

The University of Bradford provides high quality teaching (Teaching Excellence Framework 2017 silver), underpinned by cutting-edge research with practical applications to solve tomorrow's problems. In the top five universities in Yorkshire & the Humber (The Complete University Guide 2019), 96% of its research and innovation was deemed internationally significant in the latest REF framework exercise.

City Centre
City Centre

In or close to the centre of a city


The university (including student accommodation, teaching, and leisure facilities) is located on one site

Full Service
Full Service

Offers degrees in a wide range of subjects

UCAS Code: B56

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


Level of study

  • Undergraduate 73%
  • Postgraduate 27%

Mode of study

  • Full Time 75%
  • Part Time 25%

Where students come from

  • UK 85%
  • EU 5%
  • Other 10%

Student gender

  • Male 42%
  • Female 58%

Student Services and Facilities


  • The university has well-stocked libraries and computing facilities.

Student jobs

  • The Student Employment Service helps students find part-time work, on and off campus, and provides application advice and support.
  • There are also paid student internships with regional employers which run over the summer vacation to enhance student employability.
  • Vacancies can also be accessed through the university’s Jobs Online facility.

Careers advice

  • Career and Employability services offer a welcoming environment, where students can access impartial careers information and guidance from a team of experienced staff.
  • Events include weekly employability workshop programmes, employer-led workshops, and termly graduate recruitment and career fairs.

Health services

  • The Bradford Student Health Centre provides a confidential and comprehensive service of healthcare with access to specialist facilities.
  • Students who live in the practice area can register with one of the doctors and make full use of the service.
  • The university is committed to supporting students' health and well-being in relation to their academic progression and their wider university experience.

Counselling services

  • The counselling service provides a free and confidential service to all students. It is completely independent, and no information is shared with any staff or students.
  • The service offers initial appointments and drop-in sessions to give students the opportunity for immediate support, and to explore how further counselling may be of benefit.

Disability support

  • The Disability Service provides support, information, advice and guidance for disabled students, including students with specific learning differences such as dyslexia or dyspraxia.
  • Comprehensive screening for specific learning difficulties is also offered.

Students' Union

  • Every student is automatically a member of the University of Bradford Students' Union (UBU).
  • Students can expand their skills through sports, societies, media activities or volunteering, meet new friends or get academic or social advice and support.
  • Students become part of the university’s fun and supportive community, Team Bradford. Team Bradford ensures that time at Bradford is about more than just achieving a degree.


  • Originally founded in 1882 as a technical institute, the university ws awarded its Royal Charter by the Queen in 1966.

Fascinating Fact

  • Former Prime Minister Harold Wilson was the first Chancellor of the university, from its founding in 1966 until 1985. He served twice as Prime Minister during that time, first from 1964–70 and then from 1974–76.

Notable Alumni and Famous Faces

  • Tony O’Reilly – ex-CEO of Heinz: went from rugby union star to Ireland's first billionaire.
  • Kate Swann – Chancellor of the university since 2015 and until recently, CEO of WHSmith. Listed by Fortune as one of the 50 most powerful women in business, 2006.
  • Rob Wilmot – co-director of Freeserve back in 1998; after floating on the London Stock Exchange, Rob became one of the youngest directors of a FTSE 100 company at the age of 29. Rob exited Freeserve after the completion of a £1.6 billion sale to Wanadoo in 2001.
  • Dr Mo Ibrahim – a global expert in mobile communications, whose charitable trust works to promote good governance among heads of state in African countries. In 2008 he was listed by TIME Magazine as one of the 100 most influential people in the world.


University of Bradford, Bradford, West Yorkshire, BD7 1DP