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University of Bradford

At the University of Bradford, academic and industry experts are shaping the future of their sectors, and students gain the skills and experiences they need to go out and make their mark on the world.

City Centre
City Centre

In or close to the centre of a city

Campus
Campus

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

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

Level of study

  • Undergraduate 76%
  • Postgraduate 24%

Mode of study

  • Full Time 79%
  • Part Time 21%

Where students come from

  • UK 85%
  • EU 5%
  • Other 10%

Student gender

  • Male 43%
  • Female 57%

Undergraduate Open Days

Open days allow you to experience the university first hand, and help you decide if it's the right place for you​.

Student Services and Facilities

Libraries and Information Services

  • The university has well-stocked libraries and computing facilities.
  • Subject librarians are available to support students in finding resources for their assignments and exams.
  • A range of digital resources are available for students to access on and off campus.

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.
  • Students can also access part-time work with departments across the university, such as the Student Creators Hub run by the Marketing and Communications team.

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 and Mental Health Support

  • The Counselling Service provides a free and confidential service to all students.
  • It is completely independent of students' academic studies and no information is shared with staff or other students.
  • Initial appointments and drop-in sessions are offered, giving students the opportunity to get 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 differences is also offered.

Other services and facilities

  • The Student Life team provides a variety of services for students who find themselves in need of additional support, including student finance, accessing the support fund and referrals to internal and external services.
  • Students can add their extracurricular activity to their Higher Education Achievement Record (HEAR) which includes their academic record and achievements.

Students' Union

  • Every student is automatically a member of the University of Bradford Union of Students (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 a student's time at Bradford is more than just achieving a degree.

History

  • Originally founded in 1882 as a technical institute, the university was awarded its Royal Charter by Queen Elizabeth II in 1966, becoming the University of Bradford.
  • The School of Management, established in 1963, is one of the oldest in the UK. Since 2012 it has held the coveted Triple Crown of accreditations (AMBA, Equis, AACSB).
  • The university began one of the first Peace Studies departments in the world, established in 1969.

Fascinating Fact

  • Former Prime Minister Harold Wilson was the first Chancellor of the university, from its founding in 1966 until 1985.

Notable Alumni and Famous Faces

  • Kate Swann – a senior retail executive and one of the UK's most successful businesswomen. She is currently the CEO and Executive Director of SPP, following ten years as CEO of WHSmith. In 2015 the University of Bradford appointed Kate Swann as chancellor.
  • Gavin Williamson – Conservative MP and secretary of state for defence since 2017, elected MP for South Staffordshire in 2010.
  • Shahina Pardhan – expert in vision and eye research, published extensively. Now director of the vision and eye research unit at the Anglia Ruskin University School of Medicine, she was the first woman to be appointed Professor of Optometry in the UK.
  • Dr Mo Ibrahim – a global expert in mobile communications, who through his charitable trust now 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.

Address

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