University of Worcester

The University of Worcester offers highly relevant, professional courses with outstanding, inspiring teaching. The university takes a truly friendly, inclusive approach to everything it does, with excellent student support and first class facilities. Its record of graduate employment is among the best in the country.

City Centre
City Centre

In or close to the centre of a city


On the outskirts of a city or town


In or close to the countryside


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

UCAS Code: W80

Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF)

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Student Statistics

Student population


Level of study

  • Undergraduate 84%
  • Postgraduate 16%

Mode of study

  • Full Time 80%
  • Part Time 20%

Where students come from

  • UK 95%
  • EU 4%
  • Other 1%

Student gender

  • Male 31%
  • Female 69%

Student Services and Facilities


  • With over a quarter of a million books and 12 miles of archive collections, The Hive is no ordinary library. It has a busy events programme, with regular public lectures, exhibitions and performances.
  • The Hive has won more than 20 awards and accolades for its innovative services, staff and the building itself. It allows in plenty of natural light and provides open spaces, comfortable furniture and inspiring architecture. There are 250 new computers along with access to printers, Wi-Fi and laptop points. The facilities also include a studio theatre, and exhibition spaces. Meeting rooms are block-booked exclusively for student use during assessment periods.
  • Group study and learning spaces are located throughout the campuses; these flexible areas include computer laboratories, wired and Wi-Fi Internet access, and e-learning applications. Open access computers are also available in other campus areas such as the Peirson Study and Guidance Centre.

Student jobs

  • The university has a strong earn-as-you-learn programme; this has 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 more than 900 students were working on campus in a total of 70 different roles.
  • Workshops and one-to-one advice help students in making their applications for part time jobs.

Careers advice

  • Individual advice and guidance appointments with expert Careers Advisers are available through the university’s firstpoint service.
  • 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.

Health services

  • All students are advised to register with a local GP as soon as they arrive so that they can easily access medical assistance as and when they need throughout their study.
  • GP appointments are also available on campus on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays between 12 noon and 2pm; this service is provided by a local GP practice.

Counselling services

  • The university provides support to students experiencing emotional or psychological problems, so that they can gain maximum benefit from their university experience and develop their potential to the full.
  • Its Counsellors and Mental Health Advisers are professionally trained practitioners, experienced in helping and supporting students from many backgrounds and cultures, and with a wide range of personal and life issues. Appointments can be made via a self-referral service. There are also a range of workshops and courses offered, such as mindfulness and managing anxiety.
  • The Student Support and Well-being Service offers ongoing support to students on a range of pastoral and welfare issues, and provides regular, informal 'Fancy a Cuppa?' meetings for students looking for company, support or advice.

Disability support

  • The Disability and Dyslexia Service provides a wide range of support and advice for students with disabilities, including funding advice and assessment.
  • The university has a wealth of experience in supporting disabled students within its community.
  • Specialist software is available on campus to help disabled students to study, and organise their work.

Other services and facilities

  • The Money Advice Service provides students and potential students with welfare and financial advice and support, on a range of topics, such as tuition fees, student loans and grants, support for students with children and more, plus money management. The Access to Learning ('Hardship') Fund provides non-repayable grants for students who are struggling financially and need extra support.
  • The Student Achievement team Service works with students, academic departments and support services to support student transition into higher education and enable students to develop higher education study skills.
  • The university provides designated multifaith rooms for prayer and quiet reflection. Students are put in touch with a range of local churches and faith groups, and the Associate Chaplain is regularly on campus to meet with students.
  • The university provides an on-site nursery – Unitots – which is available to students, staff and the local community.

Students' Union

  • The Students’ Union (SU) is led by a team of enthusiastic elected student officers, supported by dedicated and motivated staff; they have a commitment to excellence in all they do. They represent all students of the university, enabling them to develop and achieve. The SU offers opportunities for students to meet people, expand their horizons, develop new skills and embrace university life –facilitating sports clubs, societies, volunteering, Raise and Give (RAG), academic representation, and independent support and advice.
  • The SU provides a regular programme of entertainment in its bar, The Hangar, so that students have memorable down-time in a safe and relaxed environment. Students are supported to host their own events, and student staff are involved in developing the entertainment programme, as well as the other services of the union.
  • SU representatives regularly go 'out and about' across the university to speak to students about what matters to them, with campaigns to promote and encourage the health and well-being of students and the ways in which they can maximise their academic success and future prospects.


  • Originally founded in 1946 as a teacher training college.
  • Degree-awarding powers held since 1996.
  • Granted full university status in 2005.

Fascinating Fact

  • The place where all UK national pollen forecasts originate, The National Pollen and Aerobiology Research Unit is part of the University of Worcester.

Notable Alumni and Famous Faces

  • Daryl Mitchell – former Captain of Worcestershire County Cricket Club and Chairman of the Professional Cricketers' Association.
  • Jo Yapp – former Captain of England Women’s Rugby.
  • Swaroop Sampat – Bollywood actress and former Miss India.
  • Sophie Carrigill – captain of Great Britain's women's wheelchair basketball team.


University of Worcester, St John's Campus , Henwick Grove, Worcester, WR2 6AJ