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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.

Suburban
Suburban

On the outskirts of a city or town

Rural
Rural

In or close to the countryside

Campus
Campus

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

Greenfield
Greenfield

Located on a green space in, or near to, a city or town centre

Full Service
Full Service

Offers degrees in a wide range of subjects

UCAS Code: W80

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 83%
  • Postgraduate 17%

Mode of study

  • Full Time 82%
  • Part Time 18%

Where students come from

  • UK 94%
  • EU 4%
  • Other 2%

Student gender

  • Male 32%
  • Female 68%

Student Services and Facilities

Libraries and Information Services

  • With over a quarter of a million books and 12 miles of archive collections, and its unique status as the UK's first fully-integrated university and public library, The Hive is no ordinary place. It has a busy events programme of public lectures, exhibitions and performances, and opportunities to undertake volunteering and work placement to gain valuable employment skills.
  • The Hive allows in plenty of natural light and provides open spaces, comfortable furniture and inspiring architecture. Facilities include 250 computers with access to printers, Wi-Fi and laptop points, 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 800 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 digitally and through the Firstpoint student centre. Online resources include web pages, blogs and e-guidance.
  • 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.
  • A number of specialist NHS services are delivered on-site.
  • Regular, targeted health campaigns are run on campus.

Counselling and Mental Health Support

  • 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 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 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 to flourish within its community.
  • Specialist software is available on campus to help disabled students to study, and organise their work.

Other services and facilities

  • Firstpoint, located in the Peirson Study and Guidance Centre, is a central hub for student advice, guidance and support.
  • The Money Advice Service provides students and potential students with welfare and financial advice on a range of topics, from tuition fees and student loans, to support for students with children and money management. A Hardship Fund provides non-repayable grants for students who are struggling financially and need extra support.
  • The Student Achievement Service supports students' transition into higher education, providing study skills guidance and resources.
  • Designated multifaith rooms are available 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 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 can 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 speak to students across the university 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.

History

  • 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 chair 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.

Address

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