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University of Bradford
The University of Bradford, located in the centre of Bradford, West Yorkshire, received its Royal Charter in 1966, making it the 40th university to be created in Britain. It was the first British university to establish a Department of Peace Studies in 1973, which is currently the world's largest university centre for the study of peace and conflict, and is also known for its international relations, security studies and conflict resolution studies. It is the first university to set up a modern business school and the first British university outside London to offer part-time degree courses.
Bradford is a vibrant, friendly, creative and cosmopolitan city with a population of over half a million people speaking around 70 different languages. It offers a lively nightlife and a host of shops, cinemas, sporting venues and cultural attractions. Bradford is famous for its curry, having earned the title of Curry Capital of Britain four years in a row in 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014. It lies on the edge of the Pennines, bordering the Yorkshire Dales National Park. It has excellent transport links, so the cities of Leeds and Manchester are only a twenty minute, and hour and a half train ride away respectively.
QS World Ranking (2021)
Times Higher Education (2020)
Complete University Guide (2021)
Guardian League Table (2021)
Teaching Excellence Framework
Green Credentials (2019)
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The University's origins date back to the Mechanics Institute, founded in 1832 in response to the need in Bradford for workers with cutting-edge skills relevant to the workplace. The Institute later evolved into the Bradford Technical College. By 1957, Bradford Technical College was transformed into the Bradford Institute of Technology.
Construction of the Richmond Building, the largest building on campus, began in 1963. The Horton Building and Chesham building were subsequently added, and the University received its royal charter in 1966 to make it a fully-fledged university, the 40th university to be created in Britain and Prime Minister Harold Wilson became their first Chancellor.
In 2005, a £84m redevelopment of the campus created the world's first 'Ecoversity', with the University reducing its environmental footprint by reducing wastes and using sustainable materials.
The University of Bradford has two campuses: the City Campus and Emm Lane Campus.
The City Campus is compact, self contained, and located just minutes from the city centre. The University has recently spent £120 million on this campus, and winning the award for 'Outstanding Contribution to Sustainable Development' in The Times Higher Education Awards two years running. Its accommodation village, The Green, has the highest ever BREEAM (Building Research Establishment Environmental Assessment Methodology) rating for any building, and the University has been chosen as the top green university in the UK and 8th in the World in a survey by publisher, DesignCurial.
In the City Campus you will also find the Student Central, which is the home of the University of Bradford Union of Students; a range of places to eat and drink; learning and teaching facilities; study areas; relaxation areas, there's plenty of open space at the campus - perfect for outdoor study when the weather is nice; Unique, the University's sports complex; and its own theatre, art gallery and music centre.
The Emm Lane Campus is set in 14 acres of parkland a short distance from City Campus and housed the School of Management. The campus is well served with its own library, Learning and IT support. A free bus service runs between the City Campus and Emm Lane Campus which allows students to travel between campuses if needed.
Faculties & Schools
Faculty of Engineering and Informatics
- Biomedical and Electronic Engineering
- Chemical Engineering
- Civil and Structural Engineering
- Computer Science
- Mechanical and Energy Systems Engineering
- Media, Design and Technology
Faculty of Health Studies
Faculty of Life Sciences
- Archaeological and Forensic Sciences
- Chemistry and Biosciences
- Optometry and Vision Science
- Pharmacy and Medical Sciences
Faculty of Management, Law and Social Sciences
- School of Law
- School of Management
- School of Social Sciences
The University houses eight dedicated, multidisciplinary research and knowledge transfer centres and in the recent research excellence framework (2014) 96% of their research was ranked as either 'internationally recognised' or 'world leading'.
International & Industrial Opportunities
The University of Bradford is one of only nine UK Universities to have an international membership of the International Student Exchange Programs (ISEP), giving students the links to 280 universities in 41 worldwide destinations. Under Erasmus+ programme, students also have the opportunity to study for a semester or a year abroad in a European partner university.
All BSc programmes at the University offer the opportunity to take a year's work placement in industry during the third year. Placements are real, paid jobs in a wide variety of organisations in the private, public and not-for-profit sectors. Erasmus+ work placements offers students the ability to work abroad as part of their degree whilst students can work more locally with the University's industry partners including Ford, Balfour Beatty, the BBC and Intel. All curricula at the University are designed with real input from industry.
UK/EU Students (2020/2021)
Bradford invest over £4m annually to support students on their university journey, awarding numerous scholarships to UK, EU and International students on the basis of academic excellence, personal circumstances or economic hardship.
The Academic A*AA and AAA Scholarships worth up to £3,500 (over the duration of a three-year degree) are offered to all UK and EU students who achieve AAA or higher in their A-levels (or equivalent).
The Country Specific Scholarships are offered to self-funding international students (non-EU) who are nationals of the listed countries and meeting or exceeding the entry criteria. The scholarship is worth £2,000 as a fee reduction, and this discount is payable in all years of study on the course.
The International Academic Excellence Fee Scholarships are offered to students (excluding EU) based on their entry qualifications and nationality. Students with the country equivalent of AAA at A-level will receive a £2,500 fee scholarship. The scholarship will be paid in subsequent years if progressing with an average of 60% or above. Students from one of the countries eligible for the Country Specific Scholarship are offered a £3,000 fee scholarship. The scholarships are automatically processed by the University and no separate application is required.
The Undergraduate Bursary Scheme is offered to UK/EU students paying Home fees and studying full time, and with family income assessed as being under £30,000 per year. The students will receive a payment every year that they meet the eligibility criteria: Year 1- £500, Year 2 - £600 and Year 3 and subsequent years - £700.
University of Bradford has two libraries – the J B Priestley library and Management Library. The J B Priestley library is open 24 hours on weekdays and more limited hours at weekends with 530,000 volumes, more than 1,100 printed periodical titles and approximately 60,000 e-journals. The Management Library is located in the Management and Law Learning Resource Centre in the Emm Lane building, and includes key management textbooks and essential journals. These are international in scope and include the top scholarly titles.
The libraries also have laptop loans, printing and photocopy service, self-issue and self-return facilities, areas for silent study and social learning, group study rooms, and wireless access.
The University’s Academic Skills Advice Service helps students with all areas of academic study and interpersonal skills. They offer 1-2-1 sessions, group advice, workshops and have a number of online study skills resources.
Opened in 2014, the Multidisciplinary Engineering Lab is designed to give engineering students across multiple disciplines a hands-on way of understanding the physics behind their subject. Each piece of equipment in the Lab is linked with a computer, combining the use of digital software with real practical learning.
Clinical Simulation Suites are available for students of the Faculty of Health and Faculty of Life Sciences to gain hands-on experience using real-life healthcare equipment. Their features include clinical practice rooms, a movement lab, an x-ray practice suite, a midwifery practice suite, a child simulation suite and an iStan Patient Simulator. iStan is used to teach physiology and pharmacology, focussing on the effects of different drugs, diseases and pathology on the human body in different situations.
Bradford's 'digital campus' is among the most advanced at any UK university, with instant WiFi across City Campus, the University mobile app and a suite of interactive e-learning tools. Blackboard, is the University's Virtual Learning Environment (VLE), which allows students access to a range of independent study materials related to your course, and studying in general. You can access the materials on Blackboard at your own pace, from any device with an internet connection.
The University has sports facilities on campus, including the Unique - the Fitness and Lifestyle Sport Centre, which offers a swimming pool, a fully equipped gym, regular classes and therapy sessions, and a multi-use sports hall. The newly refurbished University of Bradford Sports Park is just five minutes from campus, and has 3G pitches, tennis courts, a Physio room and a new conditioning suite geared towards team sport training.
The University of Bradford Students' Union (UBU) is based in the £8m Student Central building at the heart of the City campus. There are so many good reasons to engage with the UBU, from academic and financial support to societies, sports and volunteering opportunities. Students elect student representatives together with a dedicated team of Students’ Union staff.
The Students’ Union supports around 60 societies and almost 40 sports teams, all run for students, by students. It also organises regular activities like Freshers’ Fortnight, club nights, special events, comedy nights, markets and the massive end-of-term party. It is also the student platform which champions all student successes, achievements and campaigns.
UBU runs the Student Volunteering programme, providing students with the opportunity to help with local community projects. This programme aims to develop links between the students and the wider community, and supports volunteers from all academic discipline Projects include visiting the elderly, working with the homeless or helping in a playgroup. Students can choose to volunteer for just one day or once a week for the whole year.
The 'Student Leaders Award' is a special award available to the most engaged students who volunteer their time in a leadership role with the Students' Union, the University or in the local community. The scheme is designed to enable full-time and part-time students the opportunity to demonstrate their leadership and qualities and gain either a Gold, Silver or Bronze award, which they can demonstrate to their future employers the skills and experiences that they’ve gained during their time at university. The recipient of the award is nominated by the students.
They are two on-campus shops, which sell food, drink, snacks, stationery, clothing with the best student prices. Student Central houses several bars, all serving the best student-priced drinks as well as snacks and food, and providing great entertainment from pool tables to gaming machines and live sport, alongside quizzes, karaoke and live comedy.
Religion & Spirituality
The Chaplaincy team represent various faith groups and provide spiritual support and pastoral care for staff and students of all faiths and none. The city of Bradford has places of worship for most faiths and religions and many of these are close to the campus.
Health & Wellbeing
The University ensures that all their students are able to enjoy a well-balanced lifestyle in which they are able to find support when needed for their wellbeing. The University provides a free and confidential counselling service to all students and staff. The service offers a range of support, including self-help materials and wellbeing workshops. Initial appointments and drop-in sessions are available to give the student the opportunity to get immediate support and to explore how further counselling may be of benefit.
Students are advised to register with a GP at the Bradford Student Health. The Centre has a dedicated team who is able to treat minor ailments that occur as well as specialist management of long-term conditions, and clinics covering a wide range of healthcare issues.
The Disability Service provides support, information, advice and guidance to prospective and current disabled students. Support includes both study support, financial support and practical support (e.g. specially adapted accommodation).
Students with Specific Learning Difficulties (such as dyslexia, dyspraxia or dyscalculia) are assessed and given a Learner Support Profile which outlines reasonable adjustments the University needs to make to ensure you are supported on your course. The range of support might include funding for equipment, educational support and adjustments for exams.
All the University of Bradford students gains exposure to the world of work - through placements, and sandwich years, industry-standard equipment and talks by leading experts. Course curricula is designed with inputs from industry partners. Many of the courses offered by the University have professional, statutory or regulatory body accreditation or approval. This means your degree has a mark of quality, and you can become a member of the accrediting body when you graduate.
Bradford's Career Development Service is a dedicated service to support the career development and employability of all students. They arrange a variety of events (both on and off campus) to help students improve their employability skills, put them in direct contact with recruiters and give them information about specific occupations. They also hold regular Employability Workshops on a variety of subjects, led by the careers team and guest speakers from industry. One-to-one appointments are available with a career coach, who can guide you at all stages of your career planning and decision-making,
Self-catered (per week) (2020/2021)
Most first-year students choose to live in The Green, the University's award-winning on-campus £40m student village. Buildings in The Green are arranged as a small village, with rooms available either in apartments with six en-suite bedrooms or 12-bedroom townhouses. You’ll be part of a community, with wardens and ambassadors on hand to help whenever you need them, and regular social events.
At the centre of the village is The Orchard, a central hub, overlooking a biodiversity pond and housing the Accommodation and Management office, a launderette, and the new Student Lounge. Student Lounge was opened in 2017, and offers a social space where students can get together and relax; it’s equipped with PS4 Consoles, Table Football, Giant Jenga, and has internal and external seating. The Green offers a host of places to meet, socialise and relax within its attractive landscaped gardens. Students are guaranteed a place at The Green during their first year, providing that students apply before the specified time.
If living in the village, is not for you, then you can search for accommodation through Unipol Student Homes, a charity that helps students find the best housing they can, and works to ensure that accommodation provided by the private rented sector is of high standards.
English Language Requirements
All students whose first language is not English need to demonstrate a minimum standard in English language, such as IELTS 6.0 or the equivalent (this is higher for certain courses so please check the University's prospectus for more information).
At Bradford, 15% of the students come from more than 150 different countries each year. On arrival, if you are flying into Leeds/Bradford or Manchester Airports, the University will be able to meet you at the airport and bring you to your accommodation at the University.
The International Study Centre organises lots of events and days out for students, including trips to local places like Skipton, Ilkley, Saltaire and Bolton Abbey as well as sporting/outdoor events such as cycling and camping.
Once you're settled in, Bradford offers free in-sessional English classes that let you develop your English and academic skills over the course of a semester. Their two-hour workshops let you focus on a particular skill, such as reading, academic writing , critical thinking, presentation, and editing and proofreading. The University also offers one-to-one appointments and study tools and resources in their International Study Centre.