Bradford, University of
Wednesday 17 July 2013
Overall ranking: Came 82nd out of 124 in the Complete University Guide for 2014.
History: Has its roots in several 19th-century institutes for training textile workers. Was Bradford College of Technology until 1966, when it was awarded university charter. First chancellor was the then prime minister Harold Wilson and today its chancellor is Imran Khan, politician and legendary cricketer.
Address: Brontë country, West Yorkshire. Main campus in town, school of management three miles away.
Ambience: University is in the heart of the former Victorian textile capital, mostly modern buildings stretching into the sky. £200m of investment is being splurged on Bradford's compact centre and the countryside is a ten minute drive away. The university is currently undergoing at £70m redevelopment, including new sports facilities, laboratories and teaching accommodation.
Who's the boss? Human geographer and environmentalist Professor Mark Cleary.
Prospectus: 0800 073 1225 or order one online here.
UCAS code: B56
What you need to know
Easy to get into? Yes and no. Optometry asks for 340 UCAS entry points but there are plenty of foundation degrees which usually ask for less than 200. Those from non-traditional backgrounds are welcomed. Will consider wide range of qualifications and/or experience for entry. Six applications per place on average.
Vital statistics: Over 10,400 undergraduates, and over 4,500 postgraduates. 71 per cent of students come from Yorkshire, while more than half are from an ethnic minority and almost a third are mature students. More than 140 undergraduate degrees and 80 postgraduate degrees. A full range of subjects but health sciences, engineering, informatics, life sciences, peace studies and management are particularly strong.
Added value: £120m investment programme underway. Links with industry are reflected in the sandwich courses on offer. High graduate employment rate. The university prides itself upon its links with local, national and international companies. 2011's students will be the first to use new accommodation, and the brand-new Student Central, which includes social and study spaces, bars and venues and the Students’ Union. There is now free internet access in all university-owned halls of residence and over 80 wireless hotspots on campus including in the new atrium, a meeting space for community activities which is home to 'The Hub', a new student services area. Arts, culture and entertainment courses are offered (including BA live arts and performance) and there is an on-campus theatre, music centre and art gallery. New Sustainability and Enterprise Centre for 2013.
Teaching: 84th out of 124 for student satisfaction with teaching in the Complete University Guide.
Research: 56th out of 124 in the Research Assessment Exercise.
Graduate prospects: 50th out of 124 with 68.1 per cent finding graduate level employment.
Any accommodation? Yes, a new £40m halls of residence opened in September 2011. Standard rent is £91.34 per week, en suite is £93 to £99.23. Weekly utility charges of £6 per week apply for most rooms.
Cheap to live there? Oh yes. Rumoured to be the cheapest university in the country, with some rooms in the private sector averaging just £40 per week. Most rooms go for between £55 and £60 per week.
Transport links: Road and rail interchange within walking distance. Handy for the M62 and the M1 and 20 minutes from Leeds-Bradford airport.
Fees: Charges the maximum of £9,000 per year for home and EU undergrads studying full-time.
Bursaries: Eligible students can apply for a financial support bursary, and there are a number of scholarships available. The ABB Scholarship offers £3,500 to all home and EU students who achieve ABB or higher in their A-levels or equivalent. See the scholarships and support page for further details.
The fun stuff
Nightlife: Curry house heaven. Various cheap drinking holes in the thriving "West End". Bars and club nights at the union.
Price of a pint: £2.70 on average in Bradford but there are always tons of great deals offered by the union.
Sporting reputation: Average- 96th out of 148 in the current BUCS league.
Notable societies: Red Ribbon raises awareness of HIV/AIDS with events such as a man vs food contest, a winter ball and a fashion show. Try yoga and meditation, Infuzion dance group or partake in the Inspiring Films Festival.
Glittering alumni: Labour MPs David Hinchliffe and Steve McCabe; Baroness Taylor; poet John Hegley; Sir Tony O'Reilly; writer Jon McGregor; mobile phone entrepreneur Mohamed Ibrahim; co-director of Freeserve, Rob Wilmot.
Alternative prospectus: See how current students rate their university experience at Bradford on What Uni? from course and lecturers to city life and eye candy.
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