Worcester, University of

 

 

Overall ranking: Came 104th out of 123 in the Complete University Guide for 2015.

History: Worcester was granted full university status in 2005, after becoming a university college in 1999. It has had the power to award its own degrees, up to and including Masters, since 1997.

Address: Two campuses – the recently completed City Campus, on the banks of the river Severn, and a second in the St John’s area of Worcester, a 15 minute walk from the city centre.

Ambience: Compact leafy campus amid attractive parkland in the suburb of St John's. The new multi-million pound City Campus built in 2010 mixes old and new, based around the city’s former Royal Infirmary hospital but full of state-of-the-art facilities.

Who's the boss? Vice-chancellor and chief executive David Green, a professor of economics and an international business whiz.

Prospectus: 01905 855 141 or request it online here.

UCAS code: W80

What you need to know

Easy to get into? Humanities courses ask for either 220 to 300 UCAS tariff points, psychology is 280, sports courses are 240 to 280, and primary education is 320. There is strong emphasis on equal opportunities and inclusion. Mature students can use their experience and skills to get started.

Vital statistics: Around 10,000 students, with 65 per cent of those over 21. Around three female students to every male. Almost 10 per cent of students have disabilities.

Added value: Purpose-built student village, including brand new halls, £3m sports centre and new £15m 2,000 seat sports arena built in 2013, the first arena in Britain designed specifically for disabled and able bodied athletes, £1m digital arts centre, £7 million science laboratories, launderette, shop, students' union and new £60m library The Hive. Opened by HM The Queen in 2012 it is the first joint university and public library in Britain. A new study and guidance centre at the St John’s Campus contains 400 study spaces, PCs, Macs and access to a complete range of student services.  Keen on lifelong learning; focus on vocational courses, many of which involve work placements with the NHS, schools, local authorities, business and community organisations. Sporting scholarships and coaching opportunities galore.

Teaching: 87th out of 123 for student satisfaction with teaching quality in the Complete University Guide.

Graduate prospects: 64th out of 123 with 62.9 per cent finding graduate level employment.

Any accommodation? Yes - it's between £86 and £141 per week for a self-catering room in halls.

Cheap to live there? Roughly £75 to £90 per week to rent a room in the local area.

Transport links: Two mainline railway stations, M5 a few minutes from city centre. Regular bus service between town and campus, or 15-minute walk. No need for a car.

Fees: £8,900 per year in 2014 for full-time home and EU undergraduates.

Bursaries: £1,000 ABB or equivalent scholarships, £3,000 National Scholarship Programme fee waiver and the £500 Wychavon Scholarship to support people from the Wychavon region. See the financial support page here for more details.

The fun stuff

Nightlife: Revolves around the newly refurbished students’ union's bar The Pear Tree, a two floor venue with pool tables, big screen and a small stage. Cocktail Shack has been a popular new venture for the bar. There is an annual sports ball and plenty of student-friendly pubs in town. Tramps nightclub is a popular destination.

Price of a pint: The average pint of lager in Worcester will set you back around £2.40. 20 per cent off all drinks from the union bar from 12-1pm and 8-10pm every weekday.

Sporting reputation: Fair- ranked 62nd out of 145 in the BUCS 2013/14 league table.

Notable societies: Spotlight Theatre drama group puts on shows by well-known playwrights and presents original material from its members. Loco Show Co. is another performance-based society. The Voice is the official student newspaper.

Glittering alumni: Matt Beechey, world-class rower; Jo Yapp, England ladies rugby captain; Owen Brotherton, hockey player; Martin Murray, British BMX freestyle champion; Andy Train, Olympic canoeist.

Alternative prospectus: See how current Worcester students rate aspects of their university experience on What Uni? here.

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