University Profile: University of the West of England, Bristol

How many lives? Began life as Merchant Venturers' Navigation School, later merged with an art college to form Bristol Polytechnic. The Nineties saw mergers with two health colleges before it became a university.

Address: Four campuses around Bristol, plus an associate faculty at Hartpury College near Gloucester.

Ambience: Main campus at Frenchay is purpose-built. Glenside houses health and social care, while atmospheric St Matthias is home to humanities. Art, media and design students are in a glass structure at Bower Ashton. All students are given 24-hour access to library, computer, internet facilities and UWE online, the university's virtual learning environment.

Vital statistics: Very large, with 26,000 students. One of the most rated of the new universities and said to have a relatively high proportion of students coming from private schools. Close links with business and industry offer the chance to put study into practice.

Added value: There's an award-winning school of architecture studio building. Invested £3.6m on a new science block and a genomics lab has recently opened. A further £75m is being invested in new sports and accommodation.

Glittering alumni: David Hempleman-Adams, adventurer; Simon Shaw and Kyran Bracken, England rugby players; Dawn Primarolo MP.

Transport links: London 75 minutes by train. Intercity station is minutes from main campus.

Who's the boss? Alfred Morris, CBE

Teaching: Results consistently above 20 points (out of 24). Rated 20 in agriculture; 21 in modern languages, linguistics, politics, building, electronic engineering, maths, other subjects allied to medicine; 22 in art, media and design, cultural and media studies, nursing and midwifery, psychology, land and property management; 23 in business and management, sociology, town and country planning, economics; 24 in education, biological and biomedical sciences.

Research: Came 77th out of 106 in the 2001 assessment exercise. Accounting and finance awarded five out of five, with law, politics, English language and literature, history, art and design, and communication and media studies all receiving grade four.

Nightlife: Bristol is a musical city marked by its big acts such as Roni Size, Massive Attack and Portishead.

Cheap to live in? Room in self-catering hall costs £42-£65 a week; room in private sector £40-£70 a week.

Clearing: There are expected to be a few hundred places available, spread across all subjects, except physiotherapy, education, and some art and design courses.

Grade requirements range from around 180 points (CDD) for science, computing, and maths to 320 points (ABB) for law, English, and culture and communications.

If you are determined to go to UWE, but haven't got the grades, foundation years are available in computing, engineering, maths, built environment, science, and the allied health professions, such as physiotherapy and radiotherapy.

UWE's Clearing helpline number is 0117 328 3333. It will be open 18 August 7am-7pm; 19 August 9am-6.30pm; 20 and 21 August 10am-3pm; and for the rest of the week 9am-6.30pm. After that it will be back to normal office hours.

For more information: www.uwe.ac.uk

Ucas code: B80

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