University Of Bedfordshire

Park Square, Luton, Bedfordshire , LU1 3JU

01582 743500

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The University of Bedfordshire is the largest higher education institution in the county, providing excellent opportunities for more people to access top quality higher education.

University Of Bedfordshire

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Facts and Figures

23,000 students

100+ countries represented

1,200 staff

2,000 study bedrooms 

46 per cent of students are aged over 25

3 campuses in Luton and Bedford

9 Research Institutes

£180m invested in facilities

£300m annual contribution to the local economy (Universities UK)

The University of Bedfordshire is the largest higher education institution in the county, providing excellent opportunities for more people to access top quality higher education. The University is determined to establish an excellent reputation for high-quality and vocational distinctiveness, and is committed to providing innovative opportunities to participate in higher education for all those able to benefit; giving a strong regional presence, consistent with the lifelong learning needs of individuals, groups and employers within a socially diverse community; helping all our students and staff to attain their full potential.

Outstanding reputation for teaching

  • We have been awarded top marks – a ‘confidence’ rating – in our most recent Quality Assurance Agency audit
  • Our Graduate Teacher Programme was rated ‘outstanding’ in our 2010 Ofsted

  • Our staff have received a number of National Teaching Fellowship Awards for outstanding contributions to teaching and learning • We have won the Queen’s Award for Enterprise: International Trade 2011, the most prestigious corporate award

Exciting new facilities

We are investing £180m in new teaching and learning facilities, including:

  • Major new developments at our Luton campus, with a newly opened £34m state-of-the-art Campus and £40m brand-new en-suite accommodation, and a new Postgraduate and Continuing Professional Development Centre opening in 2013
  • A total of £1.4m invested in our business facilities including a new Law Moot Court and unique Business Pods
  • £700,000 investment in laboratories for Psychology, Sport and Exercise Science, and Biomedical and Forensic Sciences
  • £2m on an award-winning new site for healthcare students at Butterfield Park, Luton and at Oxford House, Aylesbury
  • A further £12m in new facilities in the Computing and Media departments
  • Bedford campus boasts a £6m Campus Centre, £20m en-suite halls of residence and an £8m PE and Sport Science Centre 

Employment and business focused

  • Our graduates enjoy excellent employment rates, with 90% in work and/or further study within six months of graduating (Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education 2010)
  • We have industry links with some 4,000 organisations including the BBC, TUI and Channel 4
  • Many of our courses are accredited by professional bodies such as the Chartered Management Institute, the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants, Qualified Teacher Status, the General Social Care Council and the Institute of Biomedical Science
  • We have an award-winning careers service. Our brand-new ‘JobSavviGrad’ online job search tool helps students find jobs matched to their skills
  • The new Higher Education Achievement Report (HEAR) demonstrates students’ employability, lifelong and lifewide learning • We give students the chance to impress employers through the Flux National competition, The Basics of Building a Business free lectures and the i-Factor business concept competition Development beyond the curriculum
  • Our Volunteering Service enables students to get hands-on experience and make a difference to their local community. Students can get involved in running the Students’ Union through elections or the course representative system
  • We offer school-based mentoring opportunities for students to advise future students about student life
  • We also have a new ‘Bedfordshire Edge Award’ which encourages employability-related learning from students’ extra-curricular activities and internships

Applied research

  • We were commended in the most recent Research Assessment Exercise (RAE) for our ‘world-leading’research in Earth Systems and Environmental Science; Social Work, Social Policy and Administration; Sport, Tourism and Leisure; English Language and Literature; and Communications, Cultural and MediaStudies
  • The RAE also rated our research as ‘internationally excellent’ in the areas of Computer Science and Informatics, and Business and Management Studies

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