The University of Bedfordshire is a public university with campuses in Bedfordshire and Buckinghamshire, England.
The university was created in August 2006 following approval by the Privy Council by merging the University of Luton and the Bedford campus of De Montfort University.
It has 14,400 students, including approximately 4,500 international students. It is spread across six campuses: there are four campuses in Bedfordshire in Bedford, and Luton and two campuses in Buckinghamshire, in Aylesbury for students studying Nursing and Midwifery, and in Milton Keynes, where business studies, electronic engineering, and telecommunications are taught.
The university entered the Research Assessment Exercise in 2008 and achieved a GPA of 2.087 with 34.7% world-leading or internationally excellent. The top units of assessment were in Communication, Cultural and Media Studies, Social Work Social Policy and Administration and English Language and Literature. In 2012 it achieved FairTrade status.
The current Chancellor of the University of Bedfordshire is John Bercow, the current Speaker of the House of Commons.
The University of Bedfordshire is home to world-leading research with direct societal, economic and cultural impact. This is recognised in the UK-wide 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF), which recognises the university’s research success in both quality and quantity.
Almost half of the university’s research is classified by the REF as world-leading or internationally excellent, the highest ratings possible.
They have been awarded the prestigious Queen’s Anniversary Prize for Higher and Further Education, for their pioneering research in social work and social care.
The university has four faculties
- Creative Arts
- Technologies and Science
- Education and Sport
- Health and Social Sciences
It has a Business School and according to the Daily Telegraph it has “one of the most generous” scholarship programmes in the United Kingdom. The university has regional representatives in several parts of India who have extensive training to give free counselling, advice and, where possible, a face to face interview to students, based in Chandigarth, Chennai, Hyderabad and Vadodara.
They offer a wide range of courses which have differing entry requirements, but their standard offer is usually in the range of 80 to 112 UCAS points from a minimum of two A Levels or BTEC QCF.
For full information on individual entry requirements, the students can speak to their admissions team or visit their individual course pages on their website.
The Faculty of Creative Arts, Technologies and Science also known as CATS, this exciting and diverse faculty is home to courses within the following subject areas: Art & Design; Computer Science & Technology; Life Sciences; Journalism & Communication; Media Arts & Production, Performing Arts & English and Psychology. Many of their courses are accredited by professional bodies such as IBMS, NCTJ, BCS, IET and BPS.
Students within this faculty have a vast array of facilities at their fingertips, including an industry-standard TV studio which is frequently used by the BBC, a 280-seat professional theatre and dance studios, in addition to new science labs and a new scene of crime room for those studying Forensic Science.
Their Computing and Engineering students benefit from new engineering labs, in addition to Linux and robotics labs.
Their Psychology students benefit from facilities such as a health and biological psychology lab, a cognitive lab, as well as eye-tracking software and driving simulators.
This faculty of Education and Sport is home to courses based on their long record of academic excellence in the following subject areas: Education Studies; Teacher Education; Language & Communication; and Sport Science & Physical Activity.
The Faculty of Health and Social Science known as HSS is home to professionally accredited courses within a range of subject areas: Nursing, Midwifery & Healthcare; Clinical Education & Leadership; Social Studies; and Sports Therapy.
Known as UBBS, the University of Bedfordshire Business School is the largest business school in the region, has been awarded the Small Business Charter, and is home to courses within the following subject areas: Accounting & Finance; Business Management & HRM; Marketing, Tourism & Event Management and Law.
Many of their courses are accredited by professional bodies such as CIPR, CIM, and CIPD. Students are able to work within their award-winning Business Pods which imitate a real-world business environment, as well as gaining access to their on-campus Law Moot Court. Accounting and Finance students, meanwhile, can get to grips with The Thomson Reuters facility which provides trading information for companies all around the world.
Their teaching is rooted in the professional and practice expertise of their staff.
A number of their courses carry professional accreditations, such as: British Psychological Society, Chartered Institute of Marketing, National Youth Agency, Association of Certified Chartered Accountants, and Institute of Biomedical Science, to name a few.
Their students rated them as a top ten university for improving the student experience, and a leading university for improving career prospects (National Students Survey 2015).
They are also rated in the National Student Survey as a leading university for personal development, which is a key feature, and a top 30 university for assessment and feedback – critical to student learning.
The University’s Careers & Employability Service aims to unlock their potential as a student or graduate and enable them to manage their future career by providing a professional, high-quality information, advice and guidance service.
Their qualified Employability Advisors are linked to their schools in order to provide specialist industry advice within their course. They will have access to them via a daily drop-in service and bookable one-to-one appointments.
The Careers & Employability Service supports prospective students, current students and graduates to build their employability skills and maximise their work experience opportunities in order to pursue their chosen career after university. In addition to their Employability Advisors, the service offers a dedicated placements team for students on sandwich courses and courses offering a professional practice year, as well as a recruitment services team which manages part-time and full-time job vacancies. They also manage the University of Bedfordshire skills award, The Edge.
By using the service, students will access expert careers guidance, interview and selection test preparation, advice on developing CVs and invitations to careers fairs and employer events. The service also works proactively with a wide range of employers to develop engagement between employers, students and the university.
The university’s EmployAble programme has been developed to support students in accessing all the initiatives across the university that will support them in building their personal employability skills and portfolio. The Employability Advisors will support them in reflecting on what the EmployAble programme has provided them and how to sell those transferable skills to future employers.