In 1882 when University began as Bradford Technical College, Bradford was the textile capital of the world - its renowned products reaching the four corners of the globe. Today, University of Bradford world-class teaching reaches out to those same four corners, bringing students from 150 nations together in one place of learning excellence.
With 50 years of academic excellence behind as a University, they have continued to grow their international reputation and course provision. They have always been pioneers in developing new course subjects, reflecting and anticipating the needs of employers, students, and of society as a whole.
Bradford was the first university outside London to offer part-time degree courses, and those courses are designed in response to the changing business, social, scientific and environmental landscape. From the first modern Business School, which has an international reputation, to the first Peace Studies degree, they continue to offer relevant, practical and useful learning for all our students.
Today their associations with employers have expanded across the globe. Bradford's collaborations range from associations with local employers through their employer engagement initiatives, to overseas partnerships including those in Singapore, Brunei, Malaysia, Pakistan and India.
- 22% of our students are from outside the UK representing 131 countries
- Over 130,000 alumni - Bradford's alumni are in more than 175 countries worldwide
- 1675 staff - 9.7% of staff are from overseas
- 357 members of academic staff, from a range of discipline areas, have been awarded a Higher Education Fellowship from the Higher Education Academy (HEA) (33 Associate Fellows, 295 Fellows, 22 Senior Fellows, 3 Principal Fellows and 4 National Teaching Fellows)
Key facts and accolades
- One of the first Peace Studies departments in the world
- One of the first Management Schools in the world
- Awarded silver for the excellence of our teaching in the Teaching Excellence Framework in 2017
- Awarded the Athena SWAN bronze award for tackling women’s inequality in higher education in 2016
- The only university in the world to maintain three ‘BREEAM Outstanding’ rated buildings in its portfolio
- Number 4 in the top five universities in Yorkshire & the Humber (The Complete University Guide 2018)
- Number 76 in the Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2017
- The School of Management is ranked number 1 in Yorkshire and 14th in the UK (Financial Times 2016 European Business School rankings)
- The School of Management is recognised as one of the world’s top business schools with the coveted Triple Crown of accreditations (AACSB, EQUIS, AMBA) – an accolade held by an elite group of business schools in the world
Bradford is a diverse, vibrant and well-connected city in the heart of Yorkshire. Full of history - Bradford was once the wool capital of the world - it is an exciting time in the city, with new developments such as the Broadway shopping centre, a new underground retail complex, and the restoration on the beautiful Odeon building overlooking City Park. As well as the city centre - home to the University's main campus - Bradford includes several smaller towns and villages, each with their own distinctive character. From the pubs, clubs, galleries and restaurants of the city centre to the hills and tea rooms of Ilkley and Haworth, and everything in-between, you can find it all in Bradford.
- Population: 528,155 (Office for National Statistics, 2015)
- Bradford is the first UNESCO City of Film
- Named Curry Capital of Britain six years in a row (2011 - 2016)
- Bradford has more than 40 public parks
- Home to the National Media Museum
- Bradford has an international airport, direct trains to London, and is close to M1 and M62
They’ve invested £120 million in the bustling City Campus and beautiful Emm Lane Campus to make sure you get the most out of your time here – whether you’re studying, working, relaxing or playing.
- Food and drink - you can choose from a wide range of places to eat and drink.
- Arts on Campus - the campus boasts its own theatre, art gallery and music centre.
- Fitness and sport - our Unique: Fitness & Lifestyle sports centre boasts a range of top facilities including a gym, swimming pool and climbing wall.
- Award-winning accommodation - The Green is based on the City Campus, putting students right at the heart of the University’s academic studies, student facilities, support services and social activities.
- Study areas - many of the social spaces on campus also double as study areas, in addition to the dedicated study areas available to all students.
- Relaxation areas - there's an abundance of informal meeting places where you can sit with friends over a coffee and catch up on some study notes or talk through your lectures, including lots of green space.
- Sustainable campus - our new developments are among the most environmentally-friendly buildings in the world.
Emm Lane Campus
Students studying Management or Law subjects study at our dedicated parkland campus:
- two miles (25 minutes’ walk) from the city centre
- beautiful historic buildings stand side by side with the latest state-of-the-art facilities.
- dedicated free bus service takes students between Emm Lane and the City Campus
Bradford is one of the least expensive cities in the UK for students to live in.
Estimated minimum living costs in Bradford 2017/2018 42 weeks/51 weeks:
- Accommodation depending on type £2,140 - £4,450*/£2,600 - £,5400*
- Food, toiletries and laundry (based on £50 per week) £2,100/£2,550
- Toiletries, laundry and household (based on £15 per week) £630/£765
- Books, stationery, photocopying and printing (based on £10 per week) £420/£510
- Mobile phone costs (based on £10 per week) £420/£510
- Local Travel – if required (based on £10 per week) £420/£510
- Set up costs (based on £500) £500/£500
- Insurance for personal possessions £70**/£70**
Estimated minimum total for guidance only £6,700 to £9,010/£8,015 to £10,815
The UK Border Agency considers that students living outside of London will require approximately £1,015 per month for their living expenses.
* Accommodation may be in Halls of Residence (standard rooms or ensuite rooms available) or in private housing. Halls of Residence rents usually include all utility bills. Rents in private housing are generally for room only, and the costs of utility bills are additional. Please check with your accommodation provider for further details.
** Insurance for personal possessions is included in Halls of Residence rent. Rent in private houses does not include this insurance, and this cost should be included in your budget planning.
The costs given above are estimates, and do not include any money for leisure activities, or initial set-up costs of bedding, kitchen equipment and warm clothing.
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