University of Bedfordshire

OVERVIEW

Previously Luton College of Higher Education, with roots dating back to Luton Modern School, founded in 1908, the University of Bedfordshire has been known by its current name since the University of Luton and De Montfort University’s Bedford campus merged in 2006. It is a modern university with a total of six campuses across the counties of Bedfordshire and Buckinghamshire, offering courses in creative arts, sport, science, social sciences, business and a range of other subjects.

Located in the town centre, the university’s Luton campus is home to seven departments, the students’ union and the Postgraduate and Continuing Professional Development Centre. Housing the Physical Education and Sports Science Centre and a number of lecture theatres and specialist labs, the Bedford campus is 20 minutes from Bedford town centre on foot.  Situated just north east of Luton, the Butterfield Park campus plays a key part in nursing and midwifery courses. A number of the University of Bedfordshire’s health courses take place at its Buckinghamshire campus in the town of Aylesbury.

Graduates of Bedfordshire university are often rated as having good prospects for work or further study. A large proportion of its research output has been considered of an international standard and quality, and the university operates a total of 11 research institutes.

Sports clubs range from badminton and basketball to squash and swimming, while student societies cover a wide range of interests, causes, religions and cultures.

Alumni include Teardrop Explodes keyboardist and Food Records co-founder David Balfe, and former MP Richard Page.

We offer you:

  1. Superb facilities
  2. Excellent career prospects
  3. Placement, work experience and volunteering opportunities
  4. Comprehensive support services
  5. Outstanding Students’ Union
  6. A voice to effect change

Accommodation

Built in 2010 and 2011 respectively, Fitzroy Court and Wenlock court provide 852 brand new private en-suite study bedrooms and include:

  1. All inclusive utility bills
  2. In room Wi-Fi access
  3. Standard contents insurance
  4. Modern, self-catered flats with up to five study bedrooms plus a fully fitted kitchen and living area
  5. Fully furnished en-suite bedrooms with toilet, shower and washbasin, with separate telephone and high-speed internet data points
  6. Laundry facilities located on-site
  7. Fantastic social and study areas including a fully equipped gym

No. of students per staff

Percentage of International Students

18.8%
32%

Student Ratio of Females to Males

62%
38%

Bedford Campus

The Bedford campus on Polhill Avenue is about 20 minutes walk from Bedford town centre. The university provides a free bus service running between the town centre and the campus. The campus has recently undergone a redevelopment which includes a Physical Education and Sport Science Centre used to train athletes in the 2012 Olympics,and a Bedford Campus Centre boasting a 280-seat theatre, dance studios, restaurant and social spaces for students. Liberty Park, the recently completed £20m on-campus student accommodation, offers 500 en-suite study bedrooms. The Polhill Library was designed by van Heyningen and Haward Architects as a gateway to the campus. The building was completed in 2001 and provides approximately 360 individual study spaces, teaching space, staff work areas and traditional library services.[12]

The Bedford campus has the following schools: Primary Education, Secondary and Post-Compulsory Education, Education Studies, Physical Education and Sport Studies, Sport and Exercise Sciences, and Tourism and Leisure.