University of West England

OVERVIEW

The University of the West of England (UWE), located in Bristol, is a modern university with roots that date back to the founding of the 16th century Bristol Society of Merchant Venture’s’ Navigation School .

Today, UWE has more than 27,000 students, 4,000 of whom are international hailing from 140 different countries.

The university offers over 600 courses at undergraduate, postgraduate, professional and short course level, with a broad subject portfolio encompassing the arts, creative industries, health, science, business, law, environment and technology.

Organized across 14 departments, UWE has three campuses in and around Bristol, with additional campuses in Gloucestershire. It also offers courses through local study partners and several global partner institutions.

Recent large-scale investment in its facilities have resulted in a new Students’ Union as well as state-of-the-art learning spaces and accommodation, currently in development.

UWE prides itself on being a diverse university in one of the UK’s most desirable cities.

Its mission is to provide professionally-recognized and practice-oriented programmes, with strong industry networks and a global outlook and approach.

Boasting links with over 1,000 businesses and organizations, UWE cites close working partnerships with employers such as CERN, Rolls Royce, the NHS and BBC, which support the university in developing relevant course content and offering its students various professional opportunities.

UWE has research strengths in several areas ranging from robotics and big data, to appearance issues and children’s literature.

Its alumni includes David Knopfler of Dire Straits, former Bristol Member of Parliament Dawn Primarolo, and the comedian Miranda Hart.

Bristol itself is a major hub of social and cultural activity in the UK, with a vibrant arts and live music scene, great restaurants and a thriving economy.

In 2015 Bristol was the first UK city to win the European Green Capital award, while The Sunday Times newspaper named Bristol the best city to live in Britain on account of its culture, nightlife and proximity to beautiful countryside.

Ranking

University of Hertfordshire ranks 601–800 among world universities in Times Higher Education World University Rankings in 2019. It comes under the ranking of 101-150 under Young University Rankings 2018. In subject specific rankings, it has an overall world ranking between 301-400 in Arts and Humanities in 2019. It had a subject specific world ranking between 150-200 in European Teaching in 2018.

The Complete University Guide ranked UH courses namely in Food Science, Social Work, Optometry Ophthalmology & Orthoptics and Medical Technology as the top 20 in the UK in 2019.

In the THE 100 Under 50 universities 2015, a global ranking of the top 100 world universities under 50 years old, University of Hertfordshire was placed 71st.

In 2012, the University of Hertfordshire was placed between 301-350 ranking category in the world, according to Times Higher Education World University Rankings, its highest in recent years.

In 2008, the university was shortlisted for the Times Higher Education University of the Year Award. In 2009, the university was shortlisted for the Times Higher Education Entrepreneurial University of the Year Award. It was declared the Entrepreneurial University of the Year by Times Higher Education in 2010. In 2011, it was ranked 41st by The Complete University Guide among UK universities, its highest regional ranking in recent years.

In the Times Higher Education ranking of most international universities, in January 2015, Hertfordshire ranked 84th in the top 100 in the world. In 2016, it was placed at 122nd in the top 200 international universities in the world, by Times Higher Education. The rankings are based on excellence across teaching, research, citations, industry income and international outlook.

In the US News Best Global Universities Ranking in 2018, Hertfordshire ranked 698th among universities in the world.

According to the Times Higher Education Student Experience Survey 2018, the University of Hertfordshire has a ranking of 69, with a score of 75.5 for overall student satisfaction.

No. of students per staff

Percentage of International Students

18%
20%

Student Ratio of Females to Males

53%
47%

Campus

Frenchay campus

UWE Bristol’s largest and primary campus is named after the nearby village of Frenchay in the civil parish of Winterbourne. It is located 4 miles north of Bristol city centre, with Filton to the West and Stoke Gifford to the North.

An £80 million student village located at the Frenchay campus, which includes a sports centre and rooms for 2000 students, opened in 2006.

In August 2006, a new sports centre was opened at Frenchay. In September 2008 UWE Bristol purchased the major part of neighbour Hewlett Packard‘s adjoining land, resulting in a 70-acre (28-hectare) expansion to their current 80-acre (32 ha) campus.

In 2012, major changes were introduced to the Frenchay campus at UWE Bristol. First, the Bristol Robotics Laboratory, the largest robotics laboratory in Europe, was opened and later on in the same year the UWE Bristol International College was opened to students. The International College provides international students with the necessary academic, subject-based and English language skills needed to successfully progress on to a degree course at UWE Bristol.

The Students’ Union opened its new build in 2015; it is two interlinked buildings bringing all Students’ Union services together.

In autumn 2016 Future Space, a business incubator for hi-tech companies, was opened adjacent to the Bristol Robotics Laboratory on Frenchay Campus. It is only one of four universities in the UK to have a University Enterprise Zone providing space for over 70 businesses.

The new Bristol Business School building at Frenchay Campus was completed in 2017. It houses the Bristol Business School and Bristol Law School.

Plans to develop an engineering building with teaching and research facilities will be located next to the new Bristol Business School in the heart of Frenchay Campus. It is expected open to students and staff in the summer of 2020.

City Campus

Bower Ashton Studios is home to the creative and cultural subjects, which are part of the Faculty of Arts, Creative Industries and Education. Adjacent to the Ashton Court estate, on the edge of the city of Bristol, the West of England College of Art was established in purpose-built premises in 1969, moving from its previous location as the art school of the Royal West of England Academy in Clifton. In 1970 the college became part of Bristol Polytechnic, the precursor of the university.

Every year in June the campus houses a degree show attended by Bristol residents as well as friends and families of the graduating students.

Among its principals and deans were the war artist Jack Chalker, the graphic designer Paul van Der Lem, and Paul Gough RWA, a fine artist who became the first pro-vice chancellor and executive dean of the faculty in its expanded form of over 2,600 students.

Glenside Campus

Glenside campus is the home of the Faculty of Health and Applied Sciences. It is located on Blackberry Hill in the suburb of Fishponds. The Faculty of Health and Applied Sciences (formerly the Faculty of Health and Social Care) was created in 1996 when the former Avon and Gloucestershire College of Health and Bath and Swindon College of Health Studies joined with the existing Faculty of Health and Community Studies at UWE Bristol.[citation needed] The Glenside Museum is situated within the campus.

The Faculty of Health and Applied Sciences includes the following departments:

  • Department of Allied Health Professions
  • Department of Applied Sciences
  • Department of Health and Social Sciences
  • Department of Nursing and Midwifery

It offers full- and part-time courses at all levels in the areas of Midwifery, Nursing, Occupational Therapy, Physiotherapy, Radiography, Social Work and other health-related professions.

Gloucester Campus

Alexandra Warehouse is the Gloucester home of the Department of Nursing and Midwifery, Faculty of Health and Applied Sciences, at the University of the West of England (UWE), Bristol. It is located on West Quay in the Gloucester Docks. This campus delivers nurse training in the heart of Gloucester with UWE Bristol ~ Pre-registration Adult and Mental Health nursing; Return to Practice; Post-graduate and CPD courses. Alexandra Warehouse, a historic listed building, has been fully refurbished.

St Matthias campus

St Matthias was located in the suburb of Fishponds in Bristol. Built in the Victorian times by the Church of England, the campus has some Victorian Gothic buildings, set around a sunken lawn. St Matthias campus was home to various departments of the faculty of Creative Arts, Humanities and Education.[citation needed]

The University of the West of England closed the campus in September 2014 (with operations on the site ceasing on 4 July 2014) as a part of a relocation project. The various departments of the faculty of Creative Arts, Humanities and Education from St Matthias and Bower Ashton have moved to new facilities at Frenchay campus. In March 2014 it was announced that, subject to planning permission, the site would be sold and redeveloped by Barratt Developments for housing and the listed buildings would become a Steiner School.