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University of Bedfordshire

At a glance

University of Bedfordshire, also known as Beds is popular for its vibrant & cosmopolitan student Population. Beds is a modern, innovative university with a heritage of top quality education going back more than 100 years. 

The University offers a full range of Foundation, Undergraduate, Postgraduate and Research courses across four faculties  – including University of Bedfordshire Business School,
Faculty of Creative Arts, Technologies & Science, Faculty of Education & Sport, Faculty of Health & Social Sciences.

The high quality of teaching is one of biggest reasons students come to Bedfordshire. Many of Beds highly qualified academic staff have received National Teaching Fellowship Awards for their outstanding contribution to teaching and learning.

Beds courses are grounded in a creative approach to teaching which blends theory with practice. Academic staff across all disciplines have substantial industry experience and maintain links with professional bodies so students at Beds benefit from teaching that is underpinned by real world application. Through their own research and consultancy engagements with leading global organisations, Beds staff help students to make the transition into employment.

The University of Bedfordshire is a member of Association of Business Schools (ABS) and European Foundation for Management Development (EFMD). The MBA courses of the University of Bedfordshire have won a national competition offered by the British Council in India. The University of Bedfordshire provides an MBM suite of one year courses to graduates who want to gain a solid foundation in Business and Management to improve their employability and career prospects.

The University is continually investing multi-million pounds in state-of-the-art facilities to provide students with the best environment to succeed. The brand new, three-storey Gateway building, opened its doors to students at the Bedford campus in 2015. The building features high-quality teaching spaces, lecture theatres, informal study areas and a new student services centre – everything you could need under one roof.

Beds contemporary en-suite accommodation features fully furnished flats for students to make a home away from home. Fitzroy Court and Wenlock Court provide 852 ultra modern bedrooms and fantastic communal recreational spaces, equipped gym and laundry facilities. There are eight further self-catered halls of residence - all close to the the campus and town centre.

Facts & figures

Year of Foundation

1958 (University charter received in 1993). Change of Name: University name was changed from ‘University of Luton’ to ‘University of Bedfordshire’ in 2006 to reach out bigger odience in the region.

Type of institution

Tier 4 Sponsor, Higher Education Institution (HEI)

Course offered

Foundation, undergraduate, postgraduate (taught and research), professional

Intakes

Undergraduates – Feb/Sept, Postgraduates – Mar/May/Sep/Nov

Campus locations

Luton, Bedford, Putteridge Bury, Aylesbury, Milton Keynes

Scholarships

Yes

No of countries representated

120

No of academic staff

1400

Accommodation

Yes

Total student number

24000

International Student number

3500

Student union

Yes

Main strengths

Business Administration, Marketing, Management, Media, Journalism, Law, Nursing, Tourism & Hospitality, Computer Science, Linguistics, Health and Social Science, Education and Sport, PE.

Facilities and supports

Business Pods and a Law Moot Court; biomedical science and forensics laboratories; muscle cellular and molecular physiology lab; Multi-camera HDTV and radio studios, art & design studios; a Physical Education and Sports Science Centre, sports hall; specialist sports and exercise science laboratories; modern gyms; seven-storey library; en-suite on-campus accommodation; Postgraduate and Continuing Professional Development (CPD) Centre with two Harvard-style lecture theatres, hi-tech IT and AV equipment

Professional associations

IBMS, NCTJ, BCS, IET, CIPR, CIM, CIPD, BPS, ABS, EFMD, Google

Career development supports

Yes

Career after 6 months

92%

Guardian university rank

113

Awards obtained

Queen's Award for Enterprise: International Trade 2011; Queen’s Anniversary Prize for Further and Higher Education 2013; 'Bedfordshire Edge Award'; Leadership and Management award from the Times Higher in 2011; ‘Gold’ award from Investors in People 2011; FairTrade status in 2012; a silver award at the Social Worker of the Year Awards 2015; won second place in the 2016 final of national FLUX 500, the largest student business challenge in the UK; Dr Agnieszka Piotrowska, a University of Bedfordshire media academic has won Best Screenplay at the 4th Mumbai Shorts Festival in 2016.

Famous Alumni

Gemma Hunt– TV presenter for CBBC; Toby Friedner – Senior Journalist for BBC Three Counties Radio; Adrian McDonagh – MD, Easy Web Recruitment; Jonathon Goodman – Joint Head of Chambers, 1 Gray’s Inn Square; Matt Fisher – Station Sound Manger at BBC Radio 1; Radio presenter for KISS 100 Breakfast; Simon Hall – Director of EcoStyle Ltd.; Ben Hodson – Award-winning, professional photographer; Chris Butcher – Award-winning stop motion animator; Ruth Corden – Agony Aunt on The Joy of Teen Sex, Channel 4; Thomas Wiggins-Wilson – Analyst, Morgan Stanley; Thomas Dolby - Senior Programmer and Head Games Development Team, A.i.Solve; Jurgita Bareikaite – Production Co-ordinator, MTV networks.

Why choose University of Bedfordshire

The University of Bedfordshire nurtures students to become educated, employable and entrepreneurial global citizens and committed to becoming the University of the Student Experience. The universit

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