University of Bedfordshire, UK Ranking, Reviews, Courses, Tuition Details
The University of Bedfordshire is a public university situated 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
The University of Bedfordshire Details:
Official Website: www.beds.ac.uk
The University of Luton had its roots in the Luton Modern School, which was established in 1908 and the Luton Modern School and Technical Institute which opened in 1937. This became Luton College of Higher Education with the merger of Luton College of Technology and Putteridge Bury College of Education in 1976. It obtained university status in 1993. The Bedford campus of De Montfort University was originally part of the Bedford College of Higher Education, which stemmed from Bedford Teacher Training College, founded in 1882, and Bedford Physical Training College, founded in 1903. The university was created by the merger of the University of Luton and the Bedford campus of De Montfort University in August 2006 following approval by the Privy Council.
Student Services and Facilities:
The university’s two main campuses are in Luton and Bedford.
There are also two dedicated campuses for the teaching of nursing and midwifery degrees at Butterfield Park on the outskirts of Luton and at the Buckinghamshire campus at Aylesbury College in Aylesbury. The university also has a site at Putteridge Bury which is home to its Knowledge Hub and postgraduate Business School. The campus is situated in approximately 30 acres of landscaped gardens. The current building was completed in 1911 and was designed by architects Sir Ernest George and Alfred Yeats in the style of Chequers, having had various redesigns and rebuilds over the years. The campus is home to the university’s postgraduate Business School as well as the university’s Conference Centre. A smaller fourth campus, the University Campus Milton Keynes, became part of the university in 2012.
All campuses have library provision available. At Luton, a brand new seven-storey library includes 300,000+ books, 6,000 e-books, 900 computers, silent-study rooms, group-work areas, presentation-practice rooms and a café.
The University of Bedfordshire Student’ Union is affiliated to the National Union of Students, which represents students nationwide.
The Students’ Union represents all students at the University of Bedfordshire; it is run by five full-time officers, elected each year by students. They act as the main voice of students in meetings with the university, ensuring that student views are heard and represented at all levels.
There are a whole range of clubs and societies for students to get involved in whilst at university as well as over 40 sports teams, who compete with other universities in the BUCS league. The Metro Bar and Kitchen in Luton and the Hub in Bedford host regular events including quizzes, comedy and club nights, and offer a range of affordable food and drink options.
Beds SU also provides impartial advice and support on a wide range of issues including finance, housing, safety and representation.
Organisation and structure:
The university has four faculties: Creative Arts, Technologies and Science, Education and Sport, Health and Social Sciences, and 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 Chandigarh, Chennai, Hyderabad and Vadodara.
Content accurate at the time of compilation. However, details may be subject to change. You should always confirm details with the provider. Student statistics are sourced from HESA, the Higher Education Statistics Agency, 2016–17 data.