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The University of Bradford continues to draw in the students with its low cost of living and good graduate employment rate (82% of graduates employed after six months). It’s one of the rare breed of universities to have a large campus right near the centre of the city.
The University of Bradford can trace its roots as far back as 1832 with the establishment of The Mechanics Institute. In 1966, after several different incarnations, it was granted a Royal Charter and became the University of Bradford. Its strapline is “making knowledge work” and that belies the vocational and professional focus of its 140 undergraduate degree courses and 80 postgraduate ones.
These are offered by its seven schools: the School of Computing, Informatics and Media; School of Engineering, Design and Technology; School of Health Studies; School of Lifelong Education and Development; School of Life Sciences; School of Management; and School of Social and International Studies
Poet John Hegley; award winning TV reporter Martin Fletcher; MP for Bradford East, David Ward; politician Ann Taylor, Baroness Taylor of Bolton; and Mo Ibrahim, mobile communications entrepreneur and billionaire, are all past students.
Bradford is a gritty Yorkshire city, once the centre of British wool manufacturing and now pulling itself out of a period in the doldrums. It’s got a large Asian population who have helped to give Bradford a little more spice, particularly during one of the highlights of Bradford’s calendar, the Mela Festival.
The jewel in Bradford’s crown (and enough to silence its critics for a couple of hours) is the National Media Museum with its great cinemas, galleries, Cinerama and film festivals. Bradford is also known for its parks, particularly the Lister park, with its beautiful gardens, sports areas, museum, boating lake and café.
The University of Bradford’s campus is located right near the centre of the city. Over the past years, it has had £84 million pumped into improving the campus and it shows. There’s a brand-new Student Central building which houses the Students’ Union, bars, venues and study spaces. The campus has a theatre, gallery, a new sports centre, music centre and plenty of places to shop, eat and drink. There are lecture halls, a library and IT facilities too.
The centre piece of the campus is the open grass amphitheatre which is the perfect place to hang out in the summer.
Undergraduates at the University of Bradford can stay in the purpose built student village called The Green. It’s about a five minute walk from the city centre and slap bang in the centre of the main campus. The Green is comprised of apartment blocks and town houses set around a central water feature. Overall, there are 1,026 student bedrooms. Rent for a room in a townhouse is around £86, whilst it’s around £93 for a room in an apartment.
Alternative accommodation, Vernon Barnby Hall, is located near the School of Management and is specifically for postgraduate students.
The University of Bradford will be charging fulltime UK and EU undergraduates £9,000 a year in tuition fees. Don’t worry; you won’t have to cough up the dosh upfront. Eligible students can get a loan from the government to cover the cost of tuition fees and they’ll only start to repay the loan once they are earning over £21,000 a year. For more information about the rise in tuition fees, read this.
You get more for your bucks in Bradford; living costs are cheaper than they are in much of the rest of the UK. The University of Bradford estimates that the average student can get by on about £4,410 to £7,000 a year. This is significantly cheaper than living costs in places like London and Manchester.
The University of Bradford has got 228 National Scholarships on offer in 2012. These are for students with household incomes of £25,000 or less. They should be on full-time undergraduate courses and preference is given to care leavers, disabled students, travellers, refugees or those living in low participation in higher education neighbourhoods. Students in receipt of a National Scholarship will receive £3,000 off their first year tuition fees.
The University is also offering cash scholarships of £3,500 to students who achieve AAB or higher in their A levels. More information about the various scholarships on offer can be found here.
What can we say about Bradford’s nightlife? Let’s focus on the positives first: there is a cluster of clubs located right next to the University’s main campus aka Bradford’s “West End”. And we’re struggling to think of anything else.
Ok, we’re being unfair. There are three clubs/bars near the university: Tokyo (with the ever so classy Poundland night), the cheese fest that is Flares, and the more stomach-able N+V club. There’s also a Vodka Revs, various other bars and pubs. Essentially, if you like your nights hot, sweaty and cheesy (and a little bit formulaic), Bradford is the place to go.
On the non-alcoholic front, Bradford has the lovely Alhambra Theatre which hosts touring productions, The Studio for live new comedy, and St. George’s Hall which has seen past acts such as Mumford & Son’s, Paul Weller, Sarah Millican and Jason Manford.
What the city lacks, Bradford Students’ Union makes up for. It has two clubs/bars, Amp Bar and Escape Bar, a sports bar with large plasma screens, pool tables and darts, and a further two bars on campus. There are regular nights throughout the year with super cheap drink prices, such as Rock Mondays, karaoke and cocktail nights, pub quizzes and comedy nights.
At the end of the year, the Students’ Union puts on the Party On the Amp, which includes a fairground, giant water slide, live DJs, bands, bouncy castles and BBQs.
Oh, and if you want a good curry, Bradford never disappoints.
The University of Bradford doesn’t shirk on the sport front. It houses the biggest centre for sports and fitness in the city. There’s a two floor fitness suite, a 25m pool, sports pitches, a sports hall for badminton, basketball and other sports, tennis courts, and a 10 metre high DR climbing wall. There’s even a resident beautician.
There are around 40 student societies at the University of Bradford, from fashion and street dance, to political, religious and departmental societies.
Freshers’ Week isn’t just one week, at the University of Bradford it lasts for two. There are big events at the Students’ Union’s various venues: think welcome parties, UV raves, foam parties, film screenings, outings, live music and various themed nights. There’ll also be campus tours, induction talks and other non-alcohol fuelled fun.
The University of Bradford’s Career Development Services offers one-to-one appointments with career consultants, a CV and application checking service, a jobs board with graduate, internship and placement opportunities, and a comprehensive range of careers resources. The careers team also puts on a calendar of events throughout the year to provide you with ample networking opportunities and various workshops to help you develop your skills.