University of the West of England (UWE Bristol)
Our values, vision and strategy
We’re not afraid to shape, challenge and tackle the big issues, to take the initiative and pave the way.
We make UWE Bristol a supportive and inspiring place to learn and work – somewhere where diversity of experience and perspective is encouraged, and learning and research is shared and accessible.
We create new opportunities for the people who work and study with us. We embrace different ideas and pioneer new and sustainable ways of doing things.
We have strong connections locally and globally. We help people and organisations be the best they can, building trust throughout our university community and beyond.
We instil a thirst for new knowledge, its creation and application, empowering our students and staff to demonstrate a creative questioning approach, a ‘can-do’ confidence, and ability to navigate uncertainty.
Change the world
At UWE Bristol, we’re focused on solving future global challenges through outstanding learning, world-leading research and a culture of enterprise.
Here, we empower our students to make a choice. To choose a university that pushes itself as much as it pushes them. To choose a community of original thinkers – breaking new boundaries and leading the way.
From our enterprise support programmes to industry masterclasses. Professional mentoring to business incubators. World-leading research facilities to work experience opportunities across the globe. We give our students the tools they need to act on their ideas and make them happen.
Each of our pioneering courses have been created in partnership with industry professionals. And over 150 come with professional accreditation from industry bodies. Coupled with world-class teaching, they’re designed to equip students with the most in-demand skills, and the kind of mindset that employers want and need. So that when you graduate from UWE Bristol, you’re ready to take on the world.
We believe that it’s only when you ask ‘what if?’ that you discover ‘why not?’. That’s why we’re not afraid to ask difficult questions – and tackle the big issues head on. It’s our way of continuing to make a real difference to the way we learn, analyse and contribute to the world we live in.
Top reasons to study here
6 reasons why you should study in Bristol
1- It’s a creative city
There are lots of opportunities to immerse yourself in this creative atmosphere: you could spend time at the Arnolfini, one of Europe’s leading centres for contemporary arts; watch an independent film at The Watershed; or go to an exhibition at Spike Island.
2- It’s home to famous street art
The artistic nature of people in Bristol is displayed all across the city in the form of incredible street art. See No Evil is the UK’s largest permanent street art project, so if you take a walk anywhere in Bristol you won’t get far before stopping to admire a giant mural or impressive piece of graffiti.
The famous street artist Banksy is from Bristol, and his work can be seen dotted around the city — you can even go on a Banksy walking tour, a unique way to get to know the city!
3- You can enjoy a fun music scene
Another great reason why you should study in Bristol is that there is always something happening. Bristol is home to a musical genre called “trip hop”, which mixes electronic music with hip-hop, and has gathered a huge following since it originated in the 1990s. It is also the UK city that pioneered drum and bass music, and clubs like Motion host excellent DJs.
For something more classical, you could check out St George’s Bristol and The Victoria Rooms, where you can see fantastic orchestral recitals.
4- There a lots of cool festivals
The city hosts lots of music festivals such as Bristol Harbour Festival, Bristol Sounds, Bristol Jazz and Blues Festival, and the Bristol Folk Festival. And, of course, the world-famous Glastonbury Festival takes place just down the road!
It’s not just music festivals that are popular in Bristol – there is a festival for almost every interest, even hot air balloons! The 4-day Bristol International Balloon Fiesta takes place every August and attracts over 130 balloons from around the world. It’s a unique sight, and it’s free to attend!
5- It’s very eco-friendly
Named the greenest city in the UK by property company Good Move, Bristol is a very environmentally friendly place to live.
During the survey, CO2 emissions, renewable energy use and recycling levels were all considered; an amazing 44% of the city’s household waste is recycled!
Bristol has over 400 gardens and parks, including Brandon Hill, College Green and Clifton Down. Make sure you also take in the incredible views from the Clifton Suspension Bridge, a Bristol landmark.
6- It’s easy to explore the countryside
While Bristol itself offers many opportunities to enjoy the outdoors, if you want to get out of the city, then you can explore the incredibly beautiful countryside without travelling far.
There are several ‘Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty’ nearby, including the Mendip Hills, which are great for outdoor activities like rock-climbing and abseiling, and the Cotswolds with its pretty English villages.
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Although UWE Bristol is a modern university, its educational roots date back to the 16th Century.
We have a history built on partnerships and collaborations dating back to 1595. Over the years, UWE Bristol has continued this tradition in order to grow and transform itself to meet the demands of modern day students and higher education teaching.
UWE Bristol timeline
From a 1595 merchant navigation school to the present day, discover the long and interesting history of our institution.
|Architecture||11th in the UK Top 220 in the world||Guardian University Guide 2022
QS World University Rankings by Subject 2021
|Building and Town & Country Planning||9th in the UK||Complete University Guide 2022|
|Criminology||9th in the UK (student satisfaction)
|Guardian University Guide 2022|
|Forensic Science||4th in the UK||Complete University Guide 2022|
|Geography and Environmental Studies||33rd in the UK||Guardian University Guide 2022|
|Mechanical Engineering||20th in the UK||Guardian University Guide 2022|
|Philosophy||5th in the UK||Guardian University Guide 2022|
|Physiotherapy||19th in the UK||Guardian University Guide 2022|
We want you to feel confident when using IT at UWE Bristol, whether you’re studying at home, in halls or on campus. That’s why we’ve developed specific IT help and guidance to make sure you feel equipped and ready to study.
Don’t sit on the sidelines. Get involved.
There is more to your experience here than study. Choose to make the most of it. Be social. Be curious. Step outside of your comfort zone and try new things. You won’t just learn about other people, you’ll learn about yourself.
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Valuable experience isn’t limited to lecture theatres and work placements. Learning more about who you are, what you love, trying new things out and making new connections is invaluable too. Check tutorial Here
We believe that you get more back when you give a little in return. A fresh new perspective, CV-enhancing experience, confidence and new skills, for starters. We can even connect you to opportunities related to your potential field. Check from Here
National, faith and identity communities
Meet other students who share similar cultures, beliefs, identities and demographics to you. Run by The SU at UWE Bristol. Check from Here
- 36th in the Guardian League Table
We are ranked 36th out of 121 UK institutions in the Guardian League Table 2022.
- Over £300 million invested in new facilities up to 2020 Incredible new facilities continue to be developed across all of our main campuses.
- Bristol judged number one place to live
Bristol comes top in the Best Places to Live 2017 survey by The Sunday Times.
- 79% of UWE Bristol graduates in professional or managerial jobs after six months The Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education survey shows the value of a UWE Bristol degree in kick-starting a career.
- 90.2% in work or further study after 15 months UWE Bristol has been ranked in the top 30 of UK universities for graduate employability according to the Graduate Outcomes Survey.
- 79% of our research is considered to be world leading or internationally excellent Our research has resulted in real benefits to the economy and society as well as increasing academic knowledge, according to the Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014.
- Top 10 for postgraduate taught student satisfaction UWE Bristol remains in the top 10 for student satisfaction for its postgraduate programmes for the third consecutive year, according to the latest Postgraduate Taught Experience Survey (PTES).
|The Guardian University League Tables 2022||36th||2022|
|Postgraduate Taught Experience Survey||9th||2020|
|Sunday Times Good University Guide – Student satisfaction||6th||2021|
|Times Higher Education ‘Table of Tables’ – UK universities||29th||2021|
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