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 Venturers' 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.
Organised 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. Its mission is to provide professionally-recognised and practice-oriented programmes, with strong industry networks and a global outlook and approach.
Boasting links with over 1,000 businesses and organisations, 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.
Ranking and reputation
We have plenty to be proud about at UWE Bristol including being in the top 30 in the Guardian University League Tables 2020, TEF Gold rated and top 10 for student satisfaction.
•88% student satisfaction - We have scored 88% for overall student satisfaction in the National Student Survey (NSS) 2019, placing us 11th in the UK for student satisfaction. See the NSS press release.
•28th in the Guardian League Table - We are now ranked 28th out of 121 UK institutions climbing 9 places to our highest ever position. Read more in the press release.
•Gold rating in Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF) - An award that means we deliver consistently outstanding teaching, learning and outcomes for our students. See the TEF press release.
•96% in work or further study after 6 months - The DLHE survey* shows we are consistently ahead of the sector for employability. See subject area results.
•76% in professional or managerial roles - The DLHE survey* shows the value of a UWE Bristol degree in kick starting a career.
•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. See the full article.
•World leading research up by over 170% in REF - Our research has resulted in real benefits to the economy and society as well as increasing academic knowledge. Read more about REF 2014.
•Climbed three places in Times Good University Guide 2017 - We climbed to 57th and best in the South West for student satisfaction in 2017.
•Over 9,200 work placements undertaken - Which translates into an incredible number of opportunities for our students to experience the workplace.
•Over 7,000 positions advertised at UWE Bristol - Each from one of over 5,000 reputable organisations looking for talent to fill placements, jobs or internships.
•250,000 strong alumni network - A quarter of a million connected active alumni to share with and learn from.
University of the West of England, Bristol
*Statistic info from Times Higher Education (THE)
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Impact Ranking 2020
Young University Ranking 2019
International Student (%)