UWE Bristol was founded in 1595 from a merchant navigation school. In 1853 the Bristol School of Practical Art was established which became part of the Royal West of England Academy when it was granted its royal charter by Edward VII.
In 1969 Bristol Polytechnic sites opened at Unity Street, Bower Ashton (West of England College of Art) and Ashley Down open.
In 1992 Bristol Polytechnic gained university status, becoming the University of the West of England (UWE).
UWE Bristol has been ranked in the top 20 of UK universities for graduate employability according to the new Graduate Outcomes Survey results released by the Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA).
The figures reveal that 15 months after graduating, 92% of UWE Bristol graduates are in work or further study compared with the UK average of 89%, placing the University 18th out of 152 UK higher education institutions.
UWE has 3 campuses in total.
-City Campus (for creative arts) is in the city centre.
-Frenchay Campus (main campus) is about 4 miles North of the city centre.
-Glenside Campus offers nursing, midwifery and health allied courses and is located about 3 miles North West of the city centre.
UWE Bristol is ranked between 401-500 in the Times Higher Education world rankings.
UWE Bristol has approximately 5,280 international students representing 16.5% of the total student population.
UWE has almost 32,000 students in total.
UWE Bristol has a lot of new buildings recently opened, including the Engineering Building (completed in Feb 2021) & Bristol Business. Other facilities include; 24/7 library, Centre for Sport, café, and bars.
The Student Union runs 160 societies and sport clubs-from football to Quidditch.
Sports facilities include: 2 fully equipped gyms on the Frenchay campus, squash courts, climbing wall.
Hillside gardens & Lockleaze Sports Centre provide: two floodlit artificial pitches, multiple grass pitches, floodlit 4G rugby and 4G football pitches as well as (at Lockleaze) an onsite bar and outdoor terrace.
UWE Bristol is a practical-led university so there are also many facilities designed to provide 'hands on' experience including; Virtual Environment Radiotherapy Training facilities, Eye Clinic, Design studios & Fabrication facilities.
UWE Bristol's cheapest, single occupancy room accommodation is £110.92 per week. Accommodation on Frenchay & Glenside Campuses are owned by the university, while the accommodation in the city centre is owned by Unite (but students can book all accommodation via UWE Bristol).
For 2022-23 entry, the international fee for UG degrees is £14,250 for all degree courses except Architecture which is £15,500.
REF (Research Excellence Framework) was an independent government review conducted into the quality of research at UK universities and published in December 2014. This information highlights subjects of specialism within each university. We have listed all subject areas where at least 60% of the research conducted in these specific fields has been graded 3 or 4 stars. (4 stars being the highest ranking REF award).
Allied Health Professions, Dentistry, Nursing and Pharmacy
Agricultural, Veterinary and Food science.
Computer Science and Informatics
Architecture, build environment & planning
English Language and Literature
Art and design
Communication, Cultural and media studies