University of the West of England

Address: Frenchay Campus, Coldharbour Lane, Bristol, BS16 1QY


Telephone: 0117 965 6261

Vice Chancellor: Professor Steven West

UWE has well over 1,000 developed partnerships from Aardman to the World Health Organisation, from North America to Vietnam, which it uses to the benefit of its students, research and knowledge exchange activities.

The 6th largest university in terms of its 30,000 degree students and the largest provider of postgraduate education in the South-West, UWE has doubled the size of its main campus through a deal with HP. The university is the winner of the Exel Widening Participation University of the Year, through delivering an annual outreach programme to 10,000 pupils and 20,000 volunteering hours.

A third of research is world leading/internationally excellent and regularly a top new university for successful research applications. UWE runs a unique Graduate Development Programme to improve the employability skills of students giving them consistently high employment.

Recent news from University of the West of England

1 January: UWE graduate helps spread gorilla conservation message using pedal power
UWE documentary film graduate Emma Tyrrell is using pedal power to help bring wildlife conservation messages to young people in the UK and Africa.Emma, who graduated from UWE with a masters' degree …

1 January: Arthritis patients want more psychological and emotional support
New research from UWE Bristol has found a high demand for help to cope with the social and emotional implications of inflammatory arthritis among patients. The study, which will be presented at …

1 January: UWE Bristol student conservationists progress to finals of the Quarry Life Award
A team of student conservationists from UWE Bristol were judged as one of the top five UK entries in reaching the finals of the Quarry Life Award, a prestigious international competition....

1 January: UWE sound expert works with Imogen Heap to kickstart musical gloves project
UWE computer music expert Dr Tom Mitchell is part of the team working to make musician Imogen Heap's pioneering Mi.Mu gestural gloves more widely available. The team has recently started a …

1 January: UWE Bristol hosts Xavier Rolet, Chief Executive, London Stock Exchange Group
The Bristol Distinguished Executive Address SeriesDate:07 May 2014Venue: Brunel's Old Station, The Passenger Shed, Bristol Time: 18:00Xavier Rolet, Chief Executive, London Stock Exchange Group, is …

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In the News: THE – Let the right ones stay for payday

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In the News: THE – Post-92s say Atkins disquiet is ‘academic snobbery’

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In the News: THE – ‘Coalition failed to heed Ucas’ AAB warnings’

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Blog: The sector’s long-term health has to be at the forefront of our thinking

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Blog: It’s time to take our heads out of the sand

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