University in Profile

Inspired by our past to help shape your future

With 50 years of academic excellence behind us as a University, we have continued to grow our international reputation and course provision. We have always been pioneers in developing new course subjects, reflecting and anticipating the needs of employers, our students, and of society as a whole.

Bradford was the first university outside London to offer part-time degree courses, and our courses are designed in response to the changing business, social, scientific and environmental landscape.

From the first modern Business School, which has an international reputation, to the first Peace Studies degree, we continue to offer relevant, practical and useful learning for all our students. 

Today our associations with employers have expanded across the globe. Our collaborations range from associations with local employers through our employer engagement initiatives, to overseas partnerships including those in Singapore, Malaysia, Pakistan and India.

History and The University

Celebrating 50 years

"Our 50th anniversary is a significant milestone in our history and development. It provides us with an opportunity to reflect on our rich past, and look forward to an exciting future, as we continue to develop as one of the world's great technology universities.”

 - Professor Brian Cantor, Vice-Chancellor of the University of Bradford

The University of Bradford was granted its Royal Charter in 1966, but our journey started 134 years earlier in 1832, with the opening of the Bradford Mechanics Institute.