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University of Bedfordshire
Established 2006 - University of Bedfordshire
1993 - gained University Status as University of Luton
1882 - Teacher Training College
Type Public
Chancellor Baroness Howells of St Davids
Vice-Chancellor Les Ebdon
Students 14,550[1]
Undergraduates 12,320[1]
Postgraduates 2,230[1]
Location Luton and Bedford, Bedfordshire, UK
51°52′40″N 0°24′41″W / 51.87778°N 0.41139°W / 51.87778; -0.41139Coordinates: 51°52′40″N 0°24′41″W / 51.87778°N 0.41139°W / 51.87778; -0.41139
Campus Urban
Website http://www.beds.ac.uk
University of Bedfordshire - Luton Campus

The University of Bedfordshire is based in Luton and Bedford, the two largest towns in the English county of Bedfordshire. The university was created by the merger of the University of Luton and the Bedford campus of De Montfort University on 1 August 2006 following approval by the Privy Council.[2] The University of Luton purchased the De Montfort campus in Bedford for £15 million.[3]

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History

The University of Luton was a university based in Luton, the largest town in Bedfordshire. The institution was founded as the Modern School in the 1890s. It became Luton College of Higher Education with the merger of Luton College of Technology and Putteridge Bury College of Education in the mid-seventies. With the passing of the Further and Higher Education Act, 1992 it converted to university status in 1993. On the 15 December 2005, the University announced that it was taking over the Bedford campus of De Montfort University. With permission from the Privy Council, the preferred name of the University of Bedfordshire came into effect on 1 August 2006.[4]

The campus at Bedford dates back to the Bedford Training College for Teachers which was founded in 1882 and Bedford Physical Training College founded in 1903. These merged with a further education college to become the Bedford College of Higher Education. There are currently just under 3,000 students based in Bedford.

Putteridge Bury is a neo-Elizabethan country mansion located on the edge of Luton on the A505 road to Hitchin. The campus is situated in approximately thirty acres of landscaped gardens. Putteridge Bury can be traced back to Edward the Confessor's time and has links to the Domesday Book. The building was completed in 1911 and was designed by architects Sir Ernest George and Alfred Yeats in the style of Chequers, having had various redesigns and rebuilds over the years. The campus is home to the university's postgraduate business school as well as the university’s Conference Centre.

Reputation

Bedfordshire was ranked 71st of 114 British universities in The Times Good University Guide league table, released in June 2009,[5] 72nd out of 113 in The Independent Complete University Guide,[6] and 88th out of 117 in The Guardian University Guide.[7] The Guardian's league tables are compiled mainly on the basis of teaching data (staff/student ratio, job prospects, inclusiveness), and the Times's also include data on research ratings and the percentage of students who complete a degree.

The Sunday Times awarded the University of Luton the title of Best New University in 2004 (prior to the purchase of the Bedford campus and rebranding).[8]

Previously, in 2004, Luton University's then high drop-out rate, and proposals to relax the consequences for students failing second-year exams, had led the Sunday Telegraph to ask "Is this the worst university in Britain?"[9] Luton's vice-chancellor responded by noting the challenges inherent in its mission as an access institution to offer the life-changing experience of higher education to people from families with little or no experience of university and for whom university is not an obvious destination after school; and drew attention to its teaching quality, which had been rated 14th out of 121 similar institutions the previous year by The Times.[10]

The QAA conducted a thorough institutional audit of the University as a whole in 2005 (prior to the merger of the University), which resulted in the audit team’s questioning of the academic standards of its awards and its lack of confidence in the university's quality standards.[11] However, since the audit was taken in 2005 the QAA has been provided with information that indicates that appropriate action has been taken by the University in response to the findings of this report. As a result the audit was signed off in July 2007.[12]

In 2007 the University of Bedfordshire was short-listed for the Times Higher Education Supplement's University of the Year 2007.[13]

In 2008 Professor Les Ebdon said that he had accepted voluntary redundancy from 30 staff members. The university said that less than half were academic staff. Professor Ebdon said: "I don't know of any university in the East of England which isn't making some adjustment to staff numbers. Most of us have squeezed other expenditures as much as we can. Staffing is the area left where expenditure can be taken out, and it is the biggest cost." According to the same article "Relative to many other universities, Bedfordshire spends a low proportion of its income on staff."[14]

According to the THES the university threatened legal action against a web site after one of its course was labelled "shocking" because of its staff-to-student ratio.[15]

After the QAA audit conducted in 2009 the University was awarded a “Confidence” rating.[16]

University of Bedfordshire - Bedford Campus Centre

Board of Governors

The University has a Board of Governors who are responsible for, amongst other things, determining its educational character and mission and for overseeing its activities. The membership of the Board of Governors is: Mr Andrew Bentley, Chief Executive, myAWOL.com Ltd (Chairman); Mr David Baggott, Managing Partner, Machins Solicitors; Mr Stephen Ball, Chief Executive, Lockheed Martin UK; Professor David Barrett, Staff Governor; Mr Adam Calvert, Student Governor; Dr Ann Cook, retired research microbiologist; Dr Geoffrey Copland, former Vice Chancellor of the University of Westminster; Mrs Jane Creasy, Leadership and Management Consultant; Professor Les Ebdon, Vice Chancellor and Chief Executive; Ms Lindsey Fidler-Baker, Deputy Head of Policy and Research, Newham Council; Mr Jeff Halliwell, Managing Director, Bernard Matthews Farms; Dr Roger Holdom, International Sales and Marketing Professional; Dr Yasmin Jetha, Chief Information Officer, BUPA; Dr Martin Lockett, Director of Academic Development, Ashridge Business School; Ms Gill Millns, Co-opted Governor; Ms Caroline Moloney, Staff Governor; Mr Andrew Morgan, Chief Executive Officer, Bedfordshire Primary Care Trust; Mr Tim Paine, Staff Governor; Ms Gita Patel, Director, Stargate Capital Investment; Mr David Pearson, Chairman InnovITS Limited; Dame Denise Platt, Chair of the Commission for Social Care Inspection; Ms Carol Richmond, non-executive Director of TRAC; Ms Julie Sadlier, Student Governor; Councillor Raja Saleem, Member of Luton Borough Council; Mr Paul Wells, Chief Executive Officer, Charles Wells Ltd.

Campuses

The university has two main campuses: Luton (in the town centre), and Bedford (on Polhill Avenue). Both these campuses have on campus accommodation. There are also two dedicated campuses for the teaching of nursing and midwifery degrees at Butterfield Park on the outskirts of Luton and at the Buckinghamshire campus at Oxford House in Aylesbury. The university also has a fifth site which is Putteridge Bury, home of the University of Bedfordshire's Knowledge Hub and postgraduate Business School.[17]

2012 Olympics

The Bedford Campus of the University has been selected as an official training site for the London 2012 Olympics. The campus is hoping to attract a major national team to train there for the event, and will act as a main hub for other training sites in the Bedford area. In June 2009 it was reported that over 13 national teams have expressed an interest in using the Bedford campus for their olympic preparations.[18][19]

Faculties

The University of Bedfordshire has four faculties, encompassing a number of schools, departments and divisions.[20]

  • Faculty of Creative Arts, Technologies and Science
    • Computing and Information Systems
    • Media, Art and Design
    • Performing Arts and English
    • Science
  • Faculty of Education and Sport
    • Department of Primary Education
    • Department of Secondary and Post Compulsory Education
    • Department of Education Studies
    • Department of Physical Education & Sport Studies
    • Department of Exercise & Sport Sciences
    • Division of Tourism, Leisure and Sport Management
  • Faculty of Health and Social Science
    • Acute Health Care
    • Applied Social Studies
    • Community Practice
    • Midwifery and Child Health
    • Psychology
  • University of Bedfordshire Business School
    • Accounting and Finance
    • Business Systems
    • Language and Communication
    • Law
    • Marketing and Entrepreneurship
    • Strategy and Human Resource Management
    • Tourism, Leisure and Sport Management

Educational partner institutions

The University works together with a number of partner institutions to offer a range of courses.[21]

The University Of Bedforshire also has a collaboration with University of Management and Technology (Pakistan), which is one of the top ranked universities of Pakistan.

Notable alumni

Photo Gallery

See also

References

External links


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