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UWE Bristol Reputation
UWE Bristol has a reputation for having strong industry connections, practice-orientated programmes and an inclusive approach to education. Over 27,000 students study at UWE Bristol and at overseas partner universities. Many of the university's teaching staff are leaders in their field, contributing to research and helping industry and governments make positive change. As well as sharing a passion for excellent teaching, UWE Bristol’s staff ensure their students receive the best possible support they need to succeed.
UWE Bristol has a reputation for strong graduate employability and building lasting partnerships with industry professionals. The university collaborates with industry to help develop its courses and arrange work opportunities for students. UWE Bristol has one of the largest paid internship programmes in the UK, arranging over 11,000 internships and work placements since 2010. This means that the university’s students have access to a wide range of extra-curricular opportunities, giving them the chance to develop their skills in line with their future ambitions. 95% of UWE Bristol’s graduates are in employment of further study six months after graduation.
Facilities and Campuses
UWE Bristol is investing £300 million in accommodation, equipment and technology for its students.
The university’s main campus is located in Frenchay, four miles outside Bristol city centre. Its home to the £55 million, world-class Bristol Business School. Glenside campus is in the Fishponds area of the city and is home to Allied health, Nursing and Midwifery students. City campus is in the heart of Bristol and where creative and cultural industries courses are based. The university’s investment ensures that its learning spaces are modern, hands on and inspiring and students have access to industry standard equipment across all campuses.
What is Bristol like?
Bristol has a reputation for being one of the best places in the UK for students and graduates to live, study and work in. The city attracts big multinational names like Rolls-Royce, Airbus and Aardman. From the creative industries to engineering, high-tech to healthcare, and established national corporations to growing startups, it’s a hotbed of opportunity. Opportunity that UWE Bristol’s students can, and do take advantage of.
Bristol is a place that prides itself on being friendly, welcoming, safe, creative and diverse. With an international airport, two major railway stations and a coach station, it’s well connected for international travel. There’s also a wealth of music, technology, culture, clubs, international food and free museums.
UWE Bristol’s students are encouraged to get involved and seek out opportunities. The Students’ Union offers shops, cafes, bars, bookable meeting rooms and outdoor space. Its home to over 100 groups, activities and societies including over 40 sports clubs. Whether its music, sports, community, projects or support networks, there is something for everyone.
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Come from a low income background so UWE has offered much help and support in terms of bursaries and any kind of emotional support past this. Also helped out friends of mine that suffer from mental health conditions, especially those who’s have been aggravated by uni lifestyle. Don’t walk around on campus much but library is extensive and there’s always room to sit. Didn’t like the SU in freshers but haven’t really been back since.
Both financially supportive to me and have been exceedingly supportive to friends suffering from mental health conditions aggravated by uni lifestyle. Members of my faculty have been helpful when I’ve asked them questions and feedback has been mostly helpful in helping me produce better work. Not part of any societies so cannot make any comments and Don’t go many places on campus because I live in the city but thoroughly enjoying uni and the course anyway.
Unfortuantly so far my experience in terms of tutoring has been crap. I'm studying animation, and well, I've taught myself more on my own than in any workshops / lectures given. At the end of the day, I'm paying a callosal amount of money, so it's only fair that I expect to learn something.. at least.
UWE staff are friendly and helpful, the blackboard website allows us to quickly and easily access all the information I need for my course and the facilities are excellent! My course is engaging, the workload is balanced and I am taught a good mixture of practical skills and theory. Anything you need, you are provided with. I’d recommend anyone to attend the University of the West of England.
I have absolutely loved my time in UWE so far. I have made so many friends that I will have for life. The student union holds great events and cheap drinks! Especially the quiz on a Sunday night! There are plenty of societies for each individual so there is something for everyone! The uni make you feel welcome and wanted. Couldn't have chosen a better university.
There really is something for everyone here. Everywhere has a friendly yet purposeful feel and the accommodation is the best I've seen at any uni. Truly a wonderful place. Shame about the closure of the old Frenchay SU as the new bar is too small and sterile, but there's time for it to improve.
UWE provides a satisfying experience, with plenty of student support to compliment a comprehensive teaching programme. The facilities, whilst from the outside appear dated, are of a notable standard on the interior, with new hi-spec work spaces and clean fresh study areas.
Worst experience ever at UWE, having studied my nursing degree at the Glenside campus. Very poor support for students who suffer from mental health problems, all the university seemed to do was put barriers up. I wasn't allowed to complete my course even having done the full 3 years academic work completing with a 2:1 they wouldn't allow me to complete hours required by NMC to get my pin, so I wasted three years at the university. Seminars and lectures poorly organised, one thing I will say is my personal tutors (after having a different one each year because of staff leaving) were all really good, they supported me but thepeople higher up would not. The food is over priced, accommodation on Glenside is over priced and of a very poor quality, no wireless internet in your room and for nearly £600 a month it's extortionate. good travel links around the university to the city and other campus but obviously you have to pay for that travel. I wish I chose another university sadly.
Course was awful, studied fine art which was very focused on conceptual art with virtually no skills taught. Only 5 hours a week of tuition (if you could call it that). There were 1-2 hour workshops on Fridays for screenprinting and other skills but these were often cancelled or so brief they weren't worth attending. Lecturers were clearly failed artists trying to push their ideas onto students. The course was a complete waste of money, going to Bristol for three years, meeting new people and enjoying the city was great. Don't waste your money go to a real university or throw £25,000 out of a window.
In terms of the actual campus, it's really not too bad, again I expected more because on an open day the uni only showed some of their best facilities, when you actually go to the uni and start studying the rooms and favilities are actually very old and really overused, the uni is just too crowded and personally I think the new su is a waste, I much preferred the old style pub su which felt far more like a students pub that whatever you want to call it now.
I'm on Glenside campus. Beautiful, old building and grounds. Very modern and new on the inside. Student union at Glenside is a bit run down and the student shop is quite expensive. However, the student union on Frenchay campus is brand new and lovely. No free bus travel which is disappointing. £1 single ticket between campuses which builds up money. The alternative is a 30 minute walk uphill which is fine on a summers day. Less clubs and societies than I thought there would be but there are plenty of sport, musical and international student societies, if they suit you.
I study at Bower, which is a lovely campus. Not too crowded, but there's always people around. Staff are very helpful and friendly all the time. There's a deer park next to the building, which is nice to look at if you're bored.. Plus plenty of green space of course. The library is good, you can hire macbooks out for the day, we have a super awesome editing/work centre (EPI centre), where the trained staff can help you with software and stuff. Internet is quite fast. Media centre and print centre is also free to use for anyone and you can hire out pretty much anything you could need (eg cameras, camcorders, sound equipment, etc), and use their facilities to make stuff (we have letterpress, etching, screen print, and other fun stuff). The bus service to and from campus can be a pain, but it's manageable.
Lovely campus, just wished it had a swimming pool! Got everything else you could wish for though! Close to supermarkets, restaurents and maccies too :) Plenty of sports clubs and performing arts/music activities to choose from, just wish there were more acahemic/interest societies (debating, subject societies, etc). The students union will probably be better next year because they're building a new one, but I wish they did more on campus activities. Like halls freshers and sports matches, and nights out, etc. Wifi available throughout. Academic facilites are good :) The careers centre is good too, as is the FET one in Q block, if you're studying a subject in that faculty. Bristol is a nice city to live in too :)