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MottoGive invention light
(from Shakespeare's Sonnet 38)
Founded as the Bradford Mechanics Institute in 1832

The University of Bradford is a public research university located in the city of Bradford, West Yorkshire, England. This plate glass university received its royal charter in 1966, making it the 40th university to be created in Britain, but can trace its origins back to the establishment of the industrial West Yorkshire town's Mechanics Institute in 1832.

The student population includes undergraduate and postgraduate students. Mature students make up around a third of the undergraduate community. 22% of students are foreign, and come from over 110 different countries. There were 14,406 applications to the university through UCAS in 2010, of which 3,421 were accepted.[1]

It was the first British university to establish a Department of Peace Studies in 1973, which is currently the world's largest university centre for the study of peace and conflict.[2]


Early history and founding

Richmond Building, University of Bradford

The university's origins date back to the Mechanics Institute, founded in 1832, formed in response to the need in the city for workers with skills relevant to the workplace. In 1882, the institute became the Bradford Technical College.[3] In 1957, the Bradford Institute of Technology, was formed as a College of Advanced Technology to take on the running of higher education courses. Construction of the Richmond Building, the largest building on campus, began in 1963. The Horton Building and Chesham building were subsequently added, on the opposite side of Richmond Road.

The Charter of Incorporation was granted in 1966, to create the University of Bradford; the then Prime Minister Harold Wilson became the university's first chancellor.[4]

1980s and 1990s

Expansion of the main campus continued in the 1970s and onwards, with the addition of the Library and Computer Centre, Communal Building, Pemberton Building and Ashfield Building. An extension to the Library and Computer Centre was completed in the mid-1990s. In 1996, the university joined with the former Bradford and Airedale College of Health, which then became the School of Health Studies within the university. The Department of Physics was closed in the 1980s. The Department of Mathematics was closed to new undergraduates in 1997, with the remaining postgraduate activities and lecture support being integrated into the Department of Computing as the Mathematics Unit. The Department of Mathematics has since been reopened within the School of Computing, Informatics and Media.[5]

In 1987, the university became one of the twelve founding members of the Northern Consortium.[6]

21st century

In September 2009, it was announced that the University was to merge with Leeds College of Music. The college had originally announced a merger with Leeds Metropolitan University in April 2009,[7] however, discussions broke down due to issues with the provision of further education courses at the college.[8] It was later announced that this merger would not go ahead due to financial constraints. LCM's degrees are now validated by the University of Hull.[9]

Notable former students

Secretary of State for Education Gavin Williamson graduated from Bradford with a BSc in Social Sciences.


Employee on Wikispooks

Imran KhanChancellor of Bradford University7 December 20057 December 2014


Alumni on Wikispooks

Neil Davidson13 September 1950LawyerScottish lawyer and former Advocate General for Scotland.
Saeb Erekat28 April 195510 November 2020Diplomat
Palestinian politician and diplomat who was the Secretary General of the Executive Committee of the PLO
Ilhan Kesici22 November 1948TurkeyPoliticianTurkish politician
Clive Lewis11 September 1971PoliticianEnglish Labour Party politician
Anthony O'Reilly7 May 1936EireRugby player
Rugby player who became Ireland's first billionaire. Media owner. 1993 Bilderberg.
Naz Shah13 November 1973British Labour Party politician
Peter Skinner1 June 1959UKPoliticianA member of the European Parliament
Ann Taylor2 July 1947Politician
Gavin Williamson25 June 1976Politician
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