30 years of UWE Bristol

Illustration outline of the number 30.
Cover of the 1993 UWE Bristol prospectus.

This year we celebrated 30 years of being a university. In 1992, we officially achieved university status. Our anniversary marked a moment to stop and reflect on how far we've come, and how much further we aim to go together.

The 30th blog series

Reminisce with old photos and meet inspiring members of our community.

Collage of headshots for our '30 to watch' list.

30 to watch

Explore this celebratory list of 30 inspirational members of our community. Each is making a positive difference through their talent, persistence and passion. They’re impressive now, so just imagine their impact in the future.

Archive photo of Frenchay Campus from the 1979 prospectus.

Then and now: UWE Bristol campuses

Our well-loved Bristol campuses have been a constant backdrop for the many who have studied, lived, and worked here over the years. We take a nostalgic look back at how they’ve changed and developed through time.

Archive photo from inside UWE Bristol accommodation kitchen.

Then and now: student accommodation at Frenchay

From Ashley Village surrounded by fields to Carroll Court by the busy bus stops, join us as we reminisce about the changing face of Frenchay Campus student accommodation.

Archie photo of a person using a computer.

Then and now: from floppy disks to web chat

Delve into our archives with us to see how student life has evolved. From science and fashion to TV and sport, and back when Frenchay Campus’ only computer room boasted ten ‘computer terminals’. It’s safe to say things have changed

Looking back

Do you have a picture or memory you'd like to share? We'd love to hear from you. Record your story, tell us what you're doing now, share an old photo. You can either use our memories form or post on social media – tag us and use #30yearsofUWE

Alumni support Prize Draw

Thank you to all the alumni businesses, staff and friends of UWE Bristol who generously donated prizes for our 30th Prize Draw. And congratulations to the lucky winners! The prize draw raised over £3,500 towards crucial Student Hardship Grants for students in financial need.

The draw is now closed, but you can still find out about other ways to support UWE Bristol.

Prize draw promotional graphic.
Photograph of Rae Henry from the Student Money Service.

"The cost-of-living crisis is an urgent threat to a student’s ability to support themselves whilst they study. This year we’re expecting an increase in the number of students applying for Hardship Grants. Your support will have a positive impact on our students facing hardship now and in the months to come."

Rae Henry, Student Money Service Co-ordinator (Student Engagement)

Rae Henry Student Money Service Co-ordinator (Student Engagement)

Supporting Student Hardship Grants

All proceeds from the prize draw went directly to supporting students through Student Hardship Grants.

This support is critical in bridging the gap between government funding, possible family contributions and student’s part-time employment income.

Hardship Grants not only prevent students falling into financial crisis (through no fault of their own), and potentially dropping out, but also have a positive impact on other aspects of their lives too, such as mental wellbeing, nutrition, their dependants, and their educational attainment.

Our far-reaching Hardship Grants are made possible by donations from alumni and supporters and are needed now more than ever.

The prize draw is now closed but you can still make a donation.

Looking forward

Our values and vision for the future.

Steve West, Vice-Chancellor

"This is a moment to not only celebrate the past 30 years of success, innovation and change, but also look to the future. We want to continue to improve, evolve and develop, seize new opportunities, meet new challenges, and support our students and staff to thrive and flourish – for the next 30 years and beyond."

Professor Steve West CBE, DL, Vice-Chancellor, President and CEO, UWE Bristol

Professor Steve West CBE, DL Vice-Chancellor, President and CEO, UWE Bristol

Interview with Professor Steve West CBE, DL

Find out what he loves about his job, his proudest moment and about the changes we’ll see at UWE Bristol in the future.

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