Our values, vision and strategy

Change the world

At UWE Bristol, we’re focused on solving future global challenges through outstanding learning, world-leading research and a culture of enterprise.

Here, we empower our students to make a choice. To choose a university that pushes itself as much as it pushes them. To choose a community of original thinkers - breaking new boundaries and leading the way.

From our enterprise support programmes to industry masterclasses. Professional mentoring to business incubators. World-leading research facilities to work experience opportunities across the globe. We give our students the tools they need to act on their ideas and make them happen.

Each of our pioneering courses have been created in partnership with industry professionals. And over 150 come with professional accreditation from industry bodies. Coupled with world-class teaching, they’re designed to equip students with the most in-demand skills, and the kind of mindset that employers want and need. So that when you graduate from UWE Bristol, you’re ready to take on the world.



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Our mindset

We believe that it’s only when you ask 'what if?' that you discover 'why not?'. That’s why we’re not afraid to ask difficult questions – and tackle the big issues head on. It’s our way of continuing to make a real difference to the way we learn, analyse and contribute to the world we live in.

Our partnerships

Our partnerships with industry-leading organisations and businesses across the globe are what keep our courses relevant and our graduates in demand. BBC, Rolls Royce, Lloyds Banking Group and Airbus and just some of the partners who play an important role in shaping course content and modules.

Our teaching

We’ve been awarded Gold in the Government’s 2018 Teaching Excellence and Student Outcomes Framework, TEF. This is the best rating achievable and was awarded for our outstanding quality of teaching, alongside the exceptional performance of our graduates.

Careers and enterprise

We make sure our graduates stand out - with the skills employers want and need. Enterprise is built into our curriculum, and our links to over 7,000 employers help shape many of our courses. It’s no surprise we’re in the top 10% of UK institutions for sustained employment three years after graduating.


We understand the power of a diverse university community. That’s why we celebrate individuality and work hard to create a supportive and inspiring place for everyone to work and study. We’re proud to have welcomed students from over 166 countries – all with different ideas, perspectives and beliefs.


We’re helping to build a more sustainable future for everyone by working towards the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals – with the aim to be carbon neutral by 2030. From establishing our campuses as clean air and smoke-free zones to eliminating single-use plastics.

Health and wellbeing 

A healthy community is a happy one. That’s why supporting the health and wellbeing of everyone at UWE Bristol is crucial to us. We work hard to provide an environment where our students and staff can thrive and have a wide range of support options available.

Our impact

Many of our academics are globally recognised for their groundbreaking research in a wide range of fields, including robotics and body image. They’re the ones on the front line, solving global challenges and transforming lives.

Our facilities

Spread over three campuses, all just a short bus ride from one another, each site offers something unique. Over the last five years, we’ve invested £300 million into our state-of-the-art facilities. Creating the most effective and empowering setting for our students and people to discover their potential.

Our city

Bristol is a city that’s famous for its rebellious streak, independent thinking, unique style and edgy creativity. Home to over 450,000 people, hailing from over 187 different countries - Bristol is a melting pot of diversity, innovation, research and tech.

Our values


We’re not afraid to shape, challenge and tackle the big issues, to take the initiative and pave the way.


We make UWE Bristol a supportive and inspiring place to learn and work – somewhere where diversity of experience and perspective is encouraged, and learning and research is shared and accessible.


We create new opportunities for the people who work and study with us. We embrace different ideas and pioneer new and sustainable ways of doing things.


We have strong connections locally and globally. We help people and organisations be the best they can, building trust throughout our university community and beyond.


We instil a thirst for new knowledge, its creation and application, empowering our students and staff to demonstrate a creative questioning approach, a 'can-do' confidence, and ability to navigate uncertainty.

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