This is us
The University of Bradford is one of the most diverse universities in the UK and one that celebrates both the differences and similarities in its many communities. It’s this welcoming of, support for, and dedication to the success of people regardless of their background, identity, beliefs or challenges that’s our strength.
We see individuals and their potential, work hard to remove the barriers to their success, and ensure our students understand that they are able to go forward and make positive changes for all our futures through their experiences and education.
This is Bradford. This is us.
This is where we
When we started we were thinking 'should we do it at the same time?' and we were second guessing it constantly. Some family members said 'maybe you should do it after him, don’t do it at the same time as it’s going to be too hard', but we just stuck with it. And then before you know it, you’re both here graduating with first-class degrees...
It didn’t feel like it was family and university separately, it felt like it was family and university together. It worked really well. The way that Bradford is, I often brought my kids into the library or into lectures and the lecturers were fine with it, as long as we weren’t loud. It became second nature really.
This is where I
...took the initiative
A rarely mentioned student is the one who studies whilst living at home - it can be easy for them to feel left out of university life.
It is important to take initiative and seek opportunities at the university, this is a great way to make friends.
In my second year, I signed up to become a Green Impact Ambassador through the Students Union volunteering service. I helped clean up a local fly-tipping spot. At this moment in time, I am a member of the Students’ Council at University, helping to improve the University’s environment for students.
This is where I
...was the first in my family
I’m the first in my entire family to go to university. I finished college at 19 and worked as a cleaner in schools - I was completely and utterly miserable.
I thought 'I’ve got the qualifications, I’m going to go to university'. My family didn’t want me to because they didn’t understand how student loans work. I showed them I was serious. I got a first in every subject - I completely smashed it. I told them I’d applied to study abroad in Japan for a year; I thought they’d say no, but they didn’t, they were very supportive.
To see the change in my parents means the world if I’m being perfectly honest.
This is where I
...found my voice
I’ve been brought up in a single-parent family so I’ve seen the struggles of my own mother and I’ve also seen other experiences of the women around me and the female students on campus. I was Women's and Campaigns Officer last year, so I really understand the deep issues that women are facing.
I’m pushing for women to actually enter leadership roles. This is by the formation of a committee that I’ve created this year. It's for women to lead and do activities and other events that they’d like to do. It’s all based around female students participating in leadership roles and empowering themselves.
This is where I
Growing up as an only child and living with my grandparents had been different from conventional family life, but it has given me experience that I may not have found elsewhere.
At University I have learned many things and met different people, which has really helped me grow into the person I am today and helped me choose certain pathways.
I volunteered to be a care leaver mentor to use the experience I have to help students from traditional and non-traditional backgrounds overcome obstacles - to give a helping hand.
University of the Year for Social Inclusion
The Times and Sunday Times have named the University of Bradford as the UK’s University of the Year for Social Inclusion 2020.
"Bradford is a university for its city and the wider region, and it offers lessons to rest of British higher education on how to effectively embrace social diversity on campus. By recruiting very heavily from its immediate environs, Bradford has one of the largest proportions of students from ethnic minorities of any British university, but its social diversity extends wider and makes the new vice-chancellor's stated desire to put the University of Bradford at the heart of the region's social and economic regeneration no hollow ambition.
"The university provides opportunities for a higher education that are denied to so many elsewhere: two-thirds of the intake come from families where parents did not attend university; 40% are mature students taking degrees many years after leaving school; and more than half are recruited from the four poorest socioeconomic groups. These statistics show that social inclusiveness in the student body is ingrained in Bradford's DNA. And it is all achieved with high levels of professional employment and excellent degree outcomes for students from all backgrounds - a remarkable achievement and one well deserving the award of University of the Year for Social Inclusion."
Alastair McCall, editor of The Sunday Times Good University Guide