The University of Bedfordshire

One of the biggest challenges that faces businesses today is Recruiting, Retaining and Retraining staff. As a business-facing University, we understand the key challenges faced by organisations and entrepreneurs and we use our academic resources and expertise to provide solutions to the Public, Private & Third Sector.

We deliver these through our range of funding and grant programmes, short and long-term training course provisions, bespoke consultancy, Capital Grant funding and collaborative R&D – all being offered as well as access to our talent pool of University expert researchers and graduates.

Our particular strength areas are in Operational Management, Health, Environmental Science, Computer Science, Business, Law, Social Work and Social Policy, Education, Sport and Exercise Science. Leisure and Tourism, English Language and Literature, Music, Drama and Performing Arts and Media and Communication.

The University offers development opportunities to employees of business at varying levels, from base level staff to senior managers. We offer access to contemporary, specialist facilities including our £37m state-of-the-art STEM building dedicated to science, technology, engineering and mathematics learning and research. We can help find students or graduates to fill vacancies, and we can link your company to others in the region that you’re likely to need. The core ecosystem is that the University, the Council, the Chamber of Commerce and others all work together to help you.

The University of Bedfordshire is proud to be an internationally recognised and award-winning institution with a heritage of quality education going back more than 100 years boasting an international network from over 100 countries. As a local university with a network of partnerships across the UK, Europe, Middle East and Asia, we strive to nurture our students to become educated, employable and entrepreneurial global citizens and support businesses to grow and develop.

With 870 graduate start-up businesses since 2014, the University of Bedfordshire is in the UK’s ‘Top 5’ for start-ups according to data from the Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA) and supports Alumni in achieving any ambitions through the University’s Research & Innovation Service.

Our links with over 3,000 organisations provide unrivalled opportunities for our students to acquire practical workplace skills, equipping them with a balance of critical and creative thinking skills. Our innovative teaching methods produce successful, versatile graduates who are sought-after by employers.

In addition to our role as a large employer and educator, the University of Bedfordshire also makes a significant social and economic contribution to the Luton and Bedfordshire community. The University has attracted over £20m in regeneration and development funding for the region – with an income increase of 25% over the last five years.

Our research is rooted in real-world problems in industry and public services, striving to translate it into impactful results that help to solve both global and local challenges, as well as influence policy and strategy. Over half of our research and impact has been judged ‘Internationally Excellent’ or ‘World-Leading’ in the UK-wide Research Excellence Framework (REF) exercise. The University of Bedfordshire was ranked Top 3 in the Times Higher Education (THE) World University Rankings by subject for English Language.

If you’re not asking the University what we can do to help you, you are probably missing out.

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