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With over 50 years of academic excellence behind us as a University, we continue to grow our international reputation, course provision, and research impact.

We have always been pioneers in developing new course subjects and modes of teaching, reflecting and anticipating the needs of employers, our students, and of society as a whole; our course provision and research strategy is designed in response to the changing business, social, scientific and environmental landscape.

Today our associations and networks span the globe; from strong links to leading local and national employers, to academic partner institutions, to the World Technology Universities Network, we are an outward facing institution committed to the creation, dissemination, and application of knowledge for the benefit of global society. We have an alumni community of more than 140,000 graduates in over 175 countries worldwide.

Our mission is to drive sustainable social and economic development through outstanding teaching, research and innovation. Our vision is a world of inclusion and equality of opportunity where people want to, and can, make a difference. We want to be known as the place to be to make that difference.

People are our greatest asset. We will harness the ability and power of staff, students, alumni and stakeholders to deliver our strategic objectives. We will create a confident, high-performance culture that recognises and celebrates excellence and success, and which supports our people to deliver our strategic objectives.

A successor to the Bradford Mechanics Institute, Bradford Technical College and the Bradford Institute of Technology, the University of Bradford became the UK’s fortieth University in 1966 and has continued to grow ever since.

Our student population is now almost 10,000, bringing students from 150 nations together in one place of learning excellence.

After Bradford Institute of Technology was granted a Royal Charter and the University of Bradford was established, British Prime Minister Harold Wilson was installed as the first Chancellor. Today, that role belongs to Kate Swann, a respected leader in the UK business world.

Our Business School, one of the oldest in the UK, continues to be a world leader in business and management education, research and knowledge transfer. It is one of only a small number of business schools across the world with the coveted triple-crown of Accreditations. In 2018 we became the first British University of Sanctuary. This builds on our history and culture of welcome and inclusion, which was established through the creation of the first British University Peace Studies department in 1973.

The University of Bradford aims to confront inequality, and celebrate diversity by supporting an inclusive work and study environment. Our university has a range of policies, guidance documents and briefings that help to raise awareness and ensure that all staff, students, and visitors are treated fairly, and with dignity and respect.

The UOB is committed to Equality, Diversity and Inclusion and believes that everyone should be treated with dignity and respect at our University at all times. The University requires a culture of respect to create a productive working environment as it fits strongly with its values and principles.

Our University is committed to providing a supportive and inclusive environment for work and study. In accordance with this, all members of the University community have a personal responsibility to treat each other with dignity and respect.

Bullying, harassment and victimisation could be deemed unlawful or even a criminal offence and are considered unacceptable by the University. Any forms of these behaviours will not be tolerated and the University will respond promptly and confidentially to formal complaints, disciplinary action may be taken where appropriate.


Lord Wilson of Rievaulx

1966 - 1985

In a widely-quoted speech made before he became Prime Minister, Harold Wilson emphasised that the future of Britain was being forged "in the white heat of technology", and to bring this about it was necessary to educate many more scientists. His close involvement with the University of Bradford as the first Chancellor was one of the ways in which he helped to make this a reality.

He guided the University from its inception in 1966 until it became one of the country's leading technological institutions, respected nationally and internationally.

Throughout his 19 years as Chancellor, Lord Wilson rarely missed the degree congregations and personally conferred over 21,000 degrees. He was invariably present at major functions and impressed many by the depth and breadth of his knowledge of the University.

Sir John Harvey-Jones

1986 - 1991

Sir John Harvey-Jones was much more than just a figurehead.

He was a strong supporter of universities in general and of the University of Bradford in particular. He believed that Britain's well-being depended on the success of its industry which, in turn, relied upon a successful technical education system.

As Chancellor, Sir John succeeded both in raising Bradford's public visibility while at the same time offering valuable support and advice to the University's management during the financially-difficult late 1980s. He will be remembered in the University of Bradford for his far-sighted advice that helped to establish the administrative structures and policy for the years which lay ahead.

Sir Trevor Holdsworth

1992 - 1997

Sir Trevor Holdsworth, former chairman of National Power and of the Bradford-based Allied Colloids international chemical business, was installed as Chancellor on 24 March 1992.

Bradford-born, Sir Trevor is a distinguished businessman who cherishes his local roots. He believes that invention and innovation are at the heart of wealth creation and economic prosperity, and was proud of the University's reputation for 'Making Knowledge Work'. Sir Trevor is a firm believer in the importance of lifelong learning.

Knighted in 1982, Sir Trevor has appreciable talent as a pianist, and could have risen to international fame in this area had he not chosen a business career. The University is eternally grateful that he chose the latter.

Baroness Lockwood

1997 - 2005

On her appointment as the University's fourth Chancellor in March 1997, Baroness Betty Lockwood said, "Education is one of the most precious things in life both to the individual and to society as a whole, and as Chancellor I hope to continue to promote that belief in many ways".

Baroness Lockwood had a non-traditional route into higher education having left school at 14 then studying at night school before winning the Mary Macarthur Scholarship for Working Women to Ruskin College, Oxford.

Since 1983 when she first joined the University Council and throughout her Chancellorship, Baroness Lockwood has vigorously supported the University's widening participation strategy, ensuring that higher education is accessible to all. This has led to Bradford's pioneering and successful track record in raising participation levels, particularly from traditionally underrepresented groups.

Baroness Lockwood's political career to date has been groundbreaking. She was appointed as the first Chairman of the Equal Opportunities Commission in 1975, a post she held for eight years, and was founding Chair of the EU Advisory Committee on Sex Equality. Baroness Lockwood has been an active life peer since 1978 and a Deputy Speaker of the House of Lords since 1989. Patron of the Born in Bradford project.

The Baroness Lockwood Award for Distinguished Teaching was set up in 2005.