Student support and resources
For every single aspect of your student life at the University, there is a team of staff whose only role is to support you, beginning with The Hub, the centre of most of our student support services. We encourage you to consider The Hub a one-stop-shop for all your needs.
Hello from the Students' Union
We are here to make your student life run smoothly and with as much fun as possible.
Sports, societies, radio, cinema, journalism, film, volunteering, support, advice and great events throughout the year - from Freshers' Fayre to our massive end of term event.
We are, in short, your one stop shop for the student experience.
- Our Trans:it website has a set of online learning tools, to help make your transition from further to higher education easier. Topics covered include independent learning, time management, managing information, writing for higher education and group work.
- Also see the University's Trans:it Summer School - a two day programme in the first week of September to help new students understand more about how to learn at University, and meet other students.
- Personal tutor - when you begin studying with us, you’ll be allocated a personal tutor, who will be happy to discuss any area of your programme of study.
- Academic Skills Advice - support with academic, maths and interpersonal skills.
- Library - well-stocked libraries and computing facilities, and WiFi on campus.
- IT services - including computer and email support and AV loans.
- Disability Service - supporting students with disabilities.
- Workshops and Clinics - free study skills, library, English, maths, career and wellbeing workshops
- Language Centre - support for international students.
Online learning tools
All of our teaching is supported by a suite of e-learning tools, offering you increased flexibility and around-the-clock access to your studies.
- You can submit coursework or receive tutor feedback and assessment marks online.
- You can access assignments from home if your tutor feels travel into campus isn’t necessary.
- Our e-learning offering is constantly evolving to keep pace with the latest innovations, and we proactively consult our students about their changing needs at every opportunity.
Our current software package includes:
- Blackboard, our Virtual Learning Environment (VLE), can be accessed by all staff and students worldwide. It delivers course-based online learning and assessment materials and fosters collaboration through group work, discussion boards and blogs.
- PebblePAD is an e-portfolio tool which can be used as private e-learning space, allowing students to plan and manage their personal development by recording and sharing their achievements and employability skills.
You will be introduced to these packages as part of your course.
Who can help?
- Paying your fees - if you pay your own tuition fees here are the instructions on how to make payments and when you need to do so. If you have received a tuition fee loan, payments will be made by Student Finance on your behalf. Don’t forget to return your declaration to Student Finance or your payments will be delayed.
- Scholarships - we have a number of University and departmental scholarships available. A scholarship is a type of financial support awarded for excellence e.g. academic, sports etc., or for hardship, and it does not have to be paid back.
- Financial support - find out if you're eligible for any other financial support (for example, there is a care leavers grant and an Access to Learning Fund).
- Opening a bank account - guidelines for international students on how to open an English bank account.
- Living costs - get to grips with your budget before you get here.
- Get a job - search the Career and Employability Service's database for part-time jobs.
For NHS funded students
- Undergraduate NHS funded students - the NHS will pay the tuition fees for students who are studying on an eligible 3 year BSc (Hons) health programme and who have been offered an NHS funded place. You are also entitled to apply for a bursary (part income assessed) and a student loan.
- Postgraduate NHS funded students - students on a Continuing Professional Development module or programme may be able to access funding through the Health Education England Contract, for the cost of their course fees.
Who can help?
- Financial Support Team - help with student funding and finance, benefits, budgeting and debt advice.
Studying abroad offers an exhilarating opportunity to combine your passion for travelling and learning.
At Bradford we have many exciting study abroad options, including studying for a semester or one year in Australia, Canada, Europe, Hong Kong, New Zealand, Taiwan and the USA.
- Section link: Students' Union - here you will find everything you need to complement your student life, whether that is expanding your skills through sports, societies, media areas or volunteering; meeting new friends or enjoying our entertainments; joining with likeminded students in areas of politics; or getting academic or social advice and support.
- Unique: Fitness & Lifestyle - provides students with the opportunity to access a 100-station fitness suite, indoor heated swimming pool, free weights room and group exercise classes for as little as £85 per year.
- Arts on campus - the arts are valued at Bradford as part of the overall educational provision and there is an art gallery, theatre and music centre on campus.
Accommodation Office - support and advice for students living in University-owned accommodation.
Unipol - The charity Unipol Student Homes helps students find private accommodation.
Find out more
- Frequently Asked Questions about accommodation
Health and wellbeing
Counselling Service - talk confidentially about any issue causing you concern.
Faith - spiritual advisers and counsellors.
Unique Fitness and Lifestyle sports centre - features a gym with a pool, a sports hall, climbing wall, and physiotherapy and beauty therapy services.
Student Health Centre - provides a confidential and comprehensive service of health care, with access to specialist facilities. Students who live in the practice area can register with one of the doctors and make full use of the service.
- University Eye Clinic - a working Eye Clinic open to the public which is run by experienced Optometrists, Dispensing Opticians and Orthoptists with help from students themselves.
If you're under 25-years-old and you're starting at university for the first time, you should be offered a vaccination to prevent meningitis W disease.
You should contact your GP to have the Men ACWY vaccine, ideally before you arrive at university. See the NHS website for more information.