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University of Bradford students’ union in UK top 20


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The University of Bradford has been ranked among the top 20 in the UK for its students’ union.

The StudentCrowd University Awards 2022 ranked Bradford as 17th best students’ union in the UK among 140 institutions. The University is also in the top 50 universities overall.

UCAS has reported that online reviews by students are the second most important resource for prospective students when making a decision on which university to attend. Student university reviews on StudentCrowd regularly mention how valuable the students' union is for creating memorable experiences.

Bradford’s students’ union, UBU, complements student life in Bradford, whether that is joining a cultural society or ensuring the safety and wellbeing of those studying in the city. Starting university can be quite daunting, so UBU created Kickstart, an engagement programme that organises weekend residential trips for freshers. Students can pay just £10 to join these events, making it an accessible way to make friends and enjoy the weekends.

The Union also offers local volunteering opportunities, such as working with the National Science and Media Museum or various Yorkshire charities. Over 30 individual and team sports societies meet each week, with a range of abilities and sessions for continuing or trying out a new sport whilst at university.

The StudentCrowd University Awards are the only independent awards based entirely on verified student reviews.

StudentCrowd analysed a total of 15,871 university reviews to select the top 20 across 11 different categories. The winners are selected based on their average review score over the 24-month period from 1st June 2020 to 31st May 2022.

Ahmed Malik, UBU Student Affairs Officer, said: “The UBU sees this as a testament to the hard work put in by our amazing students and staff team to bring the University experience back to normal post-covid. At the beginning of the new academic year, UBU challenged ourselves to put on more events, more social opportunities and more engagement activities for our students to reintroduce the Union experience. We look to improve on this further and carry on the good work that has been done this past year to enhance our student experience offer.”