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The Bradford Graduate

At the University of Bradford, we are committed to providing a high-quality and distinctive educational experience for all our students.

Our Curriculum Framework, Assessment Regulations and Learning, Teaching and Student Experience Strategy lay out the core educational principles for all our degree awards, from foundation courses through to doctoral education.

All University of Bradford programmes leading to an award strive to develop in our students a set of distinctive graduate attributes.

Assessment and award at Bradford

Decisions relating to assessment, progression and award of University of Bradford programmes are made according to the following regulations:

  • Regulation 7 - Assessment Regulations
  • Regulation 2 - Governing Undergraduate Awards
  • Regulation 9 - Governing Postgraduate Awards

These are available to view on the register of University Regulations. Any variant or additional regulations specific to certain programmes are detailed in the relevant programme specification.

A guide to our Institutional Grading Criteria is also available.

The Bradford Curriculum Framework

The Curriculum Framework also sets out characteristics for taught programmes and research programmes. These highlight specific directions and requirements for programmes that emerge from the curriculum themes and principles.


University of Bradford programmes...

  1. Are inclusive
  2. Incorporate global perspectives and sustainability
  3. Foster employability
  4. Are research-led
  5. Are digitally rooted
  6. Are personalised.


University of Bradford programmes deploy and use...

  • A programme-focussed approach.
  • Co-creation of curriculum.
  • The University of Bradford academic themes.
  • Active and collaborative learning.
  • Enquiry based learning.
  • Programme-focussed assessment.
  • Real world and experiential learning.
  • Transitions to learner autonomy.

Bradford graduates:

  • Commit to their own personal and professional development, having acquired lifelong learning skills and developed a desire to make a difference in the world
  • Confidently use established techniques of analysis and enquiry in creative and innovative ways to problem solve across a range of academic disciplines
  • Demonstrate a competent knowledge base including global perspectives in their field
  • Gain a solid grasp of contemporary issues through their studies, whilst demonstrating an appreciation of the uncertainty, ambiguity and limits of knowledge
  • Embrace new technological solutions, not only in the context of study and employment but to communicate effectively with others
  • Have experience of the world of work and have developed relevant employability skills, attitudes and behaviours including self-awareness, a commitment to equality and diversity and cultural competence
  • Relish the opportunity to exercise initiative and take personal responsibility for decision-making in complex and unpredictable contexts
  • Understand and commit to economic, social and environmental sustainability from a local to a global level.
A Master's graduate wearing full academic dress stands with their partner and young child who are both very proud of them.

Our students' academic experience

Students are essential in helping the University continually develop its learning & teaching environment and practices and we are committed to working in partnership with our students to enhance the academic experience at Bradford.

Students contribute to the continual improvement of the University from the moment they start their studies. The dedicated Student Experience and Success team (SharePoint) work with staff and students across the institution, conduct research and evaluation and provide specialist advice, activities and schemes for students and staff.

Through the Students' Union Officers and through Faculty Representatives (UnionCloud), students are represented on all the University "top tier" committees such as the Learning and Teaching Committee, the Senate, and the Council. Working towards a culture of genuine partnership and co-creation, students can scrutinise all of the business of the University of Bradford that affects their learning and their student experience.

Students can also volunteer or apply for specific roles and opportunities to enhance learning, teaching, and student experience at the University, such as being on programme validation panels to improve our courses, mentoring other students to boost confidence or becoming Student Ambassadors to represent the University. Many of these are "HEARable" - they can form an important and useful contribution to the Higher Education Achievement Record, a nationally transferable system to keep track of extracurricular student enhancement.

Here are some of other the ways students feed into the enhancement of their academic experience:


  • Giving feedback on University services as a user and customer
  • Focus groups, interviews, and other research events
  • Student-led meetings
  • Listening events, and other opportunities for student/staff discussion
  • Personal Academic Tutor
  • Programme approval and review feedback
  • Longitudinal surveys such the Bradford Student Survey and National Student Survey
  • Group surveys such as module evaluations
  • Voting for awards
  • Becoming a Graduate Fellow through Bradford:Fellowships

Students' Union

  • Voting for awards, for student reps and in other student elections and referendums
  • Becoming a programme or Faculty Representative
  • Take part in Student Staff Liaison Committees as a rep or by giving feedback to your rep
  • Becoming a Students' Union officer or delegate.
  • Student-led meetings
  • Contribute ideas in discussions or forums
  • Attend or be a member of UBU Forums
  • Attend or be a member of UBU Council
  • Attend and be a member of UBU Sports and Societies
  • Getting involved in other Students' Union activities and initiatives