The University of Worcester is a British public university, based in Worcester, England. With a history dating back to 1946, the institution was granted university status in September 2005. Worcester is the only university serving the English counties of Worcestershire and Herefordshire.
The University of Worcester is well known for its teaching degrees, and was one the most improved Universities for research in the Research Excellence Framework 2014, climbing 32 places in the Research Fortnight rankings. Researchers at Worcester were recognised as carrying out world-leading work in History, Art and Design, Health, Education, Biological Science, Psychology, Sport, Geography, Archaeology & Environmental Studies, and English Language & Literature.
With a history dating back to 1946, Worcester has established a reputation for world-class teaching and practical, purposeful research.
We’re a vibrant, forward-looking university, well known for the quality of our degrees with employers actively seeking out our graduates.
As the only higher education institution in Herefordshire and Worcestershire, we have a strong role to play in the region. We deliver degree programmes to nearly 10, 000 students and employ 1, 000 staff.
Since 2006, the number of people applying to study at the University of Worcester has more than doubled – a rate of growth much higher than the national average.
Worcester has become so popular because we have:
- Highly relevant, very professional courses
- Excellent, inspiring teaching
- A truly friendly, inclusive approach with excellent student support
- An outstanding record of graduate employment
- A beautiful home in historic Worcester
We aim to be an outstanding university at which to be a student. We concentrate on helping students achieve their potential, and place great importance on combining enduring human values with true professionalism. We make it clear from the beginning that we have high expectations of our students and staff, and we will offer you every support to achieve that goal.
We are a truly inclusive university where each and every person counts as an individual. As an important member of our dynamic, responsible, high-achieving community, you will have every opportunity to thrive and fully realise your potential. Worcester enjoys a national reputation as a very friendly place at which people are genuinely happy and feel that they can make a meaningful contribution
The University of Worcester is the UK’s fastest growing University. Applications increased by 10.6% in 2009 and by 100% since 2004. The University has consistently recorded the largest increases in applications of any UK University for 7 years in a row.
The university guide of the Times newspaper rates the university at place 81 (shared with Teesside University) out of 114 institutions.
An Ofsted report for the overall standard of the Institute of Education’s teaching programme rated the University as “Excellent”. The training of teachers was rated ‘Outstanding’ by OFSTED in June 2010. Results in the first four National Student Surveys have placed Worcester in the top 40 universities for student satisfaction in 2008, the most satisfied being in English, History and Teacher Training.
In the National Student Survey students from the University rated their overall satisfaction at 80% in 2008/09. A number of subject areas received excellent levels of satisfaction, with an overall student satisfaction of 92% in Sports Science and 89% in Initial Teacher Training.
In March 2010, the University was ranked 54th of the top public sector places to work.
The Complete University Guide 2015 ranks the University 104th out of 123 institutions.