The University of Worcester is consistently rated one of the UK’s best universities for quality education and student experience. Known for our welcoming, inclusive, friendly atmosphere, Worcester is UK’s number one for gender equality and was recently named Sustainability Institution of the Year and subsequently globally commended at the UN.
Our graduates are highly successful at securing jobs on graduation – the University is regularly in the top 10 for sustained employment. Our graduates also go on to make a real difference for good.
This year, the University will mark its 75th anniversary and remains true to its original mission to ‘win the peace through education’, each year training the professionals who form such a crucial component of the backbone of our society – the teachers who educate our children, the nurses who care for our loved ones, and the scientists who make sense of our world.
The student population for 2019-20 was 10,179, with approximately 82.5% studying on an undergraduate course. Approximately 16% of students are on taught postgraduate programmes and 1.5% are postgraduate research students. International students make up over 10% of our overall student population, and they all chose Worcester for its friendliness and individual approach to students.
At Worcester, we marry quality with inclusion. We champion democracy, reason, and science. We are deeply engaged with our City, County, region, and community. We campaign for change.
In the last five years Worcester has been shortlisted three times as the Times Higher Education’s University of the Year and twice for University of the Year in the UK Social Mobility Awards. We have just been shortlisted for a record 7th time as Nurse Education Provider of the Year (pre-registration) in the Student Nursing Times Awards.
The University has been ranked in the top 3 in the UK for Quality Education in all three years of the Times Higher Education’s University Impact Rankings and has been the UK’s best performing university for fair gender pay since these statistics were published nationally.
Much of Worcester’s success is down to our whole-university approach to inclusion. This approach means that we examine every activity of the University; the way in which each activity and facility promotes inclusion and participation whilst simultaneously contributing to educational excellence, student, and graduate success.
Worcester has reimagined the university in a city. Our facilities are truly at the service of the people. Uniquely, Worcester has created a shared public and university library where schoolchildren and university students, researchers, older people, teenagers learn side-by-side. The Hive Library is regularly amongst the UK’s most visited public libraries. In the 9 years since it was opened by HM The Queen it has become an outstanding engine of learning, culture, widening participation and social cohesion. It has rightly been named Best Large Library 2016-19 by the Society of College, University and National Librarians.
A leader in healthcare education, the University is well advanced in working towards the creation of the Three Counties Medical School, which will see the University of Worcester and our partner NHS Health Trusts create the high quality locally provided medical education which is desperately needed to overcome the long-standing shortfall in much needed medical doctors across Gloucestershire, Herefordshire, and Worcestershire.