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University of the West of England
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The Faculties - part 2

Faculty of Education

Welcome to our website and thank you for being interested in the work of the Faculty

The Faculty of Education is one of the largest providers of  initial and continuing professional development in the region and has a long-term commitment to providing high quality learning, teaching and research, as a means to a better future for all. In most cases, we do this through partnerships with a range of local schools, colleges and other organisations.

We seek to support the lifelong learning of educational professionals, and those intending to be such professionals, because we want the learners they support to have the maximum opportunities to fulfil their potential. The work of the Faculty is underpinned by the desire to increase social justice through education. We are fortunate to be based in a state-of-the-art purpose-built building and look forward to sharing our provision with you.

As you will discover, if you spend time on this site, we offer a broad range of programmes. New and exciting developments for undergraduates (UG) include single honours degrees in education studies and early childhood studies, which are for those interested in such disciplines but not, necessarily, in becoming qualified teachers. These UG programmes complement our existing ones for intending teachers. If you are already a graduate and thinking about teaching you will find options for all phases from early years to post-compulsory education and nine different subjects for those interested in secondary education. A full-time postgraduate course is also offered to those interested in careers guidance.

Ron Ritchie

Qualified professionals should find something of interest in our extensive continuing professional development provision.

If research is your main interest then we can offer you postgraduate research degrees or opportunities to work with us on work-based research projects, perhaps funded by external agencies.

Priorities for the Faculty over the next period include: consolidating and enhancing work in the field of lifelong learning, including learning and teaching in higher education; promoting work in this field of inclusive education; fostering partnership within and beyond the university to enhance the quality of programmes and research; extending the international dimension of our work.

Whatever your reason for visiting our website, I hope your needs can be met and, if not, let us know!

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Professor Ron Ritchie

Hartpury College

(Associate Faculty)

About Us

Hartpury College is an outstanding provider of land-based, sports and related courses. We pride ourselves on our portfolio of programmes which provides you with the best choices and the qualifications you need to realise your full potential.

We place great emphasis on the quality of our teaching, with qualified and experienced staff. The investment in our campus gives you access to innovative and modern equipment, facilities, and buildings. This investment gives us great satisfaction that we are providing you with the necessary skills to find employment in an increasingly competitive working environment.

We provide our students with the ability to study to a very high standard, and the opportunity to develop and gain life skills. Our aim is to enhance your communication skills, giving you confidence and enabling you to compete when entering the world of work.

We welcome all students to become part of the Hartpury family, building on our reputation as a local, regional, national and international provider of high quality training and education.

Malcolm Wharton
Principal & Assistant Vice Chancellor

Faculty of Health and Social Care


The University of the West of England, Bristol is one of Britain's most popular Universities with more than 23,000 students and a 1,000-strong academic staff base. Our substantial student community is made up of people from a wide variety of backgrounds which is a great recipe for a lively intellectual and social mix.

The University's history goes back as far as 1595, representing a long and well established tradition of first class professional education and training. We are justifiably proud of providing our students with the knowledge and skills they need to succeed in their chosen career. Close links with industry and professions ensure that our courses are relevant and innovative, striving to be ahead of the field.

The University has four campuses in and around the city of Bristol encompassing 9 Faculties and teaching some 300 degree programmes across a wide range of disciplines. In addition, we also have an Associate Faculty in Gloucester and regional centres in Bath, Gloucester and Swindon. Each enjoys a varied social life of its own, but students are welcome to use the facilities of all campuses.

The University Mission

‘Advance an inclusive, civilised and democratic society and its enrichment through education, research, consultancy and public service’.

Since achieving university status in 1992, the University has grown in every way including reputation, quality and size. The Faculty of Health and Social Care plays a key role in this mission and aims to be the number one Faculty of Health and Social Care in the United Kingdom nationally and internationally, recognised for its dynamic, outstanding and highly creative contributions to policy and practice.

The Faculty Vision

Glenside CampusThe number one Faculty of Health and Social Care in the UK nationally and internationally recognised for its dynamic, outstanding and highly creative contributions to policy and practice.

The Faculty Mission

  • Pursue and deliver excellence in education and research.
  • Work in an integrated way with a range of partners to develop a dynamic, highly skilled health and social care workforce equipped for the future.
  • Develop creative, dynamic, highly competent client focused practitioners who are able to deliver high quality in practice.
  • Commitment to supporting staff and students to reach their full potential within facilitative high quality learning and research environments.

The Faculty is primarily based at the Glenside Campus in Bristol which is close to the University's main Frenchay Campus. In addition the Faculty has regional centres in Bath, Gloucester and Swindon.

Faculty Schools

The Faculty has five academic Schools reflecting the diversity of the learning opportunities available. The Faculty uses the title 'School' to group academic staff and courses together, some other Universities use the term department or division. A School is made up of a range of academic staff that have particular expertise and qualifications in either a single subject area or a variety of subject areas that relate to the work of the school. Each School has a Head who along with a dedicated team of lecturers ensure that learning opportunities meet the needs of our students. The five schools are:

Our History

The Faculty of Health and Social Care was created in 1996 when the former Avon and Gloucestershire College of Health and Bath and Swindon College of Health Studies joined with the existing Faculty of Health and Community Studies at UWE. This major development saw the creation of one of the largest and most significant educational communities specialising in health and social care education and research in the UK.

The Faculty Today

The Faculty is involved in a number of research projects and has developed strong links with health and social care communities.

The Faculty already has a good record in terms of widening participation and is above the current benchmark set by the Government for higher education institutions for widening participation. However it can and will do more to encourage and enable students from under represented groups to enter and succeed in higher education.

The Faculty continues to foster and develop new and existing links with various external organisations. Professor Steve West represents the Faculty and Universities UK on a number of important national working parties and committees. One of the Faculty’s major partnership developments relates to the creation of Academies across the Health Community. Originally conceived by the University of Bristol to support the expansion of medical student numbers it quickly developed into a unique and innovative model for delivering modern interprofessional education across organisations and disciplines.

The Faculty continues to develop new areas of study to meet the local and regional education purchasers’ requirements for education. This also includes the development of more flexible means of programme delivery, in mode and access, in time and place.

Our Centres

Glenside Campus
The Faculty is primarily based at the Glenside Campus in Bristol which is close to the UWE's main Frenchay Campus. In addition the Faculty has regional centres in Bath, Gloucester and Swindon. There are also a number of Administrative and Research staff located at the Health Training and Research Centre based at the Bristol Business Park opposite the Frenchay Campus.

Support Departments

The Faculty is supported by the following administrative departments:

  • Executive Support
  • Faculty Services
  • Finance and Management Information
  • Marketing and Recruitment
  • Practice Learning Unit
  • Programmes Office
  • Research Office

If you need to contact any of these departments please see 'Contact Us.'

Setting High Standards

The Faculty is superbly equipped with an extensive range of teaching and learning resources. This includes an excellent library, an Interprofessional Simulation Suite, a Human Analysis Laboratory, an Imaging Suite and Skills Simulation Suite. These facilities support and develop the students learning experience to a high standard.

Health visiting, midwifery, nursing, occupational therapy, physiotherapy and radiography programmes at the University of the West of England, Bristol in partnership with the Avon, Gloucestershire and Wiltshire Workforce Development Confederation were reviewed in the academic year 2005-06 by the QAA. The QAA awarded the Faculty the grade of commendable (commendable being the highest grade achievable). Judgements were made about the academic and practitioner standards achieved and the quality of the learning opportunities provided, as follows:

Academic and practitioner standards

Overall, the reviewers have confidence in the academic and practitioner standards achieved by the programmes in health visiting, midwifery, nursing, occupational therapy, physiotherapy and radiography at the University of the West of England in partnership with the Avon, Gloucestershire and Wiltshire Workforce Development Confederation.

Quality of learning opportunities

Learning and teaching

The quality of learning and teaching is commendable.

Student progression

The quality of student progression is commendable.

Learning resources and their effective utilisation

The quality of learning resources and their effective utilisation is commendable.

Maintenance and enhancement of standards and quality

Strong partnerships are evident between the University, the WDC and the Trusts. The WDC and the University have jointly funded a number of initiatives to enhance student experience in practice placements.

Leaders in Teaching

Strategy and Online Learning Developments The Faculty is committed to providing the highest quality learning experience to students. It recognises the increasing potential e-learning approaches offer to support students’ learning because of the richness and variety of ways interactive learning can be presented.

The University has its own Virtual Learning Environment, ‘UWE online’ which is used to support learning and many elements of all our programmes are run online, incorporating discussion groups, and a range of multimedia and interactive resources. The Faculty has invested in a Learning Technologies Technical Unit (LTTU) to support staff engaging in online learning, where expertise in instructional design is offered as well as technical and design support for interactive multimedia development.

Work-based Learning

We are keen to promote work-based learning (WBL) opportunities. WBL ensures the development of practice, the development of the individual and the development of the organisation. Learning from work allows change to evolve whilst enhancing the delivery of practice and care. This approach contributes to and builds the evidence for professional development. The focus for this approach has to be driven by the needs of the organisation.

Learning through Work

The Faculty has teamed up with University for Industry (Ufi) and Learndirect as part of a major project to provide online higher education learning opportunities. The overall aim of this national project is to ‘enhance personal employability and organisational effectiveness by stimulating the demand and extending the provision for learner managed work-based learning’.

Put simply, Learning through Work (LtW) is a new way of learning that occurs in and from the workplace. The Faculty recognises that valuable supported learning in the workplace is part and parcel of everyday life. Therefore accredited modules are available for study online. As a result of this project, health and social care programmes are advertised nationally and internationally via the LtW website

The Faculty has also been given the opportunity to tender for contract that offers learning opportunities with various organisations such as the Army, the Home Office and Barclays University. There has also been interest publicly stated by the new NHS University (NHSU). The Faculty actively contributes to the development of the LtW website, the design of modules and the development of distance learning materials.

Staff Development

As part of our commitment to establish the Faculty as a national and international centre for excellence in flexible learning, we now have an e-learning suite specifically for staff development, equipped with multimedia PCs, web development software, an image scanner and a digital video editing suite. A comprehensive staff development course for facilitating e-learning has also been developed encompassing both teaching and technical issues. The suite can be booked for workshops on web page design, working with images and video on the web.

Innovations in Learning

Practice placements within local NHS Trusts and Social Care Organisations make up an integral part of undergraduate study and provide students with an excellent opportunity to gain a deeper understanding of care delivery. Placements also provide students with an opportunity to apply their knowledge and skills and as part of a team find out what it's really like working in their chosen field.

The Faculty ensures that each student has a placement arranged for them that is appropriate to the level and stage of their course. Students on placements learn how to work with a wide range of personnel, develop user focused approaches and develop their confidence and competence. All students on placement have a member of staff who supervises and guides them to achieve the necessary 'hands on' skills to become health care professionals as well as formulating their own plan of learning.

Our Regional Role – Academies

In November 2000 the University of the West of England along with the University of Bristol, National Health Service (NHS) and The Department of Health’s Regional Office developed the concept of ‘Clinical Academies’. This concept will lead to the creation of seven academies existing to cover each local health community within Avon, Gloucestershire and Wiltshire. Each Academy will support medical, nursing and other health professions’ students and provide opportunities for lifelong learning and continuing professional development for all health and social care staff through provision of learning facilities and a network of people and resources.

The Academies Project aims to bring together all those who provide learning opportunities for current and future health service staff and is underpinned by the following principles:

  • Partnership
  • Integration
  • Accessibility
  • Lifelong Learning and Inclusion
  • Shared Learning
  • Flexibility
  • Workbased Opportunities

If you would like more information please visit the Workforce Development Confederation website:

Lifelong Learning

The Faculty is committed to Lifelong Learning and offers a variety of educational opportunities for health and social care professionals to realise their personal and career ambitions. The Faculty prides itself on its commitment to providing learning experiences and opportunities that will help you to further develop and enhance your practice and is keen to facilitate the application of theory to your work environment. The Faculty is also known for its focus on interprofessional learning and encourages practitioners to learn together to enhance skills and knowledge.

Faculty of Humanities, Languages and Social Sciences

Welcome to HLSS

The Faculty of Humanities, Languages and Social Sciences (HLSS) comprises 6 schools and one associate school:

Each of the above Schools has its own webpage. There are also webpages for the University's Joint Honours scheme, which is administered by HLSS.

Students and Staff

The Faculty currently has over 3,000 students. The majority are following undergraduate degree programmes with some 200 registered for postgraduate awards. In addition, Faculty staff teach significant numbers of students on a wide variety of awards in other faculties.

The Faculty currently has some 150 full-time members of staff and 40 Visiting Lecturers. There are 50 administrative support staff and a team of 10 technical support staff.

The Faculty Academic Programme

The Faculty offers a wide range of awards, including single and joint honours awards in its main subject specialisms. It also offers a number of thematic pathways, including International Relations. Both the undergraduate and postgraduate awards are made available through a university-wide modular scheme. This allows flexible and economical delivery of a wide range of modules and provides students with greater choice.

There is also a lively group of research students, both full and part time, studying for PhDs. Currently, some 70 students are registered for doctoral studies.

Teaching and Learning

The Faculty is proud of the high quality of its provision and its innovation in teaching, learning and assessment. These strengths have been recognised in the course of external quality inspections by HEFCE and the QAA and are reflected in the following scores:

  • Cultural Studies 22/24
  • English excellent
  • European Studies 21/24
  • History satisfactory
  • Languages & Linguistics 21/24
  • Politics 21/24
  • Sociology 23/24

The Faculty has outstanding IT and AV facilities, and a modern, purpose built library. It also houses an open-access Language Centre, where expert advice is available on the extensive range of learning materials.


The Faculty has a strong research base and an excellent publications record. In the 2001 Research Assessment Exercise the following ratings were achieved:

The Faculty also houses a number of University research centres:

Faculty of Law

Welcome to the Faculty of Law

The Faculty of Law combines excellence in teaching provision with a friendly supportive environment of pastoral care and individual supervision.

Our goal is to enable you to achieve your maximum potential in preparation for your eventual vocation, through intellectual enrichment, the acquisition of transferable legal skills and by wider social engagement within the community.

the Faculty is composed of two departments, the School of Law and Bristol Institute of Legal Practice, known as BILP.

Guide for Enquirers and Applicants

If you are thinking about applying to UWE to study law as an undergraduate you may like to visit our 'Guide for Enquirers and Applicants'.

Joining Us in 2007?

All Courses

If you are joining the Faculty this autumn please visit our welcome pages for more information.

LLM - Master of Laws

Registration for the class of 2007/2008 is Friday 21st September 2007. More details will be available shortly.

Provisional UG Module Allocation for 2007/8

To find out your Provisional Undergraduate Module Allocations please click here.

What makes Law at UWE different?

There will be many answers to this question and many reasons why we would recommend that you to come to UWE, but we think it is our students that make the main difference so we will let them tell you:

“…the lectures are well structured, with supportive members of staff and a wide range of module choices.”  Christine

“UWE has a friendly and positive atmosphere, with enthusiastic and entertaining lecturers.”  Hannah

“UWE has something for everyone”  Lauren

“…there are always plenty of people there to offer advice and support such as the Student advisors, the Law office staff, Personal tutors or simply any lecturers that you feel comfortable talking to.”   Meg

“…with dedicated and supportive staff in the Law School who were always on hand to help, I couldn’t have made a better choice than UWE to study Law.”   Shelly

UWE offers outstanding IT and library facilities, defined to support our studies and enhance our learning experience. In addition, the university provides good-quality teaching with approachable tutors and lectures willing to help dedicated students.”  Catia

Find out more about what our students think of studying Law at UWE.

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