Innovative from the start, the University's forebear, The Mechanics Institute, was founded in 1832 in response to the need in the city for workers with cutting-edge skills relevant to the workplace. In 1957 Bradford Institute of Technology was established to take over the higher education role of Bradford Technical College.
Bradford was the first university outside London to offer part-time degree courses, and our courses are designed in response to the changing business, social, scientific and environmental landscape.
Bradford is now a more popular choice then ever for students who want to give their career the best possible start. The student population leapt from 2,000 in 1966 to more than 17,000 today - including 4,000 students studying around the globe.