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Heritage

A successor to the Bradford Mechanics Institute, Bradford Technical College and the Bradford Institute of Technology, the University of Bradford became the UK’s fortieth University in 1966 and has continued to grow ever since. 

Our student population is now almost 10,000, bringing students from 150 nations together in one place of learning excellence.

After Bradford Institute of Technology was granted a Royal Charter and the University of Bradford was established, British Prime Minister Harold Wilson was installed as the first Chancellor. Today, that role belongs to Kate Swann, a respected leader in the UK business world.

Our Business School, one of the oldest in the UK, continues to be a world leader in business and management education, research and knowledge transfer. It is one of only a small number of business schools across the world with the coveted triple-crown of Accreditations.

In 2018 we became the first British University of Sanctuary. This builds on our history and culture of welcome and inclusion, which was established through the creation of the first British University Peace Studies department in 1973.

Timeline

The University of Bradford was granted its Royal Charter in 1966, but our journey started 134 years earlier in 1832, with the opening of the Bradford Mechanics Institute.

This timeline will take you on that journey through to the present day, showing some of Bradford's key innovations, people, events, and culture.

Former University of Bradford Chancellors