The University of Brighton was formed as Brighton Polytechnic in 1968 by the merging of Brighton College of Technology and Brighton College of Art. It was awarded full university status in 1992 and
The University is a community of 21,600, almost 3,000 of whom are international, students across five campuses in Brighton, Eastbourne and Hastings, on the south coast of England. The University of Brighton has one of the best teaching quality ratings in the UK and focuses on professional education in areas such as Pharmacy, Engineering, Medicine and Nursing.
In recent years Brighton has moved its focus onto employability, with career planning and development built into each degree at the university. Nearly all degrees at the University of Brighton include a work placement or sandwich year, showing potential employers you have experience working in your chosen field, and also giving the student an insight into what the career requires.
The University of Brighton currently has students from over 150 countries enrolled. Before and during arrival, a free orientation programme and advice service about visas, accommodation and related issues is available to all international students. All international students are allocated a personal tutor and can use the free English language support service whenever an issue they wish to discuss arises.
Brighton is consistently in the top ten modern universities – it was named University of the Year by the Times in 2009 - and following the last Research Excellence Framework in 2014, Brighton was ranked 27th out of 128 UK universities for their world leading research impact. Brighton is often considered as one of the UK leaders in Art and Design.
There are over 2,000 places available in university halls around Brighton, Hastings and Eastbourne. The university manages a further 400 rooms in the private sector and independent housing is available. Find-a-home days help students find private rented accommodation and housemates.
University of Brighton campuses are spread along the south coast of England, with Brighton 90km from London, and Eastbourne 125km. Eastbourne is 40km from Brighton. Travel links are excellent. The nearest motorway provides easy road access to London and the rest of the country, whilst mainland Europe is a short journey by air, train or ferry from various departure points along the coast. Trains to London take less than an hour, and Gatwick Airport is half an hour away by train.
Brighton is a famous city for socialising, featuring many clubs, live music venues, shops, restaurants, bars, galleries and museums. Brighton and Eastbourne are lively and safe, with better than average weather, award-winning beaches and have the South Downs national park nearby.
My counsellor contacted me every day throughout the application process and helped me receive an unconditional offer. I am so grateful to SI-UK and will never forget them. I will study very hard as I feel this is the best reward I can give the whole team.
Sade Onyeje Social Work at Birmingham City University