Universities in Bedford
The University of Bedfordshire, a public research university, has a campus in Bedford (as well as nearby Luton, Milton Keynes and Aylesbury), offering a range of postgraduate programmes. It was established in 2006 as the result of a merger between the University of Luton and the Bedford campus of De Montfort University, and can trace its heritage to the Bedford Training College for Teachers, founded in 1882. Today, the University of Bedfordshire has more than 20,000 students from over 150 countries.
Cranfield University is based around 10 miles outside Bedford, specialising in postgraduate programmes relating to technology, business and management. With a host of world-class facilities, Cranfield University prides itself on its connections to industry.
Careers in Bedford
The Bedford area has a diverse, vibrant economy, with multinational companies like Fujifilm and 3M maintaining a presence nearby. Unilever’s global research and development centre is at Colworth Park, 10 miles north of Bedford.
Bedford is well-positioned for access to London, Milton Keynes and Cambridge, enjoying good transport links to these places and the rest of the country.