Our heritage

History and locations

The University of Bedfordshire was established in August 2006 by order of the Privy Council, following the merger between the University of Luton and De Montfort University's Bedford campus.

Luton campus

Park Square campus, aeriel view

In 1908, the Luton Modern School was established. Luton Technical Institute was founded in 1937 and, after various changes of name, became Luton College of Technology in 1958.

In 1976, the college merged with Putteridge Bury College of Education to become Luton College of Higher Education.

In 1993, the college became the University of Luton after receiving university designation.

The Luton campus is located in the town centre and is home to a magnificent Postgraduate and CPD Centre, a modern student campus centre and other excellent facilities such as the Media Arts Centre and Learning Resources Centre.

Bedford campus

Exterior of library at Bedford campus

The Bedford campus has academic roots that go back to the founding of Bedford Training College for Teachers in 1882 and Bedford Physical Training College in 1903. The campus is now home to around 2,900 students and has excellent facilities, a friendly atmosphere and a proven track record of exceptional teaching and graduate employment.

The campus is located 20 minutes on foot from the town centre in a self-contained leafy setting and has undergone a major redevelopment programme which includes two brand new, fully-equipped gymnasiums and state-of-the-art sports science labs.

There is a modern campus centre with 280 seat theatre, catering facilities and social spaces for students. Comfortable and extensive student accommodation is conveniently located on campus .

Putteridge Bury

Putteridge Bury Conference Centre from the air

Putteridge Bury is a magnificent neo-Elizabethan country mansion set in thirty acres of landscaped gardens. The history of Putteridge Bury can be traced back to Edward the Confessor's time and has links to the Domesday Book. It was built in the style of Chequers by architects Sir Ernest George and Alfred Yeats and completed in 1911, having undergone renovation and reconstruction over the centuries.

It is home to the postgraduate Business School and the University's Conference Centre. Putteridge Bury Campus is located a few miles outside Luton town centre on the Hertfordshire-Bedfordshire border.

Milton Keynes campus

Milton Keynes campusMilton Keynes campus is the newest addition to the University of Bedfordshire. Launched officially in March 2013, Milton Keynes campus is backed by the University of Bedfordshire and Milton Keynes Council.

It is located in the centre of Milton Keynes close to shops, businesses and local amenities, and has excellent transport links. The campus is well equipped with the latest facilities such as high specification teaching rooms, special purpose electronics and telecommunications laboratories, a large general purpose computer lab, an extensive Learning Resources Centre plus extensive learning and social spaces.

Aylesbury campus

Aylesbury campus at Oxford House - click to view bigger image

The majority of teaching and research takes place in Luton and Bedford, however many of our health courses are delivered at our Aylesbury site. The Aylesbury campus was based within Aylesbury College from 2009 until 2019.

From September 2019 our healthcare students will no longer be based at Aylesbury College.

The University in partnership with Buckinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust (BHT) have got new premises at Stoke Mandeville Hospital in Aylesbury, home to the world renowned National Spinal Injuries Centre. The new three-storey building will open for staff and students in September 2019.


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