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The Westbrook Building at Bradford College in November 2007
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Bradford College is a large further and higher education college located in Bradfordmarker in the north of Englandmarker, with approximately 25,000 students. The College offers a range of full and part time courses from introductory level through to postgraduate level and caters for a variety of students, including school leavers, adults wanting to return to education, degree-level students and those seeking professional qualifications.

Bradford College offers more university level qualifications than any other college in England. with approximately 170 full and part time HE courses to choose from. Most of the college's degrees are validated by Leeds Metropolitan Universitymarker; previously they were validated by the University of Bradfordmarker with the final cohort graduating in December 2007. Bradford College plans to apply for university status and award their own degrees, the application process due to formally start in May 2008.


In 1832 the Bradford Mechanics Institute was founded. In 1863 the institute had grown to accommodate full-time staff and had its own School of Industrial Design and Art. In 1872 the Bradford MP William Edward Forster opened new buildings in Bridge Street.

On June 23, 1882, the then Prince and Princess of Wales (later King Edward VII and Queen Alexandra) came to open the new School. They were given a very warm welcome: "From Saltairemarker Station to the Technical School, a distance of four miles, was one continuous avenue of Venetian masts, streamers, and many coloured banners, while at appropriate points triumphal arches of great magnificence were erected."

In 1982 the institution was named Bradford and Ilkley Community College, after a merger with Ilkley College, giving the combined college a small satellite campus in the nearby town of Ilkleymarker, north-east of Bradford. This was closed in 1999 and soon after the institution became Bradford College.

In 2002 a merger between the college and the University of Bradfordmarker was proposed; this was pursued until the summer of 2003, when the two institutions issued a joint statement calling the merger off. Beginning in 2006 the college underwent a re-brand and unveiled its current logo. A community learning centre, named The Three Valleys Centre, was opened in nearby Keighleymarker in 2007 which hosts a hairdressing and beauty salon (also operating on a commercial basis), as well as I.T and a range of language courses.

As part of the college's 175 year celebration, it published a list of 175 'heroes' - famous alumni of the college. This list includes ex-students such as Edward Appleton, Tasmin Archer, David Berglas, Alex Corina, Bob Hardy, David Hockney and Joyce Gould. The full list can be viewed at [89405].

Bradford College in June 2006
Trinity Green, which houses a new sports centre and teaching facilities for construction and engineering students, was opened in September 2008; this is housed in a new purpose-built building on the site of MacMillan Halls of Residence which were demolished in 2007. A second phase is being planned with the intention of replacing the Westbrook and Randall Well buildings with a more modern structure, however, government funding was put on hold for this project in March 2009 and is not expected to be available again until 2011.

More recently there have been renovations planned for the one underground "A" floor of the Westbrook building, including a student union relocation and student common area renovation.

Bradford College's Appleton Building was named after the Bradford scientist Edward Victor Appleton, and the College's Lister Building was named after Samuel Lister.

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