The University of Bedfordshire is a modern, innovative university with a heritage of top quality education going back more than 100 years. We nurture our students to become educated, employable and entrepreneurial global citizens and aim to create a vibrant multicultural learning community enabling people to transform their lives by participating in an excellent and innovative learning experience.

The University of Bedfordshire has its base in the centre of Luton and a secondary campus on the outskirts of the town.  It was established in 1993 however its educational roots in Luton stretch back to the late 19th Century.  It is a modern university, part of the Million + Group of UK universities which share a central mission for widening access to higher education to 'enable people from every walk of life to benefit from access to universities that excel in teaching, research and knowledge transfer'.


Situated within the Centre for Academic Partnerships, the Arts & Culture team works in partnership with organisations nationally and internationally to develop and deliver arts & culture projects that develop the creative industries, widen access to higher education and make a difference to the communities of Bedfordshire. 

The University is delighted to join Luton Borough Council, Watford Palace Theatre, Norwich Arts Centre with Seachange Arts and Luton Culture in the delivery of the Luton Investment Programme (LIP). LIP will address Luton’s low-engagement with arts & culture and increase opportunities for artists locally. Read more about LIP here.  

TestBeds has been developed in association with our partners Luton Culture and ROH Bridge


Luton Culture is an arts and cultural charity for the people of Luton and beyond. We showcase high quality arts and cultural activity across our three inspiring heritage sites; Stockwood Discovery Centre, Wardown House Museum & Gallery and The Hat Factory Arts Centre, as well as Luton’s Library Theatre. We also deliver community-focused Library services and arts in the public realm engagement projects.


Royal Opera House Bridge works to connect children and young people with great art and culture.

Through research, advocacy and co-investment we nurture networks, share learning and foster innovation within the education, arts and culture sector – particularly in communities where there is limited local provision or experience.