University of East London

2014 League Table Ranking 124
2014 Overall Score 316
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Entry Standards 229 Help
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Student-Staff Ratio 24.8 Help
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Research Assessment 2.24 Help
Research Assessment
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Academic Services Spend 620 Help
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Student Satisfaction 3.89 Help
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Facilities Spend 426 Help
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Graduate Prospects 39.4 Help
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Degree Completion 62.9 Help
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Good Honours 49.0 Help
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Green Score 42.0 Help
Green Score
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  • Established as a university in 1992, University of East London is a modern university with a heritage dating back to 1898.
  • The ultra-modern Docklands Campus, opened in 2000, was London's first new university campus in 50 years.

Location and transport

  • Based on campuses at Stratford and Docklands in London.
  • Stratford Campus is close to the site of the 2012 Olympics, with all the opportunities that offers, and to Stratford and Stratford International stations.
  • Docklands Campus is set in a stunning, waterside location close to Canary Wharf and City Airport, with its own DLR station, Cyprus.

Entry standards

  • Typical entry requirement for most undergraduate programmes and courses is 240 UCAS points; some more specialist programmes such as Clinical & Community Psychology, Physiotherapy, Computer Games Design: Story Development, Engineering, and Architecture have higher requirements. 
  • We offer extended degrees for those who do not quite meet normal entry requirements for a full degree or if your qualifications are not appropriate for the degree you wish to study. Extended degrees include a preparatory year which aims to give you the skills and knowledge required for progression onto your chosen full UEL degree.
  • For guidance with your application and advice on subject-specific entry requirements at the University of East London please visit the website.

Student mix

  • Approximately 41:59 male to female ratio.
  • Around 76% of students are from the UK, 13% from EU and 11% from Overseas.
  • 98% of students from a state school.

Course flexibility

  • Considerable flexibility – most programmes offer part-time and full-time modes, and students can usually switch modes during their studies.
  • Virtual Learning Environment support and distance learning options.
  • Many programmes also offer February start dates.
  • It is also possible to change degrees after starting.

Teaching standards

  • High ratings for teaching standards across a wide range of programmes.

Research standards

  • Rated the top modern university in London in the 2008 Research Assessment Exercise.

Academic strengths

  • Particular strengths include Anthropology and Sociology, Civil Engineering, Creative and Digial Industries, Cultural and Media Studies, Law, Education, Psychology, Public Health and Sports Science.

Student facilities, including library and computing

  • 24/7 term-time access to multimedia libraries.
  • The Docklands Library is housed in a state-of-the-art building, including a 600-station networked Trading Floor. A new £13-m Stratford library will open in early 2013, to replace the existing Stratford library.
  • Further major computing suites are available to all students.
  • The Knowledge Dock hosts a successful business incubation centre, with enterprise support and advice, and space for students and graduates to set up and run their own businesses. Students with viable business plans will be able to take advantage of a year’s free office space and advice on graduation

Disability services

  • Regional Access Centre for disability services.
  • Find out about disability services at East London on the website.
  • Telephone 020 8223 7611 or email

Students' Union

  • The Students' Union runs a number of clubs and societies, campaigns and entertainment, some of which take place at the Underground Bar on the Docklands campus. There is also a social meeting space, Aqua East, on the Docklands campus and another, the Dome, on the Stratford campus, although neither is licensed. 


  • UEL has many active student sports clubs and a scholarship programme for elite athletes that have already attracted many scholars competing at international levels.
  • The brand new £21-m SportsDock facility opened in 2012 and played host to the USA Olympic and Paralympic teams.
  • For further information about Sport at UEL, visit

Recent/prospective new builds

  • UEL has a £130-m development programme to develop existing and new builds including libraries, computing centres, student village, clinics, studios and engineering workshops.
  • A new £13-m library on the Stratford campus will open in 2013.
  • University Square is a new campus that will open in late 2013. It is a unique partnership between Birkbeck, University of London and the University of East London. The joint vision of our two distinguished and complementary institutions is to create a major new university campus to meet the growing aspirations of local people at a time of great change and opportunity in east London.
  • A new sports centre at the Docklands campus was opened in March 2012. The centre features state-of-the-art facilities including a gym and fitness suite, two large indoor sports arenas, ten badminton courts, two competition basketball courts, volleyball and netball courts, cricket bays, two five-a-side football pitches, a sports café and covered seating for 400 people. The facility was used by the USA Olympic and Paralympic teams during the London 2012 Olympics.
  • The £8-m Cass School of Education building, which opened in 2009, was created with grant support from Sir John Cass’s Foundation and designed by award-winning Richard Murphy Architects.

Availability of part-time work

  • Plentiful in East London, especially with the opening of Westfield in Stratford and other development in the area.
  • Several hundred students find part-time work at the university itself.
  • Help and support is given to all students seeking part-time work, internships and placements, with the university also running a paid internship scheme for recent graduates.
  • More information on part-time work at the University of East London is available from the employability and enterprise team.

Notable alumni


  • Edison Chenfil James – Prime Minister of Dominica (1995–2000).
  • Hilary Armstrong – Former Cabinet Minister.


  • Imran Khan – Solicitor to the Stephen Lawrence family.
  • Mark Stephens – Senior Partner Finer Stephens Innocent; specialist in Media law; UEL's current Chair of Governors.

Business and Industry

  • The late Lord Trotman of Osmotherley – formerly formerly Chairman of ICI and Managing Director of Ford Motor Company UK.
  • Ian MacAllister – Chairman of Network Rail and former Managing Director of Ford Motor Company in the UK.
  • Martin Slark – Chief Executive Officer of Molex Inc.


  • Mark Frith – Editor of top celebrity and entertainment title Heat.
  • Daljit Dhaliwal – news presenter for PBS.
  • Dr Pam Spurr – psychologist and broadcaster; LBC's 'Dr Pam'.
  • Garry Bushell – TV critic, TV presenter, newspaper columnist and novelist.


  • Jake Chapman – artist; with brother Dinos, winner of the Royal Academy's Charles Wollaston award 2003; nominated Turner Prize 2003.
  • Ken Russell – film director.
  • Guy Sherwin – film-maker; helped establish fine art film at NELP in the 1970s.




For further information

  • +44 (0) 20 8223 3000
  • University of East London
    Docklands Campus
    4–6 University Way
    E16 2RD
UCAS Code E28

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