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University of East London

2016 League Table Ranking 124
2016 Overall Score 406
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Entry Standards 273 Help
Entry Standards
The average UCAS tariff score of new students entering the University.

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Student-Staff Ratio 23.6 Help
Student-Staff Ratio
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Research Quality 2.71 Help
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A measure of the quality of the research undertaken in the University.

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Academic Services Spend 937 Help
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Student Satisfaction 4.06 Help
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Facilities Spend 780 Help
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Graduate Prospects 49.9 Help
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Degree Completion 67.5 Help
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Good Honours 53.9 Help
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Green Score 28.9 Help
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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

  • The University has three campuses.
  • The Stratford Campus and the new University Square Stratford (USS) campus are located next to the Stratford International station with good links to bus routes. Also, close to the town centre and the 2012 Olympic Park.
  • The Docklands Campus is located on the waterside with its own DLR station, Cyprus. It was opened in 2000 and located in a stunning waterside setting alongside the historic Royal Albert Dock and close to the O2 and Canary Wharf.
  • There is a free shuttle bus operating between the three campuses.

Entry Standards

  • Typical entry requirement for most undergraduate courses is 280 UCAS points or a pass in Access to HE Diploma, and Grade C in GCSE English and Maths (or equivalent). 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 our website.

A-Level and GCSE Requirements

  • Read about our admissions policy at:

Student Mix

The 17,175 students enrolled in the academic year 2013/14 comprise:

Level of study
Mode of study
Full Time
Part Time
Student gender

Course Flexibility

  • Students can study full-time or part-time depending on the course they wish to study.
  • Foundation degree courses are available.
  • Courses with a placement year are available.
  • Distance learning courses are also available.

Teaching Standards

  • Our NSS Score is 83%.
  • A number of courses are accredited by professional/accreditation bodies including: Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA), Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA), Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA), British Psychological Society, Chartered Institute of Markaeting (CIM), Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC), and the Chartered Institute of Civil Engineering Surveyors (ICES).

Research Standards

  • Around 17 per cent of the research UEL submitted to the Research Excellence Framework 2014 was classified as world-leading, the assessment’s highest possible rating. That’s almost twice the nine per cent of UEL research activity placed in the same category in the similar Research Assessment Exercise in 2008.
  • About 94 per cent of UEL’s research was deemed to be of an at least internationally-recognised level. Almost two-thirds, 62 per cent, was rated as internationally excellent – an increase of almost 20 per cent from 2008.
  • The results highlighted the presence of world-leading research at UEL in areas such as Allied Health Professions, Dentistry, Nursing and Pharmacy; Psychology, Psychiatry and Neuroscience; and Communications, Cultural and Media Studies, Library and Information Management. More than a third of the research submitted by UEL in the latter unit was ranked as world-leading.

Academic Strengths

  • In the latest National Student Survey, UEL scored above the sector score in overall satisfaction for the following subjects: Accounting, Architecture, Civil Engineering, Complementary Medicine, Electronic and Electrical Engineering Media studies, Politics, Psychology, and Sociology.
  • In the latest graduate employment survey conducted by the Higher Education Statistics Agency, UEL UK graduates exceeded the score for sector graduates for the following subjects: Applied Criminology, Theatre Studies, Computer Games Design, Acupuncture, Networks & Communications, Dance, MEdia Studies, Civil Engineering, Physiotherapy, Management Studies and Marketing.
  • 100% of UK graduates were in work or further study 6 months after graduating from Applied Criminology and Theatre Studies.
  • Since 2007–08, UEL has climbed 82 places in the BUCS league table.

Student Facilities

  • There are a variety of places to eat and drink at our campuses including Starbucks, Costa and larger refectories for breakfast, lunch and dinner.
  • 24/7 term-time access to fully equipped libraries.
  • The Docklands Library is housed in a state-of-the-art building, including 600-station computer facilities.
  • The new £14-m Stratford library which opened in June 2013, hosts an advanced digital library with over 130,000 printed books and journals, 120 open access computers, and beautifully landscaped gardens.
  • 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.
  • All the advice, information and support can be found at the new helpdesk 'hubs', at both the Docklands and Stratford Campuses. Helpdesks are part of a £3 million investment to ensure students have the best possible experience while studying at the University.
  • There is a free shuttle bus operating between the three campuses.

Disability Services

  • The Disability and Dyslexia Team provide support and advice for disabled students and those with Specific Learning Difficulties such as dyslexia. Find out about disability services at
  • 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. 
  • The Student's Union has lots of volunteering opportunities for students, whether in the community or in getting involved in activities on campus.


  • 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 UEL SportsDock is the largest sports facility in the East of London has been awarded an overall rating of 'Excellent' or a score of 71.39 % on BREEAM’s assessment scale, which takes into account a wide range of sustainability criteria. In total the SportsDock was awarded 90 out of an available 140 credits.
  • UEL has many active student sports clubs and a scholarship programme for elite athletes that have already attracted many scholars competing at international levels.
  • Since 2007–08, UEL has climbed 82 places in the BUCS league table.
  • 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 £14-m library opened on the Stratford campus in summer 2013.
  • University Square Stratford is a new campus that opened in late 2013, home to students studying on degrees including law and criminology, dance and performing arts and MBAs. 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.
  • 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.
  • An employment agency based within our Docklands campus is dedicated to supporting students to find part-time work at and outside of the university
  • More information on part-time work,placements and internships at the University of East London is available from the employability and enterprise team:

Careers Guidance

  • UEL has a career and student employability team on each campus.
  • The career and student employability team offers school specific drop in sessions weekly.

Open Days

  • Saturday 10th October 2015- 1000-1500.
  • Saturday 14th November 2015 - 1000-1500.
  • Saturday 25th June 2016 - 1000-1500.

Postgraduate Open Evening

  • Wednesday 20th January 2016 - 1700-2000.

Applicant Day

  • Saturday 20th August 2016 - 1000-1500.

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 3333
  • University of East London
    Docklands Campus
    4–6 University Way
    E16 2RD
UCAS Code E28

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