University of Greenwich

2016 League Table Ranking 107
2016 Overall Score 505
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Entry Standards 309 Help
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Student-Staff Ratio 19.6 Help
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Research Quality 2.33 Help
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Academic Services Spend 1,030 Help
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Student Satisfaction 4.08 Help
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Facilities Spend 488 Help
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Graduate Prospects 48.6 Help
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Degree Completion 84.6 Help
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Good Honours 62.9 Help
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History

  • One of London’s leading universities, Greenwich celebrates its 125th anniversary in 2015.
  • The university has iconic campuses in London and Kent, and a heritage of education, discovery and technological innovation. An ambitious institution, it takes an innovative and modern approach to teaching, research and enterprise, and is thoroughly committed to making sure that students achieve their potential.
  • Greenwich is investing more than £150 million to further improve its campuses.
  • The university has won three Queen’s Anniversary Prizes for Higher & Further Education, and nine Times Higher Education awards, including those for Most Innovative Teacher, Outstanding Contribution to Innovation & Technology, Outstanding Contribution to Sustainable Development and (most recently) International Collaboration of the Year.
  • Staff continue to win prestigious National Teaching Fellowships, with a further one appointed in 2014.

Location and Transport

  • The university’s campuses in south-east London and Kent all offer modern, hi-tech facilities within magnificient and historic settings.
  • The largest campus is centred on the Old Royal Naval College in Greenwich, at the heart of a UNESCO World Heritage Site on the banks of the River Thames and next to Greenwich Royal Park.
  • The Avery Hill Campus in Eltham enjoys a parkland setting, and the Medway Campus features redbrick Edwardian buildings in Chatham Maritime, Kent.
  • All sites are served by excellent rail and bus links, and an inter-campus bus service.

Entry Standards

  • Average total tariff for 2014 entry first degree students was 335.

Student Mix

The 21,950 students enrolled in the academic year 2013/14 comprise:

Level of study
Undergraduate
78%
Postgraduate
22%
Mode of study
Full Time
73%
Part Time
27%
Domicile
UK
80%
EU
5%
Other
15%
Student gender
Male
42%
Female
58%

Course Flexibility

  • This depends on the course – there is not a fixed, university-wide structure.

Teaching Standards

  • Greenwich takes great pride in its excellent standards of teaching and high levels of student satisfaction. Maximising the individual potential of each student through outstanding learning and teaching are prime objectives in the university’s Strategic Plan (2012–17).
  • The quality of teaching at Greenwich scored highly in the latest NSS results. High rankings were given to the fact that staff are good at explaining things, that courses are intellectually stimulating, and that staff are enthusiastic about their subjects.
  • Student satisfaction at the University of Greenwich remains at record levels, and a number of its BA and BSc degree programmes are delivering ‘100 per cent satisfaction’, according to the NSS. These are Business Administration; English Language and English Language Teaching; Computer Security and Forensics; Computing with Games Development; Financial Mathematics; Midwifery; and Public Health. Two of the university’s Diploma of Higher Education courses in Children’s Nursing, and Nursing Studies (Adult Nursing), also achieved 100 per cent scores.
  • In 2014 Greenwich saw the best set of exam results in its history, with over 63 per cent of students graduating with a good honours degree.
  • The university is spending £450,000 on Greenwich Connect, the name given to its vision for bringing fresh innovation into its teaching and learning. It is aimed at producing graduates who not only have good academic knowledge but will be able to enter the workplace armed with many of the skills that employers need, such as a high level of digital literacy, familiarity with new technology and expertise in social media.
  • The student body is playing a fuller role in the decision-making of the university than ever before, and many key projects are under way to enhance the students’ academic experience, service planning and delivery, and wider student life.

Research Standards

  • Greenwich has won international recognition for the quality of its world-leading research, which makes a real and practical difference to people’s lives. Its researchers have won a series of national awards, including Queen’s Anniversary Prizes for Higher & Further Education.
  • The university was recognised in 2014 with two awards: for the work of its Fire Safety Engineering Group’s development of an innovative emergency signage system that will help save lives; and the work of the Natural Resources Institute (NRI) in Africa, helping to lift some of the world’s poorest people out of poverty.
  • The headline figures for Greenwich in the REF (Research Excellence Framework) are very good, with more staff (240) now involved in active research, and at the highest levels. The proportion of world class (4*) research at the university has doubled and the university’s overall ratings have risen by more than the national average.
  • The institution has a long track record of solving problems for governments, charities, industry and other partners, with special expertise in computational engineering and natural resources. It also works in fields such as computer modelling, fire safety, pharmaceuticals and sustainable development.
  • Year on year, the university invests in new research posts, from early career researchers to professors.
  • Research to tackle Africa’s tsetse fly, which spreads the killer disease sleeping sickness, was named as one of the eight most important discoveries to be made by a UK university over the past 60 years (Universities UK, 2009).

Academic Strengths

  • Under the leadership of Vice-Chancellor Professor David Maguire, the university has set itself the goal of achieving a top 50 rating in national university league tables, alongside a top 10 position in the London rankings.
  • Greenwich regularly invests in staff to further raise academic and teaching standards. All four faculties in the university benefit from the investment, allowing it to broaden and strengthen its expertise in a wide range of subjects.
  • The university’s key strengths include digital and creative arts, law, engineering, science, mathematics, business (including finance, accounting and economics), architecture, computing, humanities, nursing, midwifery, public health, education and pharmacy.
  • The global reach of the university has extended further this year, as Greenwich has more students studying overseas with collaborative partners (including franchises) than any other UK university – over 16,000 students at 59 institutions. Major partners include SBCS in Trinidad, MSA in Egypt and SEGi in Malaysia.
  • Entry standards to the university have increased by over 125 UCAS points since 2009, a rise of more than the equivalent of five grades at A-level.

Student Facilities

  • The university’s new £80-million library and academic building on Stockwell Street, in the heart of Greenwich, opened in 2014. The new library is the main research and study centre for the university, and the building is also home to the Department of Architecture & Landscape, and Department of Creative Professions & Digital Arts.
  • The Stockwell Street building includes hi-tech, state-of-the-art film, TV and sound studios, seminar rooms, lecture theatres, open presentation spaces, as well as a café, exhibition and gallery spaces. It also boasts one of Europe’s largest teaching and learning ‘green roof’ landscapes, which is the size of 12 tennis courts.
  • The Greenwich Campus includes many other attractive teaching facilities, as well as language laboratories, computing rooms, the Stephen Lawrence Gallery and a bookshop. The Students’ Union building houses all the usual student activities.
  • Four halls of residence are within easy walking distance of the Greenwich Campus. The newest of these, the state-of-the-art Daniel Defoe Hall, has 356 en-suite bedrooms as well as a café and gym.
  • Avery Hill houses modern teaching and living facilities, within a large student village complex. Students can use state-of-the-art computing and laboratory equipment, lecture theatres, a TV studio and an extensive library. It is also home to an extensive range of sports facilities.
  • The Medway Campus has hi-tech laboratories in science, engineering, pharmacy and natural resources and an outstanding learning resource centre, the Drill Hall Library, as well as high quality, on-campus accommodation.

Disability Services

  • The university welcomes applications from disabled people and is committed to enabling disabled students to succeed.
  • Visit the website for information about the Disability and Dyslexia Service. Alternatively, call 020 8331 7875 or email d-centre@gre.ac.uk.

Students' Union

  • Students’ Union University of Greenwich (SUUG) is a democratic organisation, run by students for students. It’s a non-profit organisation too – all the money from sales of memberships and commercial activities is put back into providing student opportunities, improving and expanding on what’s already on offer.
  • There are bars and shops on all campuses, where students can have a quick coffee in between lectures, have lunch with friends or a drink at the end of the day, which are regularly price compared with local competition to guarantee that students always have the best offer.
  • The Students’ Union runs all sorts of activities, sports and societies. It also stages ‘Give it a Go’ sessions, which give students the chance to try something new – from paintballing and debating to meditation and dance classes.
  • It also provides loads of volunteering opportunities, which help boost students’ CV's. The SU also employs lots of students in a wide range of flexible part-time jobs.
  • It runs student-led campaigns throughout the year on issues which are important to students and directly impact on student life.
  • An advice service, staffed by independent experts, provides support across a range of issues, from academic problems to concerns with personal problems, housing and money.
  • It runs the Greenwich Sustainability Hub, where student Green Ambassadors work on innovative projects that will enhance the sustainability of both the Students’ Union and the university, which has previously been voted the 'Greenest University' in the country.
  • More than 700 Programme Reps are trained each year by the SU to represent students across the four academic faculties, along with eleven elected part-time Officers and four full-time Sabbatical Officers.

Sport

  • Greenwich has more than 20 sports teams that compete on a regular basis for the university, and is always developing more.
  • The university has close ties with Charlton Athletic FC and Blackheath RFC, utilising some of the best local facilities.
  • Rugby, netball, football, cricket, hockey and basketball teams play on Wednesdays in the BUCS leagues. Plenty of non-competitive sport is available too, with lots of opportunities to get involved in casual activities with friends.
  • The university’s cheerleader team competes at national competitions. There is also an American Football squad and an Equestrian team.
  • There is a gym and sports hall at the Avery Hill Campus. Outdoor facilities include football pitches, plus netball and tennis courts.
  • The Medway Campus has a sports hall, gym and outdoor tennis courts.

Recent/Prospective New Builds

  • See Student Facilities above for information on two of the university’s newest buildings, which both opened in 2014 – the £80 million Stockwell Street development, and Daniel Defoe Hall.
  • Plans are under way for a new ‘student hub’ for the Medway Campus, which is a major investment in student facilities in partnership with the University of Kent.
  • The aim is to transform a listed building into a purpose-designed student centre, with entertainment and social space. Students are helping to shape the design of the new facilities, through surveys and a consultation process.

Availability of Part-Time Work

  • The University Jobshop offers a large number of students a variety of employment inside and outside the university, as well as work experience and placements.
  • JobShop also helps students to improve their employability skills whilst studying, and has a strong network of local employers.
  • The Greenwich Campus is near to the employment opportunities of Docklands, Greenwich town centre and the O2 Arena.
  • Visit the university website for more information about the availability of part-time work.

Careers Guidance

  • There is a huge commitment from the university in preparing students for graduate employment throughout their degree courses.
  • Greenwich is dedicated to ensuring that students not only fulfil their academic potential and graduate with high-quality degrees, but that they also hone skills much valued by employers and gain experience in areas such as leadership, teamwork and entrepreneurship.
  • Students have many opportunities to gain experience of the workplace during their time at Greenwich, via internships and placements, to further develop these employability skills.
  • Greenwich runs an innovative job-hunting and careers guidance services for all students, ensuring access to extensive expert help when it comes to finding sought-after, graduate-level employment. This includes:

    Partnership with Reed – he university has teamed up with Reed NCFE, one of the UK's leading employment and skills providers, to deliver graduate brokerage services to for final year students. Reed NCFE liaises with employers on behalf of students to create work experience, internship and employment opportunities. Hundreds of graduates are now landing jobs and internships in their chosen professions thanks to this unique service.

    Discipline specialist fairs and events: These events range from industry specific graduate fairs to panel presentations with external employers invited.

    Career workshops: Subjects include CV writing, job hunting, Interview techniques, psychometric testing, assessment centre preparation, networking skills, finding volunteering roles, competency applications, and how to use LinkedIn to find jobs. These workshops are run by Reed NCFE and specialist careers staff.

    Career guidance appointments and advice sessions: Specialist careers advice on what students’ career options are with their subject degree. The careers team also provides practice mock interviews for students who have internship, placement and graduate role interviews lined up, to increase their chances of successfully securing the roles.

    Access to internal job boards: Students can use this to search for graduate vacancies and work experience / volunteering opportunities.

    Online career resources: From short 'How to' guides on a range of recruitment topics, to in-depth psychometric practice tests.

    Career Mentoring Scheme: The scheme is open to all students who are focusing on their transition to graduate employment, and is also open to recent graduates for up to two years.

    Students can get in touch with professional networks through a vast range of guest lectures, industry dinners, mentoring and work experience.

    The recently launched Greenwich Employability Passport Scheme offers incentives and rewards for extra-curricular activities, and is also aimed at helping students stand out in a highly competitive jobs market.

Notable Alumni

  • Professor Charles Kao, Nobel Prize winner and pioneer of fibre optics.
  • Ian Livingstone CBE, entrepreneur and co-founder of prominent games company Games Workshop.
  • Doreen Lawrence OBE, social justice campaigner and member of the House of Lords.
  • Malorie Blackman OBE, writer and Children’s Laureate.
  • Jenny Fagan, writer, named as one of the ‘Best of Young British Novelists’ of this decade by leading literary magazine Granta.
  • Stephen Howlett, Chief Executive of the Peabody Housing Trust, a major housing association.
  • Solomon Wifa, lawyer, the youngest ever MD of a major law firm: named in The Lawyer’s ‘Hot 100’ list as someone who would help to shape the profession.
  • Wilson Leech, Executive Vice President, the Northern Trust Company.
  • Richard Allen-Turner, Joint MD of Avalon Entertainment Limited.

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Email
Phone
  • 020 8331 9000 (course enquiries)
  • +44 20 8331 8590 (international enquiries)
Address
  • University of Greenwich
    Old Royal Naval College
    Park Row
    Greenwich
    London
    SE10 9LS
UCAS Code G70

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