University of Greenwich2015 League Table Ranking 99
2015 Overall Score 538
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- The University of Greenwich is one of London’s largest universities, Greenwich celebrates its 125th anniversary in 2014.
- The university has three 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 currently in the middle of a major £150-million redevelopment of its estates, to further improve its campuses.
- The university has won three Queen’s Anniversary Prizes for Higher & Further Education, and eight Times Higher Education awards including those for Most Innovative Teacher, Outstanding Contribution to Innovation & Technology and (most recently) Outstanding Contribution to Sustainable Development.
- Greenwich has also been ranked the greenest-ever university in the UK, topping a national ‘green league table’ for its environmental and ethical performance.
Location and Transport
- The university has three campuses in south east London and Kent, all of which 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 is set in 86 acres of parkland, 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.
- Average total tariff for 2013 entry first degree students was 316.
- Men 46%, women 54%.
- Home 85%, overseas 15%.
- Undergraduates 78%, postgraduates 22%.
- This depends on the course – there is not a fixed, university-wide structure.
- Greenwich takes particular 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.
- Four prestigious National Teaching Fellowships have been awarded to academic staff.
- The university’s teaching, learning and assessment strategy is aimed at giving students a high-quality education and the best possible university experience.
- Over 61% of students are now graduating with a first or 2:1, while student satisfaction continues to rise – and remain well above the national average.
- There is a huge commitment from the university in preparing students for graduate employment. This includes extracurricular activities which develop skills prized by employers such as leadership and entrepreneurship.
- Greenwich is the only university in the country to have an on-campus strategic relationship with high street employment agency Reed.
- Students are put in touch with professional networks through guest lectures, industry dinners, mentoring and work experience. There are many opportunities for internships and work placements. Students are to benefit from 17 new lecturers at the University of Greenwich.
- Research and enterprise are also at the heart of the university’s ambitious Strategic Plan.
- Greenwich has won international recognition for the quality of its world-leading research, which makes a real and practical difference to people’s lives.
- 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.
- Its researchers have won a series of national awards, including Queen’s Anniversary Prizes for Higher & Further Education.
- 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).
- Under the inspiring leadership of Vice-Chancellor Professor David Maguire, the university has the goal of achieving a top 50 rating in national university league tables, alongside a top 10 position in the London rankings.
- It is investing heavily in new academic talent and has recently created more than 20 new posts to further raise academic and teaching standards.
- The university’s key strengths include law, engineering, science, mathematics, business, architecture, computing, humanities, health, education and pharmacy.
- The Greenwich Campus includes attractive teaching facilities, as well as a major library, language laboratories, computing rooms, a TV studio and editing suites, the Stephen Lawrence Gallery and a bookshop.
- Three halls of residence (soon to be four) are within easy walking distance of the Greenwich Campus. The Union building houses all the usual student activities.
- 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 a range of top sports facilities.
- The Medway Campus has high-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.
- 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
- 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 made is put back into providing student opportunities.
- 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.
- 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 kayaking and debating to meditation and dance classes.
- It also provides loads of volunteering opportunities, which help boost students’ CVs.
- It runs campaigns throughout the year on issues students believe to be important.
- An Advice Service, staffed by impartial experts, provides support across a range of issues, from academic ones to concerns with housing and money.
- It runs a brand new Sustainability Hub, where Green Ambassadors work on innovative projects that will enhance the sustainability of both the Students’ Union and the university. This also offers volunteering and work opportunities for students.
- More than 700 Student Reps represent students across the four academic faculties.
- Greenwich has more than 20 sports teams that compete on a regular basis for the university, and is always looking for more!
- The university has close ties with Charlton Athletic FC and Blackheath RFC.
- Rugby, netball, football, cricket and hockey teams play on Wednesdays in the BUCS leagues. Plenty of non-competitive sport is available too.
- The men’s basketball team has been undefeated for two seasons and the men’s hockey team have recently dominated their league.
- The university’s cheerleader team competes at national competitions.
- There is a state-of-the-art gym and sports hall at the Avery Hill Campus. Outdoor facilities include some great football pitches, plus netball and tennis courts.
- The Medway Campus has a sports hall, gym and outdoor tennis courts.
- Arches Leisure Centre, a local leisure centre very near the Greenwich Campus, offers facilities including a gym, fitness classes, a sauna and two pools.
Recent/Prospective New Builds
- The university’s major new Stockwell Street development is the centrepiece of a £150-million transformational investment programme.
- This includes the creation of a new hall of residence nearby, Daniel Defoe, with 358 ensuite bedrooms as well as a café and gym for residents. Both buildings will open in September 2014.
- Stockwell Street will be a hub for academic achievement and expert research in the university, and a home to disciplines including architecture, computing, law and humanities, as well as the university’s principal library and state-of-the-art media and sound recording studios.
- Designed by Heneghan Peng architects as an exemplar of a 21st century university, the building represents a significant step in the evolution of the university and establishes the institution as a first choice for students and academics.
- Alongside open plan learning spaces, contemporary lecture theatres and exhibition spaces, Stockwell Street will also provide computer suites and social spaces for meetings, study and accessing learning technologies. The building has been designed to encourage the buzz of exchange and collaboration and brings the public even closer to the life of the university, with access to the on-site café, exhibition space and shop.
- Sustainability is at the heart of the university’s growth plans. Stockwell Street and the Daniel Defoe hall of residence both contribute to the university’s already outstanding green credentials, as both are BREEAM ‘Excellent’ buildings.
- Stockwell Street will also boast some of the UK’s largest green roofs which create innovative ‘living laboratories’ for research and teaching.
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.
- 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.
- Nobel prize winner Charles Kao for his work on fibre optic technology.
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