London South Bank University

2014 League Table Ranking 119
2014 Overall Score 427
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Entry Standards 237 Help
Entry Standards
The average UCAS tariff score of new students entering the University.

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Student-Staff Ratio 23.7 Help
Student-Staff Ratio
The average staffing levels at the University.

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Research Assessment 2.24 Help
Research Assessment
The average quality of the research undertaken in the University.

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Academic Services Spend 900 Help
Academic Services Spend
A guide to how much the University spends on supporting services such as libraries and IT.

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Student Satisfaction 3.91 Help
Student Satisfaction
A guide to how satisfied students are with the quality of teaching they receive.

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Facilities Spend 210 Help
Facilities Spend
A guide to how much the University spends on supporting facilities such as the careers service, health and counselling services and sport facilities.

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Graduate Prospects 61.0 Help
Graduate Prospects
A guide to the employability of graduates on completion of their courses at the University.

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Degree Completion 76.1 Help
Degree Completion
The proportion of students expected to successfully complete their studies and gain a degree from the University.

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Good Honours 53.5 Help
Good Honours
The percentage of graduates achieving a first or upper second class honours degree – the class of degree achieved can impact a graduate’s employment prospects.

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Green Score
This environmental & ethical ranking of the University is provided courtesy of the People & Planet Green League - the only comprehensive and independent green ranking of every UK university. Choosing a greener university can reduce your carbon footprint and improve your job prospects in a global low-carbon economy.

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London South Bank University supplied revised Good Honours data after the League Tables were published. Had these been included, the University would have been ranked 113th in the 2012 League Tables and 108th in the Good Honours measure.


  • Founded in 1892 as the Borough Polytechnic and amalgamated with four other colleges in 1970 to become South Bank Polytechnic.
  • Historically the institution focused on providing people with relevant employment skills and supplying employers with the skilled workforce they needed. This included pioneering courses such as petrol motor mechanics in the 1900s, heating and ventilating engineering in the 1920s and nuclear power in the 1950s, together with the UK's first engineering course for women in the 1920s and one of the UK's first nursing degrees iin 1974.
  • In June 1992 the institution was granted university status by the Privy Council to become London South Bank University (LSBU).
  • LSBU was named the top London modern (post 92) university for graduate prospects in the Complete University Guide 2013

Location and transport

  • The Elephant and Castle campus offers excellent transport links joining it to the heart of the city.
  • The campus is within easy walking distance of Elephant and Castle, Waterloo and London Bridge tube and rail stations.
  • Close to major London attractions, it is only minutes away from the South Bank, the West End and the City.
  • All major teaching and learning buildings sit within the compact campus, which is unusual for a city-centre university.
  • Over 20 bus routes connect the university to the rest of London.
  • LSBU also has a campus in Havering, Essex.

Entry standards

  • The university seeks to create professional opportunity for all who can benefit.
  • As well as opportunities for undergraduates and postgraduates with formal qualifications, we welcome applications from students who have the potential to succeed through study.
  • Read about undergraduate entry requirements ( and postgraduate entry requirements (
  • Each course in the online course database ( has details of the university’s entry requirements.

Student mix

  • LSBU has more than 23,350 students come from over 130 countries. 94% are home or EU students and 6% are from overseas.
  • 59% of students are female and 41% male; 50% are from ethnic minority backgrounds and 61% are over 25 and over.
  • Applications to places ratio 9:1.

Course flexibility

  • LSBU provides a wide range of courses set at a variety of levels to make accessing higher education a realistic option for as many people as possible.
  • The university believes in making its courses as flexible as possible, and the majority of courses are offered part-time.

Teaching standards

  • Student satisfaction with LSBU teaching was rated 81% in the National Student Survey 2012.
  • The University achieved the highest possible rating for the quality of its education from the Quality Assurance Agency (QAA) 2010.
  • All courses are accredited or developed in association with leading professional bodies.

Research standards

  • A growing and dynamic research culture, with a wide range of academic interests and highly qualified staff.
  • Traditionally the university's research strengths are in social science, engineering, applied science, business and computing.
  • LSBU has worked to establish credible research activity in other areas of strategic importance to the university, notably health and sport.
  • LSBU is the number one modern university for Social Policy Research (source: Research Assessment Exercise 2008).
  • LSBU is the number one modern university in London for research in sport-related subjects (source: Research Assessment Exercise 2008).

Academic strengths

  • LSBU focuses on offering one of the most professionally and vocationally oriented course portfolios in the country.
  • Areas of academic strength include Health & Social Care, Computing, Business, Design and Engineering, Arts & Society, Science and Technology.
  • The vocational nature of many courses means that many course directors have links with industry and professional bodies such as CIM, RIBA and ACCA.
  • LSBU is one of the UK’s leading Knowledge Transfer providers.

Student facilities, including library and computing

  • New Student Centre opened in 2012 as a central hub for support and employment information.
  • There has been over £50-million campus investment in teaching facilities and labs over the past three years.
  • There is one library on each campus. The Learning and Resources Centre on the main campus has over 600 study spaces at the university for both individual and group learning.
  • IT services for students are provided on all campuses, with over 400 workstations. Open access in Southwark and more PCs at Havering.
  • There are wireless areas for laptops and IT support for students living in halls.

Disability services

  • We offer a comprehensive range of disability and dyslexia support outlined on our student portal, My LSBU.
  • Visit the website for information about the disability services at London South Bank.

Students' Union

  • Based in our new Student Centre, our Students’ Union is a social space,  with a café and bar space.
  • The union offers  a range of clubs and societies covering a varied mix of interests and a Student Advice Bureau.


  • Sports facilities include 40+ station fitness suite, a dedicated free weights room, exercise classes and a sports injury clinic.
  • The University provides a large and comprehensive sports scholarship scheme.
  • Number one men and women’s university basketball team in London.
  • The Human Performance Centre provides sports science support and services to elite athletes, corporate clients and members of the public. The state-of-the-art altitude training equipment was accessed by the England football team in the last World Cup and it’s the home of the LSBU biomechanics who invented the micro-wobbleboard, technology found in the now world famous Fitflop.

Recent/prospective new builds

  • The Southwark campus features new buildings that enhance teaching provision and student experience. A new Student Centre and Students’ Union opened in late 2012 as a space for support, socialising and relaxed study. An Enterprise Centre is being developed in fully-renovated Grade II listed buildings and will be committed to business start-ups and knowledge transfer.
  • K2 opened in 2010 and was shortlisted for a RIBA award. The building was designed and constructed using the latest in green building technology and, fittingly, houses the University’s Centre for Efficient and Renewable Energy in Buildings (CEREB – see below). It also houses the Faculty of Health and Social Care, the Department of Education and Sport and Exercise Science. Impressive green credentials include one of the largest installations of geothermal energy pile in the UK, which controls the building’s heating and cooling system, solar-powered heated water and an innovative mesh cladding to regulate temperature.
  • CEREB is the Centre for Efficient and Renewable Energy in Buildings: a unique teaching, research and demonstration facility for low carbon technologies in the built environment. The multi-million pound project is the first centre of its kind to be located in an urban setting with a dedicated space, providing opportunities to research and develop sustainable and environmentally friendly technologies. 

Availability of part-time work

  • There is good availability of part-time work. Currently 43% of students are part-time.
  • The Jobshop provides a professional vacancy-handling service that helps students find full- or part-time work, work experience, placements, temporary work and volunteering opportunities. Read more on the student portal, My LSBU.

For further information

  • +44 (0)20 7815 7815
  • London South Bank University
    90 London Road
    SE1 6LN
UCAS Code L75

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