University of West London

2015 League Table Ranking 110
2015 Overall Score 496
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Entry Standards 250 Help
Entry Standards
The average UCAS tariff score of new students entering the University.

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Student-Staff Ratio 18.3 Help
Student-Staff Ratio
The average staffing levels at the University.

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Research Assessment 1.67 Help
Research Assessment
The average quality of the research undertaken in the University.

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Academic Services Spend 1,115 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 3.96 Help
Student Satisfaction
A guide to how satisfied students are with the quality of teaching they receive.

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Facilities Spend 429 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 62.1 Help
Graduate Prospects
A guide to the employability of graduates on completion of their courses at the University.

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Degree Completion 77.6 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 52.0 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 41.0 Help
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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  • The University is the number one modern University in London (Guardian 2013) and a leading institution in the UK for employability (with 92% of graduates in jobs within 6 months of finishing their course). UWL is a small, vibrant University in a heart of West London,proud to provide a high quality, specialist education that changes lives and provides opportunity
  • First founded as the Lady Byron School in 1860, the education institution as it exists today was originally formed from the merger of Ealing College of Higher Education, Thames Valley College of Higher Education, the London College of Music and Queen Charlotte's College of Health Care Studies.
  • The institution gained full university status in 1992 to become Thames Valley University and in April 2011 institution formally changed its name to The University of West London. This new name reflected a re-focusing of the University's activities on its Ealing and Brentford sites. 
  • The University of West London has eight Schools, which offer courses in a wide range of specialist areas. We design all of our courses to meet our students’ needs, balancing both academic knowledge and the practical skills valued by employers. The Schools are College of Nursing Midwifery and Healthcare; School of Psychology, Social Work and Human Sciences; School of Computing and Technology; London College of Music; Ealing School of Arts Design Media; London School of Hospitality; Ealing Law School; West London Business School.

Location and Transport

  • The University is in west London on sites in Ealing and Brentford at the heart of one of the UK’s most successful business regions.
  • Students benefit from excellent road, rail and tube links with Central London and Heathrow Airport is less than 20 minutes away.
  • There is a free shuttle bus service linking Ealing Broadway and South Ealing stations with our two West London sites.
  • A new specialist teaching hub has opened in Berkshire where the University continues to deliver its Nursing, Midwifery and Healthcare programmes across the region.

Entry Standards

  • The average entry tariff point range is between 240 and 320 points. Some subject areas require specific A-levels. Visit for individual course entry requirements.
  • International undergraduate students must meet the English language requirement of IELTS at 6 or above (this will depend on the course that you are applying for).

Student Mix

The 11305 students enrolled in the academic year 2013/14 comprise:

Level of Study
Mode of Study
Full Time
Part Time
Student Gender

Course Flexibility

  • The University offers full- and part-time undergraduate and postgraduate courses, as well as short and Continuing Professional Development (CPD) courses and foundation degrees.

Teaching Standards

  • In 2011 the Quality Assurance Agency (QAA) audit reported confidence in the University’s management of academic standard and the quality of the learning opportunities for its students. The QAA also identified the University’s promotion of employer engagement and employability across the curriculum as a feature of good practice.
  • In 2012 the University was awarded the QAA Quality Watermark for all its courses.
  • The University has a range of courses accredited by professional bodies, for example the Nursing and Midwifery council (NMC) review reported all categories as good.
  • The University was awarded the prestigious Queen’s Anniversary Prize for outstanding achievement and excellence in hospitality education from HM the Queen – a recognition of the quality of its teaching provision.

Academic Strengths

  • The University is the leading modern University in London specialising in the generation, application, and transfer of knowledge.
  • Our expertise is in facilitating change and promoting excellence in specialist areas, for example: research within the College of Nursing Midwifery and Healthcare continues to guide infection control policy in England; studies in the School of Psychology, Social Work and Human Sciences are influencing educational support for autistic children in school; in 2012 the London College of Music became the first all Steinway school in London.

Student Facilities

  • There is a Library on each site, which bring together our library, media and computing facilities, providing fully-networked, open access work stations
  • Each centre is staffed with advisers and subject-specialist librarians, dedicated to helping students gain the maximum benefit from resources.
  • University of West London Careers and Employment Service is a member of the Association of Graduate Careers Advisory Services and has been awarded the Matrix Standard for Quality.
  • Whether on campus or learning remotely, students can access wide-ranging support as a student through our One Stop Shop. It’s the place to go for information and support for all students studying in West London and also for all distance-learning students.
  • Students can access advice, free and confidential professional advice to students and prospective students, advice on practical issues such as sources of funding, money management, state benefits, housing rights, international student issues, including immigration advice.
  • IT services offer an excellent access to PC’s and internet across both sites supported by 24/7 help desk
  • Blackboard is our virtual learning environment which provides you with resources and information to support your course modules. Students can also access Blackboard with mobile devices.

Disability Services

  • The disability team offers a confidential service to all our students and prospective students who are disabled or think that they may have a specific learning difficulty.
  • For more information please visit our website or contact us via email We encourage any student or prospective student with a disability or long-term medical condition to contact us as early as possible.

Students' Union

  • The Student Union building at the Ealing site will shortly undergo major rebuilding and renovation work ready for opening at the start of the2013–14 academic year be refurbished ready for opening in 2013–14.
  • Freddie’s Bar at Ealing is the main venue for entertainment and events.
  • The West London Student’s Union offers a wide range of sports activities, such as football, netball, basketball, yoga, and fencing.
  • There are more than 30 student-run societies, such as law, student radio, extreme sport, gaming, cheerleading, Islamic, Chinese, and Entrepreneur societies. New societies include Women’s Rugby Appreciation, Bollyaerobics and the Jewish society.

Recent/Prospective New Builds

  • Our dedicated Accommodation Service can help you find a place to live, whether in our award-winning Halls of Residence or private rented accommodation.

Availability of Part-Time Work

  • There is a careers advice and employment service to help students find part-time work while they study.
  • The Careers Service offers advice on job hunting and assessment and selection procedures, careers workshops, comprehensive careers resource area and specific careers support for international students.
  • The Employment Service offers information about a wide range of vacancies, regional, national and international, direct notification of new part-time and graduate vacancies, employment advice and employer presentations.
  • The Volunteering Service offers leadership and management training and development, weekly notifications of new volunteering placements, various one-off volunteering opportunities, an annual volunteer awards ceremony, a reference for future employess dependent upon various conditions.

Notable Alumni

  • Ian R. Carter, BA Business Administration, 1984 – President of Global Operations and Development for Hilton Worldwide.
  • Sunil Sheth, graduated from UWL in 1979 with an LLB – Partner at Fladgate LLP and Founder and former chairman of the Society of Asian Lawyers in the UK. Sunil is Chair of Sense International, Trustee of One World Media.
  • Karon Monaghan QC, LLB in 1988 – Barrister at Matrix Chambers and principally specialises in equality and human rights law. She was an adviser to the government's Women and Equality Unit on the Discrimination Law Review which preceded the Equality Act 2010.
  • Pete Townshend, LCM, Ealing Art College (UWL) – English rock guitarist, vocalist, songwriter and author.
  • Chris Galvin, BSc International Culinary Arts – Galvin Restaurants (Galvin Bistrot de Luxe, Galvin at Windows, Galvin La Chapelle, Galvin Cafe a Vin).
  • Laurence Geller CBE, ND Hospitality & Tourism, 1964 – former president and director of Strategic Hotels & Resorts Inc.
  • Claude Littner, MBA 1990 – Chairman at Viglen, international company turnaround specialist and star of The Apprentice.
  • Lorraine Pascale – (BA (Hons) International Culinary Arts) celebrity chef known for TV series and books Baking Made Easy and Home Cooking Made Easy, owner of Ella’s Bakehouse in London’s Covent Garden. 

For further information

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  • +44 (0)20 8231 2468 if calling from overseas
  • University of West London
    St Mary's Road
    W5 5RF
UCAS Code W05

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