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University of West London

2016 League Table Ranking 108
2016 Overall Score 492
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Entry Standards 257 Help
Entry Standards
The average UCAS tariff score of new students entering the University.

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Student-Staff Ratio 17.3 Help
Student-Staff Ratio
The average staffing levels at the University.

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Research Quality 1.92 Help
Research Quality
A measure of the quality of the research undertaken in the University.

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Academic Services Spend 1,209 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 4.00 Help
Student Satisfaction
A guide to how satisfied students are with the quality of teaching they receive.

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Facilities Spend 721 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 67.1 Help
Graduate Prospects
A guide to the employability of graduates on completion of their courses at the University.

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Degree Completion 73.9 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 58.8 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 41.4 Help
Green Score
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  • The University is also a leading institution in the UK for employability with 95% of graduates in employment within six months of graduating.
  • 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.
  • The University of West London has eight Schools, which offer courses in a wide range of specialist areas. Course content is designed to meet 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; London School of Film, Media and Design; London School of Hospitality and Tourism; Ealing Law School and The Claude Littner Business School. Professional healthcare training provision is also offered from our Berkshire satellite campus in Reading.

Location and Transport

  • The University is located on two main West London campuses 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 approximately 30 minutes away.
  • There is a free shuttle bus service linking Ealing Broadway and South Ealing stations with our two West London sites.
  • The Berkshire Institute for Health, situated in Reading town centre, is within walking distance of the main railway and bus stations, adjacent to car parking and within easy reach of the town's 'park and ride' bus stops.

Entry Standards

  • The average entry tariff point range is between 240 points (CCC) and 300 points (BBB). Some subject areas require specific level 3 qualifications such as some enginering and computing degree programmes.
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  • We welcome applicants with vocational qualifications and mature applicants.
  • International undergraduate students must meet the English language requirement of IELTS at level 6 or above (this will depend on the course that you are applying for).

Student Mix

The 11,305 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.
  • A number of degree programmes have January start dates.
  • The University also offers a range of flexible modular programmes.
  • All undergraduate degree programmes provide a guaranteed placement opportunity linked to the programme of study.

Teaching Standards

  • In 2011 the Quality Assurance Agency (QAA) audit reported confidence in the University’s management of academic standards and the quality of the learning opportunities for its students. The QAA also identified UWL's promotion of employer engagement and employability across the curriculum as a features 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. All recent accreditation visits have been successful, with numerous examples of good practice cited, for example the engagement of students positively in their learning and placement activities.
  • 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.
  • Recent QAA reviews of University academic partners have all produced positive outcomes, and the University’s role in fostering good partnership relations has been cited as a feature of good practice.
  • Our most recent Ofsted report for our FE provision in 2014 rated us as 'Outstanding', both as an overall judgement, and in every category of the inspection.
  • Our NSS scores have shown an overall incremental improvement in recent years, based on a strengthened student vote.

Research Standards

  • A strengthening impact-focused research environment saw almost 2/3rds of research submitted to REF 2014 being assessed as being of international standing with Nursing & Midwifery; Education; Music; and Communication, Cultural & Media Studies all delivering elements which are world-leading.
  • Addressing contemporary issues with real-world solutions summarises the research mission of the University. Through 'Pyramid' - a national charity administered by the University – vulnerable young children are supported through a validated intervention via a network of after-school clubs whilst the University is a centre of excellence for infection control informing national policy & practice for over 10 years.
  • AHRC funded projects are exploring the boundaries of music technology whilst EU funding is tackling people-trafficking and security issues in the hospitality sector.

Academic Strengths

  • A leading modern University in London providing a high quality career-focused student experience connected to the world of work and underpinned by guaranteed work experience.
  • Our expertise is in facilitating change and promoting excellence in teaching and learning which supports 95% of graduates being in employment within 6 months of graduation underpinned by research & professional experience in rapidly expanding sectors.
  • The London College of Music (London's first all Steinway school) and the newly established London School of Film, Media and Design deliver excellence in the Creative Industries; The Claude Littner Business School capitalises upon the unique business environment of West London to provide contemporary insights business, management & finance.
  • The College of Nursing Midwifery and Healthcare & School of Psychology,
  • Social Work and Human Sciences combine practical experience and research with teaching excellence to provide skilled health practitioners whilst the London School of Hospitality and Tourism supports the dynamic growth of the hospitality sector in London specifically in culinary arts, airline & airport; events and hospitality management.

Student Facilities

  • From September 2015, a brand new library facility will merge the Ealing and Brentford library services in one location. This new state of the art resource will bring together our library, media and computing facilities, providing fully-networked, open access work stations.
  • The library is staffed with advisers and subject-specialist librarians, dedicated to helping students gain the maximum benefit from resources.
  • University of West London's Centre for Employability and Employer Engagement 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 through our Student Services. It’s the place to go for information and support for all students studying in West London and also for all distance-learning students.
  • Free and confidential professional advice is available to students and prospective students including advice on practical issues such as sources of funding, money management, state benefits, housing rights and international student issues for example immigration advice. UWL's succesful mentoring service has also been expanded to provide additional support to students as they progress through their studies.
  • IT services offer excellent access to PC’s and internet across at both sites supported by 24/7 help desk.
  • All courses make use of Blackboard, our virtual learning environment which provides you with resources and information to support your course modules. Students can also access Blackboard on mobile devices via the Blackboard App. In addition a growing number of lecture recordings are available through the university’s UWL Replay service.

Disability Services

  • The Wellbeing 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 at We encourage any student or prospective student with a disability or long-term medical condition to contact us as early as possible.

Students' Union

  • Upon enrolment at the University of West London, you automatically become a member of the Students’ Union (SU), allowing you to participate in numerous and diverse activities which provide opportunities to form new friendships and learn new skills.
  • Over 75% of the SU staff are current students. As the SU are growing, please ensure that you check the website ( for current job vacancies – it’s a great way to earn money and enjoy yourself at the same time.
  • There are plenty of events, on campus and in London, for students to go to every week. All of them are run by students and supported by the SU. Also, there is the opportunity to run your own event.
  • The SU runs a free, confidential academic advice service. This is useful for students who run into academic difficulty or struggle with the workload and need to apply for extensions.


  • There are more than 30 student-run sports clubs and societies for you to join, all supported by the Students’ Union. If none of them spark your interest, you can start your own.
  • The sports clubs and societies hold regular social and fundraising events for you to meet new people and raise money for your group.
  • Our home of sport is Ealing Trailfinders, which is where we train and compete in British Universities and Colleges Sport (BUCS) leagues on a weekly basis.
  • Each year, we run the West London Varsity where the University of West London Warriors battle the University of Westminster Students’ Union Dragons to claim victory.
  • There is the opportunity to go abroad on a weeklong sports and societies tour to compete against and meet students from other UK universities.
  • At the end of the year, we hold the annual Students’ Union awards to celebrate the achievement of our sports clubs and societies.

Recent/Prospective New Builds

  • The University is investing £50M in substantially refurbishing and redeveloping the St Mary’s Road campus.
  • Over the past two years, the campus has undergone extensive change to provide a new central Library, a new Student Union facility and student services, new performance space, together with upgraded general and specialist space for the London College of Music, the Ealing Law School and the London School of Hospitality and Tourism.
  • A new central Heartspace has also been constructed to link all parts of the campus to provide a modern refectory, social space and a new auditorium to house major events.
  • The last phase of the refurbishment programme takes place in the Teaching Centre in the summer of 2015 to upgrade the remaining general and specialist teaching space and support services.
  • In order to exploit the new investment to the full, the University has also entered into new long term partnerships to maintain and enhance the estate, facilities and catering offer. The partnership contracts are specifically targeted over the next few years to raise standards, drive out efficiencies and offer students work placement and employment opportunities.

Availability of Part-Time Work

  • The Employment Service promotes a large range of part-time opportunities to students. Students can register with the service on line to search for paid jobs both on campus and externally, and also receive weekly updates for part-time roles.
  • Part-Time / Summer Jobs fairs are organised on an annual basis and employers visit UWL throughout the year to recruit students. Students are also able to work on campus within various departments across the university.

Careers Guidance

  • As soon as you join us, you’ll have access to comprehensive careers information, advice and guidance from the Careers Service. Students can receive direct notifications from the Employment Service team regarding the latest part-time vacancies, tailored to their interests and subject areas.
  • Our Placements Service offers students placement opportunities (internal and external to the University of West London) and support with securing a placement and the Volunteering team has a great range of volunteering opportunities that you can fit into a busy schedule.

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.
  • Freddie Mercury, Ealing Art College (UWL) – lead vocalist and lyricist of rock band Queen singer, songwriter, producer.
  • 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. 


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