University of West London

  • Entry Standards Entry Standards

    The average UCAS tariff score of new students entering the University.

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    301
  • Student-Staff Ratio Student-Staff Ratio

    The average staffing levels at the University.

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    15.6
  • Research Quality Research Quality

    A measure of the quality of the research undertaken in the University.

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    1.92
  • Academic Services Spend Academic Services Spend

    A guide to how much the University spends on supporting services such as libraries and IT.

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    1,399
  • Student Satisfaction Student Satisfaction

    A guide to how satisfied students are with the quality of teaching they receive.

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    3.99
  • Facilities Spend 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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    1,115
  • Graduate Prospects Graduate Prospects

    A guide to the employability of graduates on completion of their courses at the University.

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    60.0
  • Degree Completion Degree Completion

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

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    74.9
  • Good Honours 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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    61.3

History

  • The University of West London draws on a heritage of 150 years in teaching and professional education.
  • The university is also a leading institution in the UK for employability with 96% 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.
  • From the outset, the university has played and continues to play a significant role in the educational, cultural and economic life of its region.
  • 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.

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. 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 Requirements

  • Average entry requirements range between 112 UCAS tariff points (A level BBC, BTEC DMM) and 128 UCAS points (A level ABB, BTEC DDM).
  • We welcome applicants with vocational qualifications, and mature applicants.
  • The university's primary concern when considering an application is that the candidate demonstrates potential to succeed on their chosen course.
  • Entry requirements differ for each course and candidates are advised to visit course pages on our website for full details.

Student Mix

The 10,490 students enrolled in the academic year 2014/15 comprise:

Level of study

  • Undergraduate 86%
  • Postgraduate 14%

Mode of study

  • Full Time 72%
  • Part Time 28%

Domicile

  • UK 82%
  • EU 6%
  • Other 12%

Student gender

  • Male 39%
  • Female 61%



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.
  • 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.
  • The most recent Ofsted report for FE provision in 2014 rated the university as 'Outstanding', both as an overall judgement, and in every category of the inspection.
  • The university’s NSS scores have shown an overall incremental improvement in a number of areas, based on a strengthened student vote.
  • 60% of the university’s academic staff are Fellows of the Higher Education Academy.

Research Standards

  • A strengthening impact-focused research environment saw almost two-thirds of research submitted to REF 2014 being assessed as being of international standing with Nursing & Midwifery, Education, Music, Communication, and 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 and 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

  • UWL is a leading modern university in London providing a high quality career-focused student experience connected to the world of work and underpinned by a guaranteed work placement.
  • 96% of our graduates are in employment within 6 months of graduation. UWL is the top modern university in London for the employment of graduates and outperformed the employability rates of all Russell Group institutions.
  • The London College of Music (London's first all Steinway school) and the 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 into business, management & finance.
  • The College of Nursing, Midwifery and Healthcare, and School of Human and Social Sciences combine practical experience and research with teaching excellence to provide skilled health practitioners.
  • The London College of Hospitality and Tourism supports the dynamic growth of the hospitality and tourism sector in London specifically in airline and airport management, events, hospitality management and culinary arts.
  • Ealing Law School has a distinct focus on law in action, a mock court room, and encourages students to get involved in the provision of legal advice to the local community.
  • The School of Computing and Engineering provides world-class education and research in the fields of computing, built environment and engineering.

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Student Facilities

  • The university has invested over £50m in an environmentally sustainable redevelopment project which includes a new social space in the heart of the campus; Weston Hall, a specially designed performance space; Blast Radio studio with industry standard facilities; new catering facilities; a new library; and a new mock courtroom.
  • The library, which also brings together media and computing facilities, provides fully-networked open access work stations and is staffed with advisers and subject-specialist librarians dedicated to helping students gain the maximum benefit from resources.
  • Whether on campus or learning remotely, students can access wide-ranging support through Student Services, which are located together on the Street near the university entrance, and include accommodation, immigration advice, health and wellbeing services, funding, money management, mentoring and disability support.
  • IT services offer access to PCs and internet across the Ealing and Brentford sites supported by a 24/7 help desk.
  • All courses make use of Blackboard, our virtual learning environment, which provides resources and information to support course modules. The award-winning student portal allows students to access emails, course information and learning materials and support services in one place. 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 wellbeing.team@uwl.ac.uk. 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. Make sure 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.

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 and summer job 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.

Recent/Prospective New Builds

  • The university has invested over £50m in redeveloping the Ealing campus. This work was completed in 2015.
  • The new facilities include the Paul Hamlyn library, Student Union and student services, performance spaces, radio station and other specialist spaces.
  • The central Heart space has been constructed to link all parts of the campus and provides a modern refectory, social space and a new auditorium to house major events.
  • In order to exploit the new investment to the full, the university has also entered into 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.

Notable Alumni

  • Claude Littner, MBA – Chairman at Viglen, international company turnaround specialist and star of the Apprentice.
  • Lorraine Pascale, BA 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.
  • Ian R. Carter, BA Business Administration – President of Global Operations and Development for Hilton Worldwide.
  • Sunil Sheth, 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 – barrister at Matrix Chambers principally specialises in equality and human rights law. Adviser to 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 – former president and director of Strategic Hotels & Resorts Inc.

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