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University of Westminster

2016 League Table Ranking 100
2016 Overall Score 525
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Entry Standards 309 Help
Entry Standards
The average UCAS tariff score of new students entering the University.

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Student-Staff Ratio 19.9 Help
Student-Staff Ratio
The average staffing levels at the University.

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Research Quality 2.74 Help
Research Quality
A measure of the quality of the research undertaken in the University.

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Academic Services Spend 1,149 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 268 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 50.1 Help
Graduate Prospects
A guide to the employability of graduates on completion of their courses at the University.

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Degree Completion 80.4 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 68.8 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 35.3 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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History

We have a distinguished 175-year history and are known as a university of firsts including:

  • First polytechnic in the UK
  • Home to the 1st public moving picture show in the UK and the birthplace of British cinema. This will be celebrated when the Regent Street Cinema will reopen in its former glory this spring, evoking its 19th century heritage.
  • Our University was the original blueprint for the sought after model of collaboration with industry and practice.

Location and Transport

  • We have three main campuses in the heart of London; Regent; Cavendish; Marylebone and one in Harrow – just 20 minutes by Tube from central London.
  • Our headquarters building at 309 Regent Street, just a short walk from Oxford Circus, is also part of our Regent Campus.

Entry Standards

  • Our average entry tariff is 280-300 points. For some subject areas specific A-levels are necessary. Applicants with vocational qualifications, the International Baccalaureate, or international school leaving certificates are welcomed.
  • For studio-based subjects, applicants are asked to provide a portfolio in support of their application, or take part in an interview.
  • Get more details on entry requirements at the University of Westminster online.

A-Level and GCSE Requirements

In order to meet the standard entry requirements, you must possess one of the following:

  • Two GCE A Level passes plus three GCSEs at Grade C or above including English Language and Mathematics
  • Three GCE A Level passes plus two GCSEs at Grade C or above including English Language and Mathematics
  • Five passes in the Scottish Certificate of Education, of which three are at Higher Grade including English Language and Mathematics
  • Four passes in the Scottish or Irish Certificate of Education, all at Higher Grade including English Language and Mathematics
  • A pass in Edexcel BTEC National Certificate/Diploma or HNC/HND (the distinction/merit/pass profile will be stipulated in the conditions of our offer)
  • A pass in Foundation course
  • A pass in the Access to HE Diploma with 45 credits at Level 3 with a minimum number of Level 3 credits at Merit or Distinction
  • An International or Welsh Baccalaureate

These should be seen as benchmarks only. The University recognises that a wide variety of other qualifications and learning may provide appropriate evidence of an applicant's suitability for admission. The University will use its discretion to interpret such formal minimum attainment levels in terms of equivalence, with advice from external agencies as appropriate.

  • Find out more in the University of Westminster Admissions Policy.

Student Mix

The 20,200 students enrolled in the academic year 2013/14 comprise:

Level of study
Undergraduate
78%
Postgraduate
22%
Mode of study
Full Time
74%
Part Time
26%
Domicile
UK
72%
EU
10%
Other
18%
Student gender
Male
42%
Female
58%

Course Flexibility

  • The University of Westminster offers full and part-time undergraduate and postgraduate courses, short and Continuing Professional Development (CPD) courses and foundation degrees.
  • All of our 306 courses start in September but over a third of our 167 taught master courses have both a September and January start date to cater for our students’ needs.

Teaching Standards

  • There are over 950 teaching staff at the University of Westminster, supported by over 700 visiting subject specialists.
  • Our academics are experts in their field and professionals in their own right, bringing current knowledge and new ways of thinking to the courses they teach. We strive to create the best possible learning environment for our students and are committed to fostering a culture of professional achievement for our staff. Together with our students, our staff make us what we are – an inclusive and diverse University with a passion for learning that makes a difference in the real world.

Research Standards

  • The 2014 Research Excellence Framework confirmed our world leading positions in Art and design and Media and communications and internationally excellent research in English, Architecture and built environment and Allied health. Additionally, Psychology and neuroscience, Politics, Area studies, and Law are acknowledged for their excellence.
  • Research outputs in 11 of the 13 subject areas submitted for review in the ‘REF’ have been assessed as "world leading". The proportion of research outputs judged as world leading was double that achieved in the 2008 review.

Academic Strengths

  • The University has secured world leading positions in Art and Design and Media and Communications and is regarded as internationally excellent in English, Architecture and Built Environment and Allied Health. Additionally, Psychology and Neuroscience, Politics, Area Studies, and Law are acknowledged for their excellence.
  • The University’s National Student Survey Satisfaction scores are steadily increasing year on year, including the categories of Learning and Teaching, Assessment and Feedback, Academic support, Organisation and Management, Learning Resources and Personal Development.
  • The University of Westminster also offers the largest range of languages of any university in the UK.

Student Facilities

  • From the £20m investment in new, state-of-the-art facilities at our Marylebone Campus, to the fully-equipped sports facilities at Regent and Chiswick and our specialist resources, such as the purpose-built Financial Markets Suite, our world-class facilities are there to support your professional and personal development.
  • When you join the University you will have access to all four of our libraries – all of which have 24-hour opening throughout the academic year. Check online for opening hours and locations. You will have access to the University's library collection online via Library Search which allows you to find information in both print and electronic formats, reserve items, extend loans and more. Our collection includes over 30,000 e-journals, 20,000 e-books, and 230 databases.
  • The Harrow Campus also features music and television studios, and radio production facilities.
  • As well as getting help and advice from library counter staff in person or over the phone, you will also be able to use the online 'Ask-a-Librarian' service.
  • IT services – there are more than 3,500 Microsoft PCs, Sun workstations and Apple Macs across the University for you to use. We provide general applications and word processing packages as well as a wide range of specialist software for your area of study.
  • You will be given a University email account, which is delivered by Google. You can use the PCs in the University's computer suites for supervised training sessions, research, completing assignments, group work, online learning as well as general internet access. You can also borrow a laptop from the library counter. Wireless access is available everywhere on all campuses. Information on your course is available as an app for your phone.
  • Blackboard is our virtual learning environment which provides you with resources and information to support your course modules. You can also access Blackboard with your mobile device.
  • You get can help and support with IT issues face-to-face at our drop-in centres, which are located at each campus, or over the phone, or online through our FixIT Centre.
  • The Harrow Campus features music and television studios, radio production facilities, photographic studios, and multimedia newsrooms. Our Cavendish Campus offers extensive computer suites and laboratories.
  • Life Sciences students will be able to use the latest hi-tech laboratories and equipment at our Cavendish Campus.
  • Our Marylebone Campus is home to our exclusive Bloomberg Suite – offering business students first-hand experience of the world's financial markets.

Disability Services

  • The University’s Disability Learning Support team provides a range of services for students with disabilities.
  • Visit the website for information on and contact details for the Disability Services at the University of Westminster.

Students' Union

  • When you enrol at the University, you automatically become a member of the University of Westminster Students’ Union (UWSU) - an independent organisation that is run by students, for students.
  • The Students' Union is there to represent your needs as a student, protect your rights and make sure your voice is heard when key decisions are made at the University.
  • The Union is also home to a range of sports clubs and societies, as well as Smoke Media (Smoke magazine, Smoke Radio and Smoke TV). It boast a bar (the Undercroft) and nightclub (Area 51) in Harrow, and has two shops that stock various student essentials - one at our Harrow Campus and the other at our Cavendish Campus.

Sport

  • The University of Westminster provides a wide range of sport and fitness facilities as well as activities for students. The University’s excellent facilities include a major sports ground at Chiswick, as well as a sports hall and two gyms.

Our extensive grounds accommodate a number of different sports on both natural and floodlit surfaces. Our grounds include:

  • Full-size football pitches
  • Five-a-side football pitches
  • Hockey pitches
  • A rugby pitch
  • A good-quality cricket pitch
  • Tennis courts
  • Netball courts
  • Lacrosse

The University of Westminster Students’ Union also offers a range of sports clubs known as the UWSU Dragons. We have a range of sports clubs – from team sports such as football and netball, to sports like karate and swimming.

Recent/Prospective New Builds

  • The University’s estate spreads across 170,000m2 that is equivalent to 8,100 double-decker buses. £125 million cutting-edge refurbishment of the University buildings and facilities finished recently, including the redevelopment of our Harrow and Marylebone campuses, the Marylebone halls of residence, the Regent Street Gym and social learning spaces.
  • Our Regent Street Campus, located in Central London off Oxford Circus, is the headquarters of the University of Westminster and is on The National Heritage List for England. A major redevelopment project is underway to restore the birthplace of British Cinema as this is where the Lumière brothers screened the first performance of a moving film to a UK paying audience in 1896. A short walk away is our Little Titchfield Street campus that has just completed a £3.5m transformation, including new library and state-of-the-art lecture and social spaces.
  • Our Marylebone campus gives home to our Bloomberg Financial Markets Suite providing first-hand exposure to technology widely adopted in all the leading global investment banks in the major financial centres of the world, our Fab Lab consisting of a wide selection of digital equipment that provides facilities ranging from desktop 3D printing and CNC knife cutting, to large scale CNC routing, CNC metal milling and robot fabrication, and P3 that is a vast underground exhibition space that has hosted events during London Fashion Week, the launch of Architecture Week and student degree shows.
  • Our Cavendish Street campus offers a diverse and vibrant learning environment in Central London. Our state-of-the-art laboratories at Cavendish Street were recently completely refurbished as part of a £30 million modernisation plan. The campus gives home to the Faculty of Science and Technology.
  • Our Harrow campus features some of the best educational state-of-the-art film, television and music studios, computer technology and broadcast equipment in Europe. It gives home to the Faculty of Media, Arts and Design.

Availability of Part-Time Work

  • The University is embedding internationalisation, employability and sustainability into all areas of work. Together these characteristics will position Westminster as the leading practice-focused and global University.

We put employability in the centre of university life. Students have opportunities to enhance their practical experience through internships, professional placements, study abroad and volunteering or mentoring programmes.

  • In total, we offer over 4,000 opportunities that help make students more employable.
  • 574 students placed/ due to be placed in Media, Arts and Design roles.
  • 262 student placed through the Business Experience Team programmes.
  • 764 students registered to volunteer,
  • 151 students taking up posts through Talent Bank which gives students the opportunity to apply for paid temporary andpart-time vacancies across all campuses and various departments within the University of Westminster.
  • There are more than one million businesses operating within 30km of the University of Westminster making ideally placed for our work with leading employers and to shape professionally relevant courses
  • More than 50 separate professional organisations and bodies offer accreditation, approval or recognition of our courses, or membership for Westminster students after graduation.

Careers Guidance

  • Our Career Development Centre excels in employer engagement.
  • Regular employment fairs across a variety of sectors offer our students opportunities to meet potential employers.
  • Placement opportunities have included: The BBC, Sony, The Financial Times, British Airways, Google ATP, Warner Brothers, GlaxoSmithKline, Burberry, British Museum, Chanel, Commonwealth Games, Disney Europe, Dior, Ericsson, European Commission, Fawcett Society, Fujitsu, French Connection, The African Education Trust, Heinz, Lufthansa, Microsoft, Nokia, Amnesty UK, Volkswagen, Hewlett-Packard and many other global companies and organisations.

Notable Alumni

Our alumni continue to make a difference and have achieved great successes in many fields of professional life. The Westminster graduate community proudly includes the likes of:
  •  Sir Alexander Fleming (Nobel Prize in Medicine)
  • Christopher Bailey – (CEO, Burberry)
  • Vivienne Westwood (Fashion designer)
  • Katalin Bogyay – (Hungarian Ambassador to UNESCO)
  • Frank Turner (3x Olympics gymnast)
  • Michael Manser CBE – (architect and ex-president of the Royal Institute of British Architects)
  • ArthurMax (Oscar nominated and BAFTA winning art director)
  • Brian Whitaker (Former Middle East editor at The Guardian newspaper)

For further information

Web
  • www.westminster.ac.uk
Email
  • course-enquiries@westminster.ac.uk
Phone
  • +44 (0)20 7915 5511
Address
  • University of Westminster
    Course Enquiries Office
    101 New Cavendish Street
    London
    W1W 6XH
UCAS Code W50

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