University of Westminster

2014 League Table Ranking 87
2014 Overall Score 540
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Entry Standards 323 Help
Entry Standards
The average UCAS tariff score of new students entering the University.

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Student-Staff Ratio 20.8 Help
Student-Staff Ratio
The average staffing levels at the University.

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Research Assessment 2.23 Help
Research Assessment
The average quality of the research undertaken in the University.

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Academic Services Spend 1,025 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 3.82 Help
Student Satisfaction
A guide to how satisfied students are with the quality of teaching they receive.

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Facilities Spend 249 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 57.0 Help
Graduate Prospects
A guide to the employability of graduates on completion of their courses at the University.

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Degree Completion 81.0 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 60.3 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 29.5 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

  • The University of Westminster was names with Privy Council approval in 1992. It was established in London's Regent Street in 1838 as the original Polytechnic, focussing on innovation and scientific discovery.
  • It was re-launched by philanthropist Quintin Hogg in 1882 and in 1970 was renamed the Polytechnic of Central London (known as PCL).

Location and transport

  • Three of the University's four campuses are based in central London, with excellent transport links.
  • The leafy Harrow Campus is served by tube, rail and bus links. From Northwick Park tube station, Baker Street is around a 20-minute journey.

Entry standards

  • Our average entry tariff is 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.

Student mix

  • On average, there were six applicants to every full-time, first-degree place at Westminster last year.
  • Last academic year, the Faculty of Media, Arts and Design was overall the most popular on average with 7.3 applications for each place. The most popular course in this Faculty had more than 28 applications for each place (undergraduate Fashion Design).
  • The second most popular course was undergraduate Architecture with 26 applications for each place. The overall average for the Faculty of Architecture and the Built Environment was 6.8.

Course flexibility

  • Full- and part-time undergraduate and postgraduate courses, short and Continuing Professional Development (CPD) courses and foundation degrees.

Research standards

  • Westminster was ranked 70th out of 106 in the most recent research assessment.
  • In RAE 2008, media and communications research has been rated the best in the UK, art, and architecture research groups were all assessed as world leading. It was also recognised internationally for research in areas such as law, life sciences and the environment, computing, business, and planning.
  • Many of the courses have a strong work-related focus, and these skills are included in many degrees.

Academic strengths

  • Media, Architecture, Languages and Subjects allied to Medicine, Psychology, Electronic Engineering, Construction and Surveying, English.
  • Westminster offers the largest range of languages of any British university.
  • Shaping the future of professional life, with a strong work-related focus, and transferable skills.

Disability Services

  • Visit the website for information on and contact details for the Disability Services at the University of Westminster.

Student facilities, including library and computing

  • When you join the University you will have access to all four of our libraries – two have 24-hour opening throughout the academic year. Check online for opening hours and locations. Your home library holds the collection of resources that supports your course as well as other general resources. You will have an Academic Liaison Librarian who has special responsibility for your area of study and who works closely with your lecturers to ensure that recommended materials are available.
  • 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 beable 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.

Students' Union

  • University of Westminster Students’ Union (UWSU) offers a range of entertainment throughout the year including club nights, fancy dress parties, live music, dance acts and performances, trips and events. A wide variety of active sports clubs train regularly and play in competitive matches and we also organise one-off tournaments for groups of friends to enter, such as five-a-side, badminton, volleyball and dodgeball.
  • UWSU also has a Students’ Association for each school of the University, which organise events and activities for students and build a sense of community at school level.
  • There are more than 80 different societies for you to join. You can also get involved in our award-winning Smoke magazine and Smoke Radio station and the newly formed Smoke TV.

Sport

  • The Harrow Sports Hall offers a compact gym, along with a wide range of activities including five-a-side football, netball, cricket nets and table tennis. The Regent Campus gym offers cutting-edge cardiovascular equipment, free weights, resistance equipment and a power plate, alongside two dedicated studios and a large multipurpose hall. This hosts a range of classes and activities including yoga, martial arts, aerobics, dance and many more. Use of the equipment and participation in activities is included in your student gym membership, while there is a fee for non-members.
  • The playing fields at Chiswick are the home ground of the University’s football, rugby, hockey and American football teams. With world-class synthetic turf pitches, tennis courts and natural pitches it is an excellent home location for the sports teams, and the grounds and facilities form an impressive sports complex that is complemented by a main pavilion housing restaurants, bars, a social room and changing facilities.
  • Our historic boathouse is situated on the River Thames, and marks the finishing point for the annual Oxford and Cambridge Boat Race.

Recent/prospective new builds

  • The University is investing heavily in its buildings and recreational facilities. A £20-m project at the Marylebone Campus, which houses the Faculty of Architecture and the Built Environment and Westminster Business School, was completed in the autumn of 2012, redesigning the Campus to provide a new social and learning hub at the centre of the site; new lecture, seminar and study rooms; a complete refurbishment of the library facilities; and extensive catering facilities and meeting areas.
  • Significant progress has also been made on the £38-m, three-year redevelopment of the University’s site at Harrow, home to the Faculty of Media, Arts and Design and the site of one of the best media and creative arts educational facilities in Europe. The project, to be completed by 2014, will eventually include spaces for a gallery and catwalk, flexible performance areas, a café, reception and a new multimedia newsroom.
  • Major refurbishment work has also been underway at the University’s Regent Campus. A £3.5-m redevelopment of Little Titchfield Street site began in 2012, and will be completed by September 2013, with the opening of a new 380-seat, state-of-the-art lecture theatre. And a £900,000 refurbishment of part of the Regent Street building, creating new study areas and social spaces, was completed in 2012.
  • Work was recently completed on the multi-million pound refurbishment of our Life Sciences laboratories at our Cavendish Campus.
  • In 2010 the University opened The Gallery, a major new art and exhibition space at the University’s headquarters at 309 Regent Street. This provides a showcase for students and established artists, as well as a venue for debates and events.
  • A £1.5-m Heritage Lottery Fund grant will help to restore and reopen the historically important Regent Street Cinema, housed within the University’s Regent Campus. The Cinema is considered to be the birthplace of British cinema, having hosted the Lumière brothers’ moving picture show in 1896 – the first public cinema performance to a paying audience in the UK – and is due to reopen in 2014, following a £6m refurbishment project.
  • P3, at the Marylebone Campus, is a vast underground exhibition space that has hosted events during London Fashion Week, the launch of Architecture Week and student degree shows. A programme of events, Ambika at P3 brings together artists, architects and creative practitioners from across the capital.

Availability of part-time work

  • Both the Career Development Centre and the Students' Union provide help in securing part-time paid and voluntary work.
  • As many of Westminster's courses have strong work-related themes, there are strong links to industry.

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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