University of East London

The University of East London (UEL) is the careers-led university, preparing its students for the jobs of the future – a role it has carried out for over 125 years. Today, emerging technology affects almost every industry in every country, and the university's mission is to prepare students to face the challenges that this presents.

City Centre
City Centre

In or close to the centre of a city

Town Centre
Town Centre

In or close to the centre of a town


The university (including student accommodation, teaching, and leisure facilities) is located on one site

Full Service
Full Service

Offers degrees in a wide range of subjects

UCAS Code: E28

Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF)

TEF Bronze is awarded to institutions that deliver teaching, learning and outcomes for their students that meet "rigorous national quality requirements" for higher education in the UK. Find out more about TEF.

Student Statistics

Student population


Level of study

  • Undergraduate 74%
  • Postgraduate 26%

Mode of study

  • Full Time 83%
  • Part Time 17%

Where students come from

  • UK 90%
  • EU 3%
  • Other 7%

Student gender

  • Male 38%
  • Female 62%

Student Services and Facilities

Libraries and Information Services

  • UEL's high-tech libraries are open 24/7 in term time and there are well-equipped computer suites.

Student jobs

  • Help and support is provided to all students looking for part-time work, summer internships and graduate opportunities, with UEL running a paid internal internship scheme.
  • The university also works in partnership with a recruitment agency based within UEL, which is dedicated to supporting students to find temporary work in and outside of UEL.

Careers advice

  • The university is careers-led and consistently reviews courses and modules to ensure they are up to date with sector and industry graduate skills demands.
  • UEL's Centre for Student Success provides career guidance, support with job applications and CV writing, and mentoring. It's a one-stop shop, providing students with a support network that enables them to grow and develop from their first few weeks through to employment. The university supports students to stay on track, succeed academically and secure graduate-level employment and/or further study.
  • Students can also use the university's Knowledge Dock business incubation space, which provides help for start-up companies. Many of UEL's students have gone on to create companies and join the next generation of entrepreneurs.

Health services

  • Student support hubs with high-tech help desks ensure that students have access to the best possible information, advice and a range of support on health and well-being.
  • The university's on-campus SportsDock complex provides excellent facilities to help students keep fit and healthy.

Counselling and Mental Health Support

  • Student support hubs offer a range of services including counselling.

Disability support

  • The Disability and Dyslexia team provides confidential support and advice for students with disabilities, students with long-term medical conditions or mental health conditions, and those with specific learning differences (SpLDs), including dyslexia.
  • A regional access centre can be used by any student with a disability for their needs assessment, once they have successfully applied for the Disabled Students' Allowance (DSA). As part of the registration appointment the university will provide the necessary assistance and information related to the student's specific needs.
  • Please refer to the university website for further information on UEL Disability services.

Other services and facilities

  • Specialist course facilities include a child development BabyLab, multimedia production centres, clinical education centre and biomechanics laboratory, nursing simulation centre, mooting room for law students, and more.
  • Academic tutors provide one-to-one guidance, and the Centre for Student Success offers mentoring and study skills sessions in academic writing, maths, and IT.
  • UEL's SMART (Student Money and Advice) team also offers guidance on money and finance.

Students' Union

  • All UEL students are automatically members of the Students' Union; membership is free.
  • The Students' Union helps students to set up societies and groups – from the K-pop Society to Youth and Community Work – making sure that the campus is vibrant with student-led events and activities.
  • The Students' Union lobbies the university on behalf of students to ensure that they get the best possible deal, and works with the university to run a fantastic Freshers' Week in September along with other events through the year.


  • UEL became a university in 1992. Its heritage dates back to 1898 when it opened as the West Ham Technical Institute and became known as 'the People's University'.
  • Over the last decade there has been major investment in the university's facilities, which continues today. This includes the SportsDock complex, with facilities so outstanding that Team USA chose it as their training base for the London Olympics and Paralympics.

Fascinating Fact

  • Alumni of East London include Jake Chapman, a contemporary artist, who with his brother Dinos, won the Royal Academy's Charles Wollaston award in 2003, and was nominated for the Turner Prize the same year.

Notable Alumni and Famous Faces

  • Edison Chenfil James – prime minister of Dominica (1995–2000).
  • Rupa Huq – Labour Party politician, writer, columnist and former deputy mayor of the London Borough of Ealing.
  • Ian MacAllister – formerly chair of Network Rail and MD of Ford Motor Company in the UK.
  • Daljit Dhaliwal – former news presenter for Al-Jazeera in Washington DC.
  • Garry Bushell – TV critic, presenter, newspaper columnist and novelist.
  • Jimmy Doherty – Suffolk-based farmer and television presenter, famous for the show Jimmy's Farm.
  • Jake Chapman – artist; with brother Dinos, winner of the Royal Academy's Charles Wollaston award in 2003, also nominated for the Turner Prize in 2003.
  • Ken Russell – film director.
  • Adam Gemilli – sprinter and 2014 European 200-metre champion.
  • Gemma Gibbons – judoka, winning Silver at the 2012 London Olympics.


University of East London, Docklands Campus, 4–6 University Way, London, E16 2RD