University of East London

The University of East London empowers its students to discover and shape their own path to success. The university challenges them to transform themselves into inspiring leaders that can bring real change to the local and global community. It produces confident, work-ready graduates with the relevant skills and experience to unlock opportunities.


In or close to the centre of a town

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 73%
  • Postgraduate 27%

Mode of study

  • Full Time 79%
  • Part Time 21%

Where students come from

  • UK 91%
  • EU 3%
  • Other 6%

Student gender

  • Male 41%
  • Female 59%

Undergraduate Open Days

Open days allow you to experience the university first hand, and help you decide if it's the right place for you​.

Student Services and Facilities

Student jobs

  • Help and support is provided to all students looking for full-time and part-time work, summer internships and graduate opportunities, with UEL running a paid internal internship scheme.
  • The university 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 UEL Centre for Student Success is a service created especially for students and alumni. 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.

Health services

  • The university has recently invested more than £3 million in new student support hubs. These high-tech help desks ensure that students have access to the best possible information, advice and support for a range of issues including  counselling, disability and dyslexia and health and well-being support.

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 the UEL Disability services.

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, training and supporting them for their extra-curricular ambitions, 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 but has a heritage dating back to 1898 when it opened as the West Ham Technical Institute and became known as 'the People's University'.
  • Over the last decade the university has invested £170 million in its facilities. This includes the £21 million SportsDock complex opened in 2012, 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 – British Labour Party politician, writer, columnist and former Deputy Mayor of the London Borough of Ealing.
  • Ian MacAllister – former Chairman of Network Rail and former 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 2003; nominated Turner Prize 2003.
  • The late Ken Russell – film director.
  • Adam Gemilli – British sprinter and 2014 European 200-metre champion.
  • Gemma Gibbons – British judoka, winning a silver medal at the 2012 London Olympics.


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