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University of West London

The University of West London is the Career University, providing industry-standard facilities, great industry links and excellent employment opportunities. Based in leafy west London with great transport links, UWL combines everything London has to offer with a real community atmosphere where everyone is valued, accepted and supported to reach their true potential.

Town Centre
Town Centre

In or close to the centre of a town

UCAS Code: W05

Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF)

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

Student Statistics

Student population

Small
<5,000
Medium
5–10,000
Large
10–25,000
Largest
>25,000

Level of study

  • Undergraduate 83%
  • Postgraduate 17%

Mode of study

  • Full Time 79%
  • Part Time 21%

Where students come from

  • UK 86%
  • EU 9%
  • Other 5%

Student gender

  • Male 38%
  • Female 62%

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

Libraries and Information Services

  • The award-winning library supports students with a wide range of print and online resources, computers, and spacious, varied study areas for individual and group work. The university operates two libraries: the Paul Hamlyn Library at the West London campus, open 24/7 in term time; and a specialist healthcare library at the Reading campus.
  • With their professional expertise, library staff support students in finding and using information effectively, and to develop  their knowledge and skills.
  • IT services offer access to PCs and Internet across the Ealing and Brentford sites supported by a 24/7 help desk. A central reprographics unit offers a full range of printing services to students. All courses make use of Blackboard, the university’s virtual learning environment, which provides online access to resources to support course modules. The 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.

Student jobs

  • The Employment Service promotes a large range of part-time opportunities to students. Students are automatically registered with the service on enrolment to search for paid jobs both on campus and externally, and also receive twice weekly updates for part-time opportunities available.
  • Part-time and summer job fairs are organised twice a year and employers visit UWL throughout the year to recruit students. Students are also able to work on campus within various departments across the university through the well-established student ambassador programme.
  • Over 75% of the Students' Union staff are current students, with vacancies advertised on the website. 

Careers advice

  • As soon as students join the university they get access to comprehensive careers information, advice and guidance from the careers service, from organising a career plan or CV-writing, to mock interviews.
  • Students can receive direct notifications from the Employment Service team regarding the latest placements, full-time and part-time vacancies, tailored to their interests and subject areas.
  • Students are offered placement or work experience opportunities both with employers and within the university; the Placement Service supports students with securing a placement.
  • The Volunteering team has a great range of volunteering opportunities that students can fit into a busy schedule.

Health services

  • The university has close links with GP surgeries located in the local community, which hold student-only sessions.
  • New students have the opportunity to undergo a registration medical with a nurse or doctor.

Counselling and Mental Health Support

  • The Counselling team offer confidential one-to-one counselling sessions to students to help them while they are studying.
  • They also run many workshops to assist students ranging from Look after Your Mate, Exam: Stress to Success, Keeping Well – Love Yourself, and Mindfulness. Counselling is offered face-to-face, in groups and via Skype to assist all students no matter where they are.
  • Out of hours support is available from Nightline, an organisation run by students for students.

Disability support

  • The Well-being Team offers a confidential service to all students and prospective students who are physically disabled, have mental health issues or have learning differences. The university encourages any student or prospective student with a disability or long-term medical condition to contact the service as early as possible to ensure appropriate support is put in place.
  • Support can include arranging a test for specific learning differences, diagnostic assessments, one-to-one tuition and/or mentoring, advice on applying for funding, making special arrangements for exams, and providing note takers, dyslexic support tutors and other learning resources. A wide range of assistive technology is available to assist students throughout their studies including receiving equipment on loan.
  • Please refer to the university website for details.

Other services and facilities

  • Whether on campus or learning remotely, students can access wide-ranging support through Student Services, including accommodation and immigration advice, health and wellbeing services, funding, money management, mentoring and disability and mental health support.
  • The Student Engagement Team help keep students on track and offer academic workshops, organise peer mentoring and general support.
  • Facilities include a social space in the heart of campus, performance space with seating capacity of over 220, Blast Radio studio for the student radio station, new catering facilities, a library and a mock court room.

Students' Union

  • In 2018 The University of West London Students' Union (UWLSU) was recognised as the Students' Union of the Year at the National NUS Awards
  • UWLSU's course representative scheme and year-round Advice on Tour service helps it support students where they need it most, in and around the classroom.
  • As a community, UWLSU builds life-changing partnerships through a range of diverse services, programs and events in order to provide students with an environment for success. Its partnership work with the university allows students to benefit from extra support, skills and opportunities that are designed to enhance their career aspirations.

History

  • The University of West London draws on a heritage of 150 years in teaching and professional education.
  • First founded as the Lady Byron School in 1860, the university as it exists today was originally formed from mergers including the London College of Music, and Queen Charlotte's College of Health Care Studies. It was granted full university status in 1992.
  • An ongoing programme of major investment in facilities has transformed the university campus providing superb new social and learning spaces equipped with the latest technology. In the last year the university has opened the West London Food Innovation Laboratory and the Westmont Enterprise Hub for enterprising students and entrepreneurs in the local community.

Fascinating Fact

  • Claude Littner, a successful businessman known to many through BBC TV's The Apprentice, is a proud alumnus of the University of West London; the university's business school is named in his honour. Claude is often seen on campus interacting with students and delivering guest lectures.

Notable Alumni and Famous Faces

  • Claude Littner – entrepreneur, former chair at Viglen and star of The Apprentice.
  • Lorraine Pascale – celebrity chef known for her TV series and books Baking Made Easy and Home Cooking Made Easy.
  • Ian R. Carter – president of global operations and development for Hilton Worldwide.
  • Freddie Mercury – songwriter, producer and lead vocalist of rock band Queen.
  • Karon Monaghan QC– barrister at Matrix Chambers, principally specialising in equality and human rights law.
  • Pete Townshend – rock guitarist, vocalist, songwriter, author and member of The Who.
  • Laurence Geller CBE – hotelier and CEO of L2 Geller Investment.
  • Ronnie Wood – rock musician, artist, author and member of The Rolling Stones.
  • Jennifer Louise Worth – best-selling author of Call the Midwife.
  • Bill Bailey – comedian, musician, actor and author.

Address

University of West London, St Mary's Road, Ealing, London, W5 5RF