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The University of Westminster, situated in the heart of London, is a vibrant, forward-thinking place to study. Home to more than 19,000 students from over 169 countries, its global student network and career-orientated courses provide students with much more than a good degree.

City Centre
City Centre

In or close to the centre of a city

Campus
Campus

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

UCAS Code: W50

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

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

Level of study

  • Undergraduate 77%
  • Postgraduate 23%

Mode of study

  • Full Time 76%
  • Part Time 24%

Where students come from

  • UK 67%
  • EU 12%
  • Other 21%

Student gender

  • Male 40%
  • Female 60%

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 University of Westminster has four libraries – one at each campus. Each library houses an extensive collection of books, journals, DVDs and other specialist materials to support the subjects taught.
  • There is also an iPad and MacBook loan scheme and computer laboratories with the latest software.

Student jobs

  • The university's student ambassador scheme offers a great opportunity for students to find part-time work whilst gaining valuable work experience supporting events such as open days, applicant days and outreach activities with schools, colleges and fairs.
  • The Careers and Employability Service also manages Talent Bank – an online hub which lists paid temporary and part-time vacancies across all campuses and various departments within the University of Westminster as well as a range of top London employers.

Careers advice

  • The University of Westminster puts employability at the centre of university life. Students have opportunities to enhance their practical experience through internships, professional placements, study abroad and volunteering or mentoring programmes.
  • The Career Development Centre offers a wide variety of services including: one-to-one careers coaching, CV and application advice, careers information (in person and online), and mentoring.
  • Help with finding work includes online vacancy listings and the Talent Bank.
  • Support also includes workshops, presentations and employer events, and all faculties have their own work placement teams who can assist students in finding work experience whilst on the course, as well as CV advice and practice interviews.
  • The Career Development Centre is available to all students, as well as graduates for up to three years after their graduation.

Health services

  • The university has a dedicated well-being team to support all students throughout their studies.
  • There is a free and confidential term-time health service led by experienced nurse practitioners who can help with a range of health-related matters.

Counselling and Mental Health Support

  • The University of Westminster has a team of professional counsellors who offer confidential counselling to students experiencing personal and study difficulties. Mentoring is also available for students in receipt of Disabled Students' Allowance who have long-term mental and physical health conditions.

Disability support

  • The university's Disability Learning Support team provides a range of services for students with disabilities, including accessible environments.

Other services and facilities

  • Specialist course facilities include access to Bloomberg Financial Markets Suites for Business, Finance and Accounting students. Architectural studios offer advanced facilities including a digital fabrication laboratory with a range of 3D printers and laser cutters, following major refurbishment. Computer science and electronics students have access to 30 laboratories which include the latest games consoles and virtual reality kit.

Students' Union

  • The University of Westminster Students' Union (UWSU) is a student-led organisation independent of the university, which supports and protects the rights of students. All students are automatically members.
  • The union is home to a range of sports clubs and societies, as well as Smoke Media, comprising Smoke magazine, Smoke TV and the award-winning Smoke Radio, awarded silver for the Best Student Radio Station at the 2018 Student Radio Awards.
  • The UWSU also runs the Undercroft bar and Arena 51 nightclub in Harrow, and two shops that stock various student essentials, one at the Harrow campus and the other at Cavendish campus.

History

  • The university has a distinguished 180-year history, continuing to build on its reputation by helping students from a variety of backgrounds to realise their full potential.
  • An internationally diverse university, the University of Westminster is home to a student community from 169 different nationalities.
  • The university is pioneering and has a strong history of firsts including being the UK's first polytechnic university and home to the beginnings of British cinema.

Fascinating Fact

  • The recently restored Regent Cinema, at the University of Westminster's headquarters, was the birthplace of British cinema. In 1896 it was the venue for the first showing of a film by the Lumiere brothers.

Notable Alumni and Famous Faces

  • Sigala – DJ and record producer.
  • Asif Kapadia – Oscar and BAFTA-winning filmmaker.
  • Nick Mason and Roger Waters – members of Pink Floyd.
  • Tej Lalvani – businessman and star of BBC's Dragon's Den.
  • Sinclair Beecham and Julian Metcalfe – founders of Pret a Manger.
  • Vivienne Westwood – fashion designer.
  • Annie Nightingale – DJ.
  • Timothy West – actor.
  • Sir Alexander Fleming – Nobel Prize in medicine.

Address

University of Westminster, Course Enquiries Office, 101 New Cavendish Street, London, W1W 6XH