University of East London
|University of East London|
|Established||1992 – Gained University Status
1989 – Polytechnic of East London
1970 – North East London Polytechnic
1952 – West Ham College of Technology
1892 – West Ham Technical Institute
|Chancellor||Lord Gulam Noon, MBE|
|Vice-Chancellor||Professor John Joughin|
|Location||London, England, United Kingdom
|Colours||Dark Blue and Light Blue
|Affiliations||Coalition of Modern Universities
Association of Commonwealth Universities
The University of East London (UEL) is a public university in the London Borough of Newham, east London, England, based at three campuses in Stratford and Docklands, following the opening of University Square Stratford in September 2013.2 The university can trace its roots back to 1892, gaining university status in 1992. It has more than 28,000 students from 120 countries.3
- 1 History
- 2 Campuses
- 3 Faculties and Schools
- 3.1 Royal Docks Business School
- 3.2 School of Law and Social Sciences
- 3.3 School of Architecture, Computing and Engineering
- 3.4 Cass School of Education and Communities
- 3.5 School of Health, Sport and Bioscience
- 3.6 School of Psychology
- 3.7 School of Arts and the Digital Industries
- 3.8 Graduate School
- 3.9 Degrees
- 3.10 Partnership
- 3.11 Study abroad programmes
- 4 Rankings and reputation
- 5 London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games
- 6 Student life
- 7 Notable alumni
- 8 See also
- 9 References
- 10 External links
UEL can trace its roots back to 1892 when the newly formed County Borough of West Ham decided to establish a technical institute to serve the local community. The institute was to be a “people’s university” in the words of John Passmore Edwards, speaking at the building’s opening ceremony. The college provided courses in science, engineering and art and also established its own internal degree courses in science and engineering, which were ratified by the University of London. In addition, it had a Women's Department.4
As demand for technical education grew throughout the 1930s and 1940s, Essex County Council created two further colleges at Walthamstow and Dagenham.5 In 1970, these three colleges5 (West Ham, Walthamstow, Dagenham) were combined as a merger of higher education colleges to create the North East London Polytechnic.6 Campuses were modernised and revitalised by buildings such as the Arthur Edwards building on the Stratford campus, completed in 1982.5
In 1988, the North East London Polytechnic became a higher education institution, renamed the Polytechnic of East London in 1989.6
In 1992, the Polytechnic of East London became the University of East London. A "new university", the UEL's history of founding institutions exemplify the developments that took place in British further and higher education policy throughout the late nineteenth and twentieth centuries.7 The University of East London consisted of the Barking Campus (closed 2006)8 and the Stratford Campus. In 1999 the Docklands Campus was opened, the first new university campus built in London for over 50 years.9
In 2012, following previous opposition, UEL adopted the full increased tuition rates of £9,000 permitted by legislation enacted in 2010,1011 an increase from the previous rate of £3,290.10 The university is a lead academic sponsor of Hackney University Technical College which opened in 2012, one of the first university technical colleges in England.
UEL has three campuses, at Stratford and Docklands, the newest of which, University Square Stratford, opened in September 2013. The Barking campus was closed in 2006.13
UEL delivers programmes and short courses at the Barking Learning Centre in a nearby borough.14 Off campus, there are students registered on programmes with UK and non-UK academic partners, such as the Women's Institute of Management in Malaysia.15
The Stratford Campus is close to the 2012 Olympic Park. It is centred around University House, a 19th-century listed building.16 The campus is home to the Cass School of Education and Communities, the School of Health Sport and Bioscience and the School of Psychology. The Centre for Clinical Education was opened in January 2008. Operating in partnership with the National Health Service, the centre is London's only provider of podiatric education.17
In 2011 UEL appointed Make Architects to lead the design of a replacement library at the Stratford Campus. The project had a budget of £13 million and the library opened in June 2013.18
The Docklands Campus, opened in 1999, is the largest of the three campuses, It is in the redeveloped Docklands area of east London, at the Royal Albert Dock, closed to commercial shipping since the 1980s and now largely used as a water sports centre and rowing course, for example for the London Regatta Centre.
New student accommodation opened in 2008 and the campus now has 1,200 student rooms, together with shops, cafés and a restaurant, launderettes and an open-air fitness suite. SportsDock, a £21 million sports and academic centre, opened in March 2012.20 SportsDock served as the High-Performance Training Centre for Team USA during the London 2012 Olympic Games.21 The campus library is housed in the Royal Docks Business School building.
A third campus, University Square Stratford (USS - not to be confused with University Square at the Docklands Campus), opened for the academic year in 2013. Co-owned with Birkbeck, University of London It is situated in Stratford and delivers part-time and full-time study for adults. The project is the first time two higher education institutions have created a new shared building. The new building provides shared teaching spaces for both higher education institutions and their partners. It is home to the School of Law and Social Sciences as well as UEL's Institute of Performing Arts.18
Degree programmes and other courses are taught at UEL by one of seven teaching Schools. In addition, the Graduate School provides support and administrative services for postgraduate research students.
The Royal Docks Business School (RDBS) is the academic department and the business school of the University of East London. The school offers undergraduate, postgraduate and PhD degree programmes, as well as non-degree executive education for individuals and companies. The Royal Docks Business School's main location is at the Docklands Campus but it also offers programmes at One Canada Square in Canary Wharf, as well as the recently opened University Square Stratford Campus.22 Its programmes are recognised by professional bodies including the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants, (ACCA), the Chartered Management Institute (CMI), and the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development, (CIPD).23
The school also offers a range of business support, enterprise development services and conferencing facilities. Knowledge Dock helps students start their own companies by supplying help and business start-up incubators.24 Knowledge Dock is accredited by the European Business Network as a Business Innovation Centre (BIC) and is the only BIC in London, and one of only 12 in the UK.24
The School of Law and Social Sciences offers undergraduate and postgraduate courses in disciplines including law, criminology, international development, politics and NGOs, sociology, psychosocial studies, social enterprise and innovation studies.2526
The School teaches a range of undergraduate27 and postgraduate courses.28 The School is attended by over 1,000 students.29 Courses are taught at University Square Stratford,29 except the Refugee Studies course, which is based at the Docklands Campus.27
The Centre has international collaborations with the universities of Lund and Uppsala, Sweden; the Regional Centre on Conflict Prevention, Jordan; and the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.31 Its researchers have been awarded grants from the European Union, the British Academy, the Leverhulme Trust, and UEL's Promising Researcher Scheme.32 Currently the centre's director is Prof. John Strawson.
The School of Architecture, Computing and Engineering was established in 2011.33 It delivers undergraduate programmes in architecture, computing, construction, electrical and electronic engineering, mathematics, and product design.34
The Cass School of Education and Communities delivers teaching and supports research in comparative education, early childhood, diversity and language, multilingualism, professional education, race and community, social work, teacher education and technology-enhanced learning.35
The School of Health, Sport and Bioscience supports research and delivers teaching in health studies, physiotherapy, microbiology, biomedical science, pharmacology, biochemistry, forensic science, sports science, conservation and ecology.36
The School of Psychology delivers programmes such as BSc (Hons) Psychology, accredited by the British Psychological Society, and a qualification in counselling training, BSc (Hons) Counselling and Mentoring.37
The School of Arts and Digital Industries delivers courses that cover fashion, film, fine art and media, digital arts and communications, games design and animation, music, theatre and dance, creative writing, cultural and heritage studies, journalism and advertising.38
The Graduate School provides support for postgraduate research students, research and scholarly activities.39
UEL offers both undergraduate and postgraduate degrees.
In addition, extended degree programmes are available for many of the single honour programmes. In these programmes, students add a preliminary foundation year to the usual three-year programme.
An audit in 2005 by the Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education concluded that "broad confidence can be placed in the soundness of the university's present and likely future management of the quality of its programmes and the academic standards of its awards". It also made recommendations for improvement in certain areas.50
In the most recent Research Assessment Exercise (RAE) in 2008, 78% of UEL's submission was judged to be of at least internationally recognised quality, with a proportion rated world-leading, in terms of originality, significance and rigour.51self-published source?
In the National Student Survey (NSS) results released by HEFCE in 2011, UEL recorded an overall student satisfaction rating increase from 76% to 81%, making this the highest student satisfactory rating ever recorded at the University of East London. In this latest survey, UEL also experienced a rise of 21 places in the table of UK universities and recorded a 97% satisfaction rating in relation to its teacher training.52
Statistics announced in January 2011 by the University and Colleges Admissions Service showed that UEL had experienced a 13% increase in applications in the previous year, compared to 5% nationally.5354
UEL’s campuses are in Newham, the host borough of the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games, close to two Olympic venues; the Olympic Park in Stratford and the Excel Centre in Docklands. UEL has had Olympic and Paralympic projects including research, student involvement and sporting partnerships underway since it was announced that London’s bid to host the Games was successful in 2005.
ASICS has a five-year partnership with UEL, and is providing bursaries and scholarships to support research athletes at the university. During the Games, ASICS played host to athletes, ambassadors and business partners in their brand centre at UEL’s Stratford campus5556
The London Organising Committee of the Olympic Games and Paralympic Games(LOCOG) was a Games-time partner with UEL and students volunteered as Games-makers during the Games.55
The United States Olympic Committee's Team USA used SportsDock as its training centre during the Games. UEL sites acted as a base for USOC’s sports performance services, logistical operations and media relations.5960 Michelle Obama addressed the Team USA athletes at the SportsDock facility on Friday, 27 July 2012, speaking of the pride and excitement that the Games bring to people.6162
UEL students volunteered with Team USA in a number of roles, including writing for the team’s Games-time publication.
UEL has produced around 70 pieces of work throughout the last seven years including the Westfield Transport Observation, Newham Impact Evaluation and LOCOG Impact Evaluation.64
The UEL Students' Union (UELSU) is the university-wide representative body for students at the university. It exists to represent UEL students in university decision-making, to act as the voice of students in the national higher education policy debate, and to provide direct services to the student body. It is affiliated to the National Union of Students, which represents students nationwide. Elections are held every year to elect a new executive committee.65 The Students' Union runs a number of clubs and societies, campaigns and entertainment, some of which take place at the Underground Bar on the Docklands campus. There is also a social meeting space, Aqua East, on the Docklands campus and another, the Dome, on the Stratford campus
There is a bar (not owned by the Students' Union) and canteens on the campuses: five at the Docklands Campus and two at Stratford.
There are ten halls of residence called the Student Village, at the Docklands Campus.
Staff and students with children below school age can use the campus nursery, the Children’s Garden Early Years Centre, on the Docklands Campus.70
UEL's sports clubs participate in the British Universities and Colleges Sport leagues.71 Sports activities at the University of East London are managed by UELSports.72 UEL was in 2011 named the most improved university for sport at the BUCS awards, having jumped 43 places in the league table and aims to be the best university in London for sport by 2015.73 A new sports centre at the Docklands campus, Sportsdock, opened in 2012. The centre features state-of-the-art facilities including a gym and fitness suite, two large indoor sports arenas, ten badminton courts, two competition basketball courts, volleyball and netball courts, cricket bays, two five-a-side football pitches, a sports café and covered seating for 400 people.74 It was used by the United States Olympic team during the London 2012 Olympics.
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The UEL has several notable academic staff and alumni, including politicians, business people, authors, actors, musicians and sports people.
- Hilary Armstrong – British Labour Party politician and Member of Parliament
- Garry Bushell - British Journalist and broadcaster
- Marina Diamandis – Marina and the Diamonds, Singer-Songwriter
- Jake and Dinos Chapman – Turner Prize nominees
- Daljit Dhaliwal – news presenter for Al Jazeera English
- Mark Frith – journalist and editor (did not graduate)
- Gemma Gibbons – Judo Olympian
- Edison James – former Prime Minister of Dominica
- Imran Khan – solicitor to the Stephen Lawrence family
- Sonam Kapoor – Bollywood actress
- Jeffrey Lawal-Balogun – track athlete
- Ron Marchant – former Chief Executive and Controller General of the Patent Office (now the UK Intellectual Property Office)
- Mike Pittilo – Principal and Vice-Chancellor of the Robert Gordon University
- Margaret Prosser, Baroness Prosser – Labour Life Peer and Deputy Chair of the Equality and Human Rights Commission
- Mark Stephens – broadcaster, lawyer, mediator and writer
- Tinchy Stryder – musician
- Alexander Trotman, Baron Trotman – Former chairman and CEO of Ford Motor Company
- Iolo Williams – Welsh nature observer and television presenter
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