London South Bank University (LSBU) was founded in 1892 from charitable donations as the Borough Polytechnic and amalgamated with four other colleges in 1970 to become South Bank Polytechnic.
It is based in the London Borough of Southwark, near the South Bank of the River Thames, from which it takes its name.
Historically the institution focused on providing people with relevant employment skills and supplying employers with the skilled workforce they needed. This included pioneering courses such as petrol motor mechanics in the 1900s, heating and ventilating engineering in the 1920s and nuclear power in the 1950s, together with the UK’s first engineering course for women in the 1920s and one of the UK’s first nursing degrees iin 1974.
In June 1992 the institution was granted university status by the Privy Council to become London South Bank University (LSBU).
The university has seven Schools, covering the areas of:
- Applied Sciences
- Arts and Creative Industries
- The Built Environment and Architecture
- Health and Social Care
- Law and Social Sciences
To study as an undergraduate the students must usually have previous qualifications and their admissions tutors are looking for evidence of their motivation, commitment, aptitude and potential. It’s also essential they show them they have a good standard of maths or numeracy, communication and IT, along with a sound knowledge and interest in the subject area they are applying to.
The student can read about undergraduate entry requirements and postgraduate entry requirements on their website.
LSBU focuses on offering one of the most professionally and vocationally oriented course portfolios in the country. Areas of academic strength include Health and Social Care, Computing, Business, Design and Engineering, Arts and Society, Science and Technology. The vocational nature of many courses means that many course directors have links with industry and professional bodies such as CIM, RIBA and ACCA. LSBU is one of the UK’s leading knowledge transfer providers.
Student satisfaction with LSBU teaching was rated 82% in the National Student Survey 2015. The university received the highest possible rating for quality of their education in the last Quality Assurance Assessment (QAA). The majority of their courses are accredited by professional bodies, giving their students maximum exemptions when pursuing further professional exams.
London South Bank University’s Employability Service offers advice on how to shape the student`s career. This complete service provides free professional information, advice and guidance while they study at LSBU and for up to two years after the graduation. The service has strong relationships with employers and recruitment agencies to help create student employment opportunities. This also includes assistance with planning career objectives, advice on preparing professional CVs and training on many topics including effective interview techniques. The service also advertises vacancies to help graduates and students find full and part-time work, work experience, placements and temporary and vocational work.