The University of East London (UEL) is a public university in the London Borough of Newham, London, England.
The university’s roots can be traced back to 1892 when the newly formed County Borough of West Ham decided to establish a West Ham Technical Institute to serve the local community. It gained university status in 1992. As of October 2015 it has more than 19,000 students from 120 countries.
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.
In 1988 the North East London Polytechnic became a higher education institution, renamed the Polytechnic of East London in 1989.
In 1992 the Polytechnic of East London became the University of East London, one of a number of “new universities”. The University of East London consisted of the Barking Campus (closed 2006) and the Stratford Campus. In 1999 the Docklands Campus was opened, the first new university campus built in London for over 50 years.
Degree programmes and other courses are taught by one of the seven teaching Schools:
- School of Business and Law
- School of Social Sciences
- School of Architecture, mechanical, Computing and Engineering
- School of Education and Communities
- School of Health, Sport and Bioscience
- School of Psychology
- School of Arts and the Digital Industries
Visit their website for the most up-to-date details about entry requirements, their admissions policy, guidance with applications, advice on subject-specific entry requirements at UEL.
Some more specialist programmes such as Clinical & Community Psychology, Physiotherapy, Computer Games Design: Story Development, Engineering, and Architecture have higher requirements than most undergraduate courses.
They offer degrees with foundation years if the students do not meet normal entry requirements for a full degree or if their qualifications are not appropriate for the degree they would like to study. The foundation aims to give them the skills and knowledge required for progression onto their chosen full UEL degree.
The School of Architecture, Computing and Engineering (ACE) at UEL is nationally recognised for its high-quality teaching and staff. UEL architecture lecturers were part of the team that won the Turner Prize 2015 – the UK’s most prestigious visual arts award. Students on the Architecture course reported a 98% satisfaction rate in the recent student survey.
86% of their students are in employment or further study six months after graduating and many are working whilst carrying out their studies.
UEL has a strong commitment to sport – during the 2012 Olympics they played host to over 10,000 visitors, including the US Olympic Committee, Paralympics USA and the Singapore Olympic Committee.
UEL takes great pride in its excellent standards of teaching and high levels of student satisfaction.
Over recent years they have scored an average of 80% for student satisfaction in the National Students Survey (NSS).
On the latest NSS survey UEL scored particularly highly in regards to ‘learning resources’ with a score of 85%. This shows their overall commitment to meeting the needs and diversity of UEL’s learning and research community.
A number of courses are accredited by professional/accreditation bodies which ensures that their courses are relevant for today’s professions.
Their Careers and Student Employability Service can support the students in their search to help them to realise their ambitions and develop the skills, knowledge and experience that today`s employers value.
Find more information on their careers service on their website.