Information about the University of Greenwich
More than a century of service
The university traces its roots to 1890, when Britain’s second polytechnic was opened near the Thames at Woolwich to teach practical and commercial skills to London workers. An innovator from the start, the polytechnic pioneered the country’s first part-time day-release and sandwich courses. Over the years a range of specialist organizations have joined the institution, giving it diverse strengths in subjects such as teacher training, architecture, engineering and history. The name Thames Polytechnic was adopted in 1970. We became the University of Greenwich when we were awarded university status in 1992.
Where are we?
The university has three campuses in the south-east of England: Avery Hill, in the south-east London district of Eltham; Greenwich, in the historic London borough; and Medway, which is in Chatham Maritime, Kent.
Diversity and distinction
The university is proud of its diverse student body. People from more than 140 countries choose to study at Greenwich, part of an international student community of 4,000. Services for students with disabilities or dyslexia give support to more than 1,000. Many of our black and other ethnic-minority students participate in a mentoring scheme which pairs them with highfliers in the City and elsewhere.
Students benefit from a research environment where staff share their expertise and specialist facilities. At Greenwich we set high standards for teaching quality and provide professional training opportunities for all lecturers. We also measure students’ views on our services through annual student satisfaction survey. Our students have won awards from many prestigious organizations and awarding bodies covering a range of areas, including the theatre, biomedical sciences and architecture and construction. The university has also received many awards, including three Queen’s Anniversary Prizes for Higher and Further Education, which recognise the outstanding contribution that universities and colleges in the United Kingdom make to the intellectual, economic, cultural and social life of the nation.
Arts and culture
Each year the university offers its most distinguished buildings as part of the London open House architectural festival, an event enabling the public to appreciate some of the capital’s architectural gems. The university also supports Black History Month, which brings a range of special events to the Greenwich Campus, including talks, presentations and exhibitions. Also on the Greenwich Campus, the Stephen Lawrence Gallery showcases the work of artists from all backgrounds. Students and staff have the opportunity to engage with the arts by performing with the university band, which plays music from the Swing era, and with the university choir.
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