University of Greenwich

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Recognised as the greenest university in the country, the University of Greenwich is a London-based institution steeped in history. One of London’s largest universities, its proud tradition in education dates back more than 125 years.

Woolwich Polytechnic, the second-oldest polytechnic in the UK, opened its doors for the first time in 1891. The following century saw Woolwich Polytechnic merge with Hammersmith College of Art and Building to form Thames Polytechnic. In the following years, Dartford College (1976), Avery Hill College (1985), Garnett College (1987) and parts of Goldsmiths College and the City of London College (1988) were incorporated.

Thames Polytechnic was granted university status by John Major’s Conservative government in 1992, together with various other polytechnics, and went on to be renamed University of Greenwich 12 months later. In 2001, the university gave up its historic main campus in the Bathway Quarter in Woolwich, relocating to its current main campus in Greenwich.

It currently has three bases in south east London and Kent, all of which offer modern, hi-tech facilities within historic settings. Greenwich Campus is a UNESCO World Heritage Site on the banks of the River Thames. The Independent newspaper even commented that it was “more breath-taking than the Versailles of Louis XIV”. These settings helped it to be crowned the greenest university in the UK in 2012 by The People & Planet Green League.

Its faculties consist of Architecture, Computing and Humanities, Education and Health, Engineering and Science, and a Business School. Subjects include Architecture, Business, Computing, Maths, Engineering, Humanities, Maritime Studies, Natural Sciences, Pharmacy and Social Sciences.

Significant areas of research and consultancy at Greenwich are landscape architecture, employment relations, fire safety, natural resources, social network analysis, education, training, educational leadership and public services.

The university’s natural resources institute has even developed an ‘artificial cow’ that attracts and kills a deadly kind of fly, which spreads sleeping sickness in Africa. This was named as one of the 10 most important university discoveries by UK academics in 2009. It replicates the smell of a cow, attracting the tsetse fly which is then killed.

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A University of Greenwich research team helped restore the famous Cutty Sark ship after it was badly damaged by fire, and two of the institution’s scientists have developed a technology which converts contaminated land and industrial waste into harmless pebbles, capturing large amounts of carbon dioxide at the same time.

As if that wasn’t impressive enough, researchers working on 19 sustainable development and agriculture projects in India helped the university to win the 2010 Times Higher Education Award for Outstanding International Strategy.

Societies and teams are a fundamental part of life at university. More than 6,700 students are involved in student groups, and more than 150 different groups offer a variety of activities ranging from campaigning or fundraising for causes, celebrating different cultures and religions or performing, presenting or writing.

Prominent alumni of the university and its predecessor organisations include Nobel Laureate Charles Kao, who was awarded the Nobel Prize in Physics in 2009 for his work on transmission of light in fibre optics, pop singer Natasha Bedingfield, Etienne Schneider, Deputy Prime Minister of Luxembourg, and playwright Bola Agbaje.