University of West London

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Currently lauded as one of the top ‘modern’ universities in the UK, the University of West London sits between the vibrant cities of London and Reading. Its roots stretch back to 1860, when the Lady Byron School was founded, which later became Ealing College of Higher Education.

In 1990, Ealing College of Higher Education, Thames Valley College of Higher Education, Queen Charlotte's College of Health Care Studies and the London College of Music merged to form the Polytechnic of West London which became a university two years later, and adopted the name Thames Valley University. In 2004, Thames Valley merged with Reading College and School of Arts and Design.

More recently, in August 2010, the university announced that it had been granted permission to change its name to the University of West London, to reflect a focusing of operations onto its Ealing and Brentford campuses – the new name was formally adopted in April 2011. Its Ealing site features state-of-the-art student facilities including a refurbished Students’ Union, music studios, an auditorium, a library, restaurants and cafes and the Brentford site of its west London campus is home to three of the university’s eight academic schools. Both sites lie just 1.5 miles apart and are linked by a free shuttle bus for all students. The area is safe, multicultural with good transport - close to the centre of London and Heathrow Airport.

The University’s Berkshire Institute for Health, in Reading, is in walking distance of the main railway and bus stations, with access to car parking and within easy reach of the town’s ‘park and ride’ bus stops.

The University of West London recorded the best results of any university in London in the annual National Student Survey (NSS) in 2016, with students’ responses showing it to be the best provider of its kind in the capital for student satisfaction. At this time there were 100% overall satisfaction rates for nine courses across the University’s eight schools, ranging from Midwifery to Business Studies and Music Technology to Hospitality Management.

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Twelve months down the line, and the NSS recorded the institution as the best modern university in London for overall satisfaction, number two in the UK for student voice, number one students’ union in England, and best modern university in London for Learning Resources and Organisation and Management.

Five courses achieved 100% satisfaction in 2017, including BA Accounting and Finance, BA Acting, BSc Midwifery, BSc Nursing – Children’s Nursing and FdSc Health and Social Care: Assistant Practitioner.

The institution broke new ground in 2009 when it became the only university to win the Queen’s Anniversary Prize for outstanding achievement and excellence in hospitality education – and it regularly wins awards from major industry bodies.

The Times and Sunday Times University rankings for 2018 place the university as the top modern university in London, 56th in the UK, eighth in London and eighth modern university in the UK.

Alumni are known in the fields of music, entertainment and politics and include Queen frontman Freddie Mercury, The Who guitarist Pete Townshend, producer and songwriter Alex da Kid, Matt Tong, former drummer in Bloc Party, and James Cleverly MP, Conservative MP for Braintree.