University of Westminster

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The University of Westminster made history when it was founded as Britain’s first polytechnic in 1838. Today, it is regarded as a cosmopolitan and dynamic university with more than 20,000 students from 150 countries. The university offers highly attractive, practice-based courses which are independently rated as excellent, many with international recognition.

It is closely involved in business, professional and academic life within London, as well as overseas and counts itself as imaginative in recognising new needs and developing appropriate offerings for its many target markets. The university also has a strong and historic commitment to promoting equality and embracing diversity.

Its headquarters and original campus are in Regent Street in the City of Westminster area of central London, with additional campuses in Fitzrovia, Marylebone and Harrow. It operates the Westminster International University in Tashkent in Uzbekistan.

The university is organised into seven faculties and schools, within which there are around 45 departments and has numerous centres of research excellence across all the faculties, including the Communication and Media Research Institute, whose research is ranked in the Global Top 40 by the QS World University Rankings.

Prior to 2013, Westminster was organised into seven schools; Law (School of Law), SSHL (School of Social Sciences, Humanities and Languages), ECS (Electronics Engineering and Computer Science), LSS (School of Life Sciences), MAD (School of Media, Arts and Design), WBS (Westminster Business School), and ABE (School of Architecture and the Built Environment).

Within the schools were 45 departments and 65 research centres. But, since the beginning of the academic year 2013/2014, a new faculty system has been in place. This includes the Faculty of Science and Technology (Cavendish), Westminster School of Media, Arts and Design (Harrow), Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities (Regent), Faculty of Architecture and the Built Environment (Marylebone), Westminster Law School (Regent) and Westminster Business School (Marylebone).

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The Westminster School of Media, Arts and Design is internationally recognised and offers one of the most extensive portfolios of media degrees in Europe. The university has numerous centres of research excellence across all the faculties, including the Communication and Media Research Institute, whose research is ranked in the Global Top 40 by the QS World University Rankings.

It has perhaps once of the most active students’ unions in the country. After 1992, the SU was based primarily at the Marylebone site, where the SU served all students across four of its campuses. It now has offices on all campuses. The union also operates a bar, The Undercroft, and the Loft venue, located on the Harrow Campus.

The union has welcomed numerous famous musicians and bands to Westminster, including Fleetwood Mac, Cream, Eric Clapton and Jimi Hendrix, all of whom are credited with writing and producing era-defining music in their respective peak decades, especially Hendrix, who is revered to this day for his guitar skills despite having passed away at the age of just 27.

The university’s most notable alumni include Cherie Blair, a senior barrister and the wife of former Prime Minister Tony Blair, and poet Ezra Pound.