16 Dec 2017

University of Westminster

The University of Westminster is a public university in London, United Kingdom.

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.
 

History:

  • We have a distinguished 175-year history and are known as a university of firsts including:

  • First polytechnic in the UK.

  • Home to the 1st public moving picture show in the UK and the birthplace of British cinema. Now restored as the iconic Regent Street Cinema.

  • First photographic studio in Europe, and first polytechnic to offer degrees in both film and photography.

  • First modern university to win the Queen’s Award for Enterprise.

  • First UN Habitat Partner University.

  • The university was the original blueprint for the sought after model of collaboration with industry and practice.

Facilities:

  • From the £20m investment in new facilities at our Marylebone Campus, to the new learning spaces at our Regent Campus, as well as the fully-equipped sports facilities at Regent and Chiswick and our specialist resources, such as the purpose-built Financial Markets Suite, our world-class facilities are there to support your professional and personal development.

  • The new Fabrication Laboratory Westminster, launched April 2015, provides an innovative learning environment, inspiring and preparing students for digital fabrication in the 21st century.

  • Over 2,000 second and third year undergraduate students at the University of Westminster’s Faculty of Science and Technology have been provided with iPads at the start of the academic year this September for use until graduation.

  • Our architecture studios at Marylebone Campus have undergone a £5.2m refurbishment programme, providing unrivalled facilities for study and collaborative learning.

  • The Harrow Campus features music and television studios, radio production facilities, photographic studios, and multimedia newsrooms. Our Cavendish Campus offers extensive computer suites and laboratories.

  • Life Sciences students will be able to use the latest hi-tech laboratories and equipment at our Cavendish Campus.

  • When you join the university you will have access to all four of our libraries – all of which have 24-hour opening throughout the academic year. You will have access to the university's library collection online via Library Search which allows you to find information in both print and electronic formats, reserve items, extend loans and more. Our collection includes over 30,000 e-journals, 20,000 e-books, and 230 databases.

  • As well as getting help and advice from library counter staff in person or over the phone, you will also be able to use the online 'Ask-a-Librarian' service.

  • IT services – there are more than 3,000 Microsoft PCs, Sun workstations and Apple Macs across the university for students' use. We provide general applications and word processing packages as well as a wide range of specialist software for your area of study.

  • You will be given a university email account, which is delivered by Google. You can use the PCs in the university's computer suites for supervised training sessions, research, completing assignments, group work, online learning as well as general internet access. You can also borrow a laptop from the library counter. Wireless access is available everywhere on all campuses. Information on your course is available as an app for your phone.

  • Blackboard is our virtual learning environment which provides you with resources and information to support your course modules. You can also access Blackboard with your mobile device.

  • The university has a chaplaincy and prayer rooms.

  • You get can help and support with IT issues face-to-face at our drop-in centres, which are located at each campus, or over the phone, or online through our FixIT Centre.

  • Our Marylebone Campus is home to our exclusive Bloomberg Suite – offering business students first-hand experience of the world's financial markets.

Faculties:
  • Faculty of Science and Technology
  • Westminster School of Media, Arts and Design 
  • Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities 
  • Faculty of Architecture and the Built Environment 
  • Westminster Law School 
  • Westminster Business School 

Freya Thompson: University at Westminster is diverse, busy and friendly. I have enjoyed all three of my years thoroughly and don't believe I would change much. However, still room for improvement in student experience.