University of East London
At a glance
The University of East London (UEL) is one the most diverse universities in the UK, with more than 120 nationalities represented in student population. It ranked the world’s top 200 young universities (Times Higher Education Young University Ranking 2018). UEL is a 'rising star of Higher Education', and first among modern universities in London for academic experience, student welfare, accommodation and facilities. (Times Higher Education 2018).
UEL student enjoy world-class facilities and superb locations. With campuses in London Docklands and Stratford, the famous attractions of central London are less than 15 minutes away by train.
The university also provides a safe and comfortable environment in which to learn. UEL’s waterside Student Village at the Docklands campus contains 1,200 student bedrooms, all of them with their own private bathrooms.
UEL offers more than 300 practical, relevant and career-focused undergraduate and postgraduate courses in the areas of the arts, creative and tech industries, architecture, engineering and construction, cultural studies, social sciences, law, business, education, psychology, health, bioscience and sport. UEL takes pride in offering a variety of scholarships to international students that range up to £4,000.
Many of UEL’s courses are accredited by professional bodies, giving you additional qualifications and maximising your career potential when you graduate.
The university’s teaching team includes an array of award-winning international experts. Among the staff are a Turner Prize-winning sculptor, internationally recognised film-makers and authors, industry leaders and world-renowned researchers.
UEL aims to be London’s leading university for civic engagement – giving their students the opportunity to learn on real-life, off-campus projects in London and abroad and making a genuine difference to society.
By studying with UEL, you will gain more than just a degree. You will receive the real-life knowledge, experience and skills that employers are really looking for.
UEL is one of the very few universities in London to offer modern and secure on-campus accommodation. You will be living in friendly, comfortable surroundings in the university’s waterside Student Village.
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Why choose University of East London
The University of East London is a community of 19,000 students, inspiring academics and dedicated support staff spanning 120 different nationalities. Through civic engagement - or 'learning by doing' as they call it – the university gives you the chance to enhance your knowledge by learning off campus on real-life projects.
- The University of East London is located in London – London has won the worlds’ best student city awards in 2018 and 2019 by QS Best Student Cities and is UK’s most exciting and cosmopolitan city that offers excellent cultural and social opportunities.
- The University offers exemplary teaching and learning facilities. UEL has been ranked among the top universities in the UK for investment per student in facilities.
- UEL ranked 1st modern university in London award in 2018 league table, 2nd modern university in London award for ‘overall satisfaction’ in 2018, 2nd modern university in London for ‘teaching on my course’ award in 2017, 3rd modern university in London for ‘academic support’ award in 2017 in the National Student Survey (NSS).
- In addition to a degree, each UEL student will complete the university’s Professional Development Certificate, choosing from modules such as global citizenship, volunteering, mentoring, social media and communications, entrepreneurship, dispute resolution and coaching. These are all essential employment skills that help our students to stand out to prospective employers.
- Both of UEL’s campuses provide state-of-the art teaching facilities, including world-class laboratories, superbly equipped computer suites, high-tech libraries open 24/7 during term time, cutting-edge performance space and studios, ; the Harvard lecture theatre with live capture technology, the multi-media Weston Learning and production centre complete with audio-visual labs and studios , a clinical education centre, a dedicated MBA suite and teaching space and a renowned Knowledge Dock business centre that offers help to start-up companies, a 300-seat specialised tiered lecture theatre and a simulated courtroom for mooting experience for law students.
- UEL’s £21 million Sports Dock facility opened at our Docklands campus and achieved global fame as the training base for Team USA in the run-up to the London Olympics and Paralympics. It includes indoor and outdoor pitches and courts, dance and aerobic studios, a martial arts studio and a huge gymnasium.
- £14m award-winning library at UEL’s Stratford campus hosts an advanced digital library with over 130, 000 printed books and journals, 120 ‘open access’ computers for student and staff to use, beautifully landscaped gardens and access to the building 24 hours a day, 7 days a week during semester.
- UEL has been rated among the top 10 UK universities for research. The University offers an active research atmosphere for students. 62% of UEL research is officially classified as either ‘world-leading’ or ‘internationally excellent’, 80% of communication, culture and media studies research is world-leading or internationally excellent, 86% of health research rated world-leading or internationally excellent & ranked equal first in England for the impact of its psychology research. (REF – Research Excellence Framework).
- In the REF 2014 UEL are joint first in the UK for impact of research, beating Cambridge and Oxford, showing our incredible academic expertise and real-world relevance.
- UEL ranked 3rd in London and number 17 in the UK for Architecture (Guardian League Table, 2019).
- UEL offers on-campus accommodation ‘Student Village’ at its Docklands campus at affordable costs. Student Village is comprised of two distinct accommodation building types - the West Student Village and the East Student Village. The West Student Village comprises Ailsa House, Clare House, Felix House, Jamilah House and Kwame House. Student village has specially adapted en-suite rooms for students with disabilities.
- UEL aims to become London’s leading university for civic engagement – helping students to become active citizens by working on community projects as part of their studies or through volunteering. Students who take part in civic engagement projects are more confident, able to work in diverse environments and have better inter-personal skills – all invaluable attributes in the modern workplace. As a student, this means giving you the opportunity for personal development by working on real-life projects that benefit communities locally and around the world.
- The University of East London encourages students to become active citizens by volunteering. The UEL dedicated volunteering e-platform will help you choose the right community organisation and project for you. Apart from the personal satisfaction you’ll get by helping people, volunteering is a big attraction for employers, with 70 per cent saying they would be more likely to employ someone with volunteering experience. Students can also take a volunteering module, whatever course they are studying.
- UEL’s Professional Mentoring Scheme matches students and professional staff from industries and organisations. It’s a fantastic way to find out about the world of work and to receive advice and guidance from a successful professional. Companies in the university’s mentoring scheme include: London City Airport, BT Sport, Canary Wharf Group, Barclays, Credit Suisse, Accenture and HSBC.
- UEL has strong links to local businesses. Through the network of connections among employers, the university helps to organise work placements and internships for students. Many of UEL students end up securing permanent positions at the organisations where they undertook work experience. UEL has close links for placements and internships with: household names like Atkins, AstraZeneca, BBC, Endemol, Hitachi, Microsoft, River Island and Vivienne Westwood, voluntary and political organisations such as the British Red Cross, Amnesty International, Medecins Sans Frontieres, Unison and Citizens UK Movement for Change, government departments and international bodies, from the Home Office to the US Department for Justice, FBI and United Nations.
- UEL also offers excellent part-time work for students to help them finance their studies. The Employment Hub at UEL is an exciting new partnership between Spring Personnel and our Careers and Student Employability Team. It helps find students temporary part-time work during their study – and permanent roles after graduation.
- UEL dedicated Employability and Enterprise Team (EET) works closely with employers to give students the skills and experience they’re looking for. The EET team can advise on internships, volunteering opportunities, professional mentoring programmes and how to apply for jobs. 96% student satisfaction for practice placements – above the 88% sector average (NSS 2016).
- Among the working-age population, 91% of UEL graduates and postgraduates are in employment (DLHE 2017) compared with 70 per cent of non-graduates (Department for Business and Innovation).
- The University of East London is one of the only three UK universities that hold the UK government’s Charter Mark award in recognition of excellence in customer services. UEL achieved a Bronze Race Equality Charter (REC) award in 2019.
- Ranked No. 1 in the UK for inclusivity – The University of East London is one of the most inclusive universities in the UK with a diverse student population coming from different cultural, social, religious and ethnic backgrounds.
- UEL’s vibrant alumni network helps international students to stay in contact. Current in-country international alumni groups organise social activities and also provide good career networking opportunities. The university won Inaugural Alumni Achievements awards in 2019 and followed up by Alumni Achievements awards in 2020.
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