The University of West London draws on a heritage of 150 years in teaching and professional education.
First founded as the Lady Byron School in 1860, the institution as it exists today was originally formed from the merger of Ealing College of Higher Education, Thames Valley College of Higher Education, the London College of Music and Queen Charlotte’s College of Health Care Studies.
In 1991, the institution became the Polytechnic of West London, before gaining full university status in 1992 to become Thames Valley University.
The University subsequently evolved through a number of mergers. It merged with Northwick Park School of Nursing, Riverside College of Nursing and the North West Thames Regional Health Authority's AIDS Unit in 1994, Berkshire College of Nursing and Midwifery in 1995, and with Reading College and School of Art and Design in 2004.
In July 2010 the University completed the divestment of its site in King's Road, Reading, (now known as Reading College) and in April 2011 formally changed its name to The University of West London, following prior approval from The Privy Council. The new name reflects a re-focusing of the University's activities on its Ealing and Brentford sites.
In May 2011 the University celebrated the installation of Laurence Geller as its new Chancellor. Laurence is himself an alumnus of the University and a leading figure in the hospitality and tourism sector.
From the outset, the University has played and continues to play a significant role in the educational, cultural and economic life of its region.
The University is home to a number of academic schools offering courses in a diverse range of subjects. The schools are:
•London School of Film, Media and Design
•The Claude Littner Business School
•School of Computing and Engineering
•London College of Hospitality and Tourism
•Ealing Law School
•London College of Music
•College of Nursing, Midwifery and Healthcare
•School of Psychology, Social Care and Human Sciences.
In 2009 the University was awarded the prestigious Queen’s Anniversary Prize for outstanding achievement and excellence in hospitality education from Her Majesty the Queen - a recognition of the quality of its teaching provision.
Everything we do is designed to equip our students with both the academic knowledge and practical skills to succeed in their chosen careers.
We are The Career University.
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Our West London campus is located in what is widely regarded as being one of the most desirable places in London to live. There is a free bus available to all students which connect the two sites, Ealing and Brentford, just 10 minutes apart. Both towns combine a vibrant, cosmopolitan atmosphere with spacious parks and relaxed cafe culture. The area is safe, beautiful, multicultural and close to both London Heathrow Airport and the very centre of the city of London.A new refurbished Students' Union, featuring a new bar, lounge, gym and modern café, opened in September 2013 as part of our West London Future Campus project.The Berkshire Institute for Health, situated in Reading, is in walking distance of the main railway and bus stations, adjacent to car parking and within easy reach of the town's 'park and ride' bus stops. People come from miles around to sample Reading's shopping and nightlife. With the University of Reading in the same town, there is plenty of entertainment aimed at students and lots to do. You can get to London Paddington by train in less than 30 minutes.Although your course and academic life is a major part of your time at University of West London, there is also plenty to do across the campuses to relax and even let your hair down.Each of our campuses has its own individual personality and you can travel between them easily. West London campusOur West London campus is located in what is widely regarded as being one of the most desirable places in London to live. There is a free bus available to all students which connect the two sites, just 10 minutes apart.Both Brentford and Ealing combine a vibrant, cosmopolitan atmosphere with spacious parks and relaxed cafe culture. The area is safe, beautiful, multicultural and close to both London Heathrow Airport and the very centre of the city of London.Out and aboutEaling is a major metropolitan centre in London, with a rich history and many exciting links with art, culture and business. Named Queen of the Suburbs due to boasting some of London's most beautiful parks, Ealing is just 20 - 30 minutes on the Underground from central London, where you'll find a huge range of theatres, cinemas, clubs, bars, and other entertainment.Ealing's proximity to the centre of London is great for nights out on the town. There is a 24h tube service on the central line on weekends and various buses run all through the night all the way back to Ealing.Locally, you can visit the students' union studio bar which serves alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks, and is the main venue for entertainment and events. There is a diverse range of entertainment within Ealing itself. There are countless restaurants and you can choose from almost any cuisine, including Japanese, Nepalese, Italian, Polish, Thai, Indian and Spanish (the latter stays open fittingly late). Ealing is also home to numerous bars, most of which have a DJ. If you fancy a quieter night there are lots pubs to choose from; both modern and traditional.A few stops away you can shop to your heart's content at the Westfield shopping centre in White City; one of the largest urban shopping centres in Europe which houses myriad restaurants, bars, and a state of art cinema complex.Live musicAll the major music venues of central London are easily accessible from the UWL campus.In Mojo Magazine, August 2012 Paul Trynka cited Ealing as 'The Cradle of British Rock' in an article that detailed the first meeting of The Rolling Stones in Ealing.Many of the local pubs in Ealing host acoustic evenings, and the University of West London has music events throughout the year ranging from jazz to classical music.Every year Ealing Council presents Ealing Summer, a five week celebration of live music, comedy and South Asian arts. The high lights of the festival are the Ealing Jazz Festival and the London Mela. The Jazz Festival is world renowned and for over 20 years has aimed to excite the jazz aficionado and the new listener alike. The festival draws crowds of up to 60,000 to Walpole Park and is held annually in July.The London Mela has been running for over 10 years and is regarded nationally and internationally as one of the most significant events of its kind. Last year the Mela attracted over 55,000 to Gunnersbury Park for the one day festival.Theatres As well has having great access to all the large theatres in London Ealing has it's own community theatre Questors Theatre, which is the largest community theatre in Europe.There are also several other theatres in the surrounding area which have varied programmes from the year long Asian programme at Watermans theatre to the traditional pantomime at the Richmond theatre at Christmas.
Berkshire campusThe Berkshire Institute for Health, situated in Reading, is in walking distance of the main railway and bus stations, adjacent to car parking and within easy reach of the town's 'park and ride' bus stops. You can get to London Paddington by train in less than 30 minutes.NightlifePeople come from miles around to sample Reading's nightlife and because there is also Reading University in the same town there is lots of entertainment aimed at students and lots to do.There is a vast selection of pubs and bars to choose from. These range from small pubs who take their real ales very seriously to plenty of bars with regular DJs.If you are grabbing a bite to eat there is something to suit every palate; from fine dining restaurants offering avocado ice cream to the best of traditional English cooking, including fresh homemade pies. The Oracle shopping centre hosts all main high street stores, plus cafes, cinema and a variety of exciting bars.Live musicReading is of course home to the famous Reading festival which has been running for more than 30 years over the August bank holiday weekend. The festival attracts some of the biggest names in contemporary music.As well as the festival the Reading Arts and Venues plays host to live music the Hexagon shows musicals and larger acts such as Jools Holland while South Street has smaller acts and Poptoys a regular band showcase nightCinemaIf you fancy a quiet night but still want to get out Reading has three cinemas to choose from. There is the Vue Cinema in the Oracle in the Town centre, The Vue has ten screens and offers everything that you would expect from a large multi screen cinema.The Reading Film Theatre is based at the Reading University at Whiteknights in Reading. It's an independent theatre and has a policy of playing the best films from around the world and shows at least one foreign language film (subtitled in English) each week, the rest of the programme being a mix of both mainstream and independent cinema.TheatreReading has several theatres and arts centres within the city centre. Programmes are varied and include dance, comedy, poetry reading and theatre. The venues in Reading are as varied as the events, The Hexagon can hold up to 1686 people where as the more intimate South Street can hold 120.SportsReading has a whole host of Sporting facilities and the University itself has a large sports hall that is used by the Students' Union teams and local league teams for events such as badminton, volleyball, basketball and five-a-side football.Reading itself also has fantastic sporting facilities with nine sports centres and pools. An Olympic size Ice skating rink is also within reach of Reading in Bracknell, there is also an artificial ski slope and toboggan run at the complex.If you like to watching sport you can watch Reading FC who enjoy a great deal of support from the local town. You can also easily reach all of the major London clubs via public transport.Reading has its own basketball team the Reading Rockets who play at the highest level in British basketball and supporters are welcome.
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