The Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities is based at our historic Regent Street building, in the heart of London’s West End and offers a dynamic and vibrant learning environment to inspire and excite the next generation of global citizens.
From Languages to Criminology, Politics to History, English to Visual Culture, Sociology to Translation, we boast a diverse yet coherent range of academic activity. We are distinctive in combining academic rigour with practical application, and we take pride in our 180-year history of offering ‘education for all’. Our staff are internationally known for their research and for sharing their expertise and passion with our students and other partners so as to meet the challenges of our times and to make the world we live in a better place.
We provide numerous opportunities for students to study abroad, to learn foreign languages and to combine academic studies with work experience through placements and internships.
Social Sciences and Humanities here at Westminster is at the forefront of learning by any measure. We boast courses with 100% student satisfaction and disciplines whose research is amongst the highest rated in the country. We are a faculty in the heart of London, proud of our diversity, cosmopolitanism and internationalism.
ABOUT THE UNIVERSITY OF WESTMINSTER
The University of Westminster was founded as Britain's first polytechnic in 1838. Since then it has developed into a university that combines both metropolitan and cosmopolitan dimensions, and which is closely involved in business, professional and academic life within London, as well as overseas.
The University has a strong and historic commitment to promoting equality and embracing diversity. We strive to strengthen our reputation as a welcoming and inclusive organisation.
OUR INTERNATIONAL REPUTATION
As a global university located in a world city, we are home to over 5,000 students and 500 staff from overseas.
Westminster has a reputation for excellence in professionally relevant teaching and learning and for high-quality research. We place particular emphasis on providing international opportunities for Westminster students in order to ensure that we provide an environment where students can develop skills, competencies and knowledge required by the global economy.
We are proud of our long history of global relationships and have partnerships across the world – connections we continually strive to strengthen and deepen.
Our world-leading research, produced in partnership with global industry and educational institutions, has a real impact in the world around us.
THE UNIVERSITY’S HERITAGE
A place for pioneers
The Westminster story began in 1838 when Sir George Cayley opened the Polytechnic Institution at 309 Regent Street in London. In 1881, philanthropist Quintin Hogg bought the Royal Polytechnic Institution building and moved his Young Men’s Christian Institute into 309 Regent Street, which soon became the publicly funded Regent Street Polytechnic.
Since then, our education institution has secured a reputation as a place for firsts. These include:
- the first polytechnic in the UK (1838)
- the opening of the first public photographic portrait studio in Europe (1841)
- the venue for the first public moving picture show in the UK, organised by the Lumiere brothers (1896)
- the first modern university to win the Queen’s Award for Enterprise – International Trade
- the UK’s first Partner University for UN Habitat, the agency which deals with human settlement and development.
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