Why choose us?
The University of Greenwich offers the best of both worlds, city and country. As a student, you are on the doorstep of London, but with the cream of Kent - rolling hills, pub-to-pub walks, seaside resorts and historic sites - not far away. Education is about breadth as well as depth. It is about places and people, sights and heritage as well as books and keyboards. So let us tell you a little about how we were born and how we have grown.
More than a century of service
The university traces its roots to 1890 when Britain’s second polytechnic was opened near the Thames at Woolwich to teach practical and commercial skills to London workers. An innovator from the start, the polytechnic pioneered the country’s first part-time day-release and sandwich courses. Over the years a range of specialist organisations has joined the institution, giving it diverse strengths in subjects such as teacher training, architecture, engineering and history. The name Thames Polytechnic was adopted in 1970. We became the University of Greenwich when we were awarded university status in 1992.
Where are we?
The university has three campuses: Avery Hill, in the south-east London district of Eltham; Greenwich, in the historic London borough; and Medway, which is in Chatham Maritime, Kent. Diversity and distinction The university is proud of its diverse student body. People from more than 100 countries choose to study at Greenwich, part of an international student community of 4,000. Services for students with disabilities or who have dyslexia give support to more than 1,000. Many of our black and other ethnic-minority students participate in a mentoring scheme which pairs them with highfliers in the City and elsewhere. Students benefit from a research environment where staff share their expertise and specialist facilities.
At Greenwich, we set high standards for teaching quality and provide professional training opportunities for all lecturers. We also measure students’ views on our services through our annual student satisfaction survey, and if shortcomings are found we address them.
Arts and culture
Each year the university offers its most distinguished buildings as part of the London Open House architectural festival, an event enabling the public to appreciate some of the capital’s architectural gems. The university also takes part in the annual Greenwich and Docklands International Festival, a celebration of music, theatre, dance and other performing arts in and around the borough. Our ongoing support of Black History Month has brought a range of special events to the Greenwich Campus, including talks, presentations and exhibitions. Also on the Greenwich Campus, the Stephen Lawrence Gallery showcases the work of artists from all backgrounds.
Recent exhibitions include Trace, a work examining the processes of memory, and Candy Pop and Juicy Lucy staged within an ice cream van and inspired by the artist's childhood memories of her father's job selling ice creams. Students and staff have the opportunity to engage with the arts by performing with the university band, which plays music from the Swing era, and with the university choir.
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