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The University of West London is a public university in the United Kingdom which has campuses in Ealing and Brentford in London, as well as in Reading and Slough in Berkshire.

The university has roots back to 1860, when the Lady Byron School was founded, which later became Ealing College of Higher Education. In 1990, Ealing College of Higher Education, Thames Valley College of Higher Education, Queen Charlotte's College of Health Care Studies and the London College of Music merged to form the Polytechnic of West London. In 1992, the Polytechnic of West London became a university and adopted the name Thames Valley University. In 2004, Thames Valley merged with Reading College and School of Arts and Design. A former campus in Slough was closed in 2010.

In August 2010, the university announced that it had been granted permission to change its name to the University of West London, to reflect a focusing of operations onto its Ealing and Brentford campuses.<ref name=PA-Aug2010>Template:Cite news</ref> The new name was formally adopted on Wednesday 6 April 2011.<ref name=EG2010>Template:Cite news</ref>

History

The University of West London traces its roots back to 1860, when the Lady Byron School was founded at what is now University of West London's Ealing campus. The school later became Ealing College of Higher Education.

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The Slough campus was founded in January 1912 as a selective secondary school in William Street. By the 1960s, it had become Slough College of Further Education. In the 1970s it became Thames Valley College of Higher Education and in 2011 it was closed down.

In 1990, Ealing College of Higher Education, Thames Valley College of Higher Education, Queen Charlotte's College of Health Care Studies and the London College of Music were merged to become the Polytechnic of West London. Two years later, the polytechnic became a university under the Further and Higher Education Act 1992, and adopted the name Thames Valley University.

In 2004, the university merged with Reading College and School of Arts and Design (which was originally founded in 1947 as Reading Technical College). Reading College's sites at Kings Road and Crescent Road became TVU sites.

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In 2009, the university decided to divest itself of its further education courses, together with its Kings Road site, that it had inherited from the Reading College and School of Arts and Design. In 2010 the responsibility for further education, along with the Kings Road site, were transferred to a relaunched Reading College. The university retained its other sites in Reading, including the Crescent Road site that also originated with the Reading College and School of Arts and Design.<ref name="rcarc">Template:Cite web</ref><ref name="rcpb">Template:Cite news</ref>

In May 2009, the university announced that it be would closing its Slough campus in 2010 due to the relocation of nursing students, who make up the majority of the student body there, to Reading. Other courses will be moved to one of the university's west London campuses, although some part-time and nursing courses will remain in Slough at a different site.

In August 2010, it was announced that the university would change its name to the University of West London, with the Privy Council subsequently granting permission for the change.<ref name=PA-Aug2010/> The university unveiled a new logo and branding in April 2011. Vice-Chancellor Peter John stated that the changes reflected the university's development since 1992 and new focus on its Brentford and Ealing campuses.

Campuses

Slough was home to one of the campuses of Thames Valley University but due to the Heart of Slough project the campus was demolished. A new campus for the university will be opened, overlooking the centre of Slough with easy links to Slough Bus Station, Slough Railway Station, High Street and the new Thames Valley Square.

New Campus

The University of West London is seeking planning consent for the redevelopment of the St Mary's Road site in Ealing. This project will include the construction of nine residential units and one University House on land fronting The Park. The redevelopment will substantially improve the facilities for students, staff, Ealing residents and the local community. The work will enhance the external appearance of the site as well as improving the internal facilities.

Organisation

The University of West London is currently organised into three faculties, within which there are eight Schools. The Faculty of the Arts (FOTA), formerly the London College of Music and Media, now incorporates the London College of Music, relaunched in March 2007 and the School of Art, Design and Media (Tech Music Schools has been partnered with the university since 1993, offering a BMus in association with LCM).

The Faculty of Health and Human Sciences consists of two Schools: School of Nursing and Midwifery and School of Human and Psychosocial Sciences. The Faculty of Professional Studies is made up of three schools; Ealing Law School, the Business School, London School of Hospitality and Tourism and the School of Computing and Technology.

The university's Faculty of Technology formed part of the School of Computing and Technology in May 2010. The Graduate School<ref>Template:Cite web</ref> (based in Ealing) co-ordinates and provides support to research activities and research degree courses. Currently, the University offers traditional Phd programmes as well as Professional Doctorates and Phd by Publish Works.

Academic reputation

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Academic rankings

In the 2010 editions of the major rankings of British universities the university placed 69 out of 117 in The Guardian university guide, 98 out of 113 in The Independent associated Complete University Guide, 106 out of 122 in The Sunday Times University Guide and 110 out of 114 in The Times Good University Guide.

In official figures published by Times Higher Education in July 2008, the university had the best graduate employment record against its benchmark in the country, with almost 95% employed within six months of graduating.

HESA (Higher Education Statistics Agency) compared data taken from its survey that looks at the destinations of graduates six months after leaving higher education against employment performance indicators for all universities across the UK. 94.8% of graduates were employed or in full-time education within six months of leaving their course, which exceeds the university's benchmark figure of 89.8% by 5% – the widest margin of any of the general universities in the league tables (excluding specialist institutions) – making the University of West London the best in the country in this respect for graduate recruitment.

Teaching Standards

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A lecture at the University of West London, Ealing Campus

In 2009, the University was the only university to win the Queen's Anniversary Prize for outstanding achievement and excellence in hospitality education – and it regularly win awards from major industry bodies.<ref name="thecompleteuniversityguide.co.uk">http://www.thecompleteuniversityguide.co.uk/west-london</ref>

University of West London Careers and Employment Service is a member of the Association of Graduate Careers Advisory Services and has been awarded the Matrix Standard for Quality.<ref name="thecompleteuniversityguide.co.uk"/>

Reputation Improvement

The University launched a new 100 International Ambassador Scholarships, to recognise and provide financial support for outstanding students who wish to act as ambassadors for the University of West London. The improvement in teaching and research also attracts a number of UK government scholars to attend post graduate courses at the University. A 2012/13 Chevening scholar from Vietnam chose to study here and praised the teaching and industry focused course at The University of West London.

Music research

Three celebrities from across the world of music visited the London College of Music (LCM) to take part in research.The trio included Grammy Award-winning producer Mike Howlett, orchestrator John Cameron (who created the orchestral score for Les Misérables) and singer/songwriter Jo Beth Young.

Student life

West London Students' Union

The West London Students' Union (informally WLSU) is the recognised student organisation of the University of West London. The Students' Union represents the 47,000 students at all its sites. WLSU is affiliated to the National Union of Students.

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The new UWL Students' Union, opened in 2013

The union has the ground floor of the North Building at the St. Mary's Road campus at which Coffee Shop, Freddie Bar and Gym is located. The union aims to bring students the biggest events, ways to take up a new activities or sports, support and advice services, and a place to socialise.

The official radio station for the University is Blast Radio, based at Ealing Studios.

Student accommodation

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Paragon is home to the tallest building to be completed using Modern Methods of Construction (MMC) in the UK, which serves as a Template:Convert academic facility for the university's human sciences facility.

The student accommodation at Paragon has been criticised by its residents for being too expensive, costing the highest of all London universities' halls of residence along with SOAS in the 2007–2008 year. TVU defended the costs, asserting that the halls are of an especially high standard.

UWL Student Village (South Ealing)

In autumn 2013, the university opened a new Student Village in South Ealing, offering affordable accommodation, including flexible payment terms. The Village is located a short walk from the Ealing campus on St Mary's Road, and is on the university's shuttle bus route as well as being near South Ealing tube station.

Controversies

In the mid-1990s, its high-profile Vice-Chancellor, Mike Fitzgerald, ushered through a networked "New Learning Environment" for undergraduate students, involving a shift to online delivery and assessment. The NLE was discontinued in this form, and Fitzgerald resigned in 1998 following a negative Quality Assurance Agency report stating there were "significant management failures" in the delivery of this model. The University suffered severe financial shortfalls in the years that followed.

Notable people

Staff

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  • Mike Fitzgerald, Vice Chancellor, 1991–1998.
  • Claire Gorham – English journalist and television presenter, best known for The Girlie Show in the late 1990s.
  • Mike Howlett is a teacher of music technology at the university, who previously performed with the bands Gong and Strontium 90, and produced many New Wave acts in the 1970s and 1980s.
  • Tim Lang, City University and government advisor – ran the Centre for Food Policy in the Health faculty in the 1990s.
  • Francis Pott, Head of Composition and Research Development in the Faculty of the Arts.
  • Pip Williams, teaching music technology at University
  • Lola Young, Baroness Young of Hornsey
  • David Foskett, Head of the University's London School of Hospitality and Tourism, has been named as one of the most influential people in public sector catering for 2013.
  • Christopher Small (1927–2011), musician and influential author on musicology, sociomusicology and ethnomusicology, was Senior Lecturer in Music between 1971–86.

Alumni

In Media, Music & Film Industry

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Feddie Mercury, lead vocalist of the band Queen is the alumni in 1960s

Several alumni at the University of West London are world famous artists, musicians and Oscar nominees:

  • Alex da Kid (English record production/songwriter, now based in LA)
  • Matt Tong of Bloc Party
  • Arash Hamdami Analyst & Developer at Barclays (RBBCOO)
  • Matthew Hodson (founder of the London Synthesis Orchestra)
  • Ben Salter (who worked with Nile Rodgers in the United States)
  • Paul Andrews (working as a senior field support technician for Digidesign)
  • Daniel Roe (house engineer for Peter Gabriel)
  • Lewis Davies (radio presenter at Fire Radio)
  • Fodhla Cronin O'Reilly, 2013 OSCAR nominee in the Best Animated Short Film
  • Tim Siddall (engineer at Shepperton Studios)
  • James Buttery (former engineer at the Royal College of Music now singer with Darkstar and Sunbirds)
  • Robert Orton (worked with Trevor Horn, The Police and won 2 Grammys for mixing Lady Gaga)
  • Nadin Hadorn (recently signed a worldwide publishing and production contract with Warner Bros. Records)
  • John Webber (Engineer Blue Pro Mastering, Polar Bear, Grammy winners Ian Prince & The Swingle Singers, Nerina Pallot and Mr Hudson).
  • Freddie Mercury, lead vocalist and lyricist of the rock band Queen
  • Pete Townshend, LCM, Ealing Art College (UWL) – English rock guitarist, vocalist, songwriter and author.

In Business, Law, Health and Hospitality

  • Ian R. Carter, BA Business Administration, 1984 – President of Global Operations and Development for Hilton Worldwide.
  • Sunil Sheth, graduated from UWL in 1979 with an LLB – Partner at Fladgate LLP and Founder and former chairman of the Society of Asian Lawyers in the UK.
  • Karon Monaghan QC, LLB in 1988 – Barrister at Matrix Chambers
  • Chris Galvin, BSc International Culinary Arts – Galvin Restaurants (Galvin Bistrot de Luxe, Galvin at Windows, Galvin La Chapelle, Galvin Cafe a Vin).<ref name="thecompleteuniversityguide.co.uk"/>

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