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University of Greenwich

University of Greenwich
The University of Greenwich logo
Motto "To learn, to do, to achieve."
1890 - Woolwich Polytechnic
1970 - Thames Polytechnic
1992 - University of Greenwich
Endowment £ 1.3 million (2013)[1]
Chancellor Baroness Scotland of Asthal
Vice-Chancellor David Maguire
Students 23,925[2]
Undergraduates 18,620[2]
Postgraduates 5,300[2]
Location Greenwich Campus, London, Avery Hill Campus, London, Medway Campus, Kent
Affiliations University Alliance

The University of Greenwich is a British, London-based university. It has 3 campuses in south-east London and north Kent. These are located at Greenwich (in the grounds of the Old Royal Naval College, and in Avery Hill and Medway.[3]

It is the greenest university in the UK in 2012 as assessed by The People & Planet Green League.

The university is constantly ranked #1 in terms of student satisfaction across all 20 listed universities in London - with it topping lists of 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2013 consecutively. It hasn't left the top five since its entry in 2010.[4]

The university’s wide range of subjects include architecture, business, computing, education, engineering, humanities, maritime studies, natural sciences, pharmacy and social sciences. It has a strong research focus and well-established links to the scientific community.[5]


  • History 1
  • Campuses and schools 2
    • Avery Hill Campus 2.1
    • Greenwich Campus 2.2
    • Medway Campus 2.3
  • Teaching 3
  • Research 4
    • Examples of research 4.1
  • Rankings 5
  • Notable alumni 6
  • Partner institutions 7
  • References 8
  • External links 9


The Old Royal Naval College with Queen's House (behind the statue).
The University of Greenwich from the Isle of Dogs.

The university dates back to 1890, when Woolwich Polytechnic was founded as the second-oldest[6] polytechnic in the United Kingdom. In 1970, Woolwich Polytechnic merged with various other higher education institutions to form Thames Polytechnic. In the following years, Dartford College (1976), Avery Hill College (1985), Garnett College (1987) and parts of Goldsmiths College and the City of London College (1988) were incorporated.

In 1992, Thames Polytechnic was granted university status by the Major government (together with various other polytechnics) and renamed University of Greenwich.

Campuses and schools

Avery Hill Campus

Avery Hill Campus comprises two sites, Mansion Site and Southwood Site. Both are situated in the 86-acre Avery Hill Park in the Royal Borough of Greenwich, south-east London.

The campus is home to the Faculty of Education & Health.

Facilities include computer laboratories, a library and a TV studio, as well as a sports and teaching centre with a sports hall and 220-seat lecture theatre. Southwood Site also has a number of clinical skills laboratories. These replicate NHS wards, enabling trainee health professionals to gain hands-on experience.

The Village complex provides student accommodation, a general shop and a launderette. The Dome, in the centre of the complex, houses a food outlet and gym. Additional sporting facilities are nearby.

Greenwich Campus

Greenwich Campus is located in the old Royal Naval College, which it moved into in the 1990s when the premises were sold by the Royal Navy.

The campus is home to: the Business School and the Faculty of Architecture, Computing & Humanities. The campus is also home to the university’s Greenwich Maritime Institute, a specialist maritime management, policy and history teaching and research institute.[7]

The campus has a large library at Stockwell street which houses an extensive collection of books and journals, language labs and a 300-PC computing facility. Other facilities include specialist computer laboratories including one at Dreadnought center, a TV studio and editing suites. The Stephen Lawrence Gallery, in Queen Anne Court, showcases the work of contemporary artists.

Medway Campus

Medway campus buildings

Medway Campus is located on a former Royal Navy shorebase (called HMS Pembroke) opened in 1903 at Chatham Maritime, Kent.

The Faculty of Engineering and Science is based here, as is the Natural Resources Institute, a centre for research, consultancy and education in natural and human resources. It is also the home of Medway School of Pharmacy, a joint school operated by the Universities of Greenwich and Kent. The Faculty of Education & Health offers a number of its programmes at Medway.

Facilities include laboratories, workshops, a computer-aided design studio and a training dispensary. The Drill Hall Library is a learning resource centre with a library, computers, study areas and teaching rooms. Social facilities include a sports hall, bar, gym and outdoor tennis courts.

The university is a member of Universities at Medway, a partnership of educational establishments at Chatham Maritime that is developing the area as a major higher education centre in the Medway region.


Many of the university's programmes include placement opportunities.

The university plays a regional role in training teachers, nurses, social care professionals and further education lecturers.


Significant areas of research and consultancy include landscape architecture, employment relations, fire safety, natural resources, social network analysis, education, training, educational leadership and public services.

Examples of research

• The university’s Natural Resources Institute has developed an artificial cow that attracts and kills tsetse fly. This was recognised by a Universities UK survey in 2009 as one of the ten most important discoveries to be made in a UK university over the past 60 years.

• The Fire Safety Engineering Group, part of the School of Computing & Mathematical Sciences, is a world leader in computational fire engineering, including expertise in aircraft, building, ship and rail evacuation and fire modelling. It has developed airEXODUS, a leading evacuation model in the aviation industry.

• A University of Greenwich research team helped restore the Cutty Sark after it was badly damaged by fire.

• Researchers working on 19 sustainable development and agriculture projects in India helped the university to win the 2010 Times Higher Education Award for Outstanding International Strategy.

• Two University of Greenwich scientists have developed a technology which converts contaminated land and industrial waste into harmless pebbles – capturing large amounts of carbon dioxide at the same time.

• The Greenwich Maritime Institute makes internationally recognised contributions to research in maritime history and economics, such as its exploration of the governance of the River Thames since the 1960s and the effects this has had on the economic development of adjacent communities.

The university's Greenwich Campus is on the site of the Old Royal Naval College on the south bank of the river Thames in Greenwich, London. Several of the university's buildings are pictured: Queen Anne Court (front left), Queen Mary Court (back left with dome) and King William Court (back right with dome).



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In 2013, University of Greenwich is ranked 701 by QS World University Rankings[14] The university is ranked 87 out of 116 institutions [15] according to the Guardian University Guide 2015 University League Table.

The Complete University Guide ranks Greenwich 95 out of 124 in its league table for 2014.[16]

In 2012, the university was rated as the greenest in the UK by the People & Planet Green League Table.

Notable alumni

Prominent alumni of the university and its predecessor organisations include Nobel Laureate George Rose also studied at the university or its predecessors. A more extensive list is given below.

Natasha Bedingfield, pop singer

Fortune-West, Reynolds and Bedingfield left their courses prior to graduation.

Partner institutions

The university has a partner college network comprising nine separate institutions.

UK Based Institutions

The university also has a number of Link Colleges, including:

Greenwich is also the university sponsor of Royal Greenwich UTC, Leigh UTC and Medway UTC.


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External links

  • University of Greenwich website
  • Students' Union University of Greenwich website
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