London South Bank University (LSBU) is a public university in Newington, London. It has 17,735 students and 1,700 staff, and is based in the London Borough of Southwark, near the South Bank of the River Thames, from which it takes its name.
Founded from charitable donations in 1892 as the “Borough Polytechnic Institute”, it absorbed several other local colleges in the 1970s and 1990s, and achieved university status in 1992. LSBU is a post-1992 or new university.
The current Chancellor is investor Richard Farleigh and Vice-Chancellor is Prof David Phoenix.
London South Bank University’s Campus
London South Bank University’s Keyworth Centre
The main campus populates a triangular section of roads in the Borough of Southwark, immediately north of the Elephant and Castle. London’s South Bank is a short tube or bus journey away from Waterloo or London Bridge. To the north of the campus is Borough Road, where the main entrance is situated and the original building of the Borough Polytechnic Institute. To the west is London Road and to the east is Southwark Bridge Road. At the northwest corner is St George’s Circus.
Schiller International University had a campus in the Technopark Building on the London South Bank University property. In August 2011 Schiller stated that it was closing its London campus and will not start the Autumn 2011 semester there, due to stricter student visa requirements in the United Kingdom.
There is a smaller satellite campus in east London: at Havering (LSBU at Havering), diagonally opposite Harold Wood station.
Organisation and academic life at London South Bank University
The London South Bank University has seven Schools, covering the areas of Applied Sciences, Arts and Creative Industries, The Built Environment and Architecture, Business, Engineering, Health and Social Care, and Law and Social Sciences.
At the end of 2009 it opened K2, a new sustainable teaching building which houses the training and demonstrating Centre for Efficient and Renewable Energy in Buildings (CEREB). The building also houses skills laboratories for the University’s nursing studients. Further campus developments included a new Student Centre in 2012, followed by an Enterprise Centre in 2013. In 2016 LSBU opened its new media centre, Elephant Studios at LSBU.
The British painter David Bomberg taught Art at the Borough Polytechnic between 1945 and 1954. One of the university’s halls of residence, David Bomberg House, carries his name and a handful of his works are on display at the University. Major paintings by Bomberg were acquired by the Tate Gallery after his death.
The university’s main campus is close to many of London’s major landmarks and tourist attractions on the South Bank and in easy reach of overground trains, the London Underground and many bus routes.
LSBU works in partnership with many institutions in the UK, Europe, Africa, the Americas and Asia. It currently works closely with a number of Chinese Higher Education Institutions, including Beijing Institute of Technology, Hunan University, Beijing University of Posts & Telecommunications, Northwestern Polytechnical University, National Academy of Education Administration etc. The collaborative educational programmes both at undergraduate and postgraduate levels have been running for over ten years with the Chinese partners.
LSBU is the first university sponsored by the Office of Chinese Language Council International (Hanban) to establish a Confucius Institute for Traditional Chinese Medicine in London.