Middlesex University is a university in Hendon, north west London, England. It is located within the historic county boundaries of Middlesex from which it takes its name. It is one of the new universities and is a member of the Million+ working group. As is the case with many former polytechnics, Middlesex can trace its history back to the 19th century, yet was not formally organised as a teaching institution until 1973.
Since 2000, the university has been reducing the number of campuses dotted around London’s North Circular Road in an effort to cut costs and provide a better student experience by consolidating most of the university at the flagship campus in Hendon. As of the 2013 academic year, its estate strategy which has cost £150 million has concentrated the university on one site in north London.
In 2012, the university re-structured its academic schools to align them more closely with the needs of industry. Courses at Middlesex are now delivered by the schools of Business, Law, Art and Design, Health and Education, Media and Performing Arts and Science and Technology, alongside the university Institute for Work Based Learning.
The College building at Hendon
Hendon is set in a prime location of North West London, a short walk from Hendon Central tube station. Today’s main (or college) building was built in the neo-Georgian style by H.W. Burchett and opened in 1939 as part of Hendon Technical Institute (aka Hendon College of Technology). The college was extended in 1955 and in 1969 when a new refectory and engineering block (the Williams Building) were added.
The main building has been refurbished in a £40 million project, which included the addition of a glass-covered central courtyard forming Ricketts Quadrangle. In 2004 The new Learning Resource Centre, The Sheppard Library opened on the site. Hendon also has a sports club, known as The Fitness Pod for students and staff which has one of the few real tennis courts in the UK. Middlesex University Business School, Engineering & Information Sciences School and the bulk of the School of Health and Social Science are located in Hendon.
The campus in Hendon is expanding dramatically using a number of London Borough of Barnet office buildings including the current Town Hall in The Burroughs as well as the construction of new buildings including a new state of the art Science Building which opened in September 2008. The research centres for biomedical science, crime and conflict, and risk and environmental sciences are based here.
The university aims to achieve the consolidation of nearly all its London based teaching at Hendon.
In 2011 the university opened ‘The Grove’ a new building for creative courses, featuring dedicated workshops and classrooms as well as exhibition areas.
Subject focus: Business – accounting and finance, economics, human resource management, law and marketing; Art and design – photography, fashion, fine art, interiors, product design, Media and performing arts – dance, drama, media, TV production, Computing – business information systems, computer networking and computer communications; Health and social sciences – criminology, politics, psychology, social work, sociology, world development studies, and complementary health. Also biomedical and biological sciences, nursing, sport sciences, public health, risk management and media.
In October 2013, the university opened a new sports science facility at Allianz Park (the new stadium of Saracens Rugby Club) in Hendon.
In 2004, the university opened a campus in Dubai, UAE, in Dubai Knowledge Village, a free economic zone. It is a joint venture with Middlesex Associates, a business consortium in Dubai. The campus is spread over nearly 50,000 sq ft (4,600 m2) and is the first Middlesex campus outside North London. The first programmes, mostly in Business Studies, were offered to students from January 2005.
The campus is licensed by Dubai Knowledge and Human Authority (KHDA), and its programmes are approved by the KHDA. In August 2009 KHDA’s University Quality Assurance International Board (UQAIB) commended quality of university’s programmes.
Middlesex University Dubai offers 24 undergraduate and 7 postgraduate programmes, as well as pre-undergraduate studies. All four of university’s schools (Arts and Education, Business School, Engineering and Information Sciences and Health and Social Sciences) offer courses in Dubai campus. All degrees are issued by Middlesex University, UK. In 2008 Middlesex University Dubai awarded its first honorary doctorate to His Excellency Sultan Bin Sulayem. The number of graduates has grown from just 8 in 2006 to over 200 in 2009, while the alumni network has exceeded 1,000 in 2010. As of February 2011, Dubai campus had over 1,700 students from nearly 90 nationalities. In 2010, the campus expanded its facilities to include Block 17, which will house a state-of-the-art lecture theatre, several new classrooms and faculty offices as well as the first dedicated postgraduate study suite.
In an interview with Khaleej Times, Raed Awamleh, Dubai campus director, said that the university is aiming to start a whole set of programmes in 2012. Awamleh also mentioned a distant possibility of relocating to Dubai International Academic City.
Located in Bonne Terre, a suburb of Vacoas-Phoenix, the 7,800 sq metre campus officially opened in October 2009. It features a Learning Resource Centre, open access and computer suites, and dining and social spaces as well as on-site accommodation for up to 190 students. Lecturing academics based at the Mauritius campus work in partnership with the academic programme team based at Middlesex’s London campuses to ensure the quality standards of the UK programmes are maintained in curriculum delivery, teaching styles and assessment.
Middlesex University shares its Mauritian campus with JSS Mahavidyapeetha (JSSMVP), an Indian educational institution. A future campus, scheduled to be completed by September 2017 at Cascavelle will eventually replace the existing campus. The 2.5 ha (25,000 m2) site will include modern facilities such as sports complex, leisure spaces and a green park.
In May 2013 Middlesex announced that it would open a campus in Malta, with students welcomed from September 2013. The campus, located in Pembroke on Malta’s north-east coast, will offer business and computing courses at undergraduate and postgraduate levels.