The University of Westminster
The University of Westminster is a public university in London, United Kingdom. Its antecedent institution, the Royal Polytechnic Institution, was founded in 1838 and was the first polytechnic institution in the UK. Westminster was awarded university status in 1992 meaning it could award its own degrees.
Westminster’s headquarters and original campus are in Regent Street in the City of Westminster area of central London, with additional campuses in Fitzrovia, Marylebone and Harrow. It operates the Westminster International University in Tashkent in Uzbekistan.
Westminster’s academic activities are organised into seven faculties and schools, within which there are around 45 departments.
The University has numerous centres of research excellence across all the faculties, including the Communication and Media Research Institute, whose research is ranked in the Global Top 40 by the QS World University Rankings. Westminster had an income of £170.4 million in 2012/13, of which £4.5 million was from research grants and contracts.
Westminster is a member of the Association of Commonwealth Universities, the Association of MBAs, EFMD, the European University Association and Universities UK.
Westminster has four main campuses, three of which are in central London:
In the 2008 Research Assessment Exercise, Westminster was ranked 2nd for Communications, Cultural and Media Studies research, 6th for Art and Design research, in addition to the university performing strongly in Architecture and the Built Environment, and Geography and Environmental studies. Almost 80% of the university’s submitted research across 20 subject areas was judged to be of international quality. The university achieved world leading and internationally excellent status for most of their work in Media and Communication; Art and Design; and Architecture and the Built Environment. In Law; Life and Health Sciences; Computing; Business and Management; Town and Country Planning; Environmental Studies, the majority of their submissions were found to be of internationally recognised quality.
In 2013, the QS World University Rankings ranked Media, Communications, and Journalism 1st (UK), 2nd (EU), 19th (World). The QS rankings are based on reputation among academics and employers and (ii) citations to published works. Westminster was also ranked joint second in the UK by the Architects’ Journal in their “AJ Top 100” special issue (9. May 2013).
The Complete University Guide (CUG) ranked Art & Design within the top ten in the UK (6th) for 2014. The CUG also ranked Westminster up by 4 places in 2012. Overall, rising up by 21 places since 2011.
Research Excellence Framework 2014 ranked Westminster 28th out of 89 schools for English Language and Literature, 22nd out of 45 in Architecture, 3rd out of 84 in Art and Design, 5th out of 67 in Communications, Cultural and Media Studies.
Student accommodation at Westminster
The University of Westminster has six Halls of Residence – four in central London and two in Harrow and Wembley. These are Alexander Fleming Hall, Harrow Hall, International House, Marylebone Hall and Wigram House. In 201, Student Court at Wembley was opened for first-year students. During term time rooms are available for full-time undergraduate and postgraduate students. The university also has nomination agreements with other private providers to increase the number of bed spaces available to their students. In 2014, the university added Depot Point and Victoria Halls at Wembley to their list of student halls increasing the total number of bed spaces to 2060.