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The University of Greenwich
The University of Greenwich is primarily based in the grounds and buildings of the Old Royal Naval College in Greenwich, in South East London.
Greenwich is a bustling town with a great atmosphere fostered by markets, pubs, clubs and restaurants. Up the Creek, a comedy and cabaret club, offers up-and-coming names in stand-up and is a short walk from the campus. The borough is steeped in history. East meets west on the Greenwich Meridian line, which divides the hemispheres and marks longitude zero. The line runs through the courtyard of the 17th-century Royal Observatory and indicates the spot from which Greenwich Mean Time is calculated. Greenwich is also home to the Cutty Sark, a 19th-century clipper ship, and the National Maritime Museum, as well as one of London’s finest Royal Parks.
Few cities in the world can match London as a place of culture or learning. There are more than 200 museums, over 800 art galleries and a third of all the UK's archives are housed in London. The city also boasts over 240 professional theatres, 800 cinema screens and 17,000 music performances taking place every year. And with over 6,000 restaurants there's something for all budgets and tastes.
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The university is made up of three campuses.
- the main campus is located on the grounds of the Old Royal Naval College, a central location within the Maritime Greenwich UNESCO World Heritage Site. Greenwich is a bustling town with a great atmosphere and history fostered by markets, pubs, clubs and restaurants. (Nearest overground station: Cutty Sark for Maritime Greenwich).
- consists of two sites, Mansion Site and Southwood Site, both of which are located in the 86-acre Avery Hill Park in Eltham, south-east London. (Nearest mainline railway station: New Eltham and Falconwood, both approximately half an hour from a London railway station).
- the main feature of the campus is splendid Edwardian redbrick and ivy-clad buildings, and is based in Chatham Maritime, near Chatham’s historic dockyard. (Nearest mainline railway station: Gillingham, which takes approximately an hour from a London railway station.
Greenwich University is built out of a number of polytechnics and colleges, later known as Thames Polytechnic. In 1992 it was granted university status and renamed the University of Greenwich. Traditionally, the institution has focused on engineering, mathematics, computing and natural science.
- School of Architecture Design & Construction
- The Business School
- School of Computing & Mathematical Sciences
- School of Education
- School of Engineering
- School of Health & Social Care
- School of Humanities & Social Sciences
- Medway School of Pharmacy
- School of Science
Greenwich's results improved in the 2014 REF with 41.5% being rated as internationally excellent or better (compared with the 25.5% in the 2008 RAE). Some of their strengths include Aeronautical, Mechanical, Chemical and Manufacturing Engineering; Agriculture, Veterinary and Food Science; Chemistry; Pharmacy; and Nursing.
International & Industrial Opportunities
There are a number of Erasmus opportunities, with opportunities in some subjects for the third year to be spent in a work placement.
UK Students (2021/2022)
Scholarships & Bursaries
The Greenwich Scholarship Programme of a £1,000 fee waiver in year one and £1,000 credited to an Aspire@Greenwich card is available to some students with a household income of less than £25,000 per year.
The High Achievement Scholarship of £2,000 per year rewards excellence and high achievement. Students must achieve ABB or higher at A-level or equivalent.
There is a library in each of the campuses. The Drill Hall Library on the Medway Campus is run in partnership with the University of Kent and Canterbury Christ Church University.
Greenwich's computer facilities have work spaces (with and without PCs), which provide access to traditional printed materials and e-journals, e-books, and databases. Networked PCs, printers and scanners are available in computer labs, with additional resources in other buildings on each campus.
While at the University students receive ongoing help and training through the Study Skills Centre on everything from making notes and writing essays to undertaking research and preparing for exams. In the first year, students are able to attend study workshops that show how to improve listening and note making skills during lectures, and how to manage time more efficiently. Students are given access to everything from on-line tutorials and downloadable guides that will sharpen research skills, to checklists and guidelines on using the correct referencing style.
The majority of sports teams play in the Avery Hill Campus, with facilities including a sports hall with netball, basketball, cricket nets, volleyball and 5-a-side football, and outdoor facilities consisting of 6 football pitches, outdoor tennis and netball courts.
The Dome Gym at Avery Hill includes brand new, state of the art equipment including cardio vascular and resistance machines and a selection of free weights.
Students at the Greenwich and Avery Hill campuses are represented by the Students’ Union University of Greenwich (SUUG), whilst student at Medway are represented by SUUG and the Universities at Medway Students’ Association (UMSA).
Amenities at Greenwich include Bar Latitude which has just benefited from a new makeover, with a large screen TV and a new stage area. It's entertainment includes touring bands to DJ nights. During the day there is a full food menu with Halal options available. There is also a separate pool room with American and standard pool tables.
Amenities at Avery Hill include the student bar, Sparrows Farm, which boasts a large beer garden where BBQs are held during the summer, and six plasma screens which show all the usual sports games.
Amenities at Medway include the on-campus pub, Coopers, which offers food and drink in the day and a wide range of events at night, from a DJ to live bands, and quizzes to karaoke.
There are also a number of cafés and university shops across campus.
There are a number of sports clubs and societies you can join.
Health & Wellbeing
The university suggest doctors to register with depending on the campus you are situated at.
Greenwich has a team of professionally trained counsellors on campus with whom you can talk confidentially with about problems. They are accustomed to helping people from different backgrounds and cultures and are experienced in dealing with a wide range of personal or study-related issues, from problems with stress, depression, alcohol and drugs to exam anxiety. They also run regular workshops on topics such as positive thinking and stress management. Specialist support is also available for students with mental health needs.
The Disability & Dyslexia Centre provides assistance at any point in your studies, as well as during the application process. The centre provides information and support for disabled and dyslexic students at the university, and can advise on IT for people with disabilities. Advice and guidance is based on individual requirements, and includes support for students with mental health needs and long-term medical conditions.
Religion & Spirituality
The university chaplaincy provides a positive, homely atmosphere to students and staff, help students to register and settle in, provides information on local places of worship, provides confidential pastoral care to those in distress or need, offers spiritual direction to students of all faiths or none, visit sick students at home or hospital and offers advice and workshops on how to do well at university.
There is a prayer room on each university campus. These are provided for all students of all faiths or none.
The University's Guidance and Employability Team (GET) assist students with their transition into graduate employment.
Their support includes:
- JobShop - which advertises hundreds of part-time, temporary and vacation jobs, to obtain valuable work experience, develop skills and earn extra money.
- Greenwich Graduate Talent Pool (GGTP) - an exclusive community of students and recent graduates who are looking to develop their employability skills and demonstrate good standards of academic and personal integrity. The GGTP's aim is to create a support network to help students achieve their goals by linking with leadership and personal development workshops and linking students with relevant graduate opportunities.
- Mentoring Scheme - helps students to plan and prepare for graduate employment by organising matches with experienced professionals who offer career-focused support. The aim is for the student mentee to learn from the professional experiences of their mentor, gaining first-hand insights into graduate careers and professional life. The role of the mentor is to meet and communicate with their student mentee, to gain an understanding of their situation and to provide encouragement and motivation for the student to set and achieve career-focused goals.
- Volunteering - promotes a wide range of opportunities for students to volunteer in the communities of Greater London and Kent. The service registers and promotes the volunteering opportunities of charitable, not-for-profit and public sector organisations with the aim of both enhancing the employability of volunteers and meeting areas of local community need.
- Careers Team - helps students to unlock and develop their professional potential and identity. They do this by delivering employability training sessions and providing individual daily drop-in and quick query sessions for students to support them in their career decision-making, job hunting and further study options.
Self-catered (per week) (2021/2022)
Self-catered (per week) (2021/2022)
Self-catered (per week) (2021/2022)
The University provides approximately 2,500 places in halls of residence on or near to the main campuses. Most rooms are single study-bedrooms in self-catering flats with either en-suite or shared bathroom facilities. Some self-contained studio flats are also available at the Greenwich Campus.
The Student Village at the Avery Hill Campus accommodates over 1,200 students an offers a traditional campus-based experience with facilities including an on-site gym, cafe, shop, laundrette, car parking next to Avery Hill Park. The majority of the residents here study at the Greenwich Campus, 6 miles away, and a free bus runs between the campuses giving students the flexibility to enjoy what Avery Hill has to offer while still having access to their lectures and facilities on the Greenwich Campus. The Avery Hill Student Village offers a range of room types and sizes, and prices vary accordingly.
The Medway Campus halls of residence comprise a total of 350 rooms in shared self-catering flats in five houses. These are within walking distance of both Chatham and Gillingham town centres, which feature a range of high street stores and banks.
Undergraduate students whose courses are based at the Greenwich Campus have a choice of four different halls of residence. Three of these are within easy walking distance of the University and the other, the Student Village at Avery Hill Campus, is only a 20-minute bus ride away. Cutty Sark Hall offers 231 single study-bedrooms, all with en-suite shower/toilet facilities in shared, self-catering flats. Daniel Defoe Hall is approximately 15 minutes' walk from Greenwich Campus, includes 358 en-suite rooms for students in a mix of flat shares, studios and two bedroom "studio-style" flats as well as two student communal areas and a mini-gym for residents. McMillan Student Village offers a range of different types of accommodation, from single student bedrooms (all with en-suite toilet/shower facilities) in shared, self-catering flats to self-contained studio apartments for one or two individuals, each with its own kitchenette. The residence is only a 10- to 15- minute walk from Greenwich.
English Language Requirements
The university asks for a minimum score of 6.0 on IELTS and a minimum score of 550 on TOEFL.
The University of Greenwich automatically awards scholarships of £1,000 to students from certain eligible countries studying full time programmes that last more than one academic year.
Greenwich supports its international students with information about accommodation, applications, finance and immigration. They also give information about living in London.