University of Greenwich
|Motto||Change Starts Here.|
|Endowment||£1.3 million (2013)|
|Vice-Chancellor||Professor Jane Harrington|
|Campus||Greenwich Campus (London)|
Avery Hill Campus (London)
Association of Commonwealth Universities
The university's main campus is at the Old Royal Naval College, which along with its Avery Hill Campus, is located in the Royal Borough of Greenwich. Greenwich also has a satellite campus in Medway, Kent, as part of a shared campus. The university's range of subjects includes architecture, business, computing, mathematics, education, engineering, humanities, maritime studies, natural sciences, pharmacy and social sciences. It received a Silver rating in the UK government's Teaching Excellence Framework.
The university dates back to 1891, when Woolwich Polytechnic, the second-oldest polytechnic in the United Kingdom, opened in Woolwich. It was founded by Frank Didden, supported by and following the principles of Quintin Hogg, and opened to students in October 1891. Like Hogg's pioneering venture in London's Regent Street, it initially combined education with social and religious functions.
In 1894 it focused on an educational role, concentrating on higher technical education appropriate to its location close to Woolwich Dockyard and the Royal Arsenal; William Anderson, director-general of the Ordnance Factories, was a trustee and later a member of the board of governors. Its premises were also used for day schools – the first Woolwich Polytechnic School was established in 1897.
In 1970, Woolwich Polytechnic merged with part of Hammersmith College of Art and Building to form Thames Polytechnic. In the following years, Dartford College (1976), Avery Hill College of Education (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 the University of Greenwich in 1993. On 1 January 1993, the Thames College of Health Care Studies, itself a merger of three local nursing and midwifery training schools, officially merged with the newly designated University of Greenwich, becoming a full faculty of the university.
Formerly a UK government research agency, the Natural Resources Institute (NRI) was incorporated into the university in 1996.
The campus is home to the Business School and the Faculty of Liberal Arts and Sciences. The campus also includes university's Greenwich Maritime Institute, a specialist maritime management, policy and history teaching and research institute.
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 centre, a TV studio and editing suites. The Stephen Lawrence Gallery at the Stockwell Street building, showcases the work of contemporary artists and is linked to the School of Design.
Avery Hill Campus
Avery Hill Campus comprises two sites, Mansion and Southwood. 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 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. Rugby, football, indoor pitches, netball and tennis courts, and a dance studio are on Avery Hill campus.
The Winter Garden, the centre-piece of the Mansion site, has been allowed to fall into neglect and is on Historic England's 'At Risk' Register. A campaign to restore the Winter Garden is putting pressure on the University and Greenwich Council to ensure its future.
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.
Greenwich has four faculties:
- Faculty of Liberal Arts and Sciences
- Business School
- Faculty of Education and Health
- Faculty of Engineering and Science
Greenwich Campus is near 74-hectare Greenwich Park which has views of London – with the Royal Observatory, Greenwich at the top. The Stockwell Street Building opened in 2014 and is now home to the campus library, film and TV studios, and state-of-the-art editing suites. The Dreadnought Building is a central hub for the Greenwich Campus, with further teaching and social spaces..
The Student Village at Avery Hill Campus provides accommodation for around 1,000 students. On-site facilities include a café, canteen, shop, launderette, bicycle parking, and a gym. .
Medway Campus has accommodation for students comprising of 350 rooms across five halls of residence. .
Greenwich Students' Union is the university's students' union. In October 2019, the GSU Student Assembly voted to ask the university to declare a climate emergency and for the university and union sustainability strategies to consult with students in creating them. This call to action aimed to speed up the university's efforts at becoming carbon neutral. GK Unions is a partnership between the University of Greenwich Students' Union and University of Kent Union on the Medway campus. GK Unions stands for the Greenwich & Kent Students' Unions Together (previously Universities at Medway Students Association, UMSA). It is the representative body and service provider for all students studying at the Chatham Maritime campus. Students are automatically a member of the association if they are a registered student of the University of Greenwich or University of Kent..
Greenwich research seeks to influence and enhance health, education, science, engineering, computing and social policy, and attracts international agencies, government departments and global corporations (for example, Pfizer, GlaxoSmithKline, BAE Systems, Airbus, GE Aviation and Merck Consumer Health) from over 50 countries. 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 the 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.
|Times / Sunday Times (2020)||84|
|British Government assessment|
|Teaching Excellence Framework||Silver|
The university is ranked 87 out of 116 institutions according to the Guardian University Guide 2015 University League Table.
- Responsible Consumption and Production (24th)
- Life on Land (66th)
- Reduced Inequalities (68th)
- Climate Action (75th)
- Partnership for the Goals (77th)
Cafeteria workers' dispute
In 2019, the university's main cafeteria was operated by BaxterStorey, which paid its workers £9.25 per hour without contractual sick pay. After a chef had collapsed on his way home from a shift during a typical 80-hour week, all workers joined UVW union. After four strike days in October 2019, and protests disrupting the annual graduation ceremony and a board meeting, Greenwich University announced in early January 2020 that all outsourced cafe workers, cleaners and security guards would receive the London living wage of £10.55, in addition to the same sick pay and annual leave as university staff.
Prominent alumni of the university and its predecessor organisations include Nobel Laureate Charles Kao, who was awarded the Nobel Prize in Physics in 2009 for his work on transmission of light in fibre optics, and Abiy Ahmed, who won the 2019 Nobel Peace Prize. Two British government ministers, Richard Marsh and Gareth Thomas, are also graduates. A more extensive list is given below.
- Abiy Ahmed, Prime Minister of Ethiopia and Nobel Peace prize winner
- Jamie 'JME' Adenuga, MC
- Bola Agbaje, playwright
- Helen Bailey, writer
- Natasha Bedingfield, pop singer (did not graduate)
- John Behr, theologian
- Malorie Blackman, children's author
- John Boyega, actor, best known for Star Wars: The Force Awakens
- Liam Brown, author
- Alex Cartana, singer-songwriter and actress
- Campbell Christie, chairman of Falkirk F.C.
- Mark Daly, Irish Senator
- Siobhan Dowd, writer (A Swift Pure Cry)
- Jenni Fagan, author
- Leo Fortune-West, professional footballer
- Sarah Gillespie, singer-songwriter
- Pippa Guard, actress
- Gareth Hale, comedian
- Patrick Harrington, politician in the National Front (1979–1989) and currently Third Way (UK) think-tank; general secretary of Solidarity – The Union for British Workers
- Rachael Heyhoe-Flint, cricketer
- Brian Jacks, 1972 Summer Olympics bronze medallist in Judo
- Mark Jackson, musician (VNV Nation)
- Matt James, musician (Gene)
- Charles K. Kao, Nobel Prize winning scientist
- Graham Kendrick, Christian worship leader
- Sammy Lee, IVF specialist
- Richard Marsh, Baron Marsh, politician
- Rui Moreira, Portuguese politician and businessman; mayor of Porto
- Chinenye Ochuba, former Most Beautiful Girl in Nigeria
- Sarah Ockwell-Smith, childcare author
- Norman Pace, comedian
- Ann Packer, 1964 Summer Olympics gold medallist
- Lara Pulver, Olivier Award nominated dancer and actress
- Richard Pybus, cricket coach
- Jamie Reynolds, musician (Klaxons)
- George Rose, businessman
- Dave Rowntree, musician (Blur)
- Etienne Schneider, Deputy Prime Minister of Luxembourg
- Peter Skinner, MEP
- Aramazd Stepanian, playwright
- William G. Stewart, TV presenter (Fifteen to One)
- Nina Stibbe, author
- Adelle Stripe, author
- Gareth Thomas, politician
- Ewen Whitaker, lunar astronomer (alumnus of Woolwich Polytechnic)
- Joel Willans, author, copywriter and British expat; creator of a popular Finnish social media brand and author of a related book, which makes light fun of stereotypes related to Finland.
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