Our roots go back to 1892 when the West Ham Technical Institute became a provider of vocational education for the local community, offering science, engineering and art courses. In 1970 the Institute merged with local colleges to form the North East London Polytechnic. We became the Polytechnic of East London in 1988 and, in 1992, the University of East London.
At the University of East London, you’ll benefit from expert teaching from specialists who are at the forefront of their fields. Many of our academics combine teaching with their lives as leading professionals and researchers. You could be taught by a Turner Prize winner, an Olympic gold medalist, a business leader or a terrorism advisor to national governments. Whether you’re interested in undergraduate, postgraduate study or research, our academic staff will give you a huge amount of personal support during and after your studies. You’ll also get access to the latest industry trends and learn how to apply your new skills and knowledge in context.
UEL is one of the UK’s leading modern universities for research. We’ve nearly doubled our output of ‘world-leading’ research over the last six years. As London’s leading university for civic engagement, we’re committed to making a difference to the lives of people in communities worldwide. Our research is renowned for its ‘real-world’ impact. In the 2014 Research Excellence Framework, our Psychology research was ranked equal first in the country for its impact – ahead of Oxford and Cambridge.
Whatever course you’re studying, we’ll help you gain the employment skills you need to achieve your career ambitions. We offer employability skills training and mentoring opportunities alongside your studies. Our location in one of Europe’s largest regeneration areas will also give you access to fantastic internships and placements. From heavy industry to high-tech, there are so many opportunities right on our doorstep.
Our dedicated Centre for Student Success works closely with employers to provide up-to-date information about the skills and experience they are looking for. They will support you during your studies and after you graduate.
We’ve recently invested £3million into new high-tech student helpdesks to ensure you have access to the best possible information, advice and support. Whatever questions or issues you may have, we’re always here to help you. We also provide extensive academic support to help you with your studies, including academic advisors, peer support and study skills sessions.
Our iconic Student Village is located by the waterfront at our Docklands campus. Transport connections are excellent, with a DLR station at the entrance to the Docklands campus. Accommodation is available to UEL students studying at Docklands or Stratford campuses.
- There is a free bus service between two campuses- All rooms are on-suite- We offer some of the most affordable on-campus rooms in London- Studio and wheel-chair accessible rooms available- On-site laundry facilities- On-campus catering outlets with pay-in advance options available- Secure campus and halls-of-residence, with gated entrances and 24/7 security staff
Our Library and Learning Services provide access to high-quality academic resources, expert advice, and study spaces in modern library buildings on both Stratford and Docklands campuses, open 24/7 during term time. Our teams include Library staff, Academic Skills tutors, English for Academic Purposes tutors, Peer mentoring Scheme, Learning Achievement assistants and the Language Centre.
Our IT Services Team provide expert advice for our IT systems and software, in support of all UEL students and staff. Based across all three campuses, they are responsible for IT Support, operations, information systems and infrastructure.
Our Health & Wellbeing Team are on hand to support your health and well-being during your time at UEL. We offer confidential help on a range of physical and mental health issues as well as advice on where to obtain specialist support.
Our waterfront Docklands campus provides a state of the art learning environment with modern lecture theatres and seminar rooms, a 24/7 library. UEL is one of the few London universities to provide on-campus accommodation which houses over 1,200 students, as well as shops, a bar and a launderette.
Stratford Campus (Water Lane)
Our Stratford campus is located in one of the best-connected areas of London: close to Stratford’s thriving town centre, the 2012 Olympic Park, and just 15 minutes from London’s West End.
Stratford Campus (University Square Stratford)
Part of our Stratford campus, University Square is a unique partnership with Birkbeck, University of London.
SportsDock is our £21 million sports facility. It's one of London’s largest indoor sports venues. SportsDock is available to students, staff, the local community, and national and international organisations. It was the official high performance training headquarters for Team USA, hosting them for the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.
- two multi-purpose indoor sports arenas
- 120-piece fitness centre
- fully equipped strength and conditioning room
- dance and aerobics studios
- sports therapy clinic
- conferencing and meeting rooms, lecture theatres and teaching rooms
- outdoor pitches
As a student at UEL you’re automatically a member of the Students’ Union. Your membership is free and brings with it opportunities for you to get the most out of your time at university. Joining a student society is a great way to make new friends, try out new activities, and get involved in some of the events that go on around campus. UEL Students Union has over 60 Student Societies, and they fit into the below 5 categories:
- Academic & Subject
- Hobbies Interests & Arts
- International & Cultural
- Fundraising & Campaigns Community
Chartered Institute of Architectural Technologists
Architects Registration Board
The Chartered Institute for IT
The Chartered Institute of Building
Institute of Highway Engineers
Institute of Civil Engineers
The Chartered Institution of Highways & Transportation
British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy
The British Psychological Society
Health & Care Professions Council
Chartered Management Institute
Institute of Hospitality
Bar Standards Board
CIPD Chartered Professional Accountants
Solicitors Regulation Authority
CFA Society United Kingdom
ICAEW Charted Accountants
The Association of International Accountants
Chartered Institute of Management Accountants
The Chartered Institute of Marketing