This article needs to be updated. Please help update this article to reflect recent events or newly available information. (March 2019)

University of East London
Coat of arms of the university
MottoLatin: Scientia et votorum impletio
Motto in English
Knowledge and the fulfilment of vows
Established1898 – West Ham Technical Institute
1952 – West Ham College of Technology
1970 – North East London Polytechnic
1989 – Polytechnic of East London
1992 – gained university status
ChairpersonAnulika Ajufo
ChancellorShabir Randeree
Vice-ChancellorAmanda Broderick
Academic staff
Students15,355 (2019/20)[1]
Undergraduates10,270 (2019/20)[1]
Postgraduates5,085 (2019/20)[1]
United Kingdom

51°30′28″N 0°3′49″E / 51.50778°N 0.06361°E / 51.50778; 0.06361
ColoursTeal, black and white
Association of Commonwealth Universities
Universities UK

University of East London (UEL) is a public university located in the London Borough of Newham, London, England, based at three campuses in Stratford and Docklands, following the opening of University Square Stratford in September 2013.[2] The University of East London began as the West Ham Technical Institute and it was officially opened in October 1898 after approval was given for the construction of the site by the West Ham Technical Instruction Act Committee in 1892 following the Technical Instruction Act of 1889. It gained university status in 1992. It was formerly known as College of East London.

The community is made up of over 40,000 total students from over 160 different countries studying at the University of East London and collaborative partners.


West Ham Technical Institute (November 1898)

UEL can trace its roots back to 1892, when the newly formed County Borough of West Ham decided to establish a West Ham Technical Institute to serve the local community. The institute was to be, in the words of John Passmore Edwards speaking at the building's opening ceremony, a "people's university".[citation needed] The college provided courses in science, engineering and art, and also established its own internal degree courses in science and engineering, which were ratified by the University of London. In addition, it had a women's department.[3]

As demand for technical education grew throughout the 1930s and 1940s, Essex County Council created two further colleges at Walthamstow and Dagenham (South West Essex Technical College and South East Essex Technical College).[4] In 1970 these three colleges[4] (West Ham, Walthamstow, Dagenham) were combined as a merger of higher education colleges, to create the North East London Polytechnic.[5] Campuses were modernised and revitalised by buildings such as the Arthur Edwards building on the Stratford campus, completed in 1982.[4]

In 1988 the North East London Polytechnic became a higher education institution, and was renamed the Polytechnic of East London in 1989.[5]

In 1992 the Polytechnic of East London became the University of East London, one of a number of "new universities". UEL's succession of founding institutions exemplify the developments that took place in British further and higher education policy throughout the late 19th and 20th centuries.[6] The University of East London consisted of the Barking Campus (closed 2006)[7] and the Stratford Campus. In 1999 the Docklands Campus was opened, the first new university campus built in London for over 50 years.[8]

In 2012, following previous opposition, UEL adopted the full increased tuition rates of £9,000 permitted by legislation enacted in 2010,[9][10] an increase from the previous rate of £3,290.[9] The university is a lead academic sponsor of Hackney University Technical College which opened in 2012, one of the first university technical colleges in England.

In April 2013 the university was granted armorial bearings by the College of Arms.[11]


UEL Student Housing Looking Towards Canary Wharf

UEL has three campuses, at Stratford and Docklands, the newest of which, University Square Stratford, opened in September 2013. The Barking campus was closed in 2006.[12]

UEL delivers programmes and short courses at the Barking Learning Centre in a nearby borough.[13] Off campus, there are students registered on programmes with UK and non-UK academic partners, such as the Women's Institute of Management in Malaysia.[14]

UCFB is a college of the university.

Stratford Campus

Further information: University of East London Stratford Campus

The Stratford Campus is close to the 2012 Olympic Park. It is centred around University House, a 19th-century listed building.[15] The campus is home to the School of Education and Communities, the School of Health Sport and Bioscience and the School of Psychology. The Centre for Clinical Education was opened in January 2008. Operating in partnership with the National Health Service, the centre is London's only provider of podiatric education.[16]

In 2011 UEL appointed Make Architects to lead the design of a replacement library at the Stratford Campus. The project had a budget of £13 million and the library opened in June 2013.[17]

Docklands Campus

Further information: University of East London Docklands Campus

University Square, Docklands Campus

The Docklands Campus, opened in 1999, is the largest of the three campuses, It is in the redeveloped Docklands area of east London, at the Royal Albert Dock, closed to commercial shipping since the 1980s and now largely used as a water sports centre and rowing course, for example for the London Regatta Centre.

London City Airport is across the dock from the campus. The Cyprus station of the Docklands Light Railway is adjacent to the campus, and offers links to Canary Wharf and central London.

The campus was shortlisted for the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors' Building of the Year in 2001.[18]

New student accommodation opened in 2008 and the campus now has 1,200 student rooms, together with shops, cafés and a restaurant, launderettes and an open-air fitness suite. SportsDock, a £21 million sports and academic centre, opened in March 2012.[19] SportsDock served as the High-Performance Training Centre for Team USA during the London 2012 Olympic Games.[20] The campus library is housed in the Royal Docks Business School building.

University Square Stratford

A third campus, University Square Stratford (USS – not to be confused with University Square at the Docklands Campus), opened for the 2013–14 academic year. The building opened being co-owned with Birkbeck, University of London it is situated in Stratford and delivers part-time and full-time study for adults. The project was the first time two higher education institutions created a new shared building. The building provides shared teaching spaces for both higher education institutions and their partners. It is home to the Royal Docks School of Business Law, as well as UEL's Institute of Performing Arts. Facilities include performance studios, editing suites, a mooting room and lecture theatres.[17]

In July 2021, the university bought the remaining shares in University Square as part of their Vision 2028 strategy, to "boost careers-led education", this enabled the UEL's Royal Docks School of Business and Law facility within USS to be further enhanced by a trading floor simulator, a mooting room, and a marketing analytics lab.

The building was nominated for the 2014 Carbuncle Cup.[21]


Faculties and schools

Docklands Campus student accommodation
Docklands Campus

Degree programmes and other courses are taught by one of the seven teaching schools. In addition, the Graduate School provides support and administrative services for postgraduate research students.

Royal Docks School of Business and Law

The School of Business and Law (RDBSL) is a combined school which offers undergraduate, postgraduate and PhD degree programmes, as well as non-degree executive education for individuals and companies. The school's main location is at the Stratford Campus but it also offers programmes at the Docklands Campus.[22] Its programmes are recognised by professional bodies including the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants, (ACCA), the Chartered Management Institute (CMI), and the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development, (CIPD).[23]

The school also offers a range of business support, enterprise development services and conferencing facilities. Knowledge Dock helps students start their own companies by supplying help and business start-up incubators.[24] Knowledge Dock is accredited by the European Business Network as a Business Innovation Centre (BIC) and is the only BIC in London, and one of only 12 in the UK.[24]

School of Architecture, Computing and Engineering

The School of Architecture, Computing and Engineering was established in 2011.[25] It delivers undergraduate programmes in architecture, computing, civil engineering, electrical and electronic engineering, mathematics and product design.[26]

School of Education and Communities

The School of Education and Communities delivers teaching and supports research in comparative education, early childhood, diversity and language, multilingualism, professional education, race and community, social work, teacher education and technology-enhanced learning.[27]

School of Health, Sport and Bioscience

The School of Health, Sport and Bioscience supports research and delivers teaching in nursing, health studies, physiotherapy, microbiology, biomedical science, physiology, pharmacology, biochemistry, forensic science, sports science, conservation and ecology.[28]

School of Psychology

The School of Psychology delivers programmes such as BSc (Hons) Psychology, accredited by the British Psychological Society, and a qualification in counselling training, BSc (Hons) Counselling and Mentoring.[29]

School of Arts and Creative Industries

Lecture on Intentism at UEL

The School of Arts and Creative Industries delivers courses that cover fashion, film, design,[30] fine art and media, digital arts and communications, games design and animation, music, theatre and dance, creative writing, cultural and heritage studies, journalism, advertising and performing arts.[31]

Graduate school

The Graduate School provides support for postgraduate research students, research and scholarly activities.[32]


In 2018, UEL partnered with renowned theatre arts school Italia Conti Academy of Theatre Arts and became validators of their BA (Hons) Musical Theatre course. The course takes place at two locations; The academy, Barbican and Italia Conti Arts Centre, Guildford.

Academic profile

National rankings
Complete (2024)[33]123
Guardian (2024)[34]96
Times / Sunday Times (2024)[35]131
Global rankings
QS (2024)[36]851–900
THE (2024)[37]1001–1200

UEL offers both undergraduate and postgraduate degrees. In addition, extended degree programmes are available for many of the single honour programmes. In these programmes, students add a preliminary foundation year to the usual three-year programme. UEL offers a range of postgraduate degrees, including taught master's degrees, professional doctorates and research degrees including MPhils and PhDs.[38]

UEL has an MBA programme in Malaysia via collaboration with Women's Institute of Management Malaysia.[39][40]

London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games

UEL's campuses are in Newham, the host borough of the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games, close to two Olympic venues; the Olympic Park in Stratford and the Excel Centre in Docklands. UEL has had Olympic and Paralympic projects including research, student involvement and sporting partnerships underway since it was announced that London's bid to host the Games was successful in 2005.


Asics had a five-year partnership with UEL, and provided bursaries and scholarships to support research athletes at the university. During the 2012 Games, ASICS played host to athletes, ambassadors and business partners in their brand centre at UEL's Stratford campus[41][42]

The London Organising Committee of the Olympic Games and Paralympic Games (LOCOG) was a Games-time partner with UEL and students volunteered as Games-makers during the Games.[41]

British Swimming has had a partnership with UEL since the London Olympic Games in 2005. British Swimming used UEL residencies during the Games.[43][44]

The United States Olympic Committee's Team USA used SportsDock as its training centre during the Games. UEL sites acted as a base for USOC's sports performance services, logistical operations and media relations.[45][46] Michelle Obama addressed the Team USA athletes at the SportsDock facility on Friday, 27 July 2012, speaking of the pride and excitement that the Games bring to people.[47]

UEL students volunteered with Team USA in a number of roles during the Olympic season, including writing for the team's Games-time publication.

Team Singapore (SSC)'s recovery centre was based at UEL, providing high-performance athletic services including an athletes' lounge. UEL also provided accommodation for SSC's medical team.[41][48]


In the seven years to 2012, UEL produced around 70 pieces of research work, including the Westfield Transport Observation, Newham Impact Evaluation and LOCOG Impact Evaluation.[49]

Student life

Stratford Library

Students' Union

The University of East London Students' Union (UELSU) is the university-wide representative body for students at the university. It exists to represent UEL students in university decision-making, to act as the voice of students in the national higher education policy debate, and to provide direct services to the student body. It is affiliated to the National Union of Students, which represents students nationwide. Elections are held every year to elect a new executive committee.[50] The Students' Union runs a number of clubs and societies, campaigns and entertainment. There is also a social meeting space, on the Docklands campus and another, the Dome, on the Stratford campus

There are over 50 societies at UEL.[51] There is a student e-zine called Your Universe, a joint partnership between UEL and student writers.[52]


UEL's sports clubs participate in the British Universities and Colleges Sport leagues and sports activities are managed by UELSports.[53] In 2011, UEL was named the most improved university for sport at the BUCS awards, having jumped 43 places in the league table.[54]

A sports centre at the Docklands campus, Sportsdock, opened in 2012. This was used by Team USA for their training during the 2012 Summer Olympics. The centre features a gym and fitness suite, two large indoor sports arenas, ten badminton courts, two competition basketball courts, volleyball and netball courts, cricket bays, two five-a-side football pitches, a sports café and covered seating for 400 people.[55]

Notable alumni

This article's list of alumni may not follow Wikipedia's verifiability policy. Please improve this article by removing names that do not have independent reliable sources showing they merit inclusion in this article AND are alumni, or by incorporating the relevant publications into the body of the article through appropriate citations. (January 2014)

See also: Category:Alumni of the University of East London

UEL and its predecessor institutions have a number of notable academic staff and alumni, including politicians, business people, authors, actors, musicians and sports people.

See also


  1. ^ a b c "Where do HE students study?". Higher Education Statistics Agency. Retrieved 1 March 2020.
  2. ^ York, Melissa (18 December 2011). "Building underway for "unique" campus in Stratford". Newham Recorder. Retrieved 22 March 2012.
  3. ^ "The Newham Story: West Ham Municipal Technical Institute". Archived from the original on 9 March 2012. Retrieved 29 July 2012.
  4. ^ a b c "Our History – University of East London (UEL)". University of East London (UEL). Archived from the original on 31 August 2011. Retrieved 4 October 2011.
  5. ^ a b "East London, University of (UEL) – A-Z Unis & Colleges, Getting into University –". The Independent. 27 July 2007. Retrieved 17 March 2008.
  6. ^ Frank Gould, 'Introduction', Degrees East: The Making of the University of East London 1892–1992 (London: Athlone Press, 1995) vii
  7. ^ "The University of East London (Uel) Barking Campus" (PDF). London Borough of Barking and Dagenham Local Studies Information. London Borough of Barking and Dagenham. Retrieved 28 March 2011.[permanent dead link]
  8. ^ "The Newham Story: UEL Docklands". Newham Council. Archived from the original on 24 March 2011. Retrieved 9 March 2011. from text provided to the publisher by UEL
  9. ^ a b Aisha Labi, "British Lawmakers Approve Sharp Increase in Tuition at English Universities" The Chronicle of Higher Education 9 December 2010. [1]
  10. ^ Aisha Labi,"In London, a Working-Class University Wrestles With Change" The Chronicle of Higher Education 29 April 2012 [2]
  11. ^ "December 2013 Newsletter (No. 37)". College of Arms. Retrieved 19 December 2013.
  12. ^ "University Square Stratford". University Square. Retrieved 22 March 2012.
  13. ^ "Selina Bolingbroke, Barking and Dagenham College". Barking & Dagenham College. Retrieved 9 March 2011.
  14. ^ "Our collaborative partners". University of East London. Archived from the original on 3 March 2011. Retrieved 9 March 2011.
  15. ^ "Property, Houses and Flats for Sale in Stratford, East London". Primelocation. Retrieved 4 October 2011.
  16. ^ "Training Health Professionals (NHS)" (PDF). University of East London (UEL). London. Retrieved 4 October 2011.[permanent dead link]
  17. ^ a b "UEL Development Projects" (PDF). University of East London.
  18. ^ "Greenhouse shortlisted for building award". BBC. 15 August 2001. Retrieved 9 March 2011.
  19. ^ "University of East London – SportsDock community launch – 24th March". British Universities and Colleges Sports. Retrieved 24 March 2012.
  20. ^ "U.S. Olympic Committee, 24 Hour Fitness Celebrate Opening of Team USA's High Performance Training Center at University of East London Docklands". Yahoo. Retrieved 3 August 2012.[permanent dead link]
  21. ^ The Carbuncle Cup award for the worst new building, access-date: 24 August 2014
  22. ^ "School of Business and Law". UEL. Retrieved 9 December 2013.
  23. ^ "Partners". University of East London – Royal Docks BusinessSchool. Retrieved 22 March 2012.
  24. ^ a b "University of East London Knowledge Dock". University of East London.
  25. ^ "Universe: Big Bang". Universe (Student E-zine). University of East London. Archived from the original on 18 April 2012. Retrieved 16 March 2012.
  26. ^ "Undergraduate study". School of Architecture, Computing and Engineering. University of East London.
  27. ^ "Cass School of Education and Communities". University of East London. Retrieved 20 March 2012.
  28. ^ "School of Health, Sport and Bioscience". University of East London. Retrieved 20 March 2012.
  29. ^ "School of Psychology". University of East London. Retrieved 20 March 2012.
  30. ^ "Graphic Design, BA (Hons) - UEL". Archived from the original on 27 March 2015. Retrieved 25 March 2015.
  31. ^ "School of Arts and the Digital Industries". University of East London. Retrieved 20 March 2012.
  32. ^ "Graduate School". University of East London. Retrieved 22 March 2012.
  33. ^ "Complete University Guide 2024". The Complete University Guide. 7 June 2023.
  34. ^ "Guardian University Guide 2024". The Guardian. 9 September 2023.
  35. ^ "Good University Guide 2024". The Times. 15 September 2023.
  36. ^ "QS World University Rankings 2024". Quacquarelli Symonds Ltd. 27 June 2023.
  37. ^ "THE World University Rankings 2024". Times Higher Education. 28 September 2023.
  38. ^ "Postgraduate Degree".
  39. ^ "Post graduate Programme Specification for MBA International Business". University of East London (UEL). Retrieved 4 October 2011.
  40. ^ "WIM – Academic Programes". Women's Institute of Management Malaysia (WIM), Archived from the original on 25 April 2012. Retrieved 4 October 2011.
  41. ^ a b c "Olympic Partners". UEL 2012. University of ast London. Archived from the original on 28 February 2012. Retrieved 24 March 2012.
  42. ^ "UEL agrees five-year partnership with Asics". Ocean Estate. Archived from the original on 1 November 2015. Retrieved 24 March 2012.
  43. ^ "ASA and UEL unveil London 2012 legacy". SwimWest. Retrieved 24 March 2012.[permanent dead link]
  44. ^ "British Swimming partners with the University of East London for 2012". University of East London. Retrieved 24 March 2012.
  45. ^ "US team to use university base at London Olympics". ESPN. 10 March 2010. Retrieved 24 March 2012.
  46. ^ "Team US picks University of East London as Olympic base". BBC News. 10 March 2010. Retrieved 24 March 2012.
  47. ^ Younger, Rachel (27 July 2012). "First Lady's 'Pride' In US Olympic Athletes". Sky News. Retrieved 29 July 2012.
  48. ^ "SSC To Offer Wider Range of Sports Medicine & Sports Science Support For Team Singapore at London 2012". Singapore Sports Council. Archived from the original on 15 December 2011. Retrieved 24 March 2012.
  49. ^ "Publication Research Bibliography". Research Publications. University of East London. Archived from the original on 1 March 2012. Retrieved 24 March 2012.
  50. ^ "University of East London Students' Union – Constitution" (PDF). University of East London (UEL). Retrieved 4 October 2011.
  51. ^ Merry, Louise (20 June 2011). "University of East London guide". The Daily Telegraph. London. Archived from the original on 12 January 2022. Retrieved 4 October 2011.
  52. ^ "Student Life". University of East London. Retrieved 24 March 2012.
  53. ^ "UELSports". University of East London. Retrieved 24 March 2012.
  54. ^ "UELSports". University of East London. Archived from the original on 18 April 2012. Retrieved 14 June 2012.
  55. ^ "UELSports". University of East London. Retrieved 14 June 2012.
  56. ^ "Simon Carter". Retrieved 31 May 2016.
  57. ^ "Kate Osamor".