Welcome a new member to SGroup Network - University of Westminster

We are pleased to welcome the University of Westminster to the SGroup Network. We believe that a rich history of this university, combined with its fields of expertise, international reputation will open new avenues of collaboration opportunities to SGroup’s members and partners. Below you will find some important facts and figures about the new member university.  


With a vibrant learning environment  and a commitment to educating for professional life, the University of Westminster has a distinguished 175-year history, and continues to attract more than 20,000 students from 150 different nations, supported by 1650 academic staff. The heritage and background of the University are detailed on their website.


Founded as The Polytechnic Institution in 1838, and with a proud educational  history that saw it eventually become the Polytechnic of Central London in 1970, Westminster gained University status in 1992. UoW’s structure comprises 5 academic faculties: Architecture  and the  Built Environment; Media, Arts and Design; Science and Technology; Social Sciences and Humanities (including our Law School); and Westminster Business School. Thus, the UoW offers a comprehensive range of disciplines. Located in the very heart of London, it is home to highly diverse population of students and staff, UK, EU and international,  and view itself as an institution that is both global and local.


The University aims to embed internationalisation, employability and green-thinking into all areas of its work, and to build a cutting-edge, innovative and creative research culture which is known for making a difference. Westminster’s  Erasmus+ Charter promotes student and staff mobility through strategic prioritisation of partnerships for innovation and entrepreneurship,  and capacity  building projects in Wider Europe. The University of Westminster formally articulated its Internationalisation Strategy in 2013 the key priorities if which  include the attention to the University, and its students, staff and alumni, as a global community; the global experience of staff members and students; global research themes and connections; global partnerships; and global communications. The delivery of the framework was entrusted with Prof. Alexandra Hughes, Pro Vice-Chancellor for Global Engagement. The key priority regions for this process include Europe, China and Hong Kong, Central Asia, S/SE Asia and the Americas.


A significant internationalisation objective for the University is the further enhancement of outward mobility by its students. Study Abroad has been a priority for Westminster and an array of options are available. At present, a project is being developed whose aim is to establish more short term outward student mobility options, study and work related, and to encourage student take up of such options, in line with the UK Outward Student Mobility Strategy (2013), and with work on global citizenship carried out under the aegis of Learning Futures project.


The University of Westminster has been involved in 35 projects from the LL Programmes in the last 5 years, worth around £10.2m. In addition there are 25 contract research/consultancy projects funded  by the European Commission, including 4 Tempus, 5 LLP/Erasmus, 24 Framework Programme and 2 Horizon 2020. Of these, 15 projects are still in progress, worth around £7.5m.


A wide range of Westminster’s courses have received excellent QAA ratings, and the University’s research leads the way in many areas including Art and Design, Electronic Engineering, and Media and Communication.

The University of Westminster’s Architecture Department was ranked joint sending in the UK by practicing architects in the “Architects Journal” and the Journalism and Mass Communications department is rated top in the UK in QS Rankings 2014.


The UoW has been ranked number 16 in the UK according to a LinkedIn list of the top 25 UK universities for marketing and professionals based on their career paths.