University of Westminster

University of Westminster

The University of Westminster is a progressive and exciting institution to learn at. It was founded in 1838 and is among the largest and most varied global institutions within the UK. More than 5,000 students from over 150 countries attend our campus each year. The University has facilities located in the centre of London and Harrow providing a broad range in short-courses and foundation courses, master, bachelor and PhD programs across seven schools of academics. Westminster offers high-quality and centrally-located halls of residence and advice on accommodation is available through our dedicated accommodation Service.Westminster Business School, among London's most prominent centers for business-related professional education. Offering a wide range of innovative and practice focused programmes including MBA, professional and executive education courses.The School has a large and diverse academic body with extensive business, consultancy and research achievements.Accredited by leading professional bodies and collaborating in numerous international partnerships, the School engages in providing business expertise in consultancy, applied research and thought leadership to the industry. Westminster Business School continues to be committed to supporting organizational growth and success.


There are three main streams that have more than 65 distinct departments. The main departments of the University of Westminster are:

Arts: Humanities, Liberal Arts and Sciences, Social Sciences, Humanities and Law School, Westminster School of Arts & Westminster School of Media and Communication.

Science: College of Design, School of Computer Science, Creative and Digital Industries, School of Architecture, Computer Science and Engineering.

Commerce: Applied Management, Management and Marketing, Finance and Accounting, Organisations, Economy & Society.

A few most famous graduates at the University are Sir Thomas Bennett (architecture), Fougasse (editor) and John Ryan (animator), famous authors such as Mary Jo Bang and David Gascoyne as well as businessmen such Sinclair Beecham, Julian Metcalfe and Robert Bellinger, famous entertainers such as Charlie Brooker, Asif kapadia and Tej Lalvani. Some of the famous faculty members from this university are Sir George Cayley, father of aeronautical engineering Charles Algernon Parsons, engineer and inventor of the steam turbine , and Tom Ang, BBC presenter. Chantal Mouffe (political theorist), Ezra Pound (prominent contemporary poet) along with Jean Seaton (professor of media history and historian of the BBC).

The university hostels contain 1750 rooms and six residence halls. The university also assists students find private homes when they are unable find a hostel residence. The university's transportation system connects all residences with the campus. There are numerous scholarships offered to students, but it is not the case that the University of Westminster does not offer these scholarships. The most prominent scholarships include Brittan Scholarship, Brian Large Bursary Fund as well as Westheimer Health and Social Care Scholarship.

Administration and organisation

The University of Westminster is incorporated under the Companies Act as a charity and a company limited by guarantee but with no share capital. Also, it is an exemption charity as per the Charities Act of 1993.

The body that governs the university comprises the Court of Governors. The Court of Governors meets five times each year and is responsible for the successful running of the activities of the university, which includes its strategic development, its educational nature and mission, as well as finances. Its members are the Court of Governors are the trustees of the charity.

Colleges and School

University of Westminster is organised into three colleges and twelve schools with around 65 research and academic departments:

College of Design, Creative and Digital Industries, which includes the School of Architecture and Cities The School of Computer Science and Engineering as well as the Westminster School of Arts and the Westminster School of Media and Communications.

College of Liberal Arts and Sciences comprising the School of Humanities, the School of Life Sciences, the School of Social Sciences and Westminster Law School.

Westminster Business School, comprising Westminster Business School, which includes the School of Applied Management, the School of Finance and Accounting as well as the School of Management and Marketing and the School of Organisations, Economy and Society.

The University is home to the Institute of Modern and Contemporary Culture, the Centre for the Study of Democracy and the Policy Studies Institute.


Westminster earned an annual income of PS205.1 million for 2017-2018 of which, more than PS22 million came from research grants, funding contracts and grants


Westminster offers Master's, Bachelor's and Doctoral degrees, as along with diplomas and certificates at postgraduate and undergraduate levels. More than two-thirds of Westminster's courses are recognized by professional bodies, such as those of the BCS, BPS, CIOB, CABE, ICE, RICS, HPC etc. to acknowledge the high quality of the programs and their relevance to the professional professions.

The university has many centres of excellence in research and was ranked sixth in UK and 40th worldwide in the field of Media and Communications by QS World University Rankings 2018. The university also was listed as 15th in the world for Art and Design in the UK as well as 18th within the UK for Architecture. In the Times Higher Education Young University Rankings 2019 lists the best 50-year-old universities, out of 351 which are placed Westminster 151-200.

The university has achieved world-class and international excellence in the majority of their research and was ranked second in Communications, Cultural and Media Studies research, 6th in Art and Design research, and also excelling on Architecture and the Built Environment as well as Geography and Environmental research. in the year 2008's Research Assessment Exercise, almost 90% of Westminster's research in 20 subjects was judged to be of international standard. As of 2013, Westminster is ranked with the second-ranked university among universities in UK by the Architectural Journal, in the "AJ Top 100" special issue.

Student life

The Student Representative Council (SRC) was founded by the Polytechnic Institute in to foster a sense of unity and to expand the activities for students at the time. The SRC was a part of the National Union of Students but initially, it was primarily focused on social events.

After 1945 , the school began to promote issues like lifting the restriction on political or religious activities within the Polytechnic and the establishment of the formal Students Union. It was lifted after 1962, followed by was granted a Union grant was awarded in 1965.

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