University of Greenwich

United Kingdom

About Greenwich

The university dates back to 1890, when Woolwich Polytechnic was founded in Woolwich as the second-oldest polytechnic in the United Kingdom. In 1970, Woolwich Polytechnic merged with various other higher education institutions to form Thames Polytechnic. In the following years, Dartford College (1976), Avery Hill College (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 University of Greenwich. In 2001, the university gave up its historic main campus in the Bathway Quarter in Woolwich, relocating to its current main campus in Greenwich Park.

The university has ranked well in terms of student satisfaction across all 20 listed universities in London – with it topping lists of 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2013 consecutively. It has not left the top five since its entry in 2010. The University of Greenwich has been ranked among the 200 institutions with the most global outlook and named one of the "most international" universities on the planet by Times Higher Education magazine.


The Greenwich Campus is on a World Heritage Site on the banks of the River Thames. The university's largest campus is centred on three baroque buildings designed by Sir Christopher Wren at the end of the 17th century. The Independent newspaper described it as "more breathtaking than the Versailles of Louis XIV".

The university has recently invested £76 million in the new Stockwell Street building to house the extensive campus library, TV studios, editing suites and academic facilities for a range of disciplines. The Stephen Lawrence Gallery provides a showcase for the work of contemporary artists. Stockwell Street is just a short walk from the university's buildings on the Old Royal Naval College site. Here are some amenities near our campus.

Located on the Kent coast, approximately 30 miles from central London, this splendid Edwardian redbrick and ivy-clad campus – dating from 1903 – has benefited from £50 million in investment since 1996. It is home to the Faculty of Engineering and Science, and also hosts programmes from the Faculty of Education and Health.

Extensive new purpose-built laboratories and research facilities have been opened at Medway. The centrepiece of the campus is a magnificent learning resource centre, the Drill Hall Library, converted from a naval drill hall and offering 100,000 square feet of space. It houses a library, computers, study areas and teaching rooms. The Pilkington Building next door, converted from the naval canteen, contains a lecture theatre, exhibition space, teaching rooms and a bistro-style café. Pilkington is used to host a variety of events, from the annual Christmas Dinner and Dance to Robot Wars. Here are some amenities near our campus.

The Avery Hill Campus consists of two sites, Mansion Site and Southwood Site, both of which are located in the 86-acre Avery Hill Park in Eltham, south-east London. Only a few minutes' walk apart, these two Victorian sites house some of the best teaching, living and sporting facilities.

Students can use computing and laboratory equipment, lecture theatres and a TV studio with 1,000 square feet of floor space. The library has an extensive collection of books and journals and its staff provide expert media support.

A £14 million project to improve facilities on campus has brought two new buildings to the Southwood Site. The David Fussey Building is home to a sports and teaching centre with a multi-purpose sports hall for staff and students and a 220-seat lecture theatre. The upper floors include four clinical skills laboratories, which replicate NHS wards, allowing trainee health professionals to get real hands-on experience. Here are some amenities near our campus.

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