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Wandering around the main campus in Greenwich, you could be forgiven for thinking that you were visiting the best university that the UK has to offer. The place is simply stunning, palatial buildings well-manicured lawns and a rarefied atmosphere. Although her ranking and reputation arent quite challenging Oxford and Cambridge yet, Greenwich is an important London university, not least because it has set out to be a diverse institution recruiting students from all kinds of backgrounds and locations, making it a fantastic place to study.
The south-east corner of London where Greenwich is situated is actually great value for money when compared to other parts of London. The other campuses, while not quite as aesthetically pleasing, are also great study locations.
The University of Greenwich offers the best of both worlds, city and country. As a student you are on the doorstep of London, but with the cream of Kent - rolling hills, pub-to-pub walks, seaside resorts and historic sites - not far away.
Education is about breadth as well as depth. It is about places and people, sights and heritage as well as books and keyboards. So let us look a little about how the university was born and how it has grown.
The university traces its roots to 1890, when Britainï¿½ï¿½s second polytechnic was opened near the Thames at Woolwich to teach practical and commercial skills to London workers. An innovator from the start, the polytechnic pioneered the countryï¿½ï¿½s first part-time day-release and sandwich courses. Over the years a range of specialist organisations have joined the institution, giving it diverse strengths in subjects such as teacher training, architecture, engineering and history. The name Thames Polytechnic was adopted in 1970. The University of Greenwich was awarded university status in 1992.
The university has three campuses: Avery Hill, in the south-east London district of Eltham; Greenwich, in the historic London borough; and Medway, which is in Chatham Maritime, Kent.
The university is proud of its diverse student body. People from more than 100 countries choose to study at Greenwich, part of an international student community of 4,000. Services for students with disabilities or who have dyslexia give support to more than 1,000. Many of our black and other ethnic-minority students participate in a mentoring scheme which pairs them with highfliers in the City and elsewhere. Students benefit from a research environment where staff share their expertise and specialist facilities. Greenwich set high standards for teaching quality and provide professional training opportunities for all lecturers. They also measure studentsï¿½ï¿½ views on our services through our annual student satisfaction survey, and if shortcomings are found, they address them.
Each year the university offers its most distinguished buildings as part of the London Open House architectural festival, an event enabling the public to appreciate some of the capitalï¿½ï¿½s architectural gems. The university also takes part in the annual Greenwich and Docklands International Festival, a celebration of music, theatre, dance and other performing arts in and around the borough.