University of Greenwich
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|Chancellor||Baroness Scotland of Asthal|
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Avery Hill Campus (London)
The University of Greenwich is a public university located in London, United Kingdom. Previous names include Woolwich Polytechnic and Thames Polytechnic. It has three campuses in London and Kent, England. These are located at Greenwich, in the grounds of the Old Royal Naval College, and in Avery Hill and Medway.
In 2012, the University of Greenwich was rated as the greenest in the UK by People & Planet Green League Table. The university is ranked in the top 750 by QS World University Rankings. It received a Silver rating in the UK government's Teaching Excellence Framework.
The university dates back to 1891, when Woolwich Polytechnic, the second-oldest polytechnic in the United Kingdom, opened in Woolwich. It was founded by Frank Didden, supported by and following the principles of Quintin Hogg, and opened to students in October 1891. Like Hogg's pioneering venture in London's Regent Street, it initially combined education with social and religious functions. In 1894 it focused on an educational role, concentrating on higher technical education appropriate to its location close to Woolwich Dockyard and the Royal Arsenal, with its premises also used for day schools - the first Woolwich Polytechnic School was established in 1897.
In 1970, Woolwich Polytechnic merged with part of Hammersmith College of Art and Building 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 1993. In 2001, the university gave up its historic main campus in the Bathway Quarter in Woolwich, relocating to its current main campus in Greenwich.
Campuses and schools
Avery Hill Campus
Avery Hill Campus comprises two sites, Mansion Site and Southwood Site. Both are situated in the 86-acre Avery Hill Park in the Royal Borough of Greenwich, south-east London. The campus is home to the Faculty of Education & Health.
Facilities include computer laboratories, a library and a TV studio, as well as a sports and teaching centre with a sports hall and 220-seat lecture theatre. Southwood Site also has a number of clinical skills laboratories. These replicate NHS wards, enabling trainee health professionals to gain hands-on experience.
The Village complex provides student accommodation, a general shop and a launderette. The Dome, in the centre of the complex, houses a food outlet and gym. Rugby, football, indoor pitches, netball and tennis courts, a dance studio and soon to be built astroturfs are on Avery Hill campus. The facility, which was built by Wimpey Construction under a PFI contract, was completed in 1996.
The magnificent Winter Garden, the centrepiece of the Mansion site, has been allowed to fall into neglect and is on Historic England's 'At Risk' Register. A campaign to restore the Winter Garden is putting pressure on the University and Royal Greenwich Council to ensure its future.
The campus is home to the Business School and the Faculty of Liberal Arts and Sciences. The campus also includes university's Greenwich Maritime Institute, a specialist maritime management, policy and history teaching and research institute.
The campus has a large library at Stockwell Street which houses an extensive collection of books and journals, language labs and a 300-PC computing facility. Other facilities include specialist computer laboratories including one at Dreadnought centre, a TV studio and editing suites. The Stephen Lawrence Gallery at the Stockwell Street building, showcases the work of contemporary artists and is linked to the Department for Creative Professions & Digital Arts.
The Faculty of Engineering and Science is based here, as is the Natural Resources Institute, a centre for research, consultancy and education in natural and human resources. It is also the home of Medway School of Pharmacy, a joint school operated by the Universities of Greenwich and Kent. The Faculty of Education & Health offers a number of its programmes at Medway.
Facilities include laboratories, workshops, a computer-aided design studio and a training dispensary. The Drill Hall Library is a learning resource centre with a library, computers, study areas and teaching rooms. Social facilities include a sports hall, bar, gym and outdoor tennis courts.
The university is a member of Universities at Medway, a partnership of educational establishments at Chatham Maritime that is developing the area as a major higher education centre in the Medway region.
Greenwich has four faculties:
- Faculty of Liberal Arts and Sciences
- Business School
- Faculty of Education and Health
- Faculty of Engineering and Science
Many of the university's programmes include placement opportunities. The university plays a regional role in training teachers, nurses, social care professionals and further education lecturers.
Significant areas of research and consultancy include landscape architecture, employment relations, fire safety, natural resources, social network analysis, education, training, educational leadership and public services.
Examples of research
- The university's Natural Resources Institute has developed an artificial cow that attracts and kills the tsetse fly. This was recognised by a Universities UK survey in 2009 as one of the ten most important discoveries to be made in a UK university over the past 60 years.
- The Fire Safety Engineering Group, part of the School of Computing & Mathematical Sciences, is a world leader in computational fire engineering, including expertise in aircraft, building, ship and rail evacuation and fire modelling. It has developed airEXODUS, a leading evacuation model in the aviation industry.
- A University of Greenwich research team helped restore the Cutty Sark after it was badly damaged by fire.
- Researchers working on 19 sustainable development and agriculture projects in India helped the university to win the 2010 Times Higher Education Award for Outstanding International Strategy.
- Two University of Greenwich scientists have developed a technology which converts contaminated land and industrial waste into harmless pebbles, capturing large amounts of carbon dioxide at the same time.
- The Greenwich Maritime Institute makes internationally recognised contributions to research in maritime history and economics, such as its exploration of the governance of the River Thames since the 1960s and the effects this has had on the economic development of adjacent communities.
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In 2013, University of Greenwich was ranked 701 by QS World University Rankings The university is ranked 87 out of 116 institutions according to the Guardian University Guide 2015 University League Table.
In 2012, the university was rated as the greenest in the UK by People & Planet Green League Table.
Prominent alumni of the university and its predecessor organisations include Nobel Laureate Charles Kao, who was awarded the Nobel Prize in Physics in 2009 for his work on transmission of light in fibre optics, and Abiy Ahmed, who won the 2019 Nobel Peace Prize. Two British government ministers, Richard Marsh and Gareth Thomas, are also graduates. A more extensive list is given below.
- Abiy Ahmed, Prime Minister of Ethiopia and Nobel Peace prize winner
- Jamie 'JME' Adenuga, MC
- Bola Agbaje, playwright
- Helen Bailey, writer
- Tariq Bashir, Head of Science Section and S&T Policy Expert, Government of Pakistan (Fifteen to One)
- Natasha Bedingfield, pop singer (did not graduate)
- John Behr, theologian
- Malorie Blackman, children's author
- John Boyega, actor, best known for Star Wars: The Force Awakens
- Liam Brown, author
- Alex Cartana, singer-songwriter and actress
- Campbell Christie, chairman of Falkirk F.C.
- Mark Daly, Irish Senator
- Siobhan Dowd, writer (A Swift Pure Cry)
- Jenni Fagan, author
- Leo Fortune-West, professional footballer
- Sarah Gillespie, singer-songwriter
- Pippa Guard, actress
- Gareth Hale, comedian
- Patrick Harrington, politician in the National Front (1979–1989) and currently Third Way (UK) think-tank; general secretary of Solidarity – The Union for British Workers
- Rachael Heyhoe-Flint, cricketer
- Brian Jacks, 1972 Summer Olympics bronze medallist in Judo
- Mark Jackson, musician (VNV Nation)
- Matt James, musician (Gene)
- Charles K. Kao, Nobel Prize winning scientist
- Graham Kendrick, Christian worship leader
- Sammy Lee, IVF specialist
- Richard Marsh, Baron Marsh, politician
- Rui Moreira, Portuguese politician and businessman; mayor of Porto
- Chinenye Ochuba, former Most Beautiful Girl in Nigeria
- Sarah Ockwell-Smith, childcare author
- Norman Pace, comedian
- Ann Packer, 1964 Summer Olympics gold medallist
- Lara Pulver, Olivier Award nominated dancer and actress
- Richard Pybus, cricket coach
- Jamie Reynolds, musician (Klaxons)
- George Rose, businessman
- Dave Rowntree, musician (Blur)
- Etienne Schneider, Deputy Prime Minister of Luxembourg
- Peter Skinner, MEP
- Aramazd Stepanian, playwright
- William G. Stewart, TV presenter (Fifteen to One)
- Nina Stibbe, author
- Adelle Stripe, author
- Gareth Thomas, politician
- Ewen Whitaker, lunar astronomer (alumnus of Woolwich Polytechnic)
- Joel Willans, author, copywriter and British expat; creator of a popular Finnish social media brand and author of a related book, which makes light fun of stereotypes related to Finland.
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