About the University

The University of Greenwich is a large university with three attractive campuses. We have strong regional, national and international links with excellence in applied research, and, over the last 20 years we have become a major player in the education sector. We have a turnover of almost £150 million and nearly 26,000 students, of which 21 per cent of them are postgraduate.

The university is proud of its culturally diverse mix of students and high proportion of mature students.

A century of service

The University of Greenwich was originally a polytechnic which was opened to teach practical and commercial skills to London workers in late Victorian Britain. An innovator from the start, this institution pioneered the country’s first part-time day-release and sandwich courses. Over the years, a range of specialist organisations has joined the institution, giving it the diverse strengths it has today in subjects such as teacher training, architecture, engineering and history.


Around 4,500 students from more than 140 countries choose to study on campus and many others study for University of Greenwich qualifications in their home countries. Academically, we have links with universities and colleges all over the globe. Our staff body also has an international flavour and includes 30 lecturing and research staff from China.

Quality and standards

We set high standards for teaching quality and student support and provide professional training opportunities for all lecturers. We get students’ views on our services through our annual student satisfaction survey, and if shortcomings are found, we address them.

We also place a lot of value in our research and consultancy work, offering high-tech facilities in science, engineering, pharmacy and natural resources research, as well as excellent teaching facilities.

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Key facts

  • The Greenwich Campus is based on a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and we are custodian of 16 listed buildings with special architectural or historic interest.
  • We have won three Queen’s Anniversary Prizes for Higher and Further Education.