University of East London

The University of East London (UEL) is a global learning community with over 28,000 students from over 120 countries world-wide and is one of the UK’s most diverse and fastest growing universities. UEL vision is to be an enterprising, international university bringing transformational opportunities to individuals, communities and businesses in our region, through diversity, partnership and excellence in teaching and research.


London is a great place to live, work and study. It is a truly global city. It is the place where international business collides with a rich vein of creative and cultural expression.

Nowhere in the UK is this blend of old and new, tradition and innovation, more striking than in East London and the Thames Gateway: an area undergoing massive multi-million pound investment and regeneration. In fact it’s the largest regeneration area in Europe.

At its heart, stands UEL. Stratford, our historic home, is in the global spotlight as never before in the run up to the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. Docklands, the site of our second, ultra-modern campus is also home the O2 arena, Canary Wharf and many other symbols of modern, multicultural London.

Who They are

They are a global learning community, proud of our diversity, with a worldwide alumni network of over 37,000 members.

Global community

Students at UEL don’t conform to the usual stereotypes. Many of their  students are from non-traditional backgrounds. Many are over-21 on entry, and many are the first in their families to attend university.

This diversity of background, cultures and life experience enriches student life not just in the classrooms and seminars, and also on campus.

UEL is also a leader in the field of distance learning, and as such one of the top three providers of e-learning and distance learning programmes in the UK.


To be an enterprising, international university bringing transformational opportunities to individuals, communities and businesses in our region, throughdiversity, partnership and excellence in teaching and research.


They adhere to a set of values that will guide what they do and provide a clear statement to those they work with of their standards and expectations.

  • They are student centred. They identify, anticipate and meet student needs to enable them to achieve their potential.
  • university community of staff and students and take pride in ourachievements, commitment and contribution
  • academic excellence in all that they do
  • ambition, innovation, creativity and enterprise and will take risks wherenecessary
  • equality of opportunity, diversity and inclusion
  • partnership, to achieve excellence and to help others achieve excellence
  • sustainability, and will promote and help secure a socially just, healthy,prosperous and environmentally responsible world.

What they do

They invest heavily in the success of our students, forging links with business to deliver employer friendly courses and secure excellent employability rates for our UEL graduates.

UEL Students
  • 250+ full-time and part-time programmes of study
  • £170 million investment in recent years on our main campuses at Stratford and Docklands
  • 78% of our research is rated ‘internationally recognised’ (RAE 2008)
  • 93% of our students are employed or in further study within 6 months of completing their course


The University of East London is a new university (designated in 1992) with a long tradition behind it. The UEL of today rests on the achievements of the West Ham Technical Institute, the South East Essex Technical College and School and the North East London Polytechnic (designated in 1969, later the Polytechnic of East London – 1988).

Since its establishment in 1898, the building that is now our Stratford Campus has been a site of continual learning. UEL was granted university status in 1992, and continued to grow ever since.


West Ham Technical Institute

Photo reproduced by permission of English Heritage.NMR

In 1892 the newly formed Borough of West Ham decided upon the need to establish a grand technical institute to serve the local community.


Opening ceremony

The institute was to be a “people’s university” in the words of Mr. Passmore Edwards, speaking at the building’s opening ceremony.


West Ham Technical Institute

Throughout the early twentieth century, the West Ham Technical Institute taught degree programmes ratified by the University of London. Courses were focused on preparing students for the working world.


Leader magarzine

As demand for more technical education grew throughout the 1930s and 40s, the county council decided to create two further colleges at Walthamstow and Dagenham


The picture shows a couple of NELP students from the 70s

In 1970, these three colleges (West Ham, Walthamstow, Dagenham) were combined to create the North East London Polytechnic.(The picture shows a couple of NELP students from the 70s)


Arthur Edwards building on the Stratford campus

Campuses were modernised and revitalised by buildings such as the Arthur Edwards building on the Stratford campus, completed in 1982.


In 1988 NELP became a Higher Education Corporation. It was renamed the Polytechnic of East London and in 1989 Barking Regional College of Technology became the Polytechnic’s Barking Campus.

Was opened by the freshly installed Mayor of London, Ken Livingstone.

In 1992, the Polytechnic of East London became the University of East London. UEL consisted of Barking Campus (closed 2006) and the Stratford Campus. In 2000 the Docklands Campus – the first new university campus built in London for over 50 years – was opened by the freshly installed Mayor of London, Ken Livingstone.

How to find UEL

Great Transport links, including London Buses and tube services provide you with quick and easy access to both of our campuses. You will find directions and location maps in the ‘How to get here’ sections of our campus pages.

Interactive Campus Maps

Our interactive campus maps show you what is on our campuses. As well as information about the buildings and facilities these maps show you where to find our student-facing helpdesks and where to grab a bite to eat.

Our Interactive London Map shows you where our campuses are in relation to London. If you fancy a jaunt around London, our London Map also offers excellent information about places of interest and travel details from both of our campuses – Explore the City with UEL.


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