The history of the university dates back to 1890, when Woolwich Polytechnic was founded as the second-oldest polytechnic of 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, extending considerably the range of subjects taught.
In 1992, the century-old Thames Polytechnic was granted university status by the Major government (together with various other polytechnics) and renamed University of Greenwich. Traditionally, the institution has focused on engineering, mathematics, computing and natural science. In recent decades, its business school has become a particular strength.
Since the 19th century, the university has expanded from a technical institution to teach a range of subjects across engineering, natural sciences, social sciences, humanities and business. Its research focus is applied science with strong links to the scientific community.
From 2004 – 2011, operations of the University were overseen by Vice Chancellor Tessa Blackstone. Blackstone, a Labour life peer, who was previously Master of Birkbeck College. She served as Minister for Education (1997–2001) and Minister for Arts (2001–2003) of the United Kingdom under the Labour government. She took her Ph.D at the London School of Economics before becoming the Professor of Educational Administration at University of London Institute of Education. Under her leadership, several world-class professors had been recruited by the University of Greenwich. As of October 1 2011 the position of Vice Chancellor is held by Professor David Maguire, who was formally responsible for research and enterprise at Birmingham City University, and holds a doctorate from the University of Bristol.
Among its prominent alumni are Nobel Laureate Charles Kao, former British Minister for Transport Richard Marsh, former British Minister of State Gareth Thomas, and business leader George Rose, among numerous others.
The university is ranked 88 out of 120 institutions according to the Guardian University Guide 2013 University League Table.
The Complete University Guide rank Greenwich 102 out of 116 in their league table 2013.
At the Business School we offer a range of subject areas to specialise your chosen career in, including accounting, banking, business management, economics, events, finance, international business, marketing, PR, transport logistics and tourism.
A cosmopolitan place to study
Each year, students from hundreds of countries join the University of Greenwich. They bring fresh perspectives, and many form friendships that span continents and last lifetimes.
We have been named as one of the “most international” universities on the planet by Times Higher Education magazine.
Greenwich Campus is based on a UNESCO World Heritage Site on the banks of the River Thames. As part of the Old Royal Naval College, it was described by The Independent newspaper as “more breathtaking than the Versailles of Louis XIV”.
Only 20 minutes away from Central London with excellent national rail and DLR services.
JME graduated from the University of Greenwich with first class honours in 3D Digital Design, he is the brother of fellow musician Skepta.
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