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London Metropolitan University

The London Metropolitan University, sometimes referred to as London Met or LMU, located in London, England, was formed on 1 August 2002 by the amalgamation of London Guildhall University and the University of North London. The University is based in inner London with a campus in the City of London and a second campus in Islington next to Arsenal's Emirates Stadium.

The University, with one of the highest student numbers amongst London universities , operates its own archives, libraries and museum. The Women's Library, which houses the archives of the Fawcett Society, and other material on the history of feminism. The other collections are the TUC Library, the Irish Studies Collection and The Frederick Parker Collection .


London Metropolitan University was formed on 1 August 2002 by the merger of London Guildhall University with the University of North London. The new institution preserved continuity by assuming the company registration of the former London Guildhall University and as a result there was no hiatus in the corporate existence of the University or its degree awarding powers. The change of name of the merged University was approved by the Privy Council. In October 2006, the University opened a new Science Centre, part of a £30m investment in its science department. Close to its Holloway Road site, the facility includes a "Super Lab" claimed to be one of Europe's most advanced science teaching facilities with 280 workstations equipped with digital audio visual interactive equipment. The University's Vice-Chancellor is Brian Roper.
The President Emeritus, who holds the academic title of Professor, is Sir Roderick Floud.

Historical Background: London Guildhall University

In 1848 Charles Blomfield, the Bishop of London, called upon the clergy to establish evening classes to improve the moral, intellectual and spiritual condition of young men in London. In response, the bishop Charles Mackenzie, who instituted the Metropolitan Evening Classes for Young Men in Crosby Hall, Bishopsgate, London, with student fees at one shilling per session. Subjects on the original curriculum included Greek, Latin, Hebrew, English, History, Mathematics, Drawing and Natural Philosophy. This fledgling college came under royal patronage following the visit of Prince Albert to the classes in 1851. In 1860 the classes moved to Sussex Hall, the former Livery Hall of the Bricklayers' Company, in Leadenhall Street. By this time, some 800 students were enrolled annually.

In 1861 the classes were reconstituted and named the City of London College. Over the next twenty years, the College was one of the pioneers in the introduction of commercial and technical subjects. The college built new premises in White Street at a cost of £16,000 (contributions were received from Queen Victoria and the Prince of Wales) and were opened in 1881. In 1891 the college joined Birkbeck Institute and the Northampton Institute to form the City Polytechnic by a Charity Commissioners' scheme to facilitate funding for these institutions by the City Parochial Foundation, and to enable the three institutions to work cooperatively. However this attempted federation did not function in practice, as each institution continued to operate more or less independently. The City Polytechnic concept was dissolved in 1906 and the City of London College came under the supervision of London County Council.

In December 1940 the college's building was destroyed by a German air raid. City of London College subsequently moved into premises at 84 Moorgate in 1944. In 1948, the City of London College celebrated its centenary with a service of thanksgiving addressed by the Archbishop of Canterbury at St Paul's Cathedral. In 1970 the college merged with Sir John Cass College to form the City of London Polytechnic. From 1992 to July 2002, the institution changed its name to London Guildhall University.

Historical Background: University of North London

Founded as the Northern Polytechnic Institute in 1896, it merged in the early 1970s with the North Western Polytechnic which was established in 1929, to become the Polytechnic of North London. Until the passing of the Education Reform Act 1988, the Polytechnic was under the control of the Inner London Education Authority — part of the then Greater London Council and awarded the degrees of the former Council for National Academic Awards. Under the Further and Higher Education Act 1992, the institution, a pioneer of widening participation and access to higher education, was granted University status and the right to award its own degrees. Following the merger with London Guildhall University, London Metropolitan University became the largest unitary university in Greater London.


London Metropolitan University has two campuses named London City campus and London North campus.

London City campus

The London City campus is the site of the former London Guildhall University, near Aldgate East, Tower Hill and Liverpool Street tube stations.

There are buildings located at Minories, Jewry Street,Central House, Moorgate, Whitechapel High Street, Calcutta House, Commercial Road and Goulston Sreet. There is a gymnasium for the use of staff and students at the Whitechapel High St. building, although there are also several private gymnasiums nearby.

The City campus is at the intersection of the City of London financial district and the old East end (Jack the Ripper tours frequently pass by the University's buildings). Spitalfields market is close by, offering a variety of bars, coffee shops, and restaurants, as well as market stalls.

London North campus

London North campus is the site of the former University of North London, near Holloway Road and Highbury & Islington tube stations.

The Campus began life in 1896 as the Northern Polytechnic Institute. By 1900, student numbers had doubled and later the Institute's evening degrees were recognised by the University of London.

In the early 1970s, the Northern Polytechnic merged with the North Western Polytechnic, which was established in 1929, to become the Polytechnic of North London. In 1992 the Polytechnic became the University of North London.


London Metropolitan University is the largest "single university" in London, serving more than 34,000 students and with buildings spread throughout the centre of London. The University offers 485 degree courses and has the largest choice of courses in London. The University has nearly 8,000 overseas students from more than 155 different countries. In 2005/06, London Metropolitan University was ranked third most popular university in United Kingdom for international students

Academic reputation

London Metropolitan chooses not to appear in privately organised league tables because this university believes that the UK Government should be the formal assessor of universities, rather than (private) newspapers' tables.

The quality of teaching is assessed through the UK Higher Education Quality Assurance Agency (QAA) which works with higher education institutions to define academic standards and quality, and then carry out reviews against these standards. In the most recent Institutional Audit, the QAA awarded London Met its highest quality rating for the academic standards of the University's taught courses -'broad confidence'.(the highest level of commendation) in the soundness of the London Metropolitan University's management of the quality of its academic programmes and the academic standards of its awards.

Academic departments/faculties

London Metropolitan University University currently consists of 10 departments:


Every year London Metropolitan University invests over £700,000 in its scholarship programme to help academically excellent students as well as students with outstanding achievements in various sports disciplines fund their education. London Metropolitan University offers a Merit Scholarship Programme and gives £1000 for all international students who achieve A grades whilst studying any bachelor degree course at the University. London Metropolitan University also offers some scholarships in sports, such as Hockey, Tennis and Basketball.

The University also offers postgraduate scholarships, a range of full tuition scholarships, including some scholarships with free accommodation.

London Metropolitan University offers scholarships in conjunction with:

Study Abroad Programmes

The London Metropolitan University has several student exchange programmes with academic institutions abroad. The list of U.S. partner institutions includes Alverno College, Canisius College, City College of New York, Roosevelt University, San Francisco State University, Utah State University, Western Carolina University, and SUNY Cortland. Students of Caribbean Studies may have the chance to study for one semester at the University of the West Indies.

London Metropolitan University cooperates with several European universities as part of the ERASMUS programme and has exchange agreements with the University of Applied Arts Vienna in Austria, Charles University in Prague in the Czech Republic, Jyväskylä University of Applied Sciences in Finland, Ecole Supérieure de Commerce Et Management, the famous Institut d'études politiques de Bordeaux, Paris Descartes University, Paul Valéry University, Montpellier III, well-known University of Paris III: Sorbonne Nouvelle, University of Provence University of Savoie and University of Toulouse in France, Fachhochschule Aachen, Fachhochschule Eberswalde, Hochschule Bremen, Humboldt University of Berlin, Munich University of Applied Sciences, Universität Lüneburg and University of Bremen in Germany, Politecnico di Milano, University of Bologna and University of Ferrara in Italy, Kaunas University of Technology in Lithuania, Maastricht University, Utrecht School of the Arts and Zuyd University in the Netherlands, the University of Bergen in Norway, the University of Wrocław in Poland, Complutense University of Madrid, Jaume I University, Pompeu Fabra University, University of Alcalá, University of Barcelona, University of Granada, University of Lleida and University of Seville in Spain, Mälardalen University, the very prestigious Lund University and Stockholm University in Sweden, and finally Çankaya University and Istanbul Bilgi University in Turkey.

All students who participate in the Erasmus exchange programme receive some grants.


More than 29,000 students are studying at London Metropolitan University, of whom 21,955 are undergraduate students and 6,860 are postgraduates. Almost 7,000 overseas students from more than 155 different countries attend the university.

Student activities

London Metropolitan University Students' Union (MetSU) is affiliated to the National Union of Students. The day to day running of the Union is organised by a team of officers who together make up the Executive Committee. A Student Council sets policy and can set the direction that the Executive take. It can also censure and remove officers from their positions. The University directly manages two award-winning social facilities: The Rocket complex and courtyard located on Holloway Road at North campus; and Hub Bar located on Goulston Street at City campus.The Rocket is renowned for its famous club night, which was once voted best student night out in London by Time Out. At Sub Bar, refurbished after years of neglect in the 1990s, events include acoustic/open mic nights, live bands, quiz and comedy nights, club and dj nights. Both the Rocket and Sub are favoured by club and live music promoters for high profile public events. Recent performances have included acts such as Norman Jay, Mary Ann Hobbs, 2manydjs, Justice and Foreign Beggars with Beardyman.

Clubs and societies

  • London Metropolitan University Free Tibet Society
  • London Metropolitan University German Society
    • founded in January 2008 due to an increasing number of German, Austrian and Swiss students at London Metropolitan University in order to generate an institutional platform for cultural exchange and to encourage an academic and personal exchange of experiences
  • London Metropolitan University LGBT Society
  • London Metropolitan University Polish Society
  • London Metropolitan University Scandinavian Society

Board of Governors

  • Independent Lay Governors
    • Peter Anwyl - Director of International Students House, providers of accommodation for students in London
    • Graham Castle
    • Stephan John - presumably Stephan John from Summit Skills, Operations Manager at the Sector Skills Council for Building Services Engineering, and responsible for leading the organisation's planning for the 2012 Olympic Games
    • Prof Zenobia Nadirshaw - Head of Psychology at Kensington & Chelsea PCT. She is a senior qualified practitioner with thirty years experience working in the National Health Service in learning disabilities, influencing service planning, service provision and service delivery issues at local, regional and national level
    • Raj Patel - Enterprise Insight's Director of Policy since November 2003. Former positions include: Head of Research and Development at the Neighbourhood Renewal Unit in the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister, and Director of GLE Strategies, the research and consultancy division of Greater London Enterprise. Raj is a trustee of the Black Training and Enterprise Group and an editorial board member of the Local Economy Journal
    • Abdul Rahim - A graduate of the University of East London, where he obtained an MBA; Managing Director of Platinumlinks Limited (which he founded in March 2000); Fellow of the Royal Society of Manufacture and Arts (RSA). Also a director of London Met's subsidiary London Metropolitan Enterprises Ltd
    • Finlay Scott - Chief Executive, General Medical Council and Board Member of the Postgraduate Medical Education and Training Board (PMETB)
    • Sarah Tyacke - Chair of the International Records Management Trust; former Keeper of Public Records and Historical Manuscripts Commissioner for the United Kingdom government and Chief Executive of the National Archives of England and Wales (1992-2005)
  • Vice Chancellor and Chief Executive
    • Brian Roper
  • Academic Board
    • Bob Morgan - Head of the Department of Business and Service Sector Management
    • John Gabriel - Head of the Department of Applied Social Studies
  • Co-Opted Governors
    • Kátia Kramer - Elected Staff Representative (tenure July 2008 to September 2009). Works in Academic Information Unit. Member of London Met UNISON branch executive.
    • John Haworth
    • Jeremy Mayhew - Partner at Spectrum Strategy Consultants, a "leading consultancy firm, focused exclusively on the media and telecoms sectors worldwide". He is a graduate of Oxford (Balliol), with an MBA from Harvard. Former positions include: BBC Worldwide's Director of New Media (1995-1999) and Director of New Ventures and Strategy (1999-2001); BBC Head of Strategy Development (1993-95); Special Adviser at the Department of Trade and Industry (1990-92) and Department of Social Security (1992-93). Jeremy is also a Non-Executive Member of the Strategic Rail Authority Board, a Common Councilman in the City of London, and a member of the Council of the London Chamber of Commerce and Industry
    • Michael Snyder - Chair, City of London Corporation's Policy and Resources Committee; a Common Councilman of the City of London since 1986; former Chairman of both the City of London's Finance Committee and the Barbican Estate Committee; Vice-chairman of Planning and Economic Development at London Councils (formerly the Association of London Government); Board member of Thames Gateway London Partnership; a Director of Gateway to London, the sub-regional inward investment and business retention service; member of the Small Business Investment Taskforce, Government Accountants Working Group (chair), Film London and a trustee of Academy Sponsor Trust and of Training for Life; Senior Partner of top 20 chartered accountancy firm Kingston Smith; Governor and Honorary Treasurer of Brentwood School in Essex and a Liveryman and member of the Court of two companies

International Offices

The London Metropoliton University holds several offices outside the United Kingdom.:

City Country
Dhaka Bangladesh
Brussels Belgium
Beijing China
Delhi and Chennai India
Lagos Nigeria
Lahore and Karachi Pakistan

Notable alumni

London Metropolitan University has produced several notable individuals.

Famous academics, former staff


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