University of Greenwich profile

History and location

The University of Greenwich is home to a community of over 28,000 students of all ages and all backgrounds. The institution is a popular choice due to the quality of teaching, and because its modern facilities are housed in historic buildings. The university dates back to 1890 when Woolwich Polytechnic was founded, and the area is rich in history. The world’s Prime Meridian representing longitude 0º is located nearby in the Royal Observatory; every place on Earth is measured in terms of its distance east or west from this line. The Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) is also located here. The University is set alongside the river Thames in south east London, with Maritime Greenwich being a world heritage site. Famous attractions include the National Maritime Museum and Cutty Sark. Greenwich Park also provides a beautiful location for a picnic or game of football!


There are three campuses; Avery Hill campus is in Eltham with its Southwood and Mansion Sites. These are home to Architecture and Construction, Education & Training and Health & Social Care schools. The Greenwich campus is situated on the banks of the river Thames in the Old Royal Navy College, which also houses the painted chapel and hall. This campus is the home to Business, Computing and Mathematical Sciences, Humanities & Social Care. Finally Medway is an Edwardian campus dating from 1903. This is the home to Business, Engineering, Health & Social care, the Natural Resources Institute and Pharmacy & Science schools.

Student Unions

There are two student unions at Greenwich and Avery Hill which are represented by Students Union University of Greenwich (SUUG) which aims to provide students with the best experience of student life. The Unions offer representation, advice, services and a range of activities. Each venue has a unique theme and form of involvement for students, karaoke, quiz and fancy dress nights are all common. Additionally there are over 50 societies to choose from – football, rugby, table tennis and more. It’s easy to set up your own, you just need 5 or more people who share the same interest as you.

Research programmes

The University of Greenwich have several postgraduate research programmes, which can be joined, from Agricultural and Food Sciences to Research in Health & Social Care. Research programmes allow individuals to develop their ideas in order for them to succeed, a key factor in these is to find a supervisor and research group which provide the support to complement your research interests. University of Greenwich’s minimum academic requirements is at least a 2:1 in a relevant Master’s or Bachelor’s degree, or an international qualification equivalent. The University do not fund for any research which takes place and so personal funding would need to be sought.

Quick facts

  • 57% of students are aged 21 of over
  • 61% of students are very or quite satisfied with the Student Union
  • 27% students are from outside the UK
  • 30% of students are part-time
  • 86% of students are very or quite satisfied with the university
  • 76% of students are undergrads
  • 51% of students are female

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