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London Metropolitan University
Established 1 August 2002,
by merger of London Guildhall University and University of North London[1]
Type Public
Endowment £1.2m[2]
Vice-Chancellor Malcolm Gillies
Patron HRH The Duke of Edinburgh KG KT[3]
Staff 3,300[4]
Students 28,525[5]
Undergraduates 20,920[5]
Postgraduates 7,055[5]
Location London, England, UK
Campus Urban
Colours Royal Purple      Grey     
Nickname London Met

London Metropolitan University, located in London, England, was formed on 1 August 2002 by the amalgamation of London Guildhall University and the University of North London.[1][6] The University is based in inner London with a campus in the City of London and a second campus in Islington, North London next to Arsenal's Emirates Stadium.

The University operates its own archives, libraries and museum. The Women's Library houses the archives of the Fawcett Society, and other material on the history of feminism. The other collections are the TUC Library,[7] the Irish Studies Collection and The Frederick Parker Collection.[8]



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[citation needed]. The change of name of the merged University was approved by the Privy Council.

The Super Lab in Science Centre

In October 2006, the University opened a new Science Centre, part of a £30m investment in its science department in North campus close to Holloway Road in North London, the facility includes a "Super Lab" claimed to be one of Europe's most advanced science teaching facilities[9][10][11][12] with 280 workstations equipped with digital audio visual interactive equipment.

The President Emeritus, who holds the academic title of Professor, is Sir Roderick Floud.[13]


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 was known as London Guildhall University.

University of North London

Founded as the Northern Polytechnic Institute in 1896, it merged in 1971 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 City campus and North campus in London.

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.

The Deconstructivist Graduate Centre on Holloway Road, designed by Daniel Libeskind.

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.

The Tower Building of London Metropolitan University in North Campus on Holloway Road

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,[6] serving more than 34,000 students[5] and with buildings spread throughout the centre of London. The University offers 485 degree courses and has the largest choice of courses in London.[10][14][15][16][17] The University has nearly 8,000 overseas students from more than 155 different countries.[6] In 2005/06, London Metropolitan University was ranked third most popular university in United Kingdom for international students[18]

Academic reputation

London Metropolitan chooses not to appear in privately organised league tables because the university believes that the UK Government should be the formal assessor of universities, rather than (private) newspapers' tables.[19]

In the 2006 Institutional Audit, the Quality Assurance Agency expressed "broad confidence" in the soundness of the University's management of the quality of its academic programmes and the academic standards of its awards.[20]

In the 2008 Research Assessment Exercise, London Metropolitan was ranked equal 107th out of 132 institutions by the Times Higher Education's RAE league table.[21][22]

Academic departments

The Learning Centre at North Campus

London Metropolitan University currently consists of the following academic departments:

  • Department of Applied Social Sciences
  • Department of Architecture and Spatial Design
  • The Sir John Cass Department of Art, Media and Design
  • London Metropolitan Polymer Centre
  • London Metropolitan Business School
  • Faculty of Computing
  • Faculty of Life Sciences
  • School of Psychology
  • School of Human Sciences
  • Faculty of Humanities, Arts, Languages and Education
  • School of Humanities, Arts and Languages
  • School of Education
  • Department of Law, Governance and International Relations


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.[23]

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 in the US and Europe, with financial support for those who participate through the Erasmus program.


Nearly 29,000[5] students study at London Metropolitan University, of whom 20,920[5] are undergraduate students and 7,055[5] are postgraduates. Almost 7,000 overseas students from more than 155 different countries attend the university.[6]

The Logo of The Rocket Complex

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.[24]The Rocket is renowned for its famous club night, which was once voted best student night out in London by Time Out.[25] 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.

The Logo of The Sub Bar

Both the Rocket and Sub are favoured by club and live music promoters for high profile public events.[26] Recent performances have included acts such as Norman Jay, Mary Ann Hobbs, 2manydjs, Justice and Foreign Beggars with Beardyman.


The university's operations are overseen by a board of governors comprising external members and senior administrative and academic staff.

Financial crisis

In July 2008 it was reported that a financial crisis was looming for the university. London Met had been misreporting data on student dropouts for several years and, consequently, the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) was proposing to claw back at least £15 million for the overpayment in 2008-9.[27] In February 2009 it was revealed that London Met had been overpaid £58 million by HEFCE, who were seeking to recover the money.[28]

The British government announced in May 2009 that there would be an independent inquiry, exploring the possibility that HEFCE had colluded with London Met by failing to query implausibly low drop-out rates.[29] That inquiry concluded in November 2009 and was reported to cast responsibility to Brian Roper, other senior administrators, and the Board of Governors. Following conclusion of the report, the chair of HEFCE called on "senior staff" and the entire Board of Governors to resign, noting that HEFCE was not convinced that the university's management could effectively safeguard public funds.[30] After the deadline indicated by HEFCE chief executive Alan Langlands had passed, there were ruminations among staff and ministers that HEFCE could withdraw funding, effectively forcing the university to close.[31]

During February the Islington Gazette, the local newspaper, reported on the high stress levels among staff, including those on long-term sick leave. Alan Pike, a UNISON official, was quoted as saying "In the past two months, we have had about 20 support staff come to us with stress." [32]

Vice-chancellor Roper's salary for 2006-7, before bonuses, was £276,000,[2] making him the most highly-paid vice-chancellor in the country. On more than one occasion since the formation of London Met he has caused controversy due to the receipt of large pay increases; for instance, in February 2005 the Times Higher reported that he was the "biggest winner" among V-Cs over the past decade, having seen a 124 per cent increase in his salary. This report also noted that his pay rise from 2003-4 had occurred at a time when the university was seeking job cuts "because the institution has failed to meet internal financial targets".[33] Mr Roper has received a series of bonuses during the period when London Met was returning inaccurate data to HEFCE.

It has recently been announced that the university's current plans are to make one in four members of staff redundant. Many students and members of staff have been campaigning for months against these proposed cuts.

On 19 March 2009 Brian Roper resigned his position with immediate effect but continued to receive his salary until December 2009.[34] In May 2009 Alfred Morris, former vice-chancellor of the University of the West of England and University of Wales, Lampeter was appointed acting Vice-Chancellor.[35]

On 29 April 2009, the University and College Union announced that members at London Metropolitan University voted overwhelmingly in favour of strike action and 'action short of a strike' in their fight against at least 550 jobs that are at risk.[36]

International offices

The University maintains several offices outside the United Kingdom.

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

Notable alumni

Notable staff


  1. ^ a b "History". London Metropolitan University. 2008-08-12. Retrieved 2009-07-22. 
  2. ^ a b
  3. ^ University launched and patron honoured The Metropolitan Issue 5, March 2003
  4. ^ Facts and Figures - from official website
  5. ^ a b c d e f g "Table 0a - All students by institution, mode of study, level of study, gender and domicile 2007/08" (Microsoft Excel spreadsheet). Higher Education Statistics Agency. Retrieved 2009-09-01. 
  6. ^ a b c d e f g h Green, Chris (2007-07-27). "A-Z Unis & Colleges: London Metropolitan University". The Independent. Retrieved 2007-09-08. 
  7. ^
  8. ^|The Fredrick Parker Collection
  9. ^ Science centre 'best in Europe' - from BBC World Service
  10. ^ a b Brought to you in association with London Metropolitan University - from Guardian Unlimited
  11. ^ Science ‘superlab’ opens at London Met United Kingdom - from International Education Media
  12. ^ Science Centre-Virtual Tour -from official website
  13. ^ Sir Roderick Floud -from London Metropolitan University official website
  14. ^ London Metropolitan University -from studyLondon
  15. ^ Facts and figures -from London Metropolitan University official website
  16. ^ Foundation Course University Partners -from BellerbysCollege
  18. ^ [1]
  19. ^ Our Ranking -from London Metropolitan University official website
  20. ^ Review reports: London Metropolitan University -from Quality Assurance Agency
  21. ^ Times Higher Education RAE league table
  22. ^ RAE 2008 quality profiles for London Metropolitan University -from Research Assessment Exercise 2008
  23. ^ Merit scholarships - from London Metropolitan University Official Website
  24. ^ LONDON METROPOLITAN UNIVERSITY -from The Guardian Jobs
  25. ^ Campus Services -from London Metropolitan University official website
  26. ^ Review of London Metropolitan University -from The Independent
  27. ^
  28. ^
  29. ^ Melanie Newman, "Government announces inquiry into London Met crisis", Times Higher Education, 21 May 2009
  30. ^ Lucy Hodges and Richard Garner, "University accused of £36m student scam" The Independent, 22 November 2009
  31. ^ Lucy Hodges and Richard Garner, "London Met warned that it could be closed", The Independent, 7 December 2009
  32. ^
  33. ^ Heads enjoy 100% rise in pay over 10 years
  34. ^
  35. ^ Newman, Melanie (21 May 2009). "Governors have explored the legal scenarios if London Met goes bust". Times Higher Education. Retrieved 2009-05-21. 
  36. ^
  37. ^ Garth Crooks Biography
  38. ^ London Met graduate fronts Brit-nominated band
  39. ^ Spin doctor to resign - from BBC World Service

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