Overview of University of Greenwich

The University of Greenwich ranked 95th in the Guardian University Guide and 98th in the Times University Guide in 2021.

The University of Greenwich is a three-time winner of the Queen’s Anniversary Prizes for Higher and Further Education and holds a Silver rating award in the Teaching Excellence Framework.

The University of Greenwich is rated as one of the most environmentally-friendly in the UK by the People & Planet Green League Table.

History of University of Greenwich

The University of Greenwich in the UK was founded by Frank Didden in 1890. At that time, it used to be known as Woolwich Polytechnic and was the second-oldest polytechnic in all of the United Kingdom. Inspired by Quintin Hogg’s principles, Woolwich Polytechnic initially focused on education combined with social and religious functions.

By 1894, the focus shifted more towards providing higher technical education. This led to the formation of part-time day courses in association with the Ministry of War (Woolwich Arsenal).

In 1970, Woolwich Polytechnic was renamed Thames Polytechnic as a result of an amalgamation with part of Hammersmith College of Art and Building. In the years that followed, Dartford College (1976), Avery Hill College of Education (1985), Garnett College (1987), and parts of Goldsmiths College and the City of London College (1988) were incorporated.

Thames Polytechnic was granted its first university status by the government in 1992, after which it was finally renamed as University of Greenwich.

In 1993, the Thames College of Health Care Studies officially merged, as a full faculty, with the University of Greenwich.

In 1996, Natural Resources Institute (NRI), earlier a UK government research agency, also joined hands and officially amalgamated with the university.

Today, the University of Greenwich is recognized as a renowned modern public university with campuses in London and Kent.

Breakdown of fee structure

International students can expect to pay £14,000 to £16,000 depending on course and degree.

Scholarships at University of Greenwich

The University of Greenwich offers a number of scholarships and bursaries for its students, including sports, high achievement, and bursaries for students in financial need.

We have compiled details of all scholarships and bursaries for your convenience:

Scholarship/Bursary Value Criteria
Alumni Postgraduate Award £1,000 Graduates who progress to a non-government / research-funded master’s or PGCE teacher training course at the university
Chevening Scholarships one-year master’s degree covering flights, accommodation and course fees High achievers from around the world
Fast-Forward Master’s Scholarship £5,000 High-performing final-year undergraduate students
GREat Skills Scholarship £2,000 Candidates participating in the GREat Skills programme before joining the university
International Scholarships Award £3,000 for the first year International students who hold an offer to study at the university
Sir William Boreman’s Foundation grant covering living costs Permanent resident in the Borough of Greenwich or Lewisham
The Ann Packer Sports Scholarship £3,500 (plus up to £500 in support services) per year for full-time students Elite sportsperson enrolled in a degree at the university
The Sanctuary Scholarship tuition and accommodation costs, plus a maintenance grant Offer-holder seeking asylum or with refugee status in the United Kingdom
William Hills Scholarship £2,000 each year for 4-year MEng Mechanical Engineering degree For six students enrolled in 4-year MEng Mechanical Engineering degree. Additional two awards are available for two students on year two of their BEng Mechanical Engineering degree
Care Leaver Bursary £1,500 per year Undergraduate students joining the university directly from local authority care
Commuter Bursary travel costs New students from low-income households
David Fussey Choral Exhibition Bursary £1,000 per year Students selected to join the University of Greenwich Choir
John McWilliam Bursary £1,000 per year Undergraduate student enrolled on certain courses in Architecture and Landscape
Robert Holman Bursary £1,000 Current students studying Accounting and Finance courses from Greenwich, Lewisham and Southwark
Royal Navy and Royal Marine Bursary up to £3,000 per year Undergraduate students who have served in the Royal Navy or Royal Marines, or whose parents have a record of service.
The Greenwich Bursary £700 New undergraduate students with a low household income

If you wish to become a University of Greenwich student to boost your academic and personal growth, we will be pleased to guide you throughout your application process.

Student statistics

  • 22% Undergraduates

  • 78% Postgraduates

  • 72% Full-time students

  • 28% Part-time students

  • 81% from the UK

  • 19% from the EU and countries around the world

  • 42% Male

  • 58% Female

  • Over 30,000 Student Population

Student life

The student life at Greenwich is based on the principle of community building. With a diverse portfolio of individuals from over 130 countries around the world, Greenwich celebrates friendship, inclusivity and harmony. This explains why over 96% of their current and former students recommend the University of Greenwich to others.

Thanks to its location, Greenwich students can enjoy the best of both worlds at one place. From academic excellence to extracurricular facilities like social, sports and living spaces, everything is available on campus or close by.

The home campus of the University of Greenwich is renowned for both its architectural beauty and prime location. Located near the iconic bank of the River Thames and next to the Royal Park, the area is widely popular for welcoming millions of tourists every year. The campus has been featured in various movies including Skyfall and Pirates of the Caribbean, and TV series such as The Crown.

Living Accommodations at University of Greenwich

The University of Greenwich provides around 2,400 places in halls on or near its three campuses: Avery Hill, Greenwich, and Medway. All first-year Greenwich students are guaranteed accommodation. While Avery Hill and Medway accommodation are nearby to their respective campuses, Greenwich is a 5–10-minute walk away.

Greenwich students are also offered privately rented accommodation, if required. The University of Greenwich ensures that all new students are offered a place to live, be it in a hall of residence or in a Greenwich-approved housing facility. The university also takes pride in giving priority to students with disabilities when allocating places in halls of residence.

The University of Greenwich provides free on-campus gym membership and access to ActiveGRE activities along with accommodation. Students are also offered a free intercampus shuttle service that is available throughout the day (Monday to Friday) between Avery Hill and Greenwich.

Student Support at University of Greenwich

The student support services at the University of Greenwich are proactive, providing advice and assistance to students even before they join. Each campus has its own Student Centre serving as the first port of call for help and guidance for all its students.

The university provides the following student support services:

  • Academic support
  • Accessibility (for physical and mental disabilities)
  • Counselling and wellbeing services
  • Togetherall mental health support system
  • Health and Welfare
  • Finance and funding
  • Careers Services

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