University of West London

Our history


The University of West London draws on a heritage of over 150 years in teaching and professional education.

From the outset, the University has played, and continues to play, a significant role in the educational, cultural and economic life of its region.

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Over the years, leading academic institutions, career-specific training providers and industry specialists have come together to make us what we are today - a university dedicated to your career.

Key dates

The University merged with Drama Studio London (DSL), an Ealing institution well-known in the acting world. 

The University opened the West London Food Innovation Lab and became home to Heathrow Archives and Westmont Innovation Hub. 

We invested over £1 million in the development of the Paragon Annex studios and opened a state-of-art nursing Simulation Centre at Reading.

The University purchased the Brentford site (Paragon) allowing for flexibility to grow and thrive.

The Ealing campus underwent a £100 million transformation, with a new social area, library, students' union, auditorium, gym, restaurants and cafes, studios for the student radio station and music students, and teaching spaces.

The University formally changed its name to The University of West London, following prior approval from The Privy Council. The University also celebrated the installation of Laurence Geller as its new Chancellor.

In July, the University completed the divestment of its site in King's Road, Reading (now known as Reading College).

The University was awarded the prestigious Queen’s Anniversary Prize for outstanding achievement and excellence in hospitality education from Her Majesty the Queen, in recognition of the quality of its teaching provision.

The University merged with Reading College and Ealing School of Art and Design.

The University merged with Berkshire College of Nursing and Midwifery.

The University merged with Northwick Park School of Nursing, Riverside College of Nursing and the North West Thames Regional Health Authority's AIDS Unit.

The polytechnic became the Thames Valley University after being granted university status by royal assent. See the university’s statute document.

The Lady Byron school was renamed the Polytechnic of West London.

The Lady Byron School (later the University of West London) was founded with the merger of Ealing College of Higher Education, Thames Valley College of Higher Education, the London College of Music and Queen Charlotte’s College of Health Care Studies.

Whatever your chosen career, we have the knowledge and passion to help you succeed. The University is home to a number of academic schools offering courses in a diverse range of subjects. 

The schools are:

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