London Metropolitan University
Monday 12 August 2013
Overall ranking: 121st out of 124 in the Complete University Guide for 2014.
History: London Met was created in August 2002 by the merger of London Guildhall University and the University of North London. Together they boast more than 150 years experience in higher education.
Address: Two well-placed campuses. One in the heart of the city close to Liverpool Street and the financial district and another in trendy north London, close to the shops and bars of Highbury and Islington.
Ambience: Intensely urban - the university's buildings are a combination of Victorian and contemporary, including the award-winning RIBA Graduate Centre designed by Daniel Libeskind.
Who's the boss? Professor Malcolm Gillies is vice-chancellor. He held the same position previously at City University London and is a passionate advocate for higher education.
Prospectus: 020 7133 4200 or visit the website here.
UCAS code: L68
What you need to know
Easy to get into? The university considers work experience, enthusiasm and commitment alongside academic qualifications and a wide variety of non-UK qualifications.
Vital statistics: Over 26,000 students, including around 7,300 international students from 200 different nationalities. 58 per cent of students are female and 42 per cent male. 44 per cent are from ethnic minority backgrounds and 44 per cent are over 25 on entry.
Added value: A £30 million state-of-the-art science centre, featuring a 'super lab' and excellent sports and fitness facilities. London Metropolitan Business School is located in the heart of the city and is one of the largest for this area of study in the UK - it recently underwent a £1m refurbishment. The top post-1992 university for international and EU students. Plenty of specialist facilities including a mock courtroom for law students.
Teaching: 122nd out of 124 for student satisfaction with teaching quality in the Complete University Guide.
Research: 99th out of 124 in the Research Assessment Exercise.
Graduate prospects: 110th out of 124 with 51.7 per cent finding graduate level employment.
Any accommodation? Access to 30 different halls of residence with approved organisations, all within easy reach of both campuses. Prices range from £95 to £270 per week depending on specific amenities including en-suite bedrooms, gymnasium and laundry facilities.
Cheap to live there? It's London, so it's going to be pricey. Expect anything from £100 per week upward.
Transport links: Both campuses are within easy striking distance of central London and are well located for tubes, buses and trains.
Fees: London Met charges £6,900 per year on average for its undergraduate courses, well below the maximum fee of £9,000.
Bursaries: A basic bursary of £469 per year is available to students in receipt of a full maintenance grant.
The fun stuff
Nightlife: London offers an unrivalled range of attractions and activities and the university’s award winning Rocket Complex and Hub offer some of the most high profile student nights in London.
Sporting reputation: 121st out of 148 in the 2012/13 BUCS league table. Facilities include a national league basketball court.
Glittering alumni: TV and radio personalities Zoë Ball and Jamie Theakston; comedian Vic Reeves; film producer Lord Puttnam; director Mike Leigh; newsreader Martyn Lewis; artist Tracey Emin; and shadow lord chancellor and justice secretary Sadiq Khan.
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