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|Established||1973–74 (as Middlesex Polytechnic)
1992 (gained University status)
|Endowment||£1.2 million (July, 2011)|
|Chancellor||Lord Sheppard of Didgemere (since 2000)|
|Vice-Chancellor||Michael Driscoll (since 1996)|
|Other students||0 FE|
|Location||London, Greater London, United Kingdom|
|Colours||White and Red
Middlesex University (abbr. MU, MDX) is a university in north London, England. It is located in the historic county boundaries of Middlesex from which it takes its name. It is one of the post-1992 universities and is a member of Million+ working group. As is the case with many former polytechnics, Middlesex was formally organised as a teaching institution relatively recently (in 1973), yet can trace its history back to 19th century.
Since 2000, Middlesex University has been reducing the number of campuses dotted around London’s North Circular Road in an effort to cut inefficiencies by consolidating much of the university's teaching, learning and research at the flagship campus in Hendon. Its new estate strategy which has already cost £150 million will eventually concentrate the university on three sites in north London.
Middlesex University essentially grew out of merger between different schools and colleges in North London. Perhaps the most prominent and one of the oldest of its constituent establishments is the Hornsey College of Art, founded in 1882. Other institutions include Ponders End Technical Institute (founded in 1901) and Hendon Technical Institute (founded in 1939). All three institutions were successfully amalgamated to form Middlesex Polytechnic in January 1973. Before becoming a university in 1992, Middlesex expanded further by joining three more colleges in north London. While continuing to grow through mergers with other educational institutions in the 1990s, the University has also begun developing its international presence, by opening its regional offices in continental Europe. As of July 2011, it has been operating 21 such offices across the globe. Since 2000, the university launched a major restructuring programme, which, specifically, translated into a total image rebrand in 2003, the closure of a number of campuses over 2005–2011, the expansion of other campuses and generally the consolidation of the university's activities on fewer, bigger campuses in north London.
The university is spread across three sites: Hendon, Archway and Trent Park. Together they form three campuses. All campuses are located in North London and each specializes in a specific area of study. Each campus has quite a distinct character and some of the campuses are important architecturally, especially Trent Park. Over the past five years the University has been consolidating many of its activities onto the Hendon campus. As a result, some older campuses – notably Tottenham,Enfield and Cat Hill – were closed in 2005, 2008 and 2011 respectively, while Hendon received substantial investment in facilities and infrastructure to accommodate new students and programmes.
Since 2004, the university has also been operating an overseas campus in Dubai and opened another one in Mauritius in October 2009.
Hendon is the university's busiest campus. It is set in a prime location of North West London, a short walk from Hendon Central Tube station. Today's main (or college) building was built in the neo-Georgian style by H.W. Burchett and opened in 1939 as part of Hendon Technical Institute (a/k/a Hendon College of Technology). The college was extended in 1955 and in 1969 when a new refectory and engineering block (the Williams Building) were added. The main building has been refurbished in a £40 million project, which included the addition of a glass covered central court yard forming Ricketts Quadrangle. In 2004 The new Learning Resource Centre, The Sheppard Library opened on the site. Hendon also has a sports club, known as The Fitness Pod for students and staff which has one of the few real tennis courts in the UK. Middlesex University Business School, Engineering & Information Sciences School and the bulk of the School of Health and Social Science are located in Hendon.
The campus in Hendon is expanding dramatically over the next five to ten years using a number of London Borough of Barnet office buildings including the current Town Hall in The Burroughs as well as the construction of new buildings including a new state of the art Science Building which opened in September 2008. The research centres for biomedical science, crime and conflict, and risk and environmental sciences are based here.
The University aims to achieve the consolidation of nearly all its London based teaching at Hendon.
In 2011 the University opened a new building for art and design courses, featuring dedicated workshops and classrooms as well as exhibition areas.
Subject focus: Business – accounting and finance, economics, human resource management, law and marketing; Computing – business information systems, computer networking and computer communications; Health and social sciences – criminology, politics, psychology, social work, sociology, world development studies, and complementary health. Also biomedical and biological sciences, nursing, sport sciences, public health and risk management.
Trent Park campus is set within a 413-acre (1.67 km2) country park, which was originally a fourteenth-century hunting ground of Henry IV. The focus of the campus is a palatial mansion, designed by Sir William Chambers in the 18th century. After the Second World War, the Ministry of Education used the house as an emergency teacher training centre, which became a residential teacher training college, called Trent Park College of Education in 1951. In 1974 the college was incorporated into Middlesex Polytechnic.
Around 16% of Middlesex students are based at Trent Park campus. University’s Summer School, which accounts for ca. 2% of Middlesex students, also takes place here.
The University had ambitious plans to redevelop the site, but they were twice rejected by Enfield Council on environmental concerns. In 2011, the University announced the closure of Trent Park campus, with relocation of its courses to Hendon in 2012.
Subject focus: Dance, drama and performing arts, English language and literature, media, culture and communication, music, theatre arts, languages and translation studies, product design, Teaching and education. It is also home to the Flood Hazard Research Centre, which moved here when Enfield campus closed in July 2008.
Archway and Hospitals campus is primarily the domain of the School of Health and Social Sciences. It operates from four sites (hospitals): Royal Free Hospital, Whittington Hospital (jointly owned with UCL), Chase Farm and North Middlesex.
On 24 January 2007 Middlesex University inaugurated a new Centre for Excellence in Teaching and Learning (CETL) Mental Health and Social Work based at Archway campus. CETL status was bestowed on the Mental Health and Social Work Academic Group at Middlesex University in partnership with the Sainsbury Centre for Mental Health in 2005. Consequently, the Centre was awarded a capital grant of £1.4 million along with an annual revenue of £350,000 for five years, representing one of the largest ever funding initiatives by the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE). This funding has therefore enabled the University to establish new teaching facilities at its Archway campus with the aim of creating an academic community of mental health and social work practitioners, students and faculty in one location.
Subject focus: Nursing, midwifery, complementary health, sport science and social work.
In 2004, Middlesex University opened its campus in Dubai, U.A.E., situated at Dubai Knowledge Village, a free economic zone. It is a joint venture between Middlesex University and Middlesex Associates, a business consortium in Dubai. The campus is spread over nearly 50,000 sq ft (4,600 m2) and is the first Middlesex campus outside North London. The first programmes – mostly, in Business Studies – were offered to students from January 2005.
The campus is licensed by Dubai Knowledge and Human Authority (KHDA), and all of its progammes are individually approved by the KHDA. In August 2009 KHDA’s University Quality Assurance International Board (UQAIB) commended quality of university's programmes.
Currently Middlesex University Dubai offers 24 undergraduate and 7 postgraduate programmes, as well as pre-undergraduate studies. All four of University's schools (Arts and Education, Business School, Engineering and Information Sciences and Health and Social Sciences) offer courses in Dubai campus. All degrees are issued by Middlesex University, UK. In 2008 Middlesex University Dubai awarded its first honorary doctorate to His Excellency Sultan Bin Sulayem. The number of graduates has grown from just 8 in 2006 to over 200 in 2009, while the alumni network has exceeded 1,000 in 2010. As of February, 2011 Dubai campus had over 1,700 students from nearly 90 nationalities. In 2010 the campus expanded its facilities to include Block 17, which will house a state-of-the-art lecture theatre, several new classrooms and faculty offices as well as the first dedicated postgraduate study suite.
In an interview with Khaleej Times, Professor Raed Awamleh, Dubai campus director, said that the University is aiming to start a whole set of programmes in 2012. They will include health and fitness, risk management, logistics, law, environmental sustainability and occupational health and safety. Professor Awamleh also mentioned a distant possibility of relocating to Dubai International Academic City.
Subject focus: Accountancy, business administration, psychology, communication and media, computing science, tourism, human resource management, information technology, hospitality management, publishing and professional short courses.
Located in Bonne Terre, a suburb of Vacoas-Phoenix, the 7,800 sq metre campus officially opened in October 2009. It features a Learning Resource Centre, open access and specialist computer suites, and dining and social spaces as well as on-site accommodation for up to 190 students. Lecturing academics based at the Mauritius campus work in partnership with the academic programme team based at Middlesex’s London campuses to ensure the quality standards of the UK programmes are maintained in curriculum delivery, teaching styles and assessment.
Middlesex University's partner in Mauritian campus is JSS Mahavidyapeetha (JSSMVP). Established for 50 years, JSSMVP is the largest and one of the top private educational institutions in India running over 300 institutions in India, Mauritius and Dubai.
The University welcomed the first students from Mauritius and the surrounding region in January 2010. As of today six undergraduate programmes have been accredited by the Tertiary Education Commission in Mauritius.
In June, 2010 it was reported that Middlesex University is planning to open a new campus in Noida suburb of New Delhi, India. In March, 2011 it was confirmed that the University will launch a new study centre in India in October. The centre will offer two-year business and IT programmes and is expected to increase Middlesex's total student body by 30 per cent. There are also plans to forge new partnerships with A. R. Rahman's KM Music Conservatory in Chennai and a specialist creative arts centre in Southern Delhi.
Dr Terry Butland, International Deputy Vice-Chancellor of Middlesex University, in an interview to Gulf News in March 2011, said that the university already has plans to open a future campus in China.
The campus was closed in summer 2005, its programmes of study having moved to the university's other campuses. What was the Tottenham campus started life as St Katharine's College, one of the first British teacher training colleges in 1878, later to become the College of All Saints, a Church of England college of higher education and a constituent college of the Institute of Education, University of London, for whose degrees it taught. The name change was a result of the 1964 union of St Katharine's with Berridge House, Hampstead, on the Tottenham site. The college expanded in the 1960s, although much of the campus retained its Victorian architecture. After the closer of the college and the union with Middlesex Polytechnic, the 'All Saints' campus was home to humanities and cultural studies, business studies, law, sociology and women's studies, all of which have been moved to other campuses. The buildings, previously occupied by Middlesex University, were eventually demolished and the site is now the home of the newly built Haringey Sixth Form Centre. The College of All Saints Foundation continues as the All Saints Educational Trust.
Bounds Green campus, home to the Engineering and Information Technology schools was sold to a residential developer in December 2003. It was used extensively for location shooting for the 1989 film, Wilt.
The history of Enfield Campus began with the history of electric light. In 1901, Joseph Wilson Swan bought a house in Ponders End High Street that became the Ediswan Institute. Four years later Ediswan Institute was bought by Middlesex County Council and became the Ponders End Technical Institute. By 1937 The Ponders End Technical Institute was growing so rapidly that it was decided to build a new college across the road, in Queensway. Due to the Second World War, it was not completed until 1953, but the unfinished buildings were in use throughout the war. By now it was called Enfield Technical College, but in 1962 it was renamed Enfield College of Technology by the Ministry of Education. In 1973 the college formed part of Middlesex Polytechnic.
There are four major building on campus: Broadbent, Roberts building (or Tower Block), McCrae and Pascal. They are named after people who helped to create it.
BROADBENT: The main building of Enfield Campus is named after Henry Winterbottom Broadbent, a Mechanical Engineer who was appointed first Principal of Enfield Technical College in January 1941.
ROBERTS BUILDING: The Tower Block was named after a local industrialist George A. Roberts, who was chair of Enfield College's Governing Body from 1949 to 1968.
MCCRAE: The McCrae Building was the first extension to Enfield Technical College. Built in 1955, it was later named after Roderick McCrae, who was the Principal from 1955 to 1962.
PASCAL: The Pascal Building is named after Eric Pascal who was Education Officer of the Borough of Enfield from before 1942 until 1945 or later, and clerk to the Governors of Enfield College from 1949 to 1965.
The campus was closed in July 2008, and the majority of departments located here moved to the extended Hendon campus and some to the Archway Campus shared with UCL.
In March 2011 Cat Hill campus was sold to the L&Q housing association as part of the university's plans to centralise its courses in Hendon. The campus closed in September 2011 and students moved to a new £80 million building on the university's Hendon campus.
Cat Hill Campus was located in Cockfosters. It was originally the illustrious Hornsey College of Art, founded in 1880. In the late 1970s the campus was extended to become the Faculty of Art & Design of the then Middlesex Polytechnic. Today, art and design, cinematics and electronic arts are located at Cat Hill. The campus also houses the University's Museum of Domestic Design and Architecture (MoDA) and formerly housed the national Lesbian and Gay Newsmedia Archive until it relocated to the Bishopsgate Institute in central London. Cat Hill campus is also home the Lansdown Centre for Electronic Arts (named after John Lansdown), which runs a variety of graduate and undergraduate degrees in interactive media and electronic arts.
Subject focus: Art & Design, fashion, textiles, fine art, graphics and media arts.
Middlesex University is divided into five schools:
Based at Hendon campus, Middlesex University Business School (MUBS) is over 50 years old. It has run business studies qualifications since the 1950s at what was then Hendon College of Technology and offered the UK's first degree in business studies in 1965. It also launched its first MBA in the early 1980s. MUBS was one of only a handful of new universities in the UK accredited by Association of MBAs., before abandoning accreditation in 2010. The university also runs a small business school in Quarry Bay, Hong Kong, offering two courses from Middlesex University in London. Since August 2011 they have been working with the Austrian "KMU Akademie" to offer German MBA-Programmes.
The School of Engineering and Information Sciences (SEIS) is one of the largest in the UK, having trebled in size since 1994, with more than 1000 students from a rich diversity of backgrounds, ages and countries. Teaching is located at Hendon campus and Trent Park campus in North London.
The Institute for Work Based Learning (or IWBL) pioneered the development of Work Based Learning at higher education level during the early 1990s. It grew out of Work Based Learning Research and Development Project, which was initially funded by the Department for Education and Employment over 1992–1994. Later, in 1993, The National Centre for Work Based Learning Partnerships (or NCWBLP) was founded and two years later – in 1995 – first Work Based Learning Studies programmes get validated. In 2008 HEFCE awarded Middlesex University with a major grant of almost £8 million to support employer engagement. The funding allowed the University to establish Middlesex University Organisational Development Network (or MODNet), a centre of a national network of expertise in work-based learning. Essentially, MODNet offers learning and development programmes co-designed with employers and acts as a ‘one-stop shop’, able to respond to all employer training needs, drawing on partner expertise where appropriate.
Today Middlesex University runs Work Based Learning Centres in Athens, Ireland, Hong Kong and Malaysia and has received Queen's Anniversary Prize for Higher and Further Education for its role in integrating formal education and employment.
Middlesex University research activity covers 29 areas. The UK Funding Councils' 2008 Research Assessment Exercise (or RAE) found that over three-quarters (77%) of Middlesex's research submitted for the RAE to be internationally recognised in terms of originality, significance and rigour.
Particularly well-known is the pioneering work of the Flood Hazard Research Centre (FHRC), an interdisciplinary centre based in the School of Health and Social Sciences, which was recently named as one of the top 100 discoveries and developments at a UK university. FHRC has been active since the early 1970s and therefore comprises one of the oldest research centres in the world focusing on water, environmental management and natural hazards.
In 2011 Middlesex University research project on age diversity was selected for inclusion into the Big Ideas for the Future report. The report, which is being jointly published by Research Councils UK (RCUK) and Universities UK, pulls together the leading research projects currently taking place across UK universities. The report is narrated and backed by high-profile celebrities such as Professor Lord Robert Winston, Dr Alice Roberts and Professor Iain Stewart.
Middlesex University has a very diverse student body, around 21,000 strong, many of whom are mature students. Around 4,800 students (23%) are from overseas, with ca. 3,400 (16%) from outside of the European Union. The University also has student exchange links with over 100 different universities in more than 22 different countries across Europe, the United States, and the world.
Until recently the number of students at Middlesex University has been declining fast, hitting a four-year low of 21,350 in the academic year of 2008–2009. The number of PG students fell 20% in four years (from over 6,000 graduates in 2005 to less than 5,000 in 2009), while the number of non-EU students were down by a third over the same period. In the academic year of 2009–2010, however, the number of students across all categories increased sharply (see table below). The trend continued the following year with particularly high increase in the number of students from the EU.
In 2010 Middlesex had one of the biggest increases in applications at any university – more than 30% – but the demand for places had still grown by another 11% at the start of 2011.
|Middlesex University Students, by level of study and domicile[a]|
|Academic Year||Total all students||Total PG students||Total UG students||Total FE students||Total UK students[b]||Total EU Students[b][c]||Total non-EU students[b]|
As of 2005, Middlesex University Students' Union (MUSU) is undergoing a period of large-scale change. Academic year 2004–05 saw the university management force MUSU, against the wishes and votes of MUSU members, to give up its commercial areas – i.e., shops, bars, cafeterias and entertainments. These have now been taken over by Chartwells (then known as Scolarest), a major provider of catering and support services to UK educational institutions, who was already handling catering facilities for the university proper.  This situation has arisen due to a dispute over a £300,000 debt owed by MUSU to the University.
MUSU has four sabbatical officers, each with a specific portfolio, and who also represent the students on their base campus. MUSU runs a number of student lead entertainment and communication activities under the name of MUD (Middlesex University Direct). This includes a radio station (MUD Radio) and a student magazine (MUD Magazine), which is published six times a year and is available to students for free.
In 1981 Union president Nick Harvey joined protests outside Rochester Row police station after six Irish students were detained without charge under the Prevention of Terrorism Act. That year student John Kennedy stood in the Crosby by-election to highlight the case of seven students suspended from the Polytechnic after a sit-in protest demanding nursery facilities.
The Students Union has gone through a major re-branding process in the last two years they have changed their logo from what was not a student centric one to a new purple coloured image which has significantly increased the Unions' visibility amongst its members and this happened during the term when their new President who is the first International student (Indian) who got elected in 2010 and also during his term MUSU has undergone a massive change in its staffing structure and have written up a strategic plan for they next three years . MUSU elections 2012 has seen a significant Increase in voter turn out of 70 % when compared to previous years with the help of key staff members and the Student Union President Manojkumar Iyer .
MUSU has had a lot of presence in the last two years at national level by campaigning against cuts in education and many of its officers have stood for positions at the national level .
In May 2001 Middlesex University appointed C Eye, a branding consultancy, to design a new logo for the University. In 2003 the previous "M" logo was replaced with a new red-coloured wavy line that is supposed to express a flexible and responsive approach to the needs of students.
Following the review of the sustainability of its academic programmes, the university implemented a string of cost-containment adjustments over 2005–2006. Specifically, in late 2005 it decided to stop offering history courses in an attempt to reduce £10 million deficit that had built up. The decision, however, was met with considerable hostility from Middlesex's student union as well as from The National Union of Students. In other moves to save costs, the university made 175 voluntary redundancies, including 33 academic staff, a measure that was supposed to save £5 million.
Since 2000 Middlesex embarked on a new strategy to achieve ‘fewer, better campuses’ in order to reduce costs and improve the long-term sustainability of the University. The strategy translated into the disposal of several small uneconomic arts campuses in Bedford, Hampstead and Wood Green and larger, but still uneconomic and unattractive campuses at Bounds Green, Enfield and Tottenham. The University has also closed the Corporate Services building at the North London Business Park and consolidated most of the functions carried out on these sites at Hendon, where it aims to accommodate nearly all its London based teaching.
In 2010, Middlesex announced the closure of its Philosophy department. The move was taken because the department was judged by the University to be not financially sustainable. This was despite the fact that Philosophy had been the highest ranking department in the University's latest Research Assessment Exercise (RAE) in 2008, building on its grade of 5 in the 2001 Research Assessment Exercise. An international campaign of support was quickly organised, with figures such as Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak, Jean-Luc Nancy, Slavoj Žižek, Étienne Balibar, David Harvey, Isabelle Stengers and many others expressing their strong disapproval. Articles condemning the decision appeared in the national press and students protested actively on campus and elsewhere for the restitution of the department. In early June 2010 it was announced that the department's postgraduate component, the CRMEP, was to be transferred to Kingston University but the undergraduate programme still to be phased out.
Middlesex University has been awarded the Queen's Anniversary Prize three times and has twice received Queen's Award for Enterprise (for its international work).
A team of auditors from the Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education (QAA) visited Middlesex from 30 March to 3 April 2009 to carry out an Institutional audit. Its resulting report said auditors had confidence in the University's current and likely future management of its academic standards and of the learning opportunities available to students. There was also praise for the 'meticulous attention' given to the establishment, development and integration of the University's Dubai campus. Middlesex also received QAA praise for its initiatives to improve student progression and achievement and the 'distinctive contribution' of the University's Work Based Learning programmes.
In 2006, the University was ranked second in a re-assessment of teaching quality in all English universities. The Times Higher Education Supplement of 17 November 2006 reported on how the scores for each university, as marked by the Quality Assurance Agency, had been “adjusted to remove the link with research” and form a league table which had post-1992 universities performing strongly.
Middlesex University Business School is also rated as a "centre of excellence" by the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD), the first university in the UK to offer courses accredited by the Chartered Institute of Marketing.
The University is home to two HEFCE 'Centres for Excellence in Learning and Teaching' – one in Work Based Learning – one in Mental Health and Social Work.
|Teaching on the Course||79||78||73|
|Assessment & Feedback||69||65||58|
|Org & Management||70||70||62|
Middlesex University has seen its ranking in 2012 league tables markedly improve.
The Independent newspaper league table 2012 ranked Middlesex 71st out of 116 universities. The standing reflected an increase by 21 positions from the 2011 league table, when Middlesex was ranked 97th out of 115 universities.
Middlesex's standing in 2012, according to The Times, was upgraded by 13 positions from the year before.
The Times Higher Education Student Experience Survey 2010 ranked Middlesex 111th out of 113 universities, reflecting a decline of 10 places from its position of 101st on the previous year. The Times Higher Education Student Experience Survey gathers the views of undergraduates themselves on factors ranging from quality of teaching, security and facilities, to relationships with teaching staff, workload and social life on campus.
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In The People & Planet Green League 2011 table, which lists universities in the UK in order of their environmental and ethical performance, Middlesex ranked 111th out of 142 universities and achieved a third class award. The standing is an improvement on last year’s position at 129 out of 133 universities.
As with most other UK universities, Middlesex runs an Alumni association that allows former students to maintain contact with the University after graduation. Additionally, it offers various discounts and benefits to its members, as well as organizing reunions and social events.
a. ^ Excluding students studying at Dubai and Mauritius campuses.
b. ^ Excluding FE students.
c. ^ Net of UK students.