About the University

About the University

We were established in 1881 and we can truly claim to be the original ‘redbrick’ university – the phrase was coined about our distinctive red brick Victoria Building.

We are rightly proud of our founding mission - ‘for the advancement of learning and ennoblement of life.’ It is inscribed on a plaque on the Victoria building and it remains our mission today, a touchstone for all that we do.  It underlines our belief in the transformative power of research and education, not least in the face of an increasingly complex and challenging world.

Ranked in the top 200 of universities worldwide. 

We are 20th in the UK's Research Excellence Framework (REF), with seven subjects in the top 10.

95%: of the University’s UK and EU postgraduates are in employment or further study six months after graduation (DLHE 2016/7)

We have a campus in London, are the UK’s leading international provider of fully online postgraduate education and the first UK university to establish a joint venture university in China

We are investing £600 million in our campus.

We have 33,000 students, 7,500 of whom travel from all over the world to study here.

And, a global network of 219,000 alumni in 171 countries.

TEF Silver: Awarded a silver rating in 2018