University of Westminster History
The University of Westminster was founded as Britain’s first polytechnic in 1838. Since then it has developed into a university that combines both metropolitan and cosmopolitan dimensions, and which is closely involved in business, professional and academic life within London, as well as overseas.
The University has always been, and continues to be, imaginative in recognising new needs and developing appropriate offerings for its many target markets. The University also has a strong and historic commitment to promoting equality and embracing diversity. As a place to work or to study, we strive to strengthen our reputation as a welcoming and inclusive organisation.
- Download the 2020 strategy (PDF 6.3MB)
- View our Annual reporting page for our Financial Statements, Key Performance Indicator Reports and Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Reports.
The experience we offer
A vibrant learning environment – fostering innovation and creativity, informed by practice, inspired by research, focusing on the globally relevant areas in which we excel.
The difference we make
We are building the next generation of highly employable global citizens to shape the future.
Our international reputation
As a global university located in a world city, we are home to over 5,000 students and 500 staff from overseas.
Westminster has a reputation for excellence in professionally relevant teaching and learning and for high quality research. Offering over 300 degree courses, we place particular emphasis on providing international opportunities for Westminster students in order to ensure that we provide an environment where students can develop skills, competences and knowledge required by the global economy.