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Middlesex University (abbr. MU, MDX) is a university in north Londonmarker, Englandmarker. It is located in the historic county boundaries of Middlesexmarker from which it takes its name. It is one of the so-called post-1992 universities and is a member of million+ working group. As most former polytechnics, Middlesex was formally organized as a teaching institution relatively recently (in 1973), yet can trace its history back to 19th century.


Middlesex University essentially grew out of merger between different schools and colleges in North Londonmarker. Perhaps the most prominent and one of the oldest of its constituent establishments is the Hornsey College of Artmarker, founded in 1880. 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 began developing its international presence, by opening its regional offices in continental Europe. As of May 2009, it has been operating 15 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 2005-2008, the expansion of other campuses and generally the consolidation of the university's activities on fewer, bigger campuses in north London.

Key dates:

  • 1878 - St Katherine's College opens in Tottenham
  • 1882 - Hornsey School of Arts and Crafts founded
  • 1901 - Ponders End Technical Institute begins
  • 1939 - Hendon Technical Institute opens
  • 1947 - Trent Park College of Education opens
  • 1962 - New College of Speech and Drama opens
  • 1964 - St Katherine's College unites with Berridge House to form The College of All Saints
  • 1973 - Middlesex Polytechnic formed
  • 1974 - Trent Park College of Education and New College of Speech and Drama join Middlesex Polytechnic
  • 1978 - The College of All Saints at Tottenham joins Middlesex Polytechnic
  • 1992 - Middlesex University formed
  • 1994 - The London College of Dance becomes part of Middlesex University
  • 1995 - North London College of Health becomes part of Middlesex University; First regional offices open in Europe
  • 1996 - Michael Driscoll becomes the Vice-Chancellor
  • 1998 - Whittington Hospitalmarker is jointly purchased with University College Londonmarker (UCL) from National Health Service (NHS)
  • 2003 - Rebranding initiated in 2001 is completed with the approval of new university logo
  • 2004 - London Sport Institute established within the School of Health and Social Sciences
  • 2005 - First overseas campus opens in Dubaimarker (U.A.E.marker); Tottenham campus closes with most programmes transferred to Trent Park campusmarker
  • 2008 - Enfield campus closes in summer. All programmes, students and staff relocate to Hendon
  • 2009 - Second overseas campus opens in Mauritiusmarker


The University is spread across four sites: Hendon, Archway, Cat Hill and Trent Park. Together they form three campuses, (Cat Hill and Trent Park are incorporated into one campus because of close proximity to each other). 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 and Enfield - were closed in 2005 and 2008 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 Campus
Hendon was known as the Hendon College of Technology. Today's main (or college) building was built in the neo-Georgian style by H.W. Burchett and opened in 1939. It has been refurbished in a £40 million project, which includes the addition of a glass covered central court yard forming Ricketts Quadrangle. The college was extended in 1955 and in 1969 a new refectory and engineering block (the Williams Building) was added. In 2004 The new Learning Resource Centre, The Sheppard Library opened on the site. Hendon also has a sports club, known as The Burroughs 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 Sheppard Library
The campus in Hendon is expanding dramatically over the next five to ten years using a number of London Borough of Barnetmarker office buildings including the current Town Hall in The Burroughsmarker 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, risk and environmental sciences are based here.

The University aims to achieve the consolidation of nearly all its London based teaching at Hendon.

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

Mansion at Trent Park

Trent Park campus is set within a 413-acre 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 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 Enfieldmarker Council on environmental concerns.

Subject focus: Dance, drama and performing arts, English language and literature, media, culture and communication, music, theatre arts, languages and translation studies, philosophy, 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.

Cat Hill

Hornsey College of Art
Cat Hill Campus is located in Cockfostersmarker. 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 Cat Hill Campus houses MoDA, the University's Museum of Domestic Design and Architecturemarker and the national Lesbian and Gay Newsmedia Archive. The campus also houses 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.

Archway and Hospitals

Royal Free Hospital
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 Farmmarker and North Middlesexmarker.

On January 24, 2007 Middlesex University inaugurated a new Centre for Excellence in Teaching and Learning (CETL) MentalHealth 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. 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.


Middlesex University campus in Dubai

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. (ca. 4,600 sq m) 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 17 undergraduate and 3 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.

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-Phoenixmarker, 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 will 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, in partnership with JSS Mahavidyapeetha, will welcome students from Mauritius and the surrounding region in January 2010. They will study for British degrees in Business and Information Technology-related subjects.

Former campuses


The campus was closed in Summer 2005, and its programmes of study have been moved to the university's other campuses. 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 union with Middlesex Polytechnic, the 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 itself continues to operate to this day as the All Saints Educational Trust.

Bounds Green

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 campus 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. Enfield campus was originally the Enfield College of Technology, founded in 1901 as Ponders End Technical Institute.

Schools of Middlesex University

Middlesex University is divided into five Schools:
  • School of Arts and Education
  • Business School
  • School of Engineering & Information Sciences (formerly, School of Computing Science)
  • School of Health and Social Sciences
  • Institute for Work Based Learning


Middlesex University has a very diverse student body, around 22,000 strong, many of whom are mature students. Around 5,000 students are from overseas, coming from more than 100 countries (2004). The application/places ratio is 6.1:1 (2002). The University also has student exchange links with 100 colleges and universities around the world.

Students' Union

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 Crosbymarker by-election to highlight the case of seven students suspended from the Polytechnic after a sit-in protest demanding nursery facilities.


Middlesex University old logo
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 has worked to achieve ‘fewer, better campuses’, which essentially translated into closure of Bounds Green, Tottenham and Enfield (Ponders End) campuses and the consolidation of academic activities on the remaining three - particularly, Hendon.

Quality, Awards and Rankings

Middlesex University has been awarded the Queen's Anniversary Prize three times and has also won a Queen's Award for Enterprise (for its international work). Like many universities, its league table placing varies depending on what is being measured by journalists.

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.

The Social Science Research Network (SSRN) ranks Middlesex University Business School among the top 20 international business schools in the world, ahead of Oxford and Cambridge.

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.

In The Guardian's University Guide 2010, Middlesex scored 43.60 out of 100, which placed it 106th out of 117 universities ranked.

The Independent newspaper league table 2010 ranked Middlesex 88th out of 113 universities. The standing reflected a decline by 6 positions from the 2009 league table, when Middlesex was ranked 82nd.

Prestigious Alumni

As most other UK universities, Middlesex runs an Alumni Association that allows former students to maintain close contact with the University after their graduation. Additionally, it offers various discount and benefits to its members, as well as organizes regular reunions and social events.

Notable Academics

School of Arts and Education

Business School

Visiting Professors

School of Engineering & Information Sciences

School of Health and Social Sciences

Visiting Professors

See also


  3. Guardian Unlimited | Education
  4. The Independent | The main league table 2010

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