At Middlesex we bring ambitious minds from all over the world into one community and we help them towards their own unique success. We are confident of our role in an ever-changing world.
We are proud of our history, which goes back to the specialist London colleges and institutions that became a successful polytechnic and our elite modern university of today. This heritage has laid the foundations for who we are now – a global institution with an international outlook that works to make a positive difference to the world through our practical approach to teaching, cutting-edge research, and creative innovation.
At a time of significant change, agility has become normal for all universities. The strengths of the Middlesex culture which have enabled us to react effectively to the recent challenges are also the attributes that mean we will be able to adapt for the future.
Our legacy of innovation includes the UK’s first Business degree and professional doctorate, and our sector-leading work-based learning and transnational education. 145 years on from the opening of our founding institution, St Katherine’s College, we continue to take a distinctive approach to teaching with practice at the heart of everything we do. Our students experience education, research and the world of work side-by-side, and they develop the confidence and future-ready skills sought by top employers. For instance, teaching in our augmented reality midwifery, neonatal and anatomy equipment, and our cyber factory – the first in the UK – prepares our students to step into the workplace of the future.
With 165 nationalities on campus, studying and working here means getting to know people from different cultures and to understand different perspectives. This gives our people an edge and gives our campus a special energy.
The Times Higher Education Young University Rankings 2022 ranked us as a top 2 university in the UK, top 3 for international outlook in the UK and top 7 for research in the UK. We welcome enterprising and mindful students, staff, professionals and businesses into our active, global network. We have overseas campuses in Dubai and Mauritius which use their educational and research outputs to effect personal and social change across the world, and our international reputation and global connections enhance our global community.
In our outlook, Middlesex reflects the determined and multicultural spirit of London. We take our commitment to our local London Borough of Barnet seriously, where we contribute £289 million annually through employment and reach into local businesses. As an institution we are seeking to improve equality, diversity and inclusion in an authentic way and reach disadvantaged or excluded groups, and our students and staff regularly volunteer their time, knowledge and skills to support community projects.
You can read more about the University here.
Our academic structure
The University’s academic provision is delivered by its four academic faculties. Furthers details of our Faculties can be found here.
Our executive team
The University Executive Team (UET) advises the Board of Governors on the strategic direction of the University and ensures delivery of the Institute’s mission and values. Each member individually carries out specific responsibilities determined by the Vice-Chancellor.
More information on our Executive Team can be found here.
Our strategy to 2031: Knowledge into action
Our strategy is focused on creating knowledge and putting it into action to develop fairer, healthier, more prosperous and sustainable societies,
Our vision is to transform outcomes for individuals, communities and organisations and to empower people to change their lives. Our learning community has practice at the heart of what we do across education, research and knowledge exchange, and engagement.
We work in partnership and bring people together to create solutions to complex problems.
The integrating themes of our strategy are:
- Equity and improvements in health and wellbeing.
- Inclusive socio-economic development and enriching lives through culture.
- Sustainability of communities and the environment.
We have identified three shared priorities as pillars for strategic implementation to achieve our purpose by 2031:
- Transforming learning.
- Creating impact on global challenges.
- Constructing a learning organisation and enquiring community.
The Middlesex approach to achieving our strategy is centred on:
- Creative, collaborative and agile culture.
- Local and global Communities of Practice.
- Focusing through our Integrating themes.
You can read more about Strategy 2031 here.
Learning through doing
Our students learn through doing, making and through experience. They apply their advanced knowledge and skills to real-life and work-based problems that benefit society, the professions and business. Learning this way our students develop the skills, behaviours and attitudes that employers want.
We have industry and professional standard facilities throughout our campuses. That means our students learn in the best equipped labs, studios and workshops. Our hands-on approach to teaching gives our students the confidence they need to be innovative. This empowers them to make and create fantastic work.
Many of our students study in professional settings. They’re out in the workplace – on placements, projects and internships – gaining invaluable skills and putting them into practice.
Learning from research
Our staff bring their industry and professional expertise and their connections to the learning environment and their research. Our students engage with research to understand what’s happening at the cutting edge of industry and professional practice.
Learning throughout life
Our students receive an ‘education for life’ so they’re able to adapt to fast evolving industry and professional environments. Our graduates are active life-long learners with advanced knowledge and skills for jobs and business opportunities that don’t exist yet.
Learning through personalised support
Our approach is different for every individual student so that all students are supported to succeed. Undergraduate and foundation year students have a Personal Tutor for tailored support related to their course as well as one-to-one help with academic writing and numeracy if it’s needed. Our Student Learning Assistants and Graduate Academic Assistants provide support based on their own experiences of studying a subject.
Centre for Academic Practice Enhancement
We work with the Centre for Academic Practice Enhancement (CAPE) to develop excellent academic practice for our students. We do this through monitoring student retention and progression while also improving teaching through comprehensive development activities for staff.
Our global research and knowledge exchange network works towards a brighter future for people around the world. Through our collaborative, creative and inclusive approach, we are helping to shape the changing global research landscape.
Our research is aligned to three integrating themes to focus our work on a world that’s fairer, healthier and more sustainable.
- Equity and Improvements in Health and Wellbeing.
- Inclusive socio-economic development and enriching lives through culture.
- Sustainability of communities and the environment
Our results in REF 2021 show that we have strong foundations on which to build as we make high quality, impactful research a shared priority for our community. Since REF 2014, our research has grown in overall quality of outputs and impact and in the range of subjects covered.
We achieved our results while balancing resources across all three areas of academic excellence – research and knowledge exchange, education and engagement.
Our global impact
100% of the work submitted for five disciplines had outstanding (4-star) or very considerable (3-star) impact, aligned to three strategic themes in our Strategy for 2031.
- Equity and Improvements in Health and Wellbeing – Psychology, Psychiatry and Neuroscience; Sport and Exercise Sciences, Leisure and Tourism.
- Sustainability of Communities and the Environment – Geography and Environmental Studies; Business and Management Studies.
- Inclusive Socio-economic Development and Enriching Lives through Culture – Art and Design: History, Practice and Theory.
Our future outlook
As a community, our collaborative, creative and inclusive approach is helping to shape the future of research. We promote excellence in research and knowledge exchange by:
- Designing for regional and global impact that addresses future challenges.
- Working with national and international partners, global industry and public services.
- Building research projects from the ground up, working inclusively and innovatively with communities.
- Working as learning organisation in dialogue with partners, collaborators, sponsors and beneficiaries.
You can read more about our REF 2021 results here.