London Metropolitan University is a public university based in London. The institution has campuses in the City of London and the London Borough of Islington, and delivers a range of undergraduate and postgraduate courses spanning over 60 subjects. London Met was inaugurated on 1 August 2002 as the result of a merger between the University of North London and London Guildhall University.
In 2011 London Met was awarded the highest marks possible from the Quality Assurance Agency (QAA), an independent body that checks how higher education institutions in the UK uphold their academic standards and teaching quality. Two thirds of research undertaken at the University was deemed by the Agency to be ‘internationally recognised’, ‘internationally excellent’, or ‘world leading’. In 2008 the Research Assessment Exercise ranked the Department of Economics in the top 25 percent of UK universities for the quality of its research.
The University champions ‘affordable quality education’ and has recently set its course fees much lower than that of other institutions.
Learning and Teaching
The University continuously strives to expand its research capabilities and proactively recruits staff who produce world-class research and who are regarded as leading experts in their fields of study. Many members of staff are also recognised internationally for their excellence in teaching and programme delivery. This teaching excellence, underpinned by an innovative curriculum that blends theoretical analysis and practical knowledge, provides a first-class student learning experience.
Formal teaching is made up of a variety of methods, including lectures, face-to-face seminars and practical classes. External consultants provide ‘real-world’ experience, sharing case studies for student evaluation. The University has recently introduced online ‘e-packs’, which comprise of a number of individual study units designed to help students develop their study skills and become independent learners.
The facilities at London Met are impressive. There are six libraries in total, comprising four academic collections and two ‘special’ collections – both internationally acclaimed: The Women’s Library, which is located in a refurbished Victorian bath house, and the Trades Union Congress Library Collections. A programme of subject help drop in sessions runs in each of the four academic libraries during semester. The £30 million science centre is one of the largest scientific teaching laboratories in Europe, and is home to ‘Super Lab’, a state-of-the-art facility equipped with 280 workstations, each with computer and video facilities, that offers students a cutting-edge learning experience through the use of virtual laboratory sessions. The University also has a simulated Bloomberg trading floor, a flight simulator and a mock courtroom.
Recreational facilities include two fully-equipped fitness suites and an Olympic standard basketball court. The two student bars are regularly featured in Time Out London.
London Metropolitan University can be found at 84 Moorgate, City of London, EC2M 6SQ.