The University of East London is a new university (designated in 1992) with a long tradition behind it. The UEL of today rests on the achievements of the West Ham Technical Institute, the South East Essex Technical College and School and the North East London Polytechnic (designated in 1969, later the Polytechnic of East London – 1988).
Since its establishment in 1898, the building that is now our Stratford Campus has been a site of continual learning. UEL was granted university status in 1992, and continued to grow ever since.
We’re a global learning community, proud of our diversity, with a worldwide alumni network of over 37,000 members.
Students at UEL don’t conform to the usual stereotypes. Many of our students are from non-traditional backgrounds. Many are over-21 on entry, and many are the first in their families to attend university.
This diversity of background, cultures and life experience enriches student life not just in the classrooms and seminars, and also on campus.
UEL is also a leader in the field of distance learning, and as such one of the top three providers of e-learning and distance learning programmes in the UK.