Profile - Overview:
Thames Valley University draws on a heritage of 150 years in teaching and professional education. First founded as the Lady Byron School in 1860, the institution as it exists today was originally formed from the merger of Ealing College of Higher Education, Thames Valley College of Higher Education, the London College of Music and Queen Charlotte's College of Health Care Studies.
In 1991, this new entity was inaugurated as the Polytechnic of West London. The following year, the Privy Council bestowed full university status and TVU was born. TVU has grown through a number of mergers, including with the Northwick Park School of Nursing, Riverside College of Nursing and the North West Thames Regional Health Authority's AIDS Unit in 1994, Berkshire College of Nursing and Midwifery in 1995, and with Reading College and School of Art and Design in 2004.
From the outset, the University has played and continues to play a significant role in the educational, cultural and economic life of its region. TVU now has three campus locations in West London (Brentford and Ealing), Reading and Slough.
The University is funded by the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE), the learning and Skills Council (LSC) and the NHS to deliver education and training courses at further, higher and postgraduate level. As well as boasting a strong vocational emphasis in its work, TVU also maintains an extraordinarily diverse portfolio, both in the range of subjects and the levels of provision offered.
Location and Transport:
• The main campus is situated in London:
• By bus - 30 Minutes from London, by train – 20 to 30 Minutes from London.
• Nearest airport is Heathrow.
• Established in 1990
• In 1991, it merged with Ealing College, Thames Valley College, London College of Music and Queen Charlotte's College of Healthcare.
• The UK's largest University, with 44,000 students from 117 countries.
• 95th in the UK in 2011
• Number one for nursing, midwifery and paramedical studies in England according to the Guardian's University guide 2010.
• International scholarship: 1000 GBP
• Other scholarships:
- The Sakamoto Award: £750 for Media relevant courses
- The Dean's Award: £1000 for Arts relevant courses
Support to International Students:
• Meet and greet service
• Complimentary three week pre-sessional programme
• Student induction
• Accommodation service
• Advice team
• Careers and Employment Service
• Chaplaincy team
• Counselling service
• Disability team
• Funding and Information Team
• Health service
• International team
• Library Services