Middlesex University is a university in Hendon, North London, England. It is located within the historic county boundaries of Middlesex from which it takes its name. It is one of the new universities and is a member of Million+ working group. As is the case with many former polytechnics, Middlesex was formally organized as a teaching institution relatively recently (in 1973), yet can trace its history back to 19th century.
The university grew out of merger between different schools and colleges in North London. Perhaps the most prominent and one of the oldest of its constituent establishments is the Hornsey College of Art, founded in 1882. 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 begun developing its international presence, by opening its regional offices in continental Europe. As of July 2011, it has been operating 21 such offices across the globe. Since 2000, the university launched a major restructuring program, which, specifically, translated into a total image rebrand in 2003, the closure of a number of campuses over 2005–2012, the expansion of other campuses and generally the consolidation of the university's activities on fewer, bigger campuses in north London.
Hendon is set in a prime location of North West London, a short walk from Hendon Central tube station. Today's main (or college) building was built in the neo-Georgian style by H.W. Burchett and opened in 1939 as part of Hendon Technical Institute (aka Hendon College of Technology). The college was extended in 1955 and in 1969 when a new refectory and engineering block (the Williams Building) were added. The main building has been refurbished in a £40 million project, which included the addition of a glass-covered central courtyard forming Ricketts Quadrangle. In 2004 the new Learning Resource Centre, the Sheppard Library opened on the site. Hendon also has a sports club, known as The Fitness Pod for students and staff which have 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 campus in Hendon is expanding dramatically using a number of London Borough of Barnet office buildings including the current Town Hall in The Burroughs as well as the construction of new buildings including a new state of the art Science Building which opened in September 2008. The research centers for biomedical science, crime and conflict, and risk and environmental sciences are based here.
The university is divided into six schools and an Institute for Work Based Learning.
- School of Art and Design
- School of Media and Performing Arts
- Business School
- School of Science and Technology
- School of Health and Education
- School of Law
- Institute for Work Based Learning
The university has a student body of around 21,000 strong, many of whom are mature students. Around 4,800 students (23%) are from overseas, with ca. 3,400 (16%) from outside of the European Union. The university also has student exchange links with over 100 different universities in more than 22 different countries across Europe, the United States, and the world.
In 2010 Middlesex had one of the biggest increases in applications at any university – more than 30% – but the demand for places had still grown by another 11% at the start of 2011.
The overall satisfaction rating from the National Student Survey increased from 77% in 2011/12 to 82% in 2012/13.