London Metropolitan University
If you are looking for a university that will put your career first, then London Metropolitan University is an excellent choice. The latest Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education survey found that 96.7% of London Met’s 2017 graduates are in work or further study six months after graduating.
Case study #1
With a client list that includes No 10 Downing Street, Prince Charles, Jamie Oliver and Jimmy Choo, London Met Architecture BA graduate Demi Owoseje and founder of Majeurs Chesterfield Ltd (which uses local resources to create sustainable, luxury furniture) explains how the Uni’s career-focused approach helped her. Demi now operates successful businesses in both London and Nigeria. “One of the reasons I like London Met is the focus on practical work,” Demi comments. “Students are encouraged to travel and learn sustainable architecture, working with local communities and materials. In both my second and third year I travelled abroad for my modules. Our tutors took us to Germany and India to inspire our projects. India is still today one of my favourite trips. I learnt so much creatively and was exposed to a culture I otherwise wouldn’t have known.”
Did Demi find the lecturers approachable? “I could call on my tutors whenever I needed their help or advice. I felt very supported."
How did it all begin? “After appearing on several TV programmes and acquiring high-profile clients like Jamie Oliver and Jimmy Choo, my company was getting a lot of attention for its furniture restoration,” Demi tells us. “We were invited to meet David Cameron to showcase our work and talk about young enterprise. After this meeting we were approached by a former client who said that Prince Charles would like to meet with us at our office. As you can imagine I was in shock.”
“There isn’t a day that goes by where architecture is not influencing my design decisions and the way in which I run my business. London Met and architecture is probably the reason why I have such a strict work ethic. London Met taught me the importance of hard work and perseverance,” she concludes.
Case study #2
You’ll find first-rate teaching, state-of-the-art facilities and work-related opportunities to help you find employment during and after your studies.
“The facilities were great – I didn’t ever think that as a student I’d get access to that kind of equipment. There were bod pods and tanita scales for body fat analysis for example, which is what is used within the nutrition research industry. We also had exams in model rooms so we could gain skills and experience with patients,” explains Annina Whipp, Dietetics and Nutrition BSc graduate, now working as a Band 5 dietitian in London.
Gaining real work experience as part of her degree was an important part of Annina’s success. “The course involved three different placements, so we were able to gain an excellent knowledge of nutrition and dietetics in the acute and community settings and within a local public health department. I was placed at the Whittington Hospital and within the community dietetics teams based at Homerton University Hospital and Bromley Healthcare, so it was also useful gaining experience in three different hospitals with different cultures,” Annina explains.
The University’s location in one of the world’s most exciting capital cities gives you access to countless opportunities, whether that’s enjoying the cutting-edge culture on offer, socialising, networking or getting ahead with work experience.
A number of London Met’s courses have received 100% student satisfaction in the latest National Student Survey and many are accredited by professional bodies. Find your ideal course today.
The University’s lecturers include award-winning architects, acclaimed writers and scientists who are actively engaged in research that matters – our architects were involved in the award-winning design of Damien Hirst’s Newport Street Gallery, for example, and our scientists are researching the latest cancer treatments. Our graduates have gone on to work at companies including the BBC, PricewaterhouseCoopers, the Bank of England, Alexander McQueen and the British Museum.
“Last year we presented at Posters in Parliament, where you are chosen to present research to politicians in Westminster. Being at the event represented an amazing achievement for my undergraduate research career.” – Norman Guzzardi, Chemistry Extended Degree BSc graduate
Careers and employability
We take pride in helping students reach their goals and succeed in their careers. The University’s mentoring scheme can put you in touch with a professional from your chosen sector, as well as a graduate internship scheme, which offers a number of internships each year. Many courses include work placement modules that count towards your final degree and many are accredited by professional bodies, which will give your qualification extra weight.
Trainee entrepreneurs are also well supported at the Uni. As well as offering a range of work experience and job opportunities, London Met’s business incubator, Accelerator, offers advice, support, networks and resources for students and graduates interested in setting up their own business. Accelerator has helped launch businesses including Arctic Power Berries, whose products are now sold at Harrods, Selfridges, Ocado and more, and award-winning TRIM-IT, the first app-powered mobile barber shop, where you can book a luxe barber van to come to you, now popular with celebrities.
“The opportunity to work from Accelerator has been invaluable and working alongside other start-ups and entrepreneurs is really motivating,” notes Anna Ojutkangas, Sports Therapy BSc graduate and one of the two founders of the award-winning Arctic Power Berries.
From its £30m Science Centre and purpose-built art and design studios to a professional interpreting suite and £100,000 journalism newsroom, London Met’s buildings house excellent state-of-the art facilities where you can hone your skills.
For budding lawyers, London Met has a mock courtroom complete with dock, witness box and public gallery, while business students can take advantage of the University’s Bloomberg information terminals, which deliver company information, news, real-time financial instrument prices and valuation analytics.
London Met’s £100,000 newsroom, which was opened by the former Guardian editor Alan Rusbridger, includes 40 computers equipped with the latest design software, large screen TVs and a mobile Tricaster to provide students with the best possible training for a career in media. Leading newsreaders including George Alagiah, Jon Snow and Krishnan Guru Murthy have all spoken at London Met.
Described by our own Patrick Brill (aka Bob and Roberta Smith) as the “Aldgate Bauhaus”, the studios at London Met’s art, architecture and design school The Cass provides inspiring spaces for our artists and designers to innovate and create. You’ll have access to Cass Works, which offers specialist facilities including wood, metal and plastic workshops, purpose-built architecture design studios, digital manufacturing technologies, and a TV and recording studio. The University also has an artist-in-residence programme, Open Field, which means that art students can get up close and personal with real artists.
"Life in London is never dull, it's beautifully diverse and it's full of opportunities."
– Samuel Eyles, Fine Art BA graduate
The University’s £30 million Science Centre, featuring a superlab with 280 workstations, offers a multitude of facilities. You can benefit from specialist laboratories for tissue culture research and microbiology, and a nuclearmagnetic resonance room. The Centre also features sports therapy study facilities, nutritional physiology labs, phlebotomy labs and more.
Computing students have access to a number of exciting labs including some of the most advanced Cisco labs in London, and have welcomed speakers from Microsoft, Cisco, Apple and O2.
As well as subject-specific facilities, the University has excellent social spaces including its popular café bar, The Rocket, and sports facilities that include a sports hall capable of hosting international basketball matches. Despite its urban location, you’ll find two roof gardens at London Met, and the Uni’s focus on all things green means free cycle repair workshops and solar-panelled buildings as well as 40,000 bees producing honey.
London Met offers a range of bursaries and grants – check our website for the latest details. The Uni also runs application and funding workshops to help you understand what support is available and talk you through the tricky world of student finance.
Many of our courses start in January as well as September. Some are also available part-time to help you fit your course around your life.
What our students say
“During my time at London Metropolitan University, I learnt so much. The amount of first-hand knowledge the tutors have is just amazing and having them as lifelong contacts is invaluable. We took such a practical approach to the work, which employers love. I owe a lot to London Met.”
“There were many amazing moments at London Met that I won’t forget, but the main highlight was that my course prepared me for the world of work. I was ready to be a professional by the time I graduated. Having excellent lecturers who have extensive experience in the industry helped me a lot.”
“I get so much support from my tutor, colleagues and the London Met team. The University itself has a good vibe, very social and welcoming. I just want to thank everyone for everything!”
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