Achievements and Friends

AtriumSome Facts and Figures

  • Middlesex is a well established and thriving British university that is based in London and also has major campuses in Dubai and Mauritius
  • Middlesex currently teaches more than 40,000 students worldwide, and about 30 per cent of these are international students. More than 9,000 students study overseas, at our Dubai and Mauritius campuses, as well as on Middlesex courses provided by prestigious academic partners.
  • We have invested more than £200 million in creating one of London's biggest and best campuses. Our most recent development saw the opening of state-of-the-art facilities for art, design, media and performing arts - providing Middlesex students with an unrivalled environment in which to study.

Our local community

Middlesex's flagship London campus is in Hendon, which is located in the London Borough of Barnet. Student spending has a huge positive impact on Barnet's local economy. In 2008-9 the University generated an estimated £191 million for the local economy. It is estimated that the presence of Middlesex in Barnet generates more than 2,800 jobs.

Academic Achievements

Quality Assurance Agency

The Quality Assurance Agency (QAA) visited Middlesex in 2009. Its resulting report said auditors had confidence in the University's current and likely future management of its academic standards and of the learning opportunities available to students.

There was also praise for the 'meticulous attention' given to the establishment, development and integration of the University's Dubai campus.

Middlesex also received QAA praise for its initiatives to improve student progression and achievement and the 'distinctive contribution' of the University's Work Based Learning programmes.

Research Assessment Exercise

The 2008 Research Assessment Exercise (RAE) contained some excellent results for research at Middlesex University. Analysis of the different rankings produced by various publications placed Middlesex at number 10 among post-1992 universities. Over three quarters – 77 per cent – of all Middlesex's research submitted for the RAE was rated as 'internationally recognised', with a substantial proportion rated as 'internationally excellent' or better.

Queen's Anniversary Prizes

1996 was the year that Middlesex was awarded the first of three Queen's Anniversary Prizes for Higher and Further Education, for its innovative provision of Work Based Learning, giving people the opportunity to gain a degree for the knowledge and expertise they acquire through their work. A further Queen's Anniversary Prize, this time for Education Technology followed in 1998 and a third in 2000, for the University's groundbreaking Flood Hazard Research Centre.

Skillset Media Academy

In 2007 Middlesex was awarded Skillset Media Academy status by the Government Department for Innovation, Universities and Skills. This award recognises the excellence and forward-looking nature of the University's media-related courses and education delivered to students.

Other academic achievements

Middlesex University is:

  • The first British university to achieve the highest rating possible for our collaborative provision around the world
  • A centre of excellence for teacher education – all teacher education is rated good or very good by OFSTED
  • One of very few universities to have been awarded three Queen's Anniversary Prizes

Queens award mainOrganisational Achievements

Queen's Award for Enterprise

Middlesex was given the Queen's Award for Enterprise in 2003, and again in 2011. The awards are each a reflection of our commercial success in growing our operations overseas, boosting the UK economy and providing the opportunity for overseas students to study in London at Middlesex.

Investors in People

Middlesex retains its Investors in People status, which was awarded in 1999. The Investors in People Standard is a business improvement tool designed to advance an organisation's performance through its people by:

  • Developing strategies to improve the performance of the organisation
  • Taking action to improve the performance of the organisation
  • Evaluating the impact on the performance of the organisation

Positive about disabled people

Middlesex is proud to carry the 'two ticks' disability symbol. This means that the Employment Service has judged the University positively against five main criteria:

  • To interview all applicants with a disability who meet the minimum criteria for a job vacancy and consider them on their abilities
  • To ensure there is a mechanism in place to discuss at any time, but at least once a year, with disabled employees what can be done to make sure they can develop and use their abilities
  • To make every effort when employees become disabled to make sure they stay in employment
  • To take action to ensure that all employees develop the appropriate level of disability awareness needed to make the commitments work
  • Each year to review the five commitments and what has been achieved, to plan ways to improve on them and to let employees and the Employment Service know about progress and future plans


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