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Middlesex University is committed to making a positive impact in the local area.

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apprentices studying with us, including the nurses and police constables our communities need


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Join our University and Residents Forum

We want to keep open channels of communication and collaborate better with our neighbours. We have set up a University and Residents Forum and have met several times throughout 2021 and 2022. Topics discussed included security, community use of University spaces, litter and environmental issues. The next meeting will take place in 2023, we will provides dates and times in due course.

If you are interested in joining or would like to know more, please contact W.Townsend@mdx.ac.uk.

Letter from James Kennedy regarding the University and Residents Group Forum

Please find the community update here from the Facilities Management team.

Tackling anti-social behaviour

Being a good neighbour and having a positive impact on the local area is very important to us.

The University and the London Borough of Barnet will continue to work together with the police to reduce the incidence and impact of antisocial behaviour. We have listened to local residents and have increased security patrols on and around campus, and made it easier for residents to report problems or issues.

Questions or concerns

If you are a local resident and have any questions or concerns about the University’s or its members’ impact on the local community, please don't hesitate to contact our Security Team, available 24/7.

Call +44 (0)20 8411 7777

Healthier High Streets for residents

Middlesex University has joined a range of shops and businesses in Barnet which are helping to improve the health and wellbeing of our local community through the Healthier High Streets scheme. The Healthier High Streets programme brings together five schemes set up to encourage businesses to offer environments where the local community can come together and make healthy choices in safe, welcoming and inclusive spaces.

Middlesex University has joined the ‘Refill Barnet’ scheme for offering free drinking water refills available to all, while the University’s catering provider, Chartwells, has joined the ‘Healthier Catering’ scheme, which guarantees that we offer a healthy and nutritious food offer.

Local residents can look out for the Heathier High Streets Sticker displayed in shop windows, see what’s on offer at their favourite local businesses, and find a Healthier High Street shop near them through the Borough’s Health and Wellbeing map

Back the Barnet bid to become London’s 2027 Borough of Culture #OurBarnetCanvas

Barnet Council is launching a campaign to become London’s 2027 Borough of Culture – and they need your help to make it happen.

The plan is to turn Barnet into a Borough of Culture and make it known for its culture, wellbeing, social and economic value and creativity by creating a canvas of cultural activities – from art, literature, film and theatre through to sport, music, spoken word, events and food festivals.

Everyone is invited to share their ideas, including residents, students, artists, community groups, businesses and anyone with a current or past interest and connection with Barnet.

Join the Cultural Canvas Movement and let the community know how you would like to see Barnet transform into a Borough of Culture.

Share your ideas with Barnet Council here

Use our campus spaces

We play a key role in our local area and we support local business, groups, schools, colleges and community members. Many of our campus facilities – including cafés, outdoor 3g pitches, multi activity courts and our gymnasium are available to our local community, and we aim to facilitate community use of some meeting rooms and spaces when we are able to. Our Church Farm Meeting Room can also be reserved by the public.

Current Covid-19 measures

To help us protect our community, we ask that if you are feeling unwell please do not visit the University until you have made a complete recovery. Please follow government guidelines in relation to Covid-19.

If you test positive for Covid-19, the Government advises that you stay away from busy spaces for 5 days.

The Real Tennis Club

Read the statement about the closure of the Real Tennis Club.

Rickett Quadrangle registered as a Warm Space

We are pleased to announce that the Rickett Quadrangle in our College Building has been registered as a Warm Space.

Warm Spaces is a community-led initiative where businesses, community, faith or social enterprise organisations provide a welcoming space for residents to stay warm and engage with others in their community.


Our cafés at The Quad in our College Building and The Grove – which provide a great selection of food and snacks, with gluten free, halal, vegan and vegetarian options available – are open to our local community.

Our prices start at £1.10 for hot food and £2.10 for sandwiches – add a snack or fruit with a drink for £3.99.

The Quad opening times: Monday to Friday: 7.30am to 7.00pm (term time); Saturday: 8.30am to 4.00pm (term time); Monday to Friday: 8.00am to 5.00pm (out of term)

The Grove opening times: Monday to Friday: 8.30am to 6.00pm (term time); Closed (out of term)

Find out more

Church Farm meeting room

Among other spaces, a room in the Church Farm Building is available for use by the local community.  Please contact W.Townsend@mdx.ac.uk for further information or to book this space.

Find out more

Sports and fitness facilities at Middlesex

We welcome local community members and we would love you to join The Fitness Pod at Middlesex University. We have highly competitive gym memberships which include access to our impressive fitness centre and class programmes. No contract or joining fee required! Read more about our latest memberships.

Our gym, 3g pitches and multi activity courts are open to our local community at competitive rates. Our 3g pitches have marking for Football (11 and 7-aside) Lacrosse and more. Our Multi Activity courts are available for a variety of sports including tennis, netball, 5-aside football and cricket. Find out more about our facilities.

Find out how to join

To check availability and to book a court or pitch, please contact thefitnesspod@mdx.ac.uk or telephone the reception on 020 8411 6343.

For more information about our Sports facilities please contact Toni Hannan: t.hannan@mdx.ac.uk or thefitnesspod@mdx.ac.uk

Events and Exhibitions open to the public

Silver Sunday Event in partnership with AgeUK 
Sunday 1 October 2023 (11:00-15:00), Middlesex University, The Boroughs, NW4 4BT

Join us for a fun-filled day of activities and advice for the over 50s at Middlesex University. There will be exercise tasters, music and dance performance, talks and workshops, advice on managing money and health checks. Includes a talk from Professor Catherine Loveday on Love and Connection. There'll be a free light lunch and refreshments throughout the day!  To find out more contact Pippa at pippa.mannerings@ageukbarnet.org.uk

Reserve your place here

Saluting our sisters - Black History Month
Thursday 12 October 2023 (12:00-16:30), C219, Middlesex University, The Boroughs, NW4 4BT

This collaborative event celebrates Black History Month by sharing the stories of the career-life journeys and achievements of black women, and women of colour, prior to the Windrush era that celebrates 75 years this year, during the Windrush era, and post Windrush era.

VIPs and special guest panellists include: The Worshipful the Mayor of Barnet Council, Councillor Nagus Narenthira, Ade Adelekan MVO, Deputy Assistant Commissioner, Met Operations & Performance, Metropolitan Police Service, Barnet Councillor Zahra Beg, Cabinet Member for Equalities, Voluntary and Community Sector, internationally renowned artist Nigel Allyson-Ryan, FRSA, Director of Creative Industries and, Middlesex Visiting Scholar, Dr Patti Boulaye OBE.

This event will be followed by a panel discussion on why it is important to share insight into black women and women of colour success.

MDX Inter Faith Network

At Middlesex we are committed to creating a positive, inclusive environment where diversity is a strength and everyone is treated equally with dignity and respect.

MDX Inter Faith Network (IFN) aims to showcase and support the diversity of religious belief within the staff and student community at Middlesex University. The Network aims to have representation from all religions and beliefs within our membership.

Watch this space for upcoming events...

Going green in Hendon

We care about the physical environment at our campus in Hendon, north London. We're doing award winning work to make it more sustainable and to reduce our impact on our environment year on year.

Watch our video to find out how we're increasing biodiversity on campus through collaborative thinking and working.

Environment and sustainability

Green spaces

Use of green spaces in our grounds, such as the Paddock and Church House is available to the local community. After they were in decline for several years, in March 2022 we replaced our large conifers in front of the College House building with three Hornbeam trees. We also planted eight small leaved lime trees in the Paddock. We have completed improvements in the Hendon Grove, works include:

  • improving the benches through repainting and the replacement of the wood slats
  • planting of native bulbs in the grassed and woodland areas
  • developing an area as a community orchard
  • improvement of sightlines within the park to improve visibility
  • minor improvements to paths to improve safety.
  • we have installed bird, owl and bat boxes on the trees in Hendon Grove.

Supporting cultural education in our community

Our Performing Arts Department are pleased to be involved in an exciting new Cultural Education Strategy for Barnet and Culture for Youth, pledging an artist in every school by 2027.

A group of leading arts and education partners worked throughout the pandemic with over 100 arts and education members across Barnet to crystallise a vision where all schools have an artist residency, and every young person can consider and access creative career opportunities.

Find out more and download the strategy here and have a read of our news article about Performing Arts at Middlesex and the Barnet Cultural Education Partnership.

Courses for professional and personal development

We offer short courses and CPD - or continuing professional development that include:

  • English courses to prepare you to study at Middlesex if English isn't your first language.
  • Professional development training to enhance the skills of staff in your organisation.
  • Courses to update your current qualifications in healthcare, social work, teaching or CPR and first aid

Find out more


Experienced or witnessed a hate crime?

If you are a member of the public, please use this page to find out what to do if you’ve been affected by a hate crime and see how Middlesex University, as a member of the Barnet Network of Reporting Centres, can help you report the incident.

Access specialist support

Click here for a list of organisations offering practical and emotional support in the local area.

Our global outlook

We see the world as our campus at Middlesex. We’re located across three continents with students from more than 160 countries. Wherever in the world that our students learn with us, there are the same excellent teaching and professional standard facilities.

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