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

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Middlesex in Barnet

1,800

nurses and midwives trained every year

2,400

members of the public trained to carry out COVID-19 vaccinations so far this year

19,300

alumni living in Barnet

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 is scheduled to take place in January 2023.

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

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

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.

Cafés

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.

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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, the sports facilities and a meeting room – are available to our local community, and we aim to facilitate community use of some meeting rooms and spaces when we are able to.

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

A statement about the closure of the Real Tennis Club is available here.

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.

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

Kickstart your career

In partnership with Aspire London, we are providing free higher education and support to help Londoners with no prior higher education qualification to upskill and kickstart their careers.

The Aspire London programme will run in October 2022 and April 2023, and is open for enrolment.

Find out more

Courses for professional and personal development

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

- Courses to update your current qualifications in healthcare, social work, teaching or CPR and first aid

- 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.

Find out more

Sports and fitness facilities at Middlesex

We have a growing number of local community members and we would love you to join The Fitness Pod at Middlesex University. We have introduced our new community membership offer which includes access to our impressive fitness centre and class programme. No contract or joining fee required!

Our gym, tennis courts and football pitches are open to our local community.

  • To check availability and to book a court, please contact thefitnesspod@mdx.ac.uk or telephone the Reception on 020 8411 6343. If you are interested in joining one of our tennis coaching courses for players of all abilities, please contact our Sports Development team at compsport@mdx.ac.uk.

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

Find out how to join

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.

Events and Exhibitions open to the public

Dexter McLean - Tower Avenue Exhibition -  1 - 30 November 2022
The Atrium, The Grove, Middlesex University, NW4 4BT

The exhibition focuses on the representation of black and disabled communities in suburban Kingston, containing sensitive and natural depictions which represent the community of Tower Avenue, a street in Kingston, Jamaica, from where alumnus Dexter and his family originated. Dexter, who has cerebral palsy, has long been driven by the principle that marginalised communities deserve to be given a voice in an empathetic and empowering way.

These images form part of that MA work and he is continuing to develop the work. Dexter has also recently had his first solo show at The Orleans gallery and was awarded the Hood medal by the Royal Photographic Society.
You can view Dexter Mclean’s artwork on his website

As part of the exhibition, a Panel Discussion: Representation, Identity, and the work of Dexter McClean will take place in The Atrium on 29 November from 17:30 - 19:00. The panel will be joined by Mark Sealy OBE - curator and cultural historian, acting CEO of Autograph ABP, the Association of Black Photographers, and Eddie Botsio - TV Reporter, Producer and Commissioning Editor for the BBC and ITN.

Unspoken: Artworks by students in Further and Higher Education  - 14 Nov - 7 Dec 2022
artsdepot 5 - Nether Street Tally, Ho Corner, North Finchley, London, N12 0GA

MDX PhD student Jude Smit has curated the exhibition as part of her research into what we can learn from students' lived experiences of attempted suicide. The exhibition was first presented at our Hendon campus this March and has now moved to the Arts Depot.

Unspoken consists of more than 20 pieces of artwork made by students across the UK, including paintings, sculpture, poetry and animation. It aims to give a voice through art to those who may have struggled to be heard previously

For more information, visit the Arts Depot's website.

Trigger warning - Images contain content related to self-harm and suicide.

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.

The following events organised by the MDX IFN are open to members of the local community:

  • Thursday 19 January 2023, (6pm-7pm)
    The film 'The Two Popes' will be shown online.
  • Monday 20 March 2023, (4pm-7pm)
    The film 'Bend It Like Beckham' will be shown on campus.

For further information about the MDX IFN and the events, please email mdxinterfaith@mdx.ac.uk

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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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