1947 – ‘secret listeners’ spy on German prisoners on our site
1960 - the people’s polytechnic introduced
Enfield and Hendon Colleges of Technology and the Hornsey College of Art come together to form Middlesex Polytechnic, a radical new type of university focussing on practical skills over academic theory.
The Principal of Enfield College, George Brosnan, and his deputy Eric Robinson have lead the fight for a new concept for higher education - the polytechnic – since the sixties. Polytechnics were higher education institutes that moved away from the traditional university model and sought to embrace the needs of their local communities.
1992 – University’s first Vice-Chancellor appointed
The Dalai Lama spends three days at Trent Park as part of the Interfaith Festival hosted by Middlesex University. The Festival drew in many celebrities including Richard Gere, Goldie Hawn and Koo Stark.
1996 – Professor Michael Driscoll becomes Vice-Chancellor
1996, 1998, 2000 – three Queen’s Anniversary Prizes
Peter Luck-Hille opens Middlesex University Real Tennis Club – the third of its kind in the country – making the 16th century sport accessible in the 21st century. The only other universities with a real tennis court are Oxford and Cambridge.