University of East London

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London is moving east

The East of the capital is full of opportunities with businesses, developments and innovative careers at every turn. The Olympic Boroughs have the youngest, fastest growing, and most multicultural neighbourhoods in the UK. There has never been a better time to live and learn in east London.

  • 25,195 total students enrolled at UEL & partner institutions (as of 1 December 2021)
  • 1 new tech company is formed every hour in London (
  • There will be 125,000 new jobs in East London by 2030 (

With campuses  in Stratford and the Royal Albert Dock, we’re at the heart of it all. Global businesses are making the area their base and the skyscrapers of Canary Wharf create a brilliant backdrop. Because industry in the area is connected to the rest of the world, so are we.

Docklands Campus

Our waterfront campus in the historic Royal Docks provides a modern, well-equipped learning environment, with modern lecture theatres and seminar rooms, a 24/7 library and learning centre, and a multimedia production centre – complete with audio and visual labs and studios.

We are one of the few London universities to have a self-contained campus – jump off the Docklands Light Railway (DLR) and you’re only steps away from our waterfront campus. There’s also easy access to the Elizabeth Line, meaning you can be in Tottenham Court Road in 21 minutes! Our Docklands Campus Student Village is close to everything the local area has to offer and houses many of our students. We have a 24/7 security team on-campus and you can travel to and from our other campuses using our free bus service.

Features include: our 24/7 Docklands library, our £21m SportsDock centre, Knowledge Dock, flexible learning spaces, campus shops, the Children’s Garden Nursery, cafés, eateries, a late bar, plus Student Union facilities, including a student lounge.

University Square Stratford (USS) Campus

University Square Stratford is one of London’s most modern and well-equipped campuses. It is home to our institute of Performing Arts and we teach business, law and criminology here too. Our Legal Advice Centre gives students the opportunity to give back to the community by offering free advice to those unable to pay for it.

We have invested £33 million in facilities including a student centre and help desk, specialist dance and performance art spaces,  a Harvard lecture theatre with live lecture capture technology and a simulated courtroom for mooting experience.

The campus is close to new Stratford developments such as Westfield Stratford City, and next door to the Theatre Royal and Picturehouse cinema.


We’re one of the only London-based universities to have a self-contained campus. We’re part of the local community and well-connected to the rest of London, and the world – City Airport is on our doorstep.

Full of culture, creativity and career opportunities, East London is one of the youngest, most multi-cultural neighbourhoods in the UK, so you’ll fit in whoever you are or wherever you’re from.

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Find out more about our courses, fees and finance, accommodation and the support we provide. At University of East London, we help you graduate with an internationally recognised degree to help you gain a career in your chosen field. 

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The UEL Initial Teacher Education (ITE) Partnership trains 500 Primary, Secondary and Post Compulsory teachers each year and has been doing so throughout the past two decades. UEL is one of the largest post 1992 universities offering teacher training and education in London and Essex.

We offer routes into teaching through: PGCE, PCET, Secondary and Primary, School Direct Salaried and Non-Salaried, Postgraduate Teacher Apprentices, BA Primary with Education and QTS and a cohort of BSc Computer Science with Education and QTS.

We work with our trainee teachers to develop confidence and a teacher identity that is underpinned by educational theory and a trainee teacher’s understanding of this – it is vital they can articulate a theoretical rationale behind the pedagogic choices they are making in their classroom or learning space.

Theoretical balance with the practice of teaching is positively engaged with at UEL within our ITE curriculum.

Our facilities

We have outstanding teaching spaces available for modelling excellence in teaching pedagogy. All classrooms are equipped with what you would expect to be using in a professional teaching environment.

There are also specialist classrooms to support our more practical teacher training courses e.g. Design Technology, Science, Computing, PE and Music.

Our modern Docklands and Stratford libraries provide a wide range of resources, as well as specialist study areas. These are accessible 24/7 during term time.

Why study Teacher training at UEL

Our range of primary teacher training courses will equip you for the right skills to become a Primary teacher in a variety of school subjects. There are three elements secondary teacher training at UEL – subject studies, general professional studies and school-based training. 

We offer:

  • High levels of support – Personalised professional support for every trainee, “ensuring that they develop good practice as a result.” (Ofsted, 2012)
  • Continuing support through your ECT year and beyond – Once you’re qualified, we’ll keep in touch, invite you to sessions to develop your practice, and provide support to move you forward in your career.
  • Opportunities to further your degree – There are opportunities to gain additional qualifications in Child Exploitation and Online Protection and Outdoor and Adventurous Activities training, and a well-supported route towards Masters’ qualification
  • Diverse learning – You’ll be become part of a richly diverse group of trainee teachers, with “an unwavering commitment to raising standards and aspirations in the communities in which they work.” (Ofsted, 2012)

What we’re researching

Our teaching experience and research is internationally recognised and our curricula approach reflects how passionate we are about teaching and education.

We enable our students to engage with the research agenda by conducting school placement-based action research focused work as part of their developing teacher role.

Below are examples of our academic expertise:

  • Dr Warren Kidd, Secondary PGCE Course Leader, researches in the area of teacher identity and has published extensively in the area of sociology and teaching and learning.
  • Dr Shrehan Lynch, Senior Lecturer Physical Education, researches transformative pedagogies and sociocultural challenges in education
  • Sheeba Viswarajan, Senior Lecturer Chemistry Education
  • Elicia Lewis, Senior Lecturer Religious Education
  • David Wells, Head of Initial Teacher Education, researches game-based learning and gamification in school settings.
  • Professor Gerry Czerniawski, Research Degrees leader, has published extensively in the areas of teaching and learning, teacher and teacher educator identity, continuing professional development (CPD) and pupil voice
  • Professor Jean Murray is a world renowned expert in the field of Teacher Education, and has published prolifically in this area.