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Ravensbourne University London
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Ravensbourne University London

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Overview
Overview

Overview

Ravensbourne University London is one of the UK's newest universities, gaining university status in 2018.

The University is based in a strikingly designed open plan, state-of-the-art building in North Greenwich, London, and specialises in digital media and design. It has around 2,400 students and offers both undergraduate and postgraduate degrees.

Ravensbourne is split into several departments including:

  • Screen School (Media Works, Media Lab) 
  • Design School (Department of Architecture, Department of Fashion, Department of Design Practice)
  • Further Education
  • Postgraduate

Ravensbourne institution was awarded a Silver in the 2017 Teaching Excellence Framework and it’s also been named as the number one specialist university in the UK for creative graduate salaries (Department for Education's Longitudinal Education Outcomes 2018).

Ravensbourne University students on Whatuni say:

“My time at uni has been good so far. I've learnt a lot and met some great people.”

“It's been great, the people are nice, the facilities are good and I like the structure of the course.”

“I settled in to Ravensbourne instantly. For me, it’s the perfect study environment.”

Job Prospects
Job Prospects

Job Prospects

Ravensbourne prides itself on its industry connections which give students access to real-world experiences and partnerships. Its location, next to the O2 Arena, also makes it ideally placed for access to media creatives and locations.

Furthermore, several of the staff themselves have come from working for some of the biggest names in the media, including Walt Disney Studios and the BBC.

96.4% of graduates from Ravensbourne are employed within six months of graduation (Higher Education Statistics Agency, 2016/17 graduates).

After graduation, the “incubation” service can offer business support to develop your own start-up company. There’s also a dedicated careers service.

Ravensbourne University students on Whatuni say:

“The agency is a good place to look for work.”

“Industry focused course.”

“They teach us a wide variety of employable skills/how to behave professionally.”

Course and lecturers
Course and lecturers

Course and lecturers

Many of the lecturers are currently working in their chosen industry. This means that not only are they bringing with them lots of professional experience, it’s also up to date and relevant.

You can find more in-depth information about staff from each department on the Ravensbourne website - they come from a wealth of different backgrounds and relevant industries.

You can also find in-depth information about the various different courses on offer at Ravensbourne via the prospectus or website. Many of the courses include practical elements.

Ravensbourne University students on Whatuni say:

“Small class numbers so lots of contact time.”

“A lot of practical workshops along with the right amount of lectures!”

“Great, course leader is amazing.”

Students' Union
Students' Union

Students' Union

The student population at Ravensbourne is relatively small, but there is still an active students’ union. After you first arrive at the college, you can expect a programme of lively social activities to help you to get to know the college and your surroundings.

The SU is run by students and is there to represent your views. You will automatically become a member once you enrol at the college. There are also plenty of events and activities organised throughout the year. A students’ union shop provides a range of different products including stationery, course equipment and more. The Student Union also runs a student bar for discounted drinks throughout the week.

Ravensbourne University students on Whatuni say:

 “Very friendly, help you out if you need.”

“I think they are good and represent the needs of us.”

“They always want to hear what we have to say and are responsive.”

Accommodation
Accommodation

Accommodation

Ravensbourne works with accommodation providers which students of the college can access. There is accommodation on the Greenwich Peninsula itself - although there is a limited number of rooms, and the demand for them is high.

The university also works with the Student Homes Project to help students find affordable accommodation. Alternatively, you can also seek support in finding accommodation via the private sector which are featured on the University of London Housing database.

Ravensbourne University students on Whatuni say:

“Accommodation is the best part, the rooms are just what you need, and the kitchen/living room is a great place to socialise! Made a load of new friends and can't say a bad word about it.”

Cost of living
Living costs This is the average annual cost of living for a student studying in the town where this uni is based.
Source: IDP Connect 2019

£9,000

per annum
Facilities
Facilities

Facilities

The aim of Ravensbourne is to provide students with the latest technologies and equipment which are relevant to their studies. Each term equipment is updated to make sure everything is the latest industry standard.

There is a Central Loan Resource which has lots of kit available for students to borrow. This includes more than 3,200 items such as cinematography cameras, 3D printers, sewing machines, DSLR cameras, microphones and more.

Each course has an allocated kit database, and you can borrow it in your own time once you have received training as part of your course. In your final year, more specialised equipment is available as you will be more experienced.

Another exciting facility is the prototyping department, which allows for the creation of working prototypes.

The library has lots of different information in different mediums, including print, e-books, audio visual resources and so on. There’s also study spaces, with group and silent spaces available. Online resources are available 24 hours a day. 

Ravensbourne University students on Whatuni say:

“Very good, they provide a lot for students.”

“The facilities are really good here.”

“Up to date - always adding new equipment.”

City life
City life

City life

Ravensbourne is located in Greenwich, next door to the O2 Arena, which houses a large number of entertainment and food and drink facilities. You’re also conveniently connected to the rest of the capital city via the Jubilee Line on the underground.

In central London you’ll find thousands of restaurants, bars, clubs, shops, parks, museums, galleries, entertainment spaces, sports facilities and much more. Not only that, but you’re also connected to every other major city in the world via the train and air network.

London can be an expensive place to live and experience, but it’s also one of the most exciting and culturally diverse places in the world.

Ravensbourne University students on Whatuni say:

“I love being in London all the time. Great buzz.”

“Greenwich/ London - lots of opportunities.”

“Since we're in London, there is so much to do and so much to see,”

Cost of living
Cost of a pint This is the average cost of a pint.
Source: IDP Connect 2019

£3.65

per pint
Clubs and Societies
Clubs and Societies

Clubs and Societies

There’s a wide range of different clubs and societies which you can join via the Students Union. These are divided into interest areas including Sports, Media, International & Cultural, Film and More.

You can find information about each of the different societies on the Ravensbourne SU website, with full details about how to join a society. If none of the societies take your fancy you can start your own, with support and guidance given by the SU to help you. 

Ravensbourne University students on Whatuni say:

“I'm not in any clubs, but there were many at the fair.”

“The clubs are good but it could have more of a range.”

“They have a variety of societies to choose from.”

Student support
Student support

Student support

There are several student services which you can take advantage of if you have any problems during the duration of your studies.

There’s a Careers service, giving you one-to-one meetings, dedicated workshops and other support to help get you into the world of work once you have completed your studies.

Counselling, welfare and wellbeing is available from professional and discreet counsellors who can offer support for emotional, financial or practical problems.

Disability support is available for students both before and during interview, and while you are studying at Ravensbourne. You can find advice on the DSA (Disabled Students Allowance). If you have learning needs, such as dyslexia, dyspraxia, ADD, Asperger’s, autistic spectrum conditions, you can find help and support too.

Financial support is also provided through a range of bursaries and scholarships for eligible students. A Study Skills group gives you training on focus and attention, time planning and other useful study skills.

Ravensbourne University students on Whatuni say:

“Tutors give adequate feedback.”

“Always someone to talk to.”

“I am always given a lot of feedback and my tutor is always responsive.”

Fees
Fees

Fees

UK Students Per Year: £9,250

International Students Per Year: £14,500

Scholarships/ Bursaries
Scholarships/ Bursaries

Scholarships/ Bursaries

The Ravensbourne Bursary for 2019/20 entrants is a cash award payment of £1,500, split over three years. It is available for all students with a household income of £25,000 or less and those who are paying the full £9,250 tuition fees and are receiving the highest level of maintenance loan from the Student Loans Company. You don’t need to apply as you will be automatically considered if you match the criteria.

The Internal Progression Award is available for those who have previously completed a Foundation Diploma at the Institution. It is a non means tested one-off cash payment of £500.

Other bursaries and support is available - you can find more information on the Ravensbourne website. 

Academic strengths
Academic strengths

Academic strengths

Ravensbourne specialises in media and production qualifications and has been ranked very highly for Art and Design in the UK, Europe and the World.

Entry requirements
Entry requirements

Entry requirements

For many of the courses, Ravensbourne operates a portfolio admission system. This means that the institution is not just looking at your academic achievements, but also the potential you have to succeed.

For undergraduate courses, students will generally be expected to have 2 A Levels at Grade C or above, or a Level 3 Foundation Diploma, or Level 3 Extended Diploma. Alternatively, you may have an International Baccalaureate with 28 points or above. Students will also be expected to have 5 GCSEs at grade C or above. 

Entry requirements are different depending on which course you want to study. Please check the website for the details relevant to you.

UCAS TARIFF CALCULATOR

Key stats

WUSCA ranking The overall ranking is decided by students from this institution rating them in a Whatuni review. This forms the basis of the Whatuni Student Choice Awards (WUSCA for short).

126th / 131

CUG ranking Source: Complete University Guide 2020

131st / 131

Undergraduate students Source: HESA, 2019 (note: only applies to undergraduate records)

2,485
AVERAGE

TEF score The Teaching Excellence Framework is how the standard of teaching at this institution is judged by an independent panel of experts. It's broken down into three levels; gold, silver and bronze, and looks at teaching quality, learning environment and student outcomes.

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  • Full-timePart-time
    100%0%
  • School leaversMature students
    79%21%
  • UndergraduatePostgraduate
    98%2%
  • UKInternational
    90%10%
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SR
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23 Feb 20

Digital Television Production BA (Hons)

Its been mostly positive but wish we would have more specific lectures and practical lectures. Most lecturers are okay but some are not trained in teaching so have little experience in the...
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Fiona
21 Feb 20

Digital Film Production BA (Hons)

Overall I have enjoyed my university experience so far, but there is definitely plenty of room for improvement. I have made some great friendships so I don't really have any issues socially, but I think that the lack of clubs, organised social events, and places to hang out (such as how many other...

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