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Thames Valley University

Established 1990 (as the Polytechnic of West London)
Type Public
Chancellor Lord Karan Bilimoria
Vice-Chancellor Professor Geoff Crispin
Students 52,885[1]
Undergraduates 18,010[1]
Postgraduates 2,000[1]
Location Ealing, Reading and Slough, UK
Website http://www.tvu.ac.uk/

Thames Valley University (TVU) is a British university based on campuses in Slough, Reading and Ealing, all in the Thames Valley area west of London. The date of establishment or date of founding of an institution is the date on which that institution chooses to claim as its starting point. ... This does not cite its references or sources. ... A Chancellor is the head of a university. ... Karan Bilimoria Karan Faridoon Bilimoria, Baron Bilimoria of Chelsea, CBE, DL (born 26 November 1961) is an entrepreneur and a life peer. ... A Vice-Chancellor (commonly called the VC) of a university in the United Kingdom, other Commonwealth countries, and some universities in Hong Kong, is the de facto head of the university. ... Alternate uses: Student (disambiguation) Etymologically derived through Middle English from the Latin second-type conjugation verb stŭdērĕ, which means to study, a student is one who studies. ... In some educational systems, undergraduate education is post-secondary education up to the level of a Bachelors degree. ... Degree ceremony at Cambridge. ... Ealing is a town in the London Borough of Ealing. ... Reading is a town, unitary authority (the Borough of Reading) and urban area in the English county of Berkshire. ... Slough (pronounced ) is a town and unitary authority (Borough of Slough) in Berkshire, England. ... A website (or Web site) is a collection of web pages, typically common to a particular domain name or subdomain on the World Wide Web on the Internet. ... In the United Kingdom, the term New University has two meanings regarding British universities. ... Slough (pronounced ) is a town and unitary authority (Borough of Slough) in Berkshire, England. ... Reading is a town, unitary authority (the Borough of Reading) and urban area in the English county of Berkshire. ... Ealing is a town in the London Borough of Ealing. ... The Thames Valley is generally the region that drains into the River Thames, England, but is used in a more specific term by the government. ... This article is about the capital of England and the United Kingdom. ...

Originally founded in 1860 as Lady Byron School, the former Ealing College of Higher Education became a university in 1992, merging with Slough Technical College and the London College of Music, which relocated from central London. 1860 is the leap year starting on Sunday. ... The Further and Higher Education Acts 1992 made changes in the funding and administration of further education and higher education within the United Kingdom. ... 1992 (MCMXCII) was a leap year starting on Wednesday. ... The London College of Music was founded in 1887 and existed as an independent music conservatoire based at Great Marlborough Street in central London until 1991, when it moved to Ealing in west London to become part of the newly-formed Thames Valley University. ... This article is about the capital of England and the United Kingdom. ...

In 2004, TVU (then based at Ealing and Slough) merged with Reading College and School of Arts & Design to form a university that is very large by UK standards; since then a major rebranding has taken place. As a university, TVU is unconventional. It appeals to a wide-ranging student body, with some students commuting from home, some from around the UK and some from over-seas. It offers a variety of professional training courses unavailable elsewhere. Some 45% of students come from non-white ethnic groups, and 60% study part-time (Guardian 2006). 2004 (MMIV) was a leap year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ...

TVU currently comprises three Faculties: the Faculty of the Arts (FOTA), formerly the London College of Music and Media; the Faculty of Professional Studies; and the Faculty of Health.

The University has weathered several storms in its short life. In the mid-1990s its high-profile Vice-Chancellor, Mike Fitzgerald, ushered through a new networked "New Learning Environment" for undergraduate students, involving a shift to online delivery and asessment. The NLE did not last in that form, and in 1998 Fitzgerald resigned following a negative Quality Assurance Agency report (QAA 1998) that cited serious management failures in the delivery of this model (Webster 2000). By 2003 the QAA report on the University had returned a much more positive verdict [1], repeated in 2005 [2] The NLE has now become a VLE (virtual learning environment) with a "blended e-learning" approach to teaching. In 2006 admissions were down and the University has consistently struggled to meet financial targets.

All 45,000 of the university's students are represented by Thames Valley University Students' Union.


Notable alumni

  • Jason Kay — musician, member of Jamiroquai
  • Freddie Mercury — musician, member of Queen
  • Ray Davies — musician, member of The Kinks
  • Ron Wood — musician, member of The Rolling Stones,The Faces
  • Peter Townshend — musician, member of The Who
  • Robert Voegeli — American musician, member of The Goldhawks, Panic
  • Grant Stoddard, author
  • Former staff include Prof. Tim Lang of City University, a national expert on food issues, who was the UK's first Professor of Food Policy at TVU from 1994-2002.

Jason Kay, real name Jason Cheetman and also known as Jay Kay (born on December 30, 1969 in Stretford, Manchester) is a British funk musician, based in Britain. ... Jamiroquai is an English band. ... Freddie Mercury (5 September 1946 – 24 November 1991)[1] was a British-Indian rock musician, best known as the lead singer and pianist of the English rock band Queen. ... Queen are a seminal English rock band, formed in 1970 in London by John Deacon, Brian May, Freddie Mercury, and Roger Taylor. ... Ray Davies (2006) Raymond Douglas Davies, CBE (born June 21, 1944 in Muswell Hill, London) is an influential English rock musician, best known as lead singer-songwriter for The Kinks - one of the most influential, prolific and long-lived British Invasion bands - which he led with his younger brother, Dave. ... The Kinks were an English rock group, formed in the mid-1960s by Ray Davies and his brother Dave Davies. ... Ronald David Ron Wood (born June 1, 1947 in Hillingdon, London) is an English rock guitarist and bassist best known as a member of The Rolling Stones, The Faces and The Jeff Beck Group. ... Peter Dennis Blandford Townshend (born May 19, 1945 in Ealing, London) is a rock guitarist and songwriter best known for his work with The Who. ... The Goldhawks are a Mid-80s West London-based R&B band, notable for playing on during a near-riot at a Leiscester Square anti-nuke demonstration on March 15, 1983, while other acts refused to play. ... Panic is the band that Dave Mustaine was in before he joined Metallica. ...


QAA (1998). Special Review of Thames Valley University. The Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education, 9/11/1998.

Guardian summary report, 2006. [3] Webster, R. (2000). [4] Integrating hard and soft technologies in HE: The new learning environment at Thames Valley University]. In A. Herrmann and M.M. Kulski (Eds), Flexible Futures in Tertiary Teaching. Proceedings of the 9th Annual Teaching Learning Forum, 2-4 February 2000. Perth: Curtin University of Technology.

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See also

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  1. ^ a b c Table 0a - All students by institution, mode of study, level of study, gender and domicile 2004/05. Higher Education Statistics Agency online statistics. Retrieved on 2007-01-05.
  2. ^ http://www.qaa.ac.uk/reviews/reports/institutional/ThamesValley06/findings.asp
  3. ^ http://education.guardian.co.uk/higher/universityguide/profile/story/0,,494065,00.html
  4. ^ http://lsn.curtin.edu.au/tlf/tlf2000/webster.html

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Thames Valley University - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (199 words)
Thames Valley University is a University based on campuses in Ealing, Slough and Reading.
In 1997, the university was threatened by the QAA Quality Assurance Agency with closure, as its quality standards became eroded and students were able to progress without resits or examinations taking place, such as the goot ham.
Thames Valley University Students' Union represents all the university's 47,000 students, the union website can be found at www.tvusu.org.uk [2]
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4 Thames Valley University was formed in June 1992 from the former Polytechnic of West London as a result of the award to the Polytechnic of university status.
The SED stated that 'the University has a vision of academic and administrative staff empowered to manage and lead their own operations in an increasingly decentralised environment', and the team saw evidence that the University was developing initiatives to achieve this aim.
The University reported to the team that it has instituted a mechanism whereby an annual agreement is formulated for each external examiner, which impresses upon them the importance of timely submission of reports, and noted this already has had a positive effect.
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