University of Westminster

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The University of Westminster is Britain’s first polytechnic institution. It prides itself on its pioneering ethos and has been home to a number of notable moments in history. With a strong emphasis on internationalization, the university today opens its doors to over 22,000 students, hailing from every continent. It has been voted the most internationally diverse university in the United Kingdom.

  • The university has its own gallery spaces for the display of contemporary art and architecture, where exhibitions, events, and public talks regularly take place.
  • In 1841, it opened the first public photographic portrait studio in Europe.
  • In 1896, it hosted the first UK public moving picture display, organized by the Lumiere brothers.
  • It became the first UK partner university for UN-Habitat, the agency dealing with human settlement and development.