Our History

Middlesex was established as a University in 1992. It is now widely regarded as an excellent international provider of higher education with an outstanding academic credential and highly employable and successful graduates.

The history of Middlesex University began in the late 1880s, when two educational institutions opened their doors in north London – St Katherine’s College and the Hornsey School of Arts and Crafts. Both would become part of Middlesex Polytechnic, which was founded in 1973. Middlesex was awarded the title ‘University’ – by Royal Assent – in 1992.

Key dates in Middlesex history:

  • 1878 St Katherine’s College opens in Tottenham and is in use for more than a century
  • 1882 Hornsey School of Arts and Crafts founded
  • 1901 Ponders End Technical Institute (still the home of the University’s Social Sciences programmes) begins
  • 1939 Hendon Technical Institute opens in the Burroughs, Hendon. The University’s most popular campus – much rejuvenated – continues to operate here
  • 1947 Trent Park College of Education opens to train necessary teachers in the post-war period. Teachers are still trained on the Trent Park Campus
  • 1962 New College of Speech and Drama opens
  • 2005 Middlesex University opens it’s first overseas campus in Dubai, U.A.E.

Misho Ravic, Co-Chairman of the Joint Board of Directors and Managing Director, Middlesex Associates and Dr. Terry Butland, Deputy Vice-Chancellor of Middlesex University and Director of Middlesex International after establishing the University Campus in Dubai 2005

  • 2010 Doctor of the University – Mr. Misho Ravic
    Middlesex University London conferrs an Honorary Doctorate on the founder of Middlesex University Dubai and Co-Chairman of Middlesex University Dubai’s Board, Mr. Misho Ravic. Doctor of the University is the University’s highest honour.


Middlesex is a dynamic university with a reputation for innovation and excellence in teaching and research.

With 23,000 students from 130 countries at our London campuses our academic credentials are outstanding. All over the world the University works in partnership with top institutions who, like us, believe in excellence, innovation and ambition.

Our creativity is widely recognised, and we have been awarded £6.3 million pounds sterling for the creation of two national Centres for Excellence in Teaching and Learning (CETLs).

The 2003 institutional audit by the Quality Assurance Agency gave Middlesex the highest rating possible, and a survey in 2006 ranked the University second in the UK for its excellence in teaching. We are also one of very few UK universities to be awarded three consecutive Queen’s Anniversary Prizes, and one Queen’s Award for Enterprise. Our research profile is good and improving; a significant investment in research was announced in 2004.

Middlesex University is a global university committed to meeting the needs and ambitions of a culturally and internationally diverse range of students, by providing challenging academic programmes underpinned by innovative research, scholarship and professional practice.

We prepare our students to be professional, skilled individuals fitted for the modern world, committed to lifelong learning and able to contribute to the communities in which they live and work.

In keeping with our ongoing tradition of innovation, Middlesex has opened its first non-UK campus in the rapidly expanding city of Dubai in the United Arab Emirates. Occupying three floors of a spacious self-contained building in the stunning knowledge Village development, the new Dubai campus offers students a lifestyle and academic experience second to none.

The campus opened in January 2005 and offers a selection of programmes from our full range in London. Dubai campus students can benefit from all the opportunities afforded by a rapidly developing modern city in the heart of the Middle East, while experiencing the diverse nationalities and cultures that make up the population of Dubai. Knowledge Village itself was set up in 2003 for institutions that promote learning. Middlesex students therefore have the opportunity to participate in a much wider student community.