London South Bank University

London South Bank University (LSBU) is one of London’s largest and oldest universities. Since it began as the Borough Polytechnic Institute in 1892, is’s been providing vocationally-relevant, accredited and professionally recognised education. LSBU’s original aim was ‘to promote the industrial skill, general knowledge, health and well-being of young men and women’, which remains remarkably similar today. There is a focus on vocational education and professional opportunity, which allows the university to produce graduates who can meet the challenges of today’s workplace.

The university has seven Schools, covering the areas of Applied Sciences, Arts and Creative Industries, The Built Environment and Architecture, Business, Engineering, Health and Social Care, and Law and Social Sciences.

At the end of 2009 LSBU opened K2, a new sustainable teaching building which houses the training and demonstrating Centre for Efficient and Renewable Energy in Buildings (CEREB).The building also houses skills laboratories for the University’s nursing studients. Further campus developments included a new Student Centre in 2012, followed by an Enterprise Centre in 2013. In 2016 LSBU opened its new media centre, Elephant Studios, a multi-million investment to create an industry-ready media facility for LSBU students.

LSBU is a cosmopolitan university, with over 18,000 students drawn from over 130 countries. In 2016, LSBU was named the top London modern university for graduate prospects (The Sunday Times) and the Entrepreneurial University of the Year (Times Higher Education Awards).

London South Bank University’s (LSBU) Corporate Strategy 2015–2020 sets out how LSBU will achieve its vision of becoming London’s top modern university by 2020. The strategy builds on the strengths of LSBU by focusing on its ability to enhance student success and deliver real world impact through academic activity and links to business and the professions.

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Did you know?

London South Bank University has been a member of South Bank Employers’ Group since 2004.

LSBU’s School Health and Social Care opened the Fujifilm D-EVO Suite to add to the sophisticated skills laboratories found in its landmark building, the eight-storey K2.

In November 2015, LSBU was accredited as a Living Wage employer, which pledges to pay all employees the UK Living Wage – a minimum of £9.15 per hour.

The Digital Architecture Robotics Lab (DARLab) is a research platform in architectural education that advances experimentation and cross-discipline collaboration among students, industry partners and academic staff to expand the boundaries of architectural practice.

Board Representative

Michael Simmons
Director of Development and Alumni Relations