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University of East London expands

With a student population of over 19,000, UEL is undergoing a period of rapid expansion. In 2001 there were just 12,000 students, and there are projected to be over 21,000 by next summer.

In part, this could be due to the 'Olympic effect': Stratford, the historic heart of the university, is now the hub of one of Europe's largest urban regeneration areas and the site of the 2012 Olympic Games. New campus developments are on schedule for completion this year, centralising the university at Docklands and Stratford. A new student village will open on the waterfront at Docklands in 2007.

The projected drop-out rate remains relatively high, at 26%, but this is mainly due to the extraordinary diversity of the student population: 41.7% of young full-time first degree entrants are from working-class backgrounds and 96.5% hail from state schools. 63% of young students enrolled on full-time first degrees in 2004/5 came from ethnic minorities. Roll on 2012; UEL is definitely on the up.

From: University of East London, The Guardian, October 10, 2006