London Higher Europe

London Higher Europe (LHE) is an initiative of London Higher, representing over 40 publicly funded universities and colleges in London, and London’s European Office, representing the Mayor of London in Brussels. Our 12 consortium members have strong interest in actively engaging in Brussels and wish to collaborate on European issues. The research areas of our members include cultural and creative industries, food, health, migration, smart cities, energy, manufacturing and many more.

London’s creative sector makes up half the total creative Gross Value Added output of the UK with an estimated £34.6 billion out of £72.7 billion. From this sector we have gathered five of London’s universities, which foster and grow the next general of artists, architects, entrepreneurs, writers and festival organisers, to participate in this year’s EU Design Days:

University of the Arts, London: A collegiate group of six world-renowned institutes. Some of the design outputs of the universities are projects such as: ‘AfriDesignX’, focussing on digital design, robotics, gaming and computer imaging on the African continent and ‘Trash 2 Cash’, designing high value products from zero-value waste textiles and fibres via design driven technologies.

University of East London: A modern university with a growing reputation for strong art and design. There are several centres devoted to art and design research, including the RIX Centre, which explores and develops ways of using new technologies to transform the lives of people with learning disabilities and ‘Directional Forces’ an annual short term residency project that has had over 130 participants take part in various since 2011 from Germany, Greece, UK, Turkey and Italy. 

London South Bank University: A modern University with a strong research base, their school of Arts and creative Industries has a special emphasis on digital design and videos games design, with a large number of bi-lingual ‘artist-coders.’ The school’s central London location allows it to partner and collaborate with a large number of world renowned London organisations, such as the Tate Modern.

Ravensbourne: A specialist design school, Ravensbourne has created a name for itself and is within the top 50 globally for design. Research focusing on Augmented and Virtual Reality for learning, Smart Cities and urban design, new filming and narrative technologies, Wearable technology and Novel materials and production techniques.

Brunel University: An institution with a heavy focus on design and engineering. Brunel is among the top 10 London universities. Some examples of its design school outputs are the new generation of energy efficient roofing that’s being rolled out across Europe, being managed by Brunel as the leader of the European Cool Roofs Council and EcoSheet, an alternative to wood created out of 100% recycled plastic.

Contacts: Ulla-Alexandra Mattl, EU Affairs Consultant, London Higher Europe,