Thames Valley University (TVU) is based on campuses in Slough, Reading in Berkshire, and Ealing. What is now the TVU's Ealing campus, was founded as the Lady Byron School in 1860, and later became the Ealing College of Higher Education.
The Slough campus was founded in 1907 at which time it was an elementary school. It was turned into a technical institute in the 1940s before becoming Thames Valley College of Higher Education in the 1970s.
In 1990, Ealing College of Higher Education, Thames Valley College of Higher Education, Queen Charlotte's College of Health Care Studies and the London College of Music became the Polytechnic of West London, which became a university in 1992.
In 2004, Reading College and School of Arts and Design also became part of the TVU, forming the university's Reading Campus.
In terms of student population, TVU is the UK’s largest university (aside from the Open University). It is also known for its good graduate employment record.