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Join our University and Residents Forum

We want to keep open channels of communication and collaborate better with our neighbours. We have set up a University and Residents Forum and have met several times throughout 2021 and 2022. Topics discussed included security, community use of University spaces, litter and environmental issues. The next meeting will take place in 2023, we will provides dates and times in due course.

If you are interested in joining or would like to know more, please contact W.Townsend@mdx.ac.uk.

Letter from James Kennedy regarding the University and Residents Group Forum.

Please find the March 2023 community update here from the Facilities Management team.

Please find the October 2023 community update here from the Facilities Management team.

Being a good neighbour

Being a good neighbour and having a positive impact on the local area is very important to us.

The University and the London Borough of Barnet will continue to work together with the police to reduce the incidence and impact of antisocial behaviour. We have listened to local residents and have increased security patrols on and around campus, and made it easier for residents to report problems or issues.

Questions or concerns

If you are a local resident and have any questions or concerns about the University’s or its members’ impact on the local community, please don't hesitate to contact our Security Team, available 24/7.

Call +44 (0)20 8411 7777

Healthier High Streets for residents

has joined a range of shops and businesses in Barnet which are helping to improve the health and wellbeing of our local community through the . The Healthier High Streets programme brings together five schemes set up to encourage businesses to offer environments where the local community can come together and make healthy choices in safe, welcoming and inclusive spaces.

has joined the ‘Refill Barnet’ scheme for offering free drinking water refills available to all, while the University’s catering provider, Chartwells, has joined the ‘Healthier Catering’ scheme, which guarantees that we offer a healthy and nutritious food offer.

Local residents can look out for the Heathier High Streets Sticker displayed in shop windows, see what’s on offer at their favourite local businesses, and

BarNET ZERO Challenge

Are you ready to be a part of the solution and shape a sustainable future for Barnet? We invite you to join the BarNET ZERO Challenge – a competition that encourages individuals and communities to come forward with creative and innovative ideas that will reduce carbon emissions.

The BarNET ZERO Challenge is open to those who live, work or study in Barnet and are passionate about sustainability and have an idea that can make a real difference in the borough. Successful participants will be able to attend workshops to develop their idea, showcase their projects to a panel of experts, receive funding from a cash pot of £10,000 and prizes.

The initiative is led by London Borough of Barnet and , with the generous support of Brent Cross Shopping CentreNatWest and Microsoft.

Back the Barnet bid to become London’s 2027 Borough of Culture #OurBarnetCanvas

Barnet Council is launching a campaign to become London’s 2027 Borough of Culture – and they need your help to make it happen.

The plan is to turn Barnet into a Borough of Culture and make it known for its culture, wellbeing, social and economic value and creativity by creating a canvas of cultural activities – from art, literature, film and theatre through to sport, music, spoken word, events and food festivals.

Everyone is invited to share their ideas, including residents, students, artists, community groups, businesses and anyone with a current or past interest and connection with Barnet.

Join the Cultural Canvas Movement and let the community know how you would like to see Barnet transform into a Borough of Culture.

Use our campus spaces

We play a key role in our local area and we support local business, groups, schools, colleges and community members. Many of our campus facilities – including cafés, outdoor 3g pitches, multi activity courts and our gymnasium are available to our local community, and we aim to facilitate community use of some meeting rooms and spaces when we are able to. Our Church Farm Meeting Room can also be reserved by the public.

Current Covid-19 measures

To help us protect our community, we ask that if you are feeling unwell please do not visit the University until you have made a complete recovery. Please follow in relation to Covid-19.

If you test positive for Covid-19, the Government advises that .

The Real Tennis Club

Read the statement about the closure of the Real Tennis Club.

Rickett Quadrangle registered as a Warm Space

Warm Spaces is a community-led initiative where businesses, community, faith or social enterprise organisations provide a welcoming space for residents to stay warm and engage with others in their community.


Our cafés at in our and – which provide a great selection of food and snacks, with gluten free, halal, vegan and vegetarian options available – are open to our local community.

Our prices start at £1.10 for hot food and £2.10 for sandwiches – add a snack or fruit with a drink for £3.99.

The Quad opening times: Monday to Friday: 7.30am to 7.00pm (term time); Saturday: 8.30am to 4.00pm (term time); Monday to Friday: 8.00am to 5.00pm (out of term)

The Grove opening times: Monday to Friday: 8.30am to 6.00pm (term time); Closed (out of term)

Church Farm meeting room

Among other spaces, a room in the Church Farm Building is available for use by the local community.  Please contact W.Townsend@mdx.ac.uk for further information or to book this space.

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Sports and fitness facilities at

We welcome local community members and we would love you to join The Fitness Pod at . We have highly competitive gym memberships which include access to our impressive fitness centre and class programmes. No contract or joining fee required! Read more about our

Our gym, 3g pitches and multi activity courts are open to our local community at competitive rates. Our 3g pitches have marking for Football (11 and 7-aside) Lacrosse and more. Our Multi Activity courts are available for a variety of sports including tennis, netball, 5-aside football and cricket. Find out more about our facilities.

To check availability and to book a court or pitch, please contact thefitnesspod@mdx.ac.uk or telephone the reception on 020 8411 6343.

For more information about our Sports facilities please contact Toni Hannan: t.hannan@mdx.ac.uk or thefitnesspod@mdx.ac.uk

Events and Exhibitions open to the public

in conversation: Global webinar exploring COP 28 themes and how the University and partners on three continents are driving change globally and locally.
Tuesday 28 November, 10:30-11:30 (GMT), Zoom Webinar

Throughout the COP28 period, will be highlighting the measures that we have taken for this crucial issue that affects us all. Crucially, we will be suggesting actions we take together as a community to support the environment, whether it’s questioning how we travel and we heat our homes, or reflecting on best practices for recycling, being efficient with resources and using our cars, to name a few.  Find out more about, and have your say on, how ’s global campuses in Dubai, London and Mauritius are contributing to Net Zero aims across three continents on our webinar.

The MDXmas Market
Wednesday 6 December, 11:00-15:00 (GMT), The Quad, , NW4 4BT

This year's MDXmas Market will be held on campus between 11:00 and 15:00 on Wednesday 6 December. Members of the public
are welcome to come along and enjoy the event. You can also apply to book a stall for a fee and become a trader for the day. There are a limited number of stalls available so we recommend early applications.

MDX Inter Faith Network

At we are committed to creating a positive, inclusive environment where diversity is a strength and everyone is treated equally with dignity and respect.

MDX Inter Faith Network (IFN) aims to showcase and support the diversity of religious belief within the staff and student community at . The Network aims to have representation from all religions and beliefs within our membership.

Islamophobia Awareness Month - Exhibition
Wednesday 15 - Friday 17 November - The Quad, , NW4 4BT
Monday 13 - Friday 30 November - The Sheppard Library, , NW4 4BT

The Islamophobia Awareness Month’s national campaign is widely recognised and promotes a society that is understanding, inclusive, and free from Islamophobia in all of its forms. Supported by ’s Changing the Culture, find out more and what role you can play.

For further information contact: MDXInterfaith@mdx.ac.uk

Going green in Hendon

We care about the physical environment at our campus in Hendon, north London. We're doing award winning work to make it more sustainable and to reduce our impact on our environment year on year.

Watch our video to find out how we're increasing biodiversity on campus through collaborative thinking and working.

Environment and sustainability

Green spaces

Use of green spaces in our grounds, such as the Paddock and Church House is available to the local community. After they were in decline for several years, in March 2022 we replaced our large conifers in front of the College House building with three Hornbeam trees. We also planted eight small leaved lime trees in the Paddock. We have completed improvements in the , works include:

  • improving the benches through repainting and the replacement of the wood slats
  • planting of native bulbs in the grassed and woodland areas
  • developing an area as a community orchard
  • improvement of sightlines within the park to improve visibility
  • minor improvements to paths to improve safety.
  • we have installed bird, owl and bat boxes on the trees in .

Supporting cultural education in our community

Our Performing Arts Department are pleased to be involved in an exciting new Cultural Education Strategy for Barnet and Culture for Youth, pledging an artist in every school by 2027.

A group of leading arts and education partners worked throughout the pandemic with over 100 arts and education members across Barnet to crystallise a vision where all schools have an artist residency, and every young person can consider and access creative career opportunities.

Find out more and download and have a read of our news article about Performing Arts at and the Barnet Cultural Education Partnership.

Courses for professional and personal development

We offer short courses and CPD - or continuing professional development that include:

  • English courses to prepare you to study at if English isn't your first language.
  • Professional development training to enhance the skills of staff in your organisation.
  • Courses to update your current qualifications in healthcare, social work, teaching or CPR and first aid

Find out more


Experienced or witnessed a hate crime?

If you are a member of the public, please use this page to find out what to do if you’ve been affected by a hate crime and see how , as a member of the Barnet Network of Reporting Centres, can help you report the incident.

Access specialist support

Click here for a list of organisations offering practical and emotional support in the local area.

Our global outlook

We see the world as our campus at . We’re located across three continents with students from more than 160 countries. Wherever in the world that our students learn with us, there are the same excellent teaching and professional standard facilities.

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