Our community

in Barnet

in Barnet



Our biodiverse, green campus has 110m2 of green walls and is home to 140,000 bees.



Apprentices studying with us, including the nurses and police constables our communities need.


Alumni living in Barnet

Being a good neighbour

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 find a Healthier High Street shop near them through the .

Use our campus spaces

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.

Rickett Quadrangle registered as a Warm Space

We are pleased to announce that the Rickett Quadrangle in our College Building has been 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.

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Our cafés at The Quad in our College Building and The Grove – 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. Contact W.Townsend@mdx.ac.uk for further information or to book this space. You can find out more about the meeting room.

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Sports and fitness facil

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!

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 sports 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

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MDX Inter Faith Network

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.

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



Experienced or witnessed a hate crime?

If you are a member of the public, Report It To Stop It and 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

View a offering practical and emotional support in the local area.

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Going green in Hendon

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.

Find out more about sustainability at

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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 Hendon Grove.

Supporting cultural educ

Supporting cultural education in our community

Barnet and Culture for Youth

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.

Download and have a read of our news article about Performing Arts at and the Barnet Cultural Education Partnership.

Courses for professional

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 about our development courses.

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 since 2021. Topics discussed included security, community use of University spaces, litter and environmental issues.

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