College of North West London Marks 130 Years

The College of North West London has celebrated 130 years of learning and teaching in Brent.

The United Colleges Group, which brings together College of North West London and City of Westminster College, marked the occasion at a celebratory dinner and prize giving event for staff, students, senior leadership, guests, and prominent alumni.

Held at the college’s Willesden campus, the awards were presented to honour members of staff who sadly passed away during the COVID-19 pandemic and were given to students who have achieved notable excellence in their studies.

Over 100 guests, prominent local figures, and other invited guests attended the event.

Guests in attendance also had the opportunity to browse a collection of artefacts from the college’s history.

The College of North West London began in 1891, then called Willesden Polytechnic, and quickly grew to include 1,571 students by 1898.

In the years that followed, the college added an art school, broadened its range of subjects, and acquired premises across Brent to become one of London’s leading providers of further education.

In 2017, the latest chapter in the College of North West London story began when it joined with City of Westminster College to form the United Colleges Group.

The College of North West London is incredibly proud of the achievements of its college community over the nearly century and a half of its existence and looks forward with optimism and positivity to the future. 

Stephen Davis, Group Principal and CEO of the United Colleges Group, said: “The history of the College of North West London is tied in with the history of Brent and the city of London as a whole – we have shaped each other and been shaped by one another.

“I was delighted to welcome so many people from our college community, our local area, and from our past to join our celebration. “This anniversary celebration also provides the opportunity to reflect on where we have come together and where, with the work ethic, attitude, and vision that we have built, we can go in the future together.”

Influencer and CNWL Alumni, Anton Peris, who attended the event added:

“It was great to be back at College of North West London to celebrate the 130th anniversary of the college.

“I have so many great memories of my time at CNWL; I made many great friends there and learned so much that has helped me build my career.

“I want to wish the college a very happy 130th anniversary and I look forward to seeing the college go forward into its bright future.”

Dobrin Chakarov, winner of the award for Excellence in Refrigeration and Air Conditioning, named in honour of Saiyed Hanif, said:

“I was very proud to receive this award at the 130th anniversary celebration of the College of North West London.

“Saiyed was a wonderful teacher who inspired all his students and it was an honour to commemorate his memory.

“I would like to thank the college for recognising my fellow students and I in this way.”

United Colleges Group Chair of Governors, Tony Johnston, said:

“It was a real pleasure to join with our staff, students, award winners, alumni, and local dignitaries to celebrate 130 years of the College of North West London.

“As we celebrate our past during this anniversary year, we are also optimistic, positive, and excited about the future of our college and look forward to going forward together as a community.”