London South Bank University (LSBU) is a university in south London. With over 25,000 students and 1,700 staff, it is based in the London Borough of Southwark, near the South Bank of the River Thames, from which it takes its name. Founded from charitable donations in 1892 as the "Borough Polytechnic Institute", it absorbed several other local colleges in the 1970s and 1990s, and achieved university status in 1992. The university's vision is "to be the most admired UK university for creating professional opportunity. We intend to be a source of pride to our students, our staff and the communities we serve."It is regarded as a new university or post-1992 university and has a strong focus on employability. The current Vice-Chancellor is Prof Martin Earwicker.