London universities joining forces

City University London will become one of the University of London’s self-governing Colleges

City University London (City) is to join the University of London (UOL) as one of the federation’s self-governing colleges following the UOL Board of Trustees agreeing to the positive recommendation made by its Collegiate Council.

The College Building at City University London

The University of London was founded by Royal Charter in 1836 and is one of the oldest, largest and most diverse universities in the UK. It is a collegiate university, currently consisting of 17 self-governing Colleges and 10 other specialist research institutes.
City University London’s history dates from 1894 and City was granted university status by Royal Charter in 1966.

Commenting on the connection, Professor Sir Adrian Smith, Vice-Chancellor of the University of London, said: “I am delighted that City is to join the University of London. City brings a distinctive business and professional academic profile that will enrich the offering of the federal University.”

Mr Rob Woodward, Chair of City’s Council said: “Membership of the University of London is a very positive move which will deliver tangible benefits for our students and staff. Membership will also strengthen the currency of our degrees both at home and abroad.”

Vice-Chancellor, Professor Paul Curran added: “Joining the University of London marks a significant new chapter in City’s history. It is a major opportunity but also a signal of how far we have come as an institution. [It will] strengthen our international profile and expand our research and education capabilities.”

City will continue to set its entrance criteria and examinations, award its own degrees and offer independent services to students. It will remain a chartered institution, autonomous and self-governing, with its own Council, Senate, Students’ Union and other bodies as at present.

City intends to join the University of London in August 2016. This will allow time for the Privy Council to agree a supplemental Charter which will change City’s name and the titles of its senior officers, reflecting that it will have become an autonomous College within the University of London.

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