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City University London to join the University of London

City will become one of the University of London's (UOL) self-governing Colleges following the UOL Board of Trustees meeting on Wednesday 15th July.

by City Press Office (General enquiries)

City University London (City) is to join the University of London (UOL) following the UOL Board of Trustees agreeing, at its meeting on Wednesday 15th July, to the positive recommendation made by its Collegiate Council.

To advise it, the Collegiate Council had established a Working Group led by Professor UniversityofLondonDavid Latchman, Master of Birkbeck College, University of London.

The move will see City become one of the federation’s self-governing Colleges.

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 smaller specialist research institutes.

City University London’s history dates from 1894 and City was granted University status by Royal Charter in 1966.

Commenting on City joining the University of London, Sir Richard Dearlove, Chair of its Board of Trustees said: “City brings unique links with many of the institutions in the City of London including the Lord Mayor’s Office, the Livery Companies and businesses in the Square Mile. City joining the federation demonstrates that the University of London continues to be a focus for academic excellence in this global capital of higher education.”

Professor Sir Paul Curran, Vice-Chancellor of City University London, said: 

I am exceptionally pleased, as are my colleagues and our students. 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. We will retain our historic strengths, professional credibility and deep-rooted City of London heritage while we strengthen our international profile and expand our research and education capabilities.

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.”

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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