The Northern Consortium (NCUK) is an educational charity, owned by eleven universities in the north of England, which provides pre-university courses for international students as preparation for study outside of their home country. The Consortium was established in 1987 and has successfully placed over 20,000 students into universities in the UK. NCUK is now celebrating its 25th anniversary.
The Northern Consortium was founded by the following universities who still comprise the group's membership:
- The University of Bradford
- The University of Huddersfield
- Leeds Metropolitan University
- The University of Leeds
- Liverpool John Moores University
- The University of Liverpool
- Manchester Metropolitan University
- The University of Manchester
- The University of Salford
- Sheffield Hallam University
- The University of Sheffield
In addition to its owning universities NCUK’s qualifications are recognised by a range of other institutions in the England and the UK. NCUK also works with universities in Ireland/Northern Ireland and Australia.
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The Consortium was initially established by the international offices of 12 universities in 1987 who collaborated to design and deliver a split degree programme for Malaysian government-sponsored students. Programmes were developed which aided the Malaysian economy – engineering, computing, pharmacy and business – and delivered as ‘transfer’ programmes. Students studied a first year in Malaysia before transferring to one of NCUK’s founding universities, or to another UK institution.
Over 6,000 students progressed through the programmes and into UK institutions over the 10 years of the project, saving the Malaysian government significant costs in their sponsorship budget.
NCUK currently works in 10 countries around the world – China, Pakistan, Japan, Kenya, Nigeria, South Korea, Sri Lanka, Russia, Ireland and the UK – to deliver its programmes in local centres, and facilitate students’ progression into its partner universities.
The group guarantees all students who pass one of its programmes a place on a suitable course at one of its owner universities, who are also closely involved in the quality assurance and scrutiny of its programmes.
In 2007 around 1,200 students progressed from NCUK courses into UK universities.
NCUK is based in Manchester in the UK.