GSM London

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GSM London
GSM London logo.png
Location
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Information
TypePrivate, for-profit
Established1973 (as Greenwich School of Management)
Key peopleSir Bob Burgess (Chair)[1]
Professor Amanda Blackmore (CEO)[2]
Colour(s)White, Black and Red               
Budget£38.6 million (2016)[3]
AffiliationsPlymouth University
OwnerSovereign Capital
Website

GSM London (formerly Greenwich School of Management (GSoM)) is a private provider of higher education based in Greenwich, south-east London, and also Greenford, west London. Founded in 1973,[4] it offers business-specific courses at undergraduate and postgraduate levels alongside other specialist training, and caters to a large number of international students. As of 2019, GSM London has educated over 20,000 students[5]. It is owned by the private equity firm Sovereign Capital.[6]

Courses[edit]

GSM London offers two-year accelerated courses alongside standard three-year study periods, depending on the course chosen. Foundation-level courses are also available as part of an extended degree programme.[7] It operates three annual intake periods in February, June and October.

Its courses cater to undergraduates, postgraduates, professionals, international students and those looking to improve their English language skills for business or further education. GSM London's specialisms include accounting, finance, economics, human resource management, travel and tourism, digital marketing, as well as LL.B. and MBA degrees.

Campuses[edit]

Meridian House, home of GSM London

GSM London operates three campuses across London. Its headquarters is at Meridian House in Greenwich, part of the former Greenwich Town Hall complex. The building has a distinctive brick clock tower and was built in the Art Deco style in 1939.[8]

Its newest campus is found at Greenford in the London Borough of Ealing, which opened in 2012 and is equipped with technologically-focused amenities.[9] Additionally, GSM London has expanded its teaching space to central London, operating at the London Bridge Study Centre in the London Borough of Southwark, close to Borough Underground station and The Shard.[10]

Partnerships[edit]

GSM London has worked in partnership with Plymouth University since 2006 to deliver undergraduate degrees, which are validated and awarded by Plymouth.

The college has no connections with the University of Greenwich, also based in Greenwich.

Panorama investigation[edit]

In November 2017 a BBC Panorama investigation uncovered how the third party agents, Future Leaders Academy (FLA), working with GSM, were recruiting bogus students so they could claim student loans they were not entitled to. The investigation also alleged that the agents supplied fraudulent qualifications, offered to sell coursework and were able to "fake attendance".[11] In reaction to the BBC investigation which was broadcast on 13 November 2017, GSM announced that it had immediately suspended their contract with FLA and had instructed external experts to assist the college in an investigation of the matter.[12]

References[edit]

  1. ^ GSM London (April 2015). "Professor Sir Bob Burgess joins GSM London as chair of board". GSM London. Retrieved 2 July 2015.
  2. ^ GSM London (2017). "Amanda Blackmore: President and Chief Executive". GSM London. Retrieved 31 July 2017.
  3. ^ "Financial Statements GSM London Limited For the year ended 30 September 2016". Companies House. Retrieved 13 November 2017.
  4. ^ Sean O'Hare, Greenwich School of Management guide, The Telegraph, 7 July 2011
  5. ^ GSM London. "About Us". gsmlondon.ac.uk. Retrieved 23 April 2019.
  6. ^ Morgan, John (17 December 2015). "GSM London rapped by QAA over business course". Times Higher Education. Retrieved 13 November 2017.
  7. ^ UCAS website
  8. ^ manchesterhistory.net. "Meridian House, Greenwich Town Hall (former), London". Retrieved 13 November 2017.
  9. ^ GSM London. "Greenford campus information". GSM London. Retrieved 3 July 2015.
  10. ^ GSM London. "London Bridge". GSM London. Retrieved 3 July 2015.
  11. ^ "Student loan scandal: Plymouth University probe over 'fraudulent' degrees". The Herald. Retrieved 13 November 2017.
  12. ^ GSM London (12 November 2017). "GSM London statement regarding BBC Panorama 12th November 2017". Retrieved 13 November 2017.

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Coordinates: 51°28′41″N 0°00′39″W / 51.4781°N 0.0109°W / 51.4781; -0.0109