Regent's University London

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Regent's University London
Regent's College London logo
Established 1984
Type Private (Registered charity)
Chief Executive Aldwyn Cooper
Chairman Ian Mehrtens
Students Approx. 4,000
Undergraduate Approx. 3,000
Postgraduate Approx. 1,000
Location London, United Kingdom
Campus Urban
Website http://www.regents.ac.uk/#

Regent's University London is a private, not-for-profit university located in London, United Kingdom. It is one of six private institutions in the United Kingdom to have been granted taught degree awarding powers.[1]

Regent's University has its campus in Regent's Park, central London. It is one of the two largest groups of buildings in the park, along with the London Zoo, and was built on the site of South Villa, one of the original eight Regent's Park villas.

History[edit]

The main entrance of Regent's University

In 1984 the lease on the South Villa Estate in Regent's Park was taken by the Illinois-based liberal arts college Rockford College, as the campus for the newly established Regent's College, a higher education college intended to primarily provide American students with a study abroad programme.[2]

In 1985, Regent's College acquired the former campus of the University of London's Bedford College in Regent's Park. The site was leased by Bedford College in 1908, and a new set of buildings designed by the architect Basil Champneys was opened by Queen Mary in 1913. The buildings were modified and added to over the years, especially after bomb damage during the Second World War. Bedford College merged with Royal Holloway College (another college of the University of London) in 1985 and moved to Royal Holloway's campus at Egham in Surrey, vacating the premises in Regent's Park.

Regent's College gradually expanded and the European Business School London moved to the College campus in 1987.[2]

In July 2012 it was announced that Regent's College had been awarded taught degree-awarding powers by the Privy Council, and would have the power to grant its own degrees from 1 September 2012.[3]

In February 2013 Regent's College agreed to acquire American InterContinental University London from Career Education Corporation.[4]

In March 2013 the UK's Department for Business Innovation and Skills announced that Regent's College had met the criteria to become a university.[5]

Organisation and administration[edit]

Governance[edit]

Regent's University London is a company limited by guarantee, not having a share capital.[6] It is a registered charity, registered at the Charity Commission under charity number 291583. The company's directors are also the Trustees and members of the charity.[6]

The Board of Trustees is responsible for the stewardship of the charity's assets, strategic decision-making and ensuring compliance with charitable objectives.[6] Day to day operational management is delegated to a Chief Executive and other senior management employees.[6]

Finances[edit]

In the financial year ended 31 July 2011, Regent's University had a total income of £37.9 million (2009/10 – £33.6 million) and total expenditure of £36.4 million (2009/10 – £32.8 million).[6]

At year end Regent's University had total net assets of £17.3 million (31 July 2010 – £15.6 million).[6]

Staff[edit]

Regent's University had an average of 406 full-time equivalent staff during the year ended 31 July 2011, of whom 217 were academic staff and 189 were management and administration staff.[6]

Academics[edit]

Schools[edit]

Regent's University London is composed of seven specialist schools.

Courses[edit]

Regent's University London offers a wide range of courses in Business and Management & the Arts and Humanities, including American and British degree programmes.[7] Undergraduate fees are currently £14,000 per annum.[7] The College has a student-faculty ratio of 14 to 1.[7]

Student life[edit]

Regent's University London currently has around 3,700 full-time students.[7]

Student Union[edit]

The Regent's University Student Union organises a range of clubs and societies, including Film Production, Finance and Investment, Model United Nations and Scandinavian.[8] The Union also organises the Students in Free Enterprise initiative.[8]

Sports[edit]

Sports facilities at the Regent's University campus include a gym and fitness studio and basketball, tennis and volleyball courts.[8]

University of London Union[edit]

Regent's University students have access to the University of London Union and are entitled to join the societies which it organises.[8]

Alumni[edit]

Notable alumni of Regent's University include:

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Private college to award its own degrees". BBC News. 27 July 2012. Retrieved 27 July 2012. 
  2. ^ a b c d e "Regent's College". The Independent. 15 June 2011. Retrieved 27 July 2012. 
  3. ^ "Degree powers for Regent's College welcomed by Willetts". Times Higher Education. 27 July 2012. Retrieved 27 July 2012. 
  4. ^ "Regent's College snaps up for-profit provider". Times Higher Education. 27 February 2013. Retrieved 3 March 2012. 
  5. ^ "Regent’s College given green light on university title". Times Higher Education. 25 March 2013. Retrieved 29 March 2012. 
  6. ^ a b c d e f g "Report and consolidated financial statements - 31 July 2011". Regent's College London. Retrieved 27 July 2012. 
  7. ^ a b c d "London College Steps Up to University Level". The New York Times. 20 January 2013. Retrieved 2 February 2013. 
  8. ^ a b c d "Regent's Business School London guide". The Telegraph. 5 August 2011. Retrieved 28 July 2012. 
  9. ^ "Bhutan king to wed Sanawar girl". Times of India. 22 May 2011. Retrieved 27 July 2012. 

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