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The Northern Consortium (NCUK) is an educational charity. The charity has ten member universities in the United Kingdom. The trading provides university preparation and pathway qualifications for international students as preparation for study outside of their home country. The Consortium was established in 1987 and has placed over 30,000 students into universities in the UK. NCUK will celebrated its 30th anniversary in 2017.
The Northern Consortium was founded by the following universities who still constitute the group's membership:
- The University of Bradford
- The University of Huddersfield (then as Huddersfield Polytechnic)
- Leeds Beckett University (then as Leeds Polytechnic)
- The University of Leeds
- Liverpool John Moores University (then as Liverpool Polytechnic)
- Manchester Metropolitan University (then as Manchester Polytechnic)
- The University of Manchester
- The University of Salford
- Sheffield Hallam University (then as Sheffield Polytechnic)
- The University of Sheffield
NCUK Associate Universities:
- Aston University
- The University of Birmingham
- University of Bristol
- Queen Mary University of London
- University of Kent
- Kingston University London
Note: NCUK’s original membership of 12 institutions was reduced to 11 by the merger in 2004 of UMIST and the Victoria University of Manchester and then to 10 in 2016 following the University of Liverpool's departure from the charity group.
In addition to these 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, the United States of America, New Zealand 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 20 countries around the world – China, India, Pakistan, Japan, Kenya, Nigeria, South Korea, Sri Lanka, Russia, Ireland, Colombia, Malta and Peru 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. There are over 4,000 programmes for students to choose from and over 25,000 students have been placed in universities in the UK and around the world.
NCUK is based in Manchester in the UK.
In Pakistan NCUK has appointed 400 "student ambassadors" from more than 50 educational institutions.