Richmond, The American International University in London

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Richmond, The American International University in London
Motto Unity in Diversity
Established 1972 (The original Richmond College, University of London, was founded in 1843)[1]
Chairman Mr. A. Michael Hoffman
Chancellor Sir Cyril Taylor[2] GBE
President Prof. John Annette
Provost Prof. Phil Deans
Academic staff
Students approx. 1500[4]
Location London, England, UK
Campus London Borough of Richmond upon Thames, Kensington

Richmond, The American International University in London is a private, liberal arts and professional studies university established in 1972 in Richmond, London. The university's degrees are accredited in the USA by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education,[5] and are validated in the UK by the Open University Validation Services (OUVS).[6] Richmond hopes to achieve taught degree awarding powers (TDAP) by 2016. It is also one of eight members of the newly formed Independent Universities Group, whose objective is to differentiate between their academic credentials and the more commercial elements of the alternative sector.


The university is split between two campuses, both in the Greater London area: the Richmond campus, located near the crest of Richmond Hill and approximately 1.5 miles (2.4 km) from Richmond station, and the Kensington campus, located at a point equidistant between Kensington High Street and Cromwell Road. The Richmond campus is the primary residence of undergraduate students in their first two years of student and its facade is a major symbol of the school promotional literature. The school's headquarters and admissions department are also located here. The Kensington campus is a closely grouped set of buildings across located between Kensington High Street and Gloucester Road, with further buildings in Earls Court. It is where many of the upper-level undergraduate students reside during their last two year along with postgraduate study. Both campuses are reasonably close to London Underground stations and the Richmond campus is served by the London Buses 371 route. Access to the town of Kingston can be made using this route.

RAIUL main campus, Richmond


Institutions that have degree-awarding powers in the UK are known as "recognised bodies". There are also "listed bodies" which do not have degree awarding powers but provide complete courses leading to recognized UK degrees, validated by institutions which have degree-awarding powers.[7] The Department for Innovation, Universities and Skills has Richmond University as a "listed body".[8] The degrees granted at Richmond are validated by the Open University Validation Services.[9]

Richmond is accredited by the Commission on Higher Education of the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools,[10] an institutional accrediting body recognized by the United States Department of Education. Richmond is licensed to award Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Science, Master and PhD of Arts, and the Master of Business Administration degrees by the Department of Education in the State of Delaware.[11] Its awards in the United Kingdom are overseen by the Open University, which is a recognised body.[12]


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Coordinates: 51°27′08″N 0°17′48″W / 51.4523°N 0.2966°W / 51.4523; -0.2966