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About us The University of London is unlike many other universities. It consists of 17 self-governing Colleges and 10 specialist research Institutes. In many ways the Colleges are considered universities in their own right; they set their own entrance criteria for their courses and they offer their own services to students. Some now also have their own degree awarding powers. All students from all the Colleges and Institutes are also University of London students, making them part of a community of over 120,000 students and giving them access to many services in London. Did you know that when making your application through UCAS you can apply to up to five University of London Colleges? They are all considered separate institutions when it comes to applying. Postgraduate students apply directly to the College or Colleges they wish to study with. Many levels of study are covered at the University of London including foundation, undergraduate and postgraduate degrees, as well as diplomas and research degrees. The Colleges also have a wide range of short courses and summer programmes. Pre-university school students are also able to sample University of London courses and life through the Taster Course programme. It is not even essential to be in London to study for a University of London degree. We currently have over 55,000 students studying in 180 different countries with the University of London International Programmes. As well as offering a world-class education the University has a range of other services on offer including a careers service, data archiving and networking, library services, conference facilities and you can even use University buildings for location filming. Chancellor HRH The Princess Royal HRH The Princess Royal The Chancellor is the official Head of the University. The role is largely ceremonial and involves undertaking a wide range of engagements at the Colleges and Institutes of the University. The current Chancellor is Her Royal Highness The Princess Royal. She is the 10th person to hold the post since the University’s foundation and has done so since 1981. List of Chancellors 1836–56 Sir William Cavendish, 2nd Earl of Burlington (later 7th Duke of Devonshire) 1856–91 Granville George Leveson-Gower, 2nd Earl of Granville 1891–93 Edward Henry Stanley, 15th Earl of Derby 1893–99 Farrer Herschell, 1st Baron Herschell 1899–1902 John Wodehouse, 1st Earl of Kimberley 1902–29 Archibald Philip Primrose, 5th Earl of Rosebery & 1st Earl of Midlothian 1929–31 William Lygon, 7th Earl of Beauchamp 1932–55 Alexander Cambridge, 1st Earl of Athlone 1955–80 Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother 1981– Her Royal Highness The Princess Royal Vice-Chancellor Professor Sir Adrian Smith became Vice-Chancellor of the University in September 2012. The role of Vice-Chancellor The Vice-Chancellor is the principal officer of the University and is responsible to the Board of Trustees for the organisation and conduct of the business of the University. The part-time office of the Deputy Vice-Chancellor is normally filled by a Head of College. See Structure of the University. The Vice-Chancellor sits on the University Board of Trustees and chairs the Collegiate Council. Contact the Vice-Chancellor Please email vice-chancellor@london.ac.uk Professor Sir Adrian Smith, FRS From 1 September 2012 Professor Smith was appointed Vice-Chancellor of the University of London. He was previously Director General of Knowledge and Innovation in the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS). This followed on from his appointment in 2008 as Director General of Science and Research, originally in the Department for Innovation, Universities and Skills (DIUS) before it merged with another department to form BIS. For the previous 10 years Professor Smith was Principal of Queen Mary University of London. Prior to being Principal of Queen Mary, Professor Smith was at Imperial College, London, where he held a number of posts over an eight-year period. These included: Professor of Statistics, Head of Department of Mathematics, Member of the Management and Planning Group and Company Director of ICON (Imperial Consultancy). From 1977-1990 he was Professor of Statistics at Nottingham University, Head of Department of Mathematics and a member of the University Council. Professor Smith has also held posts at Oxford University and University College, London. He read undergraduate mathematics at Cambridge University, followed by postgraduate work in Statistics at University College London. Professor Smith has been the Treasurer of Universities UK, a member of the governing bodies of the London Business School and St Georges Medical School and a past Chair of London Higher, the regional umbrella body representing London’s 42 Higher Education Institutions. He served on the Advisory Committee to the UK Government Office for National Statistics from 1996-1998, worked for the UK Government Department of the Environment from 1991-1998 as a Statistical Advisor to the Nuclear Waste Inspectorate and for the Ministry of Defence from 1982 to 1987 as adviser on Operational Analysis. Professor Smith has also worked with the UK Higher Education Funding and Research Councils and was Deputy Chair of the UK Statistics Authority prior to taking up his post in DIUS. He has been re-appointed to the Deputy Chair role from 1 September 2012. Professor Smith has held numerous statistical consultancies in the private sector, in business and finance, the pharmaceutical industry and communications and power industries. Professor Smith is a past President of the Royal Statistical Society and was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society in 2001 in recognition of his contribution to statistics. In 2003-04 he undertook an Inquiry into Post-14 Mathematics Education for the UK Secretary of State for Education and Skills. In 2006 he completed a report for the UK Home Secretary on the issue of public trust in Crime Statistics. He received a knighthood in the 2011 New Year Honours list. Pro Vice-Chancellor (Operations) and Chief Operating Officer Chris Cobb Chris Cobb joined the University of London in August 2011. The role of Chief Operating Officer The Pro Vice-Chancellor (Operations) and Chief Operating Officer is responsible for supporting the Vice-Chancellor in the day-to-day running of the University and also for operational planning and strategic leadership of the professional services, including diversification of income and further development of shared services. The University Secretary is responsible for ensuring that the University remains compliant within the appropriate legal framework, which defines its obligations and duties, and to support the governance of the University through its Board of Trustees and Collegiate Council. Profile of Chris Cobb Chris Cobb graduated in Business and Computing and began his career as an analyst programmer at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE), implementing and developing computer systems for its administration. During the course of 18 years at the LSE, including a period as an independent consultant, Chris gradually took on increasing levels of responsibility to become Director of Business Systems & Services. He left the LSE in 2005 to become Pro Vice-Chancellor at Roehampton University with responsibility for HR, Estates & Facilities Management, Information & Communications Technology and Library Services. This role also encompassed business process change, and in this capacity he led a number of different efficiency and business automation projects, as well as a major academic restructuring. Chris is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and a judge for the Times Higher Awards. He has participated on a number of national groups in support of JISC and the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) and is a consultant for the European University Association (EUA). Chris is currently a member of the HEFCE Cloud Advisory Group established under the Universities Modernisation Fund. Contact the Pro Vice-Chancellor (Operations) and Chief Operating Officer Phone: +44 (020) 7862 8011 Email: coo@london.ac.uk The role of University Secretary Maureen Boylan The University Secretary is appointed by the Board of Trustees and is responsible for ensuring that the University remains compliant within the legal framework, which defines its obligations and duties, and for support to the governance of the University through the Board of Trustees and the Collegiate Council. Profile of Maureen Boylan MBE Maureen Boylan MBE joined the central University of London in September 2012 after 22 years in posts across seven of the federal Colleges in roles ranging from student administration and welfare, to whole organisation change, and institutional merger. A medievalist, with degrees from UEA and Birmingham, her early career posts through the 1980s were in the University of Sheffield, CNAA and the Roehampton Institute (now University). She joined the federal University in January 1990 as head of student administration and academic planning at Royal Holloway. A family relocation and two small children later, she moved to the Careers Service as Head of Quality in 2000. Intended as a one-year contract, this eventually spanned four years, including a temporary posting to Goldsmiths as Head of Quality and Secretariat, and returning to serve as a Careers Adviser in Kings, SOAS and the centre, as well as gaining the professional qualification in careers guidance. In 2004 she moved to Heythrop as Director of Administration & Clerk to the Governing Body to bring it within HEFCE funding and “normal” HE governance structures, and in 2007 joined the School of Pharmacy as Chief Operating Officer & Secretary to Council. In 2011 she jointly directed Pharmacy’s merger into UCL and stayed on in the School for several months, to manage out its systems and separate legal identity, and embed it into UCL. University Strategy 2014-19 Our strategic vision for 2014–19: To make a unique contribution to learning and research-led scholarship through our unrivalled network of member institutions, our global reach and reputation, and the breadth of our high-quality innovative academic services and infrastructure. Aim 1: deliver academic excellence Invest in our academic excellence to widen student access through flexible learning and to fulfil an ambitious programme of research promotion and facilitation in the humanities Aim 2: provide innovative high-quality academic support and professional services Develop, augment and commercialise our portfolio of services for the University’s members and the education sector, with the aim to be the “go to” provider of student and academic support services Aim 3: property that is valued and relevant Create a vibrant academic hub, through a property portfolio which balances the needs of the University’s members with maximising income opportunities Aim 4: manage a high-performing organisation Increase our investment in staff development, encourage a common purpose across our diverse activities and enhance our capacity where gaps exist, in order to deliver our plans The full Strategy 2014-19 PDF [28pgs, 919KB] can be downloaded. A one-page summary of our strategic aims and objectives PDF [1pgs, 25KB] is also available. This is a strategy for growth capable of fulfilling our future plans and ambitions, and also evolutionary in that it builds upon our heritage, public benefit mission and existing strengths. These strengths are founded on the distinctive and inter-related mix of academic, service and property activities. Structure of the University Senate House building ‘in’ sign on gate The University of London is a federation of 17 self-governing Colleges of outstanding reputation, together with a number of acclaimed Central Academic Bodies and Activities. Teaching and research is carried out by the Colleges and Central Academic Bodies. The Colleges contribute to the cost of the running of the University through the payment of an annual subscription. They are also able to subscribe to certain centrally-organised services such as Senate House Library , The Careers Group , and the University of London Housing Services , according to their requirements. There are currently 120,000 students studying at the University of London with a further 54,000 students studying by distance learning with the International Programmes . To search for courses please use the Course Search facility. Structure of the University The Vice-Chancellor is the principal officer of the University and is responsible to the Board of Trustees for the organisation and conduct of the business of the University. The Vice-Chancellor heads the management structure [PDF 1pg, 33KB] of the University. The Central Academic Bodies of the University are: School of Advanced Study University of London Institute in Paris University of London International Academy Services offered to current students are: Intercollegiate Halls of Residence The Careers Group, University of London University of London Housing Services University of London Research Library Services The University also includes administrative departments which support the Colleges, as well as the Central Academic Bodies and Activities, in their individual academic missions. These cover academic quality, finance, human resources, governance support, estate administration and IT services including the University of London Computer Centre . Health Education England’s London Local Education Training Boards (Health Education North Central London, Health Education North West London and Health Education South London) are responsible for postgraduate medical and dental training in London. They are located with the University’s administrative departments. Colleges and Institutes The University of London is a federal University and is one of the oldest, largest and most diverse universities in the UK. The teaching is carried out by the 17 Colleges and Institutes that comprise the University. When studying with the University you belong to a particular College as well as the University of London itself. This allows students to have access to a wide range of facilities and services. The Colleges are self-governing and they are considered as individual institutions when it comes to making an application to study. They set their own entrance criteria and in some cases have their own degree awarding powers. Many are known the world over as centres of excellence. London colleges often feature very highly in any UK university ranking tables. Between the Colleges and Institutes we have over 120,000 students studying over 3,700 courses. Not all of our students are actually located in London either; some study at the University of London Institute in Paris and we have over 54,000 students studying by distance and flexible learning, in 180 countries, with the University of London International Programmes. Once you have chosen the College, or Colleges, you wish to apply to study with you should contact them directly for full information. To help find the right College for your needs please use the course search facility and visit the College pages. If you need any assistance please contact the University of London’s Student Advice Centre. You can also order a printed Guide to the University or prospectuses for the University of London International Programmes. University of London Guide The University of London publishes a Guide to the Colleges and Institutes, which provides a description of the Colleges, the School of Advanced Study and the University of London International Programmes. The Guide also includes information about other University of London services and activities. If you would like to be posted a copy of the Guide to the Colleges and Institutes please complete our online form Governance The University was incorporated originally by Royal Charter in 1836 and is, at present, incorporated by Royal Charter granted in 1863. It is now governed by the University of London Act 1994 , and by the Statutes made under it. The governing body of the University is the Board of Trustees and the principal officer is the Vice-Chancellor. The following sections outline the corporate governance structures of the University: Board of Trustees Collegiate Council Statutes, Ordinances and Regulations Committees Statutory Officers Annual Reports and Financial Statements Risk Management University of London charitable status information In compliance with Annex H of ‘Model Financial Memorandum between HEFCE and institutions’ (HEFCE 2010/19). Legal name and correspondence address: University of London Senate House Malet Street London WC1E 7HU Tel: +44 (0)20 7862 8000 www.london.ac.uk/askaquestion Additional Information: University Statutes, Ordinances, and Regulations Trustees Financial Statements Supporters and Donors The University is a unique institution at the heart of a federation of Colleges and Institutes that works to promote education and the advancement of knowledge, through teaching and research, for the public benefit. The University supports all the University of London Colleges, and as a result our supporters make an impact across the length and breadth of the federation. Medical research at UCL, fellowships at King’s College, hardship for students in need, buying books at Senate House Library and public lectures at the School of Advanced Study, are just a few examples of how past donations have contributed to the varied work of the University. To thank and publicly acknowledge the generosity of our supporters, the University of London’s online Donor Board is our way of saying thank you to our donors, past and present. The University’s commitment and responsibilities to its donors are laid out in the University of London Donor Charter. Information about how the University holds data on our donors can be found in our Data Protection Statement. If you would like more information about donations to the University please contact us using the email address on the right. https://adwords.google.com/ko/KeywordPlanner/Home?__u=6995732613&__c=3640978293&authuser=0#searchdetails

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