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6th June 2011

Statement: New College of the Humanities

About the University of London International Programmes

The University of London International Programmes provides flexible access to awards of the University, worldwide. These awards are of high standing, and based on curricula provided by 12 of the 19 Colleges of the University and academic staff of the University responsible for all assessments.

Presently, University of London International Programmes has over 50,000 active students, in over 180 countries. Over the years, some exceptional individuals have availed themselves of this route to a university award, including seven Nobel Prize winners and two current heads of state. This approach has evolved over the past 153 years, through what was originally known as the external route to a University of London degree. The essence is that, since 1858, the University has permitted students not based or registered with its Colleges to register for awards of the University.

True to its history, presently the University of London International Programmes continues to register its students as “independent learners”, not as members of a particular independent college or institution. These students receive a service which includes a curriculum, printed and electronic learning materials, an on-line library and examinations. For most undergraduate awards this costs less than £1,500 per annum, on a full time basis. The remarkably low costs reflect the University’s commitment to an access agenda, and also the economies of scale of a large and growing student service system.

More than 70% of undergraduate students of the University of London International Programmes purchase tuition from Independent Teaching Institutions. These Independent Teaching Instuitions vary considerably in their scale and fees, this partly reflecting the level of local costs. The University of London International Programmes has a process for providing
and re-confirming recognition to selected Independent Teaching Institutions around the world, the purposes being to indicate where good-quality support may be obtained and to facilitate co-operation to continuously improve the student experience. This does not preclude any institution from deciding to teach University of London International Programmes curricula and examinations without seeking recognition.

About the New College of the Humanities

The University is aware of the intention of the New College of the Humanities (NCH) to provide tuition to students of the University of London International Programmes. There is no formal agreement between the University of London and the NCH concerning academic matters. As with any other Independent Teaching Institution, a dialogue will be maintained about when to apply for recognition under the Institutions Policy Framework, but normally a track record is required. To avoid any confusion, it should be made clear that NCH is not, and will not be, a part of the University of London. Meanwhile it is legitimate for NCH, as an entirely independent institution, to provide tuition to students of University of London International Programmes as other institutions in London and around the world do. These students’ applications for registration for degrees would be made individually with the University of London International Programmes.

No agreement has been concluded as yet regarding access to the Senate House Libraries by NCH students, but financial terms exist for the payment of fees for access by any students of University of London International Programmes and this would, of course, apply to students of NCH. The position is similar for the University of London Union, and it should be noted that all students of the University of London International Programmes are eligible for associate membership for a payment of £20 per annum, but are not eligible to compete competitively in University sports teams.

For further information contact:
Binda Rai
Head of Corporate Affairs and Communication
University of London International Programmes
Email: binda.rai(at)london.ac.uk
Tel: +44 (0)20 7862 8545 (office)
+44 (0)7920 476483 (mobile)