Regent’s University London is a private non-profit university located in London, United Kingdom. Regent’s University is only the second institution in the UK (after the University of Buckingham) that was granted the status of a private university. As such it is one of only six private institutions in the United Kingdom to have been granted taught degree awarding powers. It is now the biggest university among the now five private universities (and one of two non-profit) in the country.
The university has an international student body with students coming from 130 countries overall. 15% of Regent’s students are from Britain. Another 40% come from elsewhere within the European Union. 15% of the students come from the US.
The 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.
Regent’s University was established in 1984 as Regent’s College. In the same year, 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.
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.
In July 2012 it was announced that Regent’s College had been awarded taught degree-awarding powers (TDAP) from 1 September 2012. Institutions that have degree-awarding powers in the UK are known as “recognized bodies” of which there are over 150. In February 2013 Regent’s College agreed to acquire American InterContinental University London from Career Education Corporation. 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.
Regent’s University London is composed of seven specialist schools:
- European Business School London
- Regent’s American College London
- Regent’s Business School London
- Regent’s Institute of Languages & Culture
- Regent’s School of Psychotherapy & Psychology
- Regent’s School of Drama, Film & Media
- Regent’s School of Fashion & Design
Regent’s University London offers a wide range of courses in Business and Management & the Arts and Humanities, including American and British degree programmes. Undergraduate fees are currently about £16,000 per annum. The University has a student-faculty ratio of 14 to 1.
The University offers MPhil and PhD programmes in selected fields that are validated by University of Northampton.
They require for the foundation year a minimum of five passes at GCSE/IGCSE level at grade C or above, including English and Maths. They also accept equivalent qualifications.
They require for the first year a minimum of three passes at GCE A-level at grade C or above, and five passes at GCSE/IGCSE level at grade C or above, including English and Maths. They also accept equivalent foreign qualifications.
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The University seeks to be a leading, independent, not-for-profit higher education institution. They aim to provide a high-quality teaching environment to develop internationally aware, innovative and employable graduates.
The University has five main strategic goals:
- Academic Excellence
- Internationalism and Global Perspective
- Professionalism and Employability
- Management and Sustainability
- Public Benefit
They deliver these through constant innovation, enhancement and attention to excellence. A central focus is on internationalism and professionalism.
Regent’s will provide high quality teaching and professional support from appropriately qualified staff,academic and non-academic resources and a range of opportunities to raise student achievement and aspirations,timely personalised advice and guidance on pastoral, health and well-being, academic skills and accommodation at the point it is required, opportunities for students to access information and develop employability skills and international market awareness, safe and welcoming learning and social environments which support the needs of students, access to adequate learning resources, IT and appropriate equipment.
At Regent’s the students have access to professional one-to-one consultations with their Careers Advisor to help them to identify their skills, interests and abilities and make informed career decisions. They will have unlimited access to this service.
Their experts in the Careers and Business relations team offer a full support service to help the student to secure their careers goals. This includes extensive careers counselling, as well as assistance in finding an internship or a permanent job after graduation.