Bloomsbury institutions enter 'strategic partnership'

Two leading London higher education institutions have entered a partnership to share resources and develop expertise in education and the social sciences.

October 2, 2012

The Institute of Education and University College London will cooperate in five areas, including research, teaching innovation and the improvement of schools in the capital, possibly through the creation of a London Education Trust.

The two institutions, which are both part of the University of London and based in the Bloomsbury area of the capital, will also seek to save money by merging administrative and professional services.

A joint steering group, which will be co-chaired by a senior member of staff from both institutions, will report regularly to each governing body on the partnership's progress. It will report back on the project's long-term future by March 2013.

Chris Husbands, director of the IoE, welcomed the link-up, saying: "The potential synergy between our two institutions is enormous.

"Our geographical proximity, complementary missions and range of intellectual and academic resources offer rich opportunities for collaboration.

"We are keen to develop a truly strategic partnership that respects and builds upon the vibrancy and unique strengths of both organisations."

Malcolm Grant, president and provost of UCL, said: "This is a truly exciting initiative. There are many areas in which both of our institutions are world-leading and already enjoy close collaborative links, such as in population studies, quantitative social sciences and educational neuroscience.

"We envisage that the proposed partnership will not only build on these, but open up wholly new themes and opportunities."

jack.grove@tsleducation.com

You've reached your article limit

Register to continue

Registration is free and only takes a moment. Once registered you can read a total of 6 articles each month, plus:

  • Sign up for the editor's highlights
  • Receive World University Rankings news first
  • Get job alerts, shortlist jobs and save job searches
  • Participate in reader discussions and post comments
Register

Have your say

Log in or register to post comments

Most Commented

James Fryer illustration (8 September 2016)

Some lecturers will rightly encourage forms of student interaction that are impossible for those covering their faces, Eric Heinze argues

University of Oxford students walking on campus

University of Oxford snatches top spot from Caltech in this year’s World University Rankings as Asia’s rise continues

Handwritten essay on table

Universities must pay more attention to the difficulties faced by students, says Daniel Dennehy

Theresa May entering 10 Downing Street, London

The prospect of new grammar schools on the horizon raises big questions for HE, writes Nick Hillman

Nosey man outside window

Head of UK admissions service Mary Curnock Cook addresses concerns that universities might ‘not hear a word’ from applicants