We’ve merged with UCL!

The IOE merged with University College London (UCL) on 2 December to create the UCL Institute of Education.

The merger creates a new institution with over 35,000 students, confirming UCL as the biggest higher education institution in London, and the largest postgraduate institution in the UK, with 19,000 postgraduate students. It will have over 11,000 staff and a combined income of over £1bn.

UCL and the IOE embarked on a strategic partnership in October 2012, and then announced in February this year the opening of a consultation on a formal merger, which both institutions’ Councils have now formally approved. The IOE Council has given final approval to the merger, and initiated steps to formally rescind the IOE’s Royal Charter, granted in 1987.

The IOE joins UCL as a single Faculty School, to be known as the UCL Institute of Education. While the merger formally comes into being today, 2 December, the process of change will continue throughout 2014/15. Both UCL and the IOE have confirmed that there will be no redundancies at either institution as a result of the merger.

The IOE was ranked number one institution worldwide for Education in the QS 2014 World University Rankings and recognised by Ofsted for its ‘outstanding’ teacher training across primary, secondary and further education. UCL was the first university to act as sole sponsor of a secondary school, the UCL Academy, which opened in Camden in 2012. The merger will therefore enable two institutions with complementary strengths to pool expertise and support improved delivery of teacher training and ultimately pupil attainment in London.

Another key outcome of the merger is that five UK birth cohort studies will be housed together for the first time, forming the largest concentration of global expertise in this field. Findings from the studies have contributed to many of the most important social and medical insights of recent decades and helped to shape decision making in policy areas such as education, employment, housing and health. Having all five birth cohort studies within one organisation will allow for more interaction and better sharing of ideas and best practice, opening the doors for more robust cross-generational and cross-cohort research.

Professor Michael Arthur, UCL President & Provost, said: “This is an exciting moment and one of the most significant events in UCL’s history. The driver behind this proposal is academic, prompted by the sense that the world-leading research undertaken by the IOE was highly complementary to many areas of work undertaken by UCL. There is genuine excitement within both institutions as we believe this planned merger will deliver significant advances in the fields of social science and education, whilst further advancing the work both universities undertake to develop education across London. In a period of growing global competition in higher education, this merger will enable us to position ourselves even more clearly as a global leader in this field.”

Professor Chris Husbands, Director of the UCL Institute of Education, said: “For over a century, the IOE has been leading education and social research and development in the UK and internationally.  The merger with UCL offers the IOE huge prizes: the opportunity to extend global influence, to work with our traditional stakeholders in schools and colleges in new and more imaginative ways, and the chance to build cross-disciplinary work across the full range of higher education. The merger will help to secure the IOE’s lasting influence and mission.”

Boris Johnson, Mayor of London, said: “This bold move by one of the world’s greatest universities and an international leader in education and social science will ensure they continue to lead the way on the world’s higher education stage. With international competition to attract the brightest students from around the world this significant merger will also further reinforce London’s status as a global leader in higher education.”

Notes for Editors

  1. UCL and the IOE began their consultation on a proposed merger in February this year: http://www.ucl.ac.uk/news/news-articles/0214/12022014-ioe-and-ucl-consult-on-proposed-merger.
  2. UCL and the IOE are both self-governing colleges within the University of London, but generally considered universities in their own right. UCL was granted its own degree awarding powers in 2005. Details of the relationship between the University of London and the UCL and IOE can be found at http://www.london.ac.uk/305.html.
  3. For further information contact Dominique Fourniol in the UCL Media Relations office on 07881 833 274, d.fourniol@ucl.ac.uk or Jenny Hogg in IOE External Relations on 020 7911 5501 or j.hogg@ioe.ac.uk

About the IOE (Institute of Education)

The Institute of Education is a world-leading university specialising in education and the social sciences. Founded in 1902, the Institute currently has more than 7,000 students and 800 staff. In the 2014 QS World University Rankings, the Institute was ranked number one for education worldwide. It has been shortlisted in the ‘University of the Year’ category of the 2014 Times Higher Education (THE) awards. In January 2014, the Institute was recognised by Ofsted for its ‘outstanding’ initial teacher training across primary, secondary and further education.   In the most recent Research Assessment Exercise two-thirds of the publications that the IOE submitted were judged to be internationally significant and over a third were judged to be ‘world leading’.

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About UCL (University College London)

Founded in 1826, UCL was the first English university established after Oxford and Cambridge, the first to admit students regardless of race, class, religion or gender, and the first to provide systematic teaching of law, architecture and medicine. We are among the world’s top universities, as reflected by performance in a range of international rankings and tables. UCL currently has over 30,444 students from 150 countries and 10,824 employees. Our annual income is over £1bn.

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