University of London

University of London
Established 1836
Chancellor HRH The Princess Royal
Vice-Chancellor Sir Graeme Davies
Location London, United Kingdom
Students 115,000 total
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Senate House, designed by Charles Holden home to the university's central administration offices and its library

The University of London is a federation of colleges which together constitute one of the world's largest universities. Somewhere between 10 and 20 percent of all UK students attend one of its colleges, which include some of the most prestigious places of study in the world. Many universities in Britain and abroad began life as associate colleges of the university, offering its degrees under licence. In recent years this aspect of the university's work has revived due to the globalisation of the education market, and an increasing number of overseas academic institutes offer University of London diplomas and degrees. The main offices of the University of London are at Senate House in Bloomsbury, which includes a substantial library and the residence of the chancellor.

Founded in 1836, the university at first comprised just two colleges, University College London (UCL) and King's College London (KCL), but now has over 15, many of which are major institutions in their own right. Besides UCL and King's, the most famous are Imperial College, the London School of Economics (LSE), Queen Mary (QMUL), Royal Holloway (RHUL), Goldsmiths College, and the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS). The predecessor of the University of Southampton was a constituent college of the University of London up to 1952, when Southampton was granted its own Royal Charter.

The university is a federal body made up of a number of highly autonomous colleges and institutes, widely scattered across greater London. For most practical purposes, its constituent colleges are treated as individual universities. Under English law, some of these are Recognised Bodies with the authority to grant their own degrees (which means that they enjoy the same status as other institutions with their own degree-awarding power), while others are Listed Bodies that offer courses leading to degrees from the University of London (which means that they have the same status as the constitutent institutions of the University of Wales and the colleges of Oxford, Cambridge, and Durham).

The Athlone Press was the publishing house of the University of London between 1949 and 1979 [1] (


Colleges and institutions

The colleges and institutes of the University are, as of October 2003:

Recognised bodies

Colleges no longer in existence

Some colleges of the University of London have been amalgamated into larger colleges or their work transferred elsewhere. These include

Listed bodies

Notable alumni and attendees

Notable persons who graduated from or otherwise attended the University include:

Heads of State/Heads of Government

Other prominent alumni

Some statistics

  • Student population: 115,000

See also

External links

Recognized bodies of the University of London

Birkbeck | Goldsmiths | Heythrop | Imperial | Institute of Cancer Research | Institute of Education | King's | London Business School | LSE | London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine | Queen Mary | Royal Academy of Music | Royal Holloway | Royal Veterinary College | St George's | SOAS | School of Pharmacy | UCL

Listed bodies

British Institute in Paris | Courtauld Institute of Art | School of Advanced Study | University Marine Biological Station, Millport

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