The Privy Council has granted Regent’s College London Taught Degree Awarding Powers, giving the College the right to accredit its own degrees from 1 September 2012.
The move is a major boost to current students, allowing all courses to be brought under a single set of academic regulations. The award follows a rigorous review over 18 months led by the QAA, which maintains standards in UK higher education.
With over 4,000 full time students, the College is already the biggest undergraduate provider in the UK outside the state-funded system, taking a multi-disciplinary approach and offering a wide breadth of study. The College also has more than 600 postgraduate students in subjects ranging from banking and luxury brands through to international relations and psychotherapy.
Long term vision
Gaining degree awarding powers forms part of the College’s long-term vision to become the leading private non-profit University in Europe, which includes plans to apply for full University title in the UK. It has a long standing commitment to research, with three research centres, plans in place to invest £30 million in research over next 5 years, and to achieve Research Degree Awarding Powers (RDAP) by 2016.
Regent’s College is a registered charity with a mission to deliver high quality education and a commitment to reinvest in HE. The College offers 40 financial assistance bursaries and merit scholarships to students each year. Over the past 5 years, the College has invested £40 million in facilities and teaching to enable academics to spend more time with students in lectures, tutorials and individual feedback sessions. As a result, the student-staff ratio at Regent’s is 15:1 and students receive 20 hours of contact time a week, both metrics ahead of the national average. Tutorial style education in groups of 25 instead of large scale lectures is at the heart of the delivery system.
Regent’s has a strong commitment to internationalism, teaching 10 languages which can be combined with business education. 30% of students study abroad as part of their course, with all students offered the chance to take up the opportunity. The College has also built strong links with industry, with 50% of students taking up internships as part of their degrees, and 90% of those seeking work finding graduate level employment within six months.
Commenting on the move, Professor Aldwyn Cooper, Principal of Regent’s College, said: 'The grant of degree powers to the College confirms our first class student experience, the commitment of staff, engagement of students and the success of alumni. Regent’s has been providing a rich learning experience for 25 years.
'Our breadth of study is rooted in the liberal arts tradition and we have core strengths in business, psychology, international relations, humanities and the arts.
'We offer an immersive international environment for around four and a half thousand students from 130 nationalities. The next step is to apply for University title to reflect properly the kind of institution that Regent’s has become and to better enable us to fulfil our driving charitable mission to serve education.'
QAA’s Director of Reviews, Stephen Jackson, said: 'From the assessment we have carried out of Regent’s College, we found that the College has effective leadership and management, and its arrangements for student support, both academic and personal, are well-regarded by students. ‘Staff at the College are committed not only to teaching but also to providing good quality assessment feedback.'