Proposed merger between IOE and UCL
21 May 2014
The Councils of the Institute of Education and UCL have given approval for negotiations to continue on the proposed merger between the two universities.
Subject to these more detailed
negotiations and a process of due diligence, it is planned that the two
councils be asked to give final approval to the merger at their meetings in
October. The formal merger could then be completed in December.
UCL President and Provost,
Professor Michael Arthur said: "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. All the evidence to date has confirmed this to be the case.
"There is genuine excitement within both institutions as we believe this planned merger will deliver significant advances in the field of social science and education, whilst further advancing the work both universities undertake to develop education across London."
Welcoming the decision, IOE Director Professor Chris Husbands said: "The proposed merger is potentially transformational in terms of the long-term security and growth of the Institute and I am pleased that this has been recognised by the members of the IOE Council.
"I would also like to take this opportunity to thank all those staff, students, alumni and other key stakeholders who contributed to the consultation process."