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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.

IOE and UCL to consult on proposed merger

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."