Regent's College, the previous name for the institution, has just been granted university status and will be re-launching and rebranding on 29 June this year. It's good news for any students thinking of studying there: the new university will be able to award its own degrees and will be able to bolster its already-impressive international links, meaning better prospects for graduates.
Gaining university status is also a big endorsement of the establishment's commitment to excellent teaching and a great student experience, says vice chancellor Professor Aldwyn Cooper. "Becoming a university recognises the engagement of students and the success of our institution’s alumni," he adds.
"It will help us in our charitable mission to deliver high-quality education, and to fulfil our ambition to become the leading private non-profit university in Europe."
Small classes, big opportunities
Regent's University's non-profit status is something that helps students both now and in the future: surpluses from fees go straight back into facilities and teaching staff. The university has invested more than £40 million over the last five years, which has led to a student-staff ratio of 15:1 and plenty of contact time – currently 20 hours per week, well above the national average.
The study environment is just one of the things George Shelton, a recent BA (Hons) in global management graduate, believes he benefited from. "Small class sizes mean that you get to know the staff and other students really well," he explains. "We had the opportunity to work in groups, which can be tough but you learn a lot from it and it's closer to how the workplace operates."
Home and away
But don't let the idea of small class sizes fool you into thinking this is a pocket-sized uni. Nestled in Regent's Park in central London, it combines no fewer than seven schools into one site with some 4,500 students and 140 different nationalities present. The international emphasis goes both ways – all students have the option to study (or even compete) abroad during their time at Regent's.
This international aspect was one of the highlights of George's time at the university. Away from campus it enabled him to play polo in Thailand against other universities; back at the books, he met interesting people who shared amazing experiences with him. "I would never have met a bunch of people like this if I had not come to Regent’s University," he says. "It gave me a well-rounded perspective on different cultures and nationalities."
An open-minded, broad perspective is something students can look forward to both in and out of the classroom. While studying, the university's multidisciplinary approach – with schools embracing business, the arts, psychotherapy and more – makes for a diverse, stimulating academic body.
When class is over, Regent's University offers clubs, societies and sports teams for everyone, many with excellent facilities. With London on the doorstep, there's even more choice. "London is such an open-minded and non-judgmental place," says George. "Whether you want to pursue arts, business or finance you can be guaranteed that something groundbreaking will be happening in London."
Funding your future
To help even more students take advantage of the world-class living and learning experience on offer at Regent's University, each school offers a range of scholarships. The newest, via the Kevin Spacey Foundation, sees the university teaming up with the Oscar-winning actor to offer six scholarships to drama students, plus a chance to work with the man himself; and there are many opportunities for students in other areas too.
Regent's University may be a new name, but with a unique location, supportive academic environment and innovative approach to teaching, it's building on firmly established foundations. The first students to graduate with 'Regent's University London' on their certificates will be confident they'll have a lot to offer.
They'll also have had a great time getting there. "It's a very friendly environment and students genuinely want to help each other," says George. "It's such an exciting place to be, in a way that nowhere else is."
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