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    I'm aware LSE would have to leave the university of London. But if they acquired a few extra facilities in the middle of both schools then why not combine? They would have world leading research, which would increase their funding. By expanding the student numbers they could also gain more money. While they may never catch Oxbridge's prestige by rite of history, they may still surpass them, a bit like MIT to Harvard. It would also provide Britain with a genuine world class, top level institution, higher than the already high levels they're at.

    Or is this just a load of unnecessary rubbish?
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    (Original post by GapYaar)
    I'm aware LSE would have to leave the university of London. But if they acquired a few extra facilities in the middle of both schools then why not combine? They would have world leading research, which would increase their funding. By expanding the student numbers they could also gain more money. While they may never catch Oxbridge's prestige by rite of history, they may still surpass them, a bit like MIT to Harvard. It would also provide Britain with a genuine world class, top level institution, higher than the already high levels they're at.

    Or is this just a load of unnecessary rubbish?
    UCL and Imperial considered merging in the early 2000s. But the staff were against it.

    https://www.theguardian.com/educatio...y_to_clipboard


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    Apart from the business school part of Imperial, there's almost no overlap between what these two universities do so I'm not sure what would be gained from merging.

    Geographically, they're not particularly close within London so there wouldn't be much benefit to sharing facilities - and as for finding things in the middle, I can't see anyone wanting to build a campus extension in Mayfair! :lol:
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    They cover different areas. What would either of them really add to the other?
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    What would they call it?

    LSE Imperial might?

    Not sure how it would honestly work.

    A little friendly competition helps between unis bigger isnt always better.
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    Damn, interesting

    (Original post by Doonesbury)
    UCL and Imperial considered merging in the early 2000s. But the staff were against it.

    https://www.theguardian.com/educatio...y_to_clipboard


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    (Original post by jameswhughes)
    Apart from the business school part of Imperial, there's almost no overlap between what these two universities do so I'm not sure what would be gained from merging.

    Geographically, they're not particularly close within London so there wouldn't be much benefit to sharing facilities - and as for finding things in the middle, I can't see anyone wanting to build a campus extension in Mayfair! :lol:
    Yeh but that's the point, there's no overlap. You'd just form one comprehensive university, with very high standards, I guess it gives students and academics a greater choice. Oxbridge has had no domestic challenges for a millennium, competition might raise everyone's standards.
    True the location may be an issue, but you know the deal when you go to a London uni anyway.
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    (Original post by GapYaar)
    I'm aware LSE would have to leave the university of London. But if they acquired a few extra facilities in the middle of both schools then why not combine? They would have world leading research, which would increase their funding. By expanding the student numbers they could also gain more money. While they may never catch Oxbridge's prestige by rite of history, they may still surpass them, a bit like MIT to Harvard. It would also provide Britain with a genuine world class, top level institution, higher than the already high levels they're at.

    Or is this just a load of unnecessary rubbish?
    The merging of top universities, would no doubt create an academic powerhouse, call it LSE-ICL, KCL-UCL, D'hm-W'ck. It's just not necessary, since the institutions are independently performing exceptionally, there's no major benefit. Admissions may become more rigorous, straining an amalgamated uni, funding wouldn't uplift existing research facilities since a larger uni would no doubt mandate extra expenses. In terms of 'world-class academia', any of the elites could achieve this status solitarily through proper development of facilities, higher employment of field-leading staff and revolutionary research output - And they are all progressing, it's just that same are developing at a faster rate than others.
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    (Original post by GapYaar)
    Yeh but that's the point, there's no overlap. You'd just form one comprehensive university, with very high standards, I guess it gives students and academics a greater choice. Oxbridge has had no domestic challenges for a millennium, competition might raise everyone's standards.
    True the location may be an issue, but you know the deal when you go to a London uni anyway.
    I don't see how your plan would really be a merging in anything other than name. Would it not just lead to a university with two completely independent campuses for different groups of subjects? For example, a Holborn campus for economics/law/history etc. and South Kensington/Hammersmith for science and medicine.
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    (Original post by Doonesbury)
    UCL and Imperial considered merging in the early 2000s. But the staff were against it.

    https://www.theguardian.com/educatio...y_to_clipboard


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    Strange. Imperial is far better at sciences.
 
 
 
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