Academics in Cardiff and London forge “groundbreaking” public-private research venture 

21/11/2008 00:00 

 
An innovative new public-private partnership in academic research between the University of Wales Institute, Cardiff (UWIC) and the London School of Commerce (LSC) was announced this week at the Welsh Assembly.

The move is the latest example of the growing role that private sector institutions are playing in UK higher education, and how this change can benefit public sector universities as well as offering new opportunities for prospective students.

UWIC awards University of Wales degrees, and it believes that the new venture with LSC will bring a further boost its growing international profile, allowing it to attract high quality research students from around the globe.

The LSC is an extremely successful private institution and currently has enrolled around 4,000 international students; it is already an Associate College of UWIC delivering Bachelor’s and Master’s taught programmes in business and IT related subjects.

Under an agreement announced at the Welsh Assembly this week,  the LSC will now enrol and deliver research degrees for UWIC at its Business Research Institute on its London campus. The new Institute will be treated as a research institute of UWIC for the purposes of administration and quality assurance. UWIC will franchise LSC to offer University of Wales PhD, MPhil and also professional doctorate degrees, in accordance with UWIC's quality assurance relationship with the University of Wales.

International students at the LSC are able to move between UWIC’s Cardiff campus, the LSC main campus in London, and LSC colleges in Dhaka and Kuala Lumpur. A new LSC campus in Sydney is planned to open in the early new year.

The Vice Chancellor of UWIC, Professor Antony Chapman, said: “This ground-breaking new partnership will add another quality dimension to our relationship with LSC. It will grow UWIC’s research global outreach and will attract high calibre international students to research globally important topics. This will be highly beneficial to UWIC, to Wales and to the UK.”

The CEO of LSC, Tim Andradi, said: “we are a strongly focused operation and specialise in business related disciplines. We have an excellent professional relationship with UWIC, based on mutual respect and underpinned by strict quality compliance. We have also successfully piloted the new immigration approach for students on behalf of the UK Border Agency. The establishment of our Business Research Institute provides all involved with new opportunities to compete successfully in what is an increasingly tough international operating environment.”

For more information, please contact:           

UWIC: Please contact Kristian Ball, Communications Manager, UWIC on either Tel: 02920 417115 or 07977 569 080 or kball@uwic.ac.uk
or
LSC: Rajiv Gupta, LSC (rajiv.gupta@lsclondon.co.uk ) or phone 02070539600

Notes to editors

University of Wales Institute, Cardiff (UWIC)
1. With origins going back to 1865, UWIC employs around 1500 staff and has more than 10,000 students.
2. UWIC has five academic schools based on four teaching campuses, all within the boundaries of the City of Cardiff. They are the Cardiff School of Sport, Cardiff School of Management, Cardiff School of Health Sciences, Cardiff School of Art and Design and Cardiff School of Education.
3. A recent investment of £50 million in the Estates strategy will see the construction of a new home for the Cardiff School of Management, a new Food Industry Centre and a multi-purpose student centre.
4. With over 800 international students from more than 120 countries UWIC has a unique multi-cultural mix.
5. UWIC has Centres of Excellence in each of its schools, offering applied research and consultancy to the public and private sector across the UK and throughout the world.
6. UWIC is in the top five of UK universities in 3 key areas of the Higher Education Academy’s Postgraduate Research Experience Survey (PRES) 2008.

London School of Commerce (LSC)
1. The London School of Commerce has its main campus located at London Bridge. Together with its partner institution, the School of Technology and Management, they have been operating for 8 years. LSC is designated as an Associate College of UWIC.
2. LSC has two overseas campuses, one in Bangladesh and the other in Malaysia. These also enroll international students and there are students from over 50 different countries following programmes on the Kuala Lumpur campus. A new campus is shortly to be opened in Sydney, Australia. Students will be able to transfer between any of the LSC campuses and also with the UWIC, Cardiff, campus
3. Over this relatively short period of time LSC has grown to become a very effective international operation with over 4.000 international students following their degree programmes. These students come from over 120 different countries.
4. This year LSC reports exceptionally high levels of new internatonal students with new enrolments up 25% over the same period last year.
5. LSC offers some 4 undergraduate degree programmes, 4 Master’s programmes and an MBA. The courses are all within the areas of business, management, finance, tourism, hospitality management, information technology, computing and computer systems engineering. Recent developments include UWIC offering foundation degrees.
6. The degree programmes at LSC are validated by the Univerisities of East London and Gloucestershire as well as UWIC. 
7. There is over 100 staff at LSC and these are augmented by some 150 part-time faculty drawn from businesses and other organisations across London; these provide a wider practical dimension in the teaching of the students.
8. .LSC is a member of the UK Association for Independent Higher Education Providers. It has its own Advisory Board, Chaired by Lord Tomlinson and with members drawn from business, government and academia.