GuildHE hosted a reception on 5th June 2013 to celebrate the granting of University title to 11 of its members.
Following the announcement, twelve institutions have now received final approval from the Privy Council to change their names to incorporate full university title.
Eleven of these institutions are members of GuildHE, the representative body for small and specialist institutions – chaired by Professor Ruth Farwell, Vice-Chancellor of Buckinghamshire New University.
To celebrate the achievements of each of the institutions, GuildHE hosted a special event in Westminster (Speaker’s House). The event also celebrated the award of Royal title to The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama. The Rt Hon David Willetts MP, Minister of State for Universities and Science and responsible for this policy change and announcement, attended the event.
Commenting on the title changes, Andy Westwood, CEO of GuildHE, said:
“Smaller institutions have long offered greater agility, smaller classes, stronger graduate employment and better retention rates.
“The GuildHE institutions we are celebrating today are established and highly valued in the communities and specific sectors they serve. The awarding of university title recognises the excellence and diversity these institutions bring to the HE sector.”