Sunday 01 July 2012
History: In 1908 UCL’s Ladies College was able to take a Crown lease on South Villa in the Inner Circle of Regent’s Park. In 1984 the lease was taken by Rockford College, Illinois, which founded Regent's College primarily to provide a study abroad programme, and provide courses with a clear British focus. Gradually, other institutions began to take up residence on the campus. The European Business School London moved there in 1987, widening the international focus with its emphasis on languages and internationalism and its programme of student exchange.
Address: All seven of its specialist schools are based at the single campus in the Inner Circle of Regent's Park, London.
Ambience: Tranquil surroundings provide a haven from the fast pace of London life. Regent's Park is one of the most popular Royal Parks in London, and the college is surrounded by classical style terraces and beautiful rose gardens. The park spans over 410 acres and includes a lake, canal and a number of villas. It is home to London Zoo, the Royal Botanic Society and a number of other organisations and institutions. It is also the largest outdoor sports area in London.
Vital statistics: Approximately 4,000 students on campus each year from over 130 different countries; 3,000 undergraduate and 1,000 postgraduate studying across the college's seven schools (European Business School; Regent's Business School; Regent's American College; Webster Graduate School; London School of Film, Media and Performance; School of Psychotherapy and Couselling Psychology).
Added value: Students have a choice of British or American degree programmes, and many courses offer study abroad opportunities. All students leave the Eurpean Business School speaking at least two languages, and 70 per cent of graduates can speak four or more. The college’s practically-focused courses develop students’ skills – and employability – in and outside of the classroom. Many courses place a strong emphasis on experiential learning.
Easy to get into? Being an internationally focused college, students can apply with a variety of worldwide qualifications. For British students applying through UCAS, between 240 and 300 points are required.
Glittering alumni: TV chef Anjum Anand; Stephanie Vidal, European head of marketing for Apple; television personality Ruby Wax; IT and diamond entrepeneur and reality TV star Francis Boulle (current student). Top figures in finance, commerce, manufacturing, government and the arts around the worldwide.
Transport links: The central London location means the college can be easily accessed from all parts of the capital. Close to Marylebone and within walking distance of several Tube stations including Baker St and Regent’s Park. Trains from various nearby National Rail stations leave for destinations all over the UK several times a day.
Who's the boss? Professor Aldwyn Cooper joined Regent’s College as principal and chief executive in December 2006. A cognitive psychologist by background, he was a Harkness Fellow at Stanford and Berkeley in the seventies.
Teaching: Students benefit from small class sizes, high contact hours and tutorial style delivery. This model enables academic staff to provide high levels of individual support; access to personal tutors further enhances the student experience.
Research: ‘Networks of power’ brings together a number of scholars in Regent’s College with common interests in the construction of power relations on a national and international level. It aims to raise the research profile of the college by organising conferences and seminar series and by publishing the results of individual and collaborative research in books, periodicals and the wider media.
Nightlife: With central London on your doorstep, the world is your Oyster. Situated in one of the pricier areas of the city, there's no end of swanky bars and nightclubs, but if you explore deeper there's a wealth of hidden gems. There's something for every taste in the big city.
How green is it? The college did not take part in People and Planet's 'Green League 2012'. However, Regent's College claims it has worked tirelessly to maximise the efficiency of its listed buildings across the college estate, investing in carbon neutral carpets and ionising gas magnets. In 2010 the college was presented with a Green 500 Award for its commitment to its onsite, environmentally sustainable waste disposal.
Any accommodation? Yes - although it is limited. There is housing for 250 students on campus with single, double and triple rooms in Reid Hall and Oliver Hall. The college also has flats available with their own bathrooms, phones and internet access. Prices range from £235 to £340 per week and include a meal plan.
Cheap to live there? You've got to be kidding - this is London. Prices in central are very high, but travel further out and you might find a bargain. Don't expect to be paying much less than £100 per week though.
Fees: Vary between programmes. Currently the range is £13,050 - £13,700 per year for undergraduate degrees, regardless of nationality. Tuition fees are updated each academic year and are subject to a 4 per cent or inflationary-linked increase.
Bursaries: The college awards 40 bursaries every year to full-time undergrads and postgrads, covering full tuition fees.
Prospectus: 0207 487 7505; www.regents.ac.uk
UCAS code: R18; E77 (for European Business School London)
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