Regent's College to be UK's second private university

Regent's College in London will become the second private university in Britain after receiving official approval to change its name to Regent's University London, writes Richard Adams for the Guardian.

The non-profit institution announced last Monday that it had received confirmation from the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills that it meets the criteria for the university title – having last year been granted degree-awarding powers by the Privy Council. "We will be contacting Companies House to change our name to Regent's University London and will re-launch as a university under our new name later this year," said Aldwyn Cooper, Regent's College chief executive officer, its equivalent of vice-chancellor.

In doing so Regent's will become the largest private university in Britain, its 4,500 students making it twice the size of the University of Buckingham, the first private university granted a royal charter back in 1983, and the largest single undergraduate educator outside of the state system.
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