It has been announced that City University London is to join the University of London as of next year. More specifially, City will join the federal university of 17 self-governing colleges and 10 smaller specialist research institutions in August 2016.
City's vice-chancellor, Paul Curran, has expressed huge delight at the decision and states that both his colleagues and students have done the same. He states: "Joining the University of London marks a significant new chapter in City's history. It is a major opportunity but also a signal of how far we have come as an institution."
Curran states that in becoming a part of the federal institution, the City would maintain its "historic strengths, professional credibility and deep-rooted City of London heritage, while we strengthen our international profile and expand our research and education capabilities".
On the flip-side, Sir Richard Dearlove, chair of the University of London's board of trustees, and former head of MI6, commented on what City will add to the institution by stating that it would bring "unique links with many of the institutions in the City of London including the Lord Mayor's Office, the livery companies and businesses in the Square Mile."