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BPP University Status

For-profit college gains full university status

  • 8 August 2013
  • From the section Education & Family
Image caption BPP University College is breaking new ground for the profit-making private university sector

A second for-profit institution has been granted the title of university.

BPP University College of Professional Studies, based in London with branches nationwide, now becomes BPP University.

To be granted the title of university, the institution had to fulfil criteria, such as offering its own degrees and meeting set student numbers.

The move has been condemned by the University and College Union (UCU) which fears more for-profit companies could become universities.

BPP University is the second for-profit college to achieve the requirements for full university status as set out by the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills.

The College of Law, which became the University of Law, was granted the title at the end of last year.

BPP University, which offers undergraduate and postgraduate courses in business, law, finance and tax accountancy, currently charges tuition fees of around £5,000 per year for a three-year degree.

This compares to annual fees of up to £9,000 a year at other UK universities, after the government allowed institutions to treble tuition fees from last September.

BPP was originally awarded the title of university college by Universities and Science Minister David Willetts in 2010. It was the first time a private institution had been awarded such a title for 30 years.