BPP University Vice Chancellor
Carl Raymond Lygo (born October 1967) is a British barrister and academic who was the founding Vice-Chancellor of BPP University, a division of the Apollo Group. He is the founding Chairman of the Association of Cost Lawyers TrainingACLT, the founding Chairman of Turner Schools Turner Schools UK a multi academy trust charity set up to help disadvantaged children in Folkestone, Kent, a Non-Executive Director of UCFBUCFB (an innovative Football Higher Education Institution), an advisory board member of WONKHE policy wonksfor Higher Education.
He was born in Doncaster, South Yorkshire and educated at Richmond Hill School, Doncaster, Hungerhill School and Doncaster College. His University education was at the University of Central Lancashire (LLB, First Class Hons), the University of East Anglia (LLM)and Henley Business School (PgDip). He was called to the Bar by Middle Temple in 1991 and practised on the North-Eastern and South-Eastern circuits. He is a Diplock Scholar and a Queen Mother’s Scholar of Middle Temple.
He lectured in Criminal Law at the University of East Anglia, Banking Law at the City University London, Tort Law at the University of Leeds & Leeds Metropolitan University and became a Senior Lecturer at London Guildhall University before joining BPP Law School in 1996. He helped to establish the first Bar Vocational Course at BPP Law School, becoming the leader of the Legal Practice Course leading the team that created the innovative “City LPC” for “magic circle” law firms in 2000, which propelled BPP Law School from an intake of less than 100 students to over 3,000 opening new centres in Leeds,Manchester. He became Director of the publicly listed company, BPP Holdings Limited and Chairman of BPP Law School. In 2005 he was included in The Lawyer list of Hot 100 Lawyers in the UK. In 2005 he launched BPP College, creating BPP Business School and becoming the founding Principal. In 2006 he was granted a Professorship in English Common Law. In 2007 BPP College was granted Taught Degree Awarding Powers by the UK Privy Council, a move which was estimated to add between £50-100 million to the stock value of BPP Holdings Limited lifting BPP into the FTSE 250 list of Companies. In 2009 BPP College was acquired by the Apollo Education Group. In 2010 BPP College was granted the title of BPP University College and later launched a School of Health Studies and a School of Foundation & English Language Studies. In 2013 BPP was granted full University title following a successful review by the QAA and HEFCE. In December 2013 BPP University was voted best Higher Education Provider in the UK. BPP University now has campuses in London, Cambridge, Birmingham, Bristol, Abingdon (Oxfordshire), Leeds, Liverpool and Manchester. BPP Holdings comprises multi-national subsidiaries in Central & Eastern Europe offering professional education mainly for accountants, a publishing division that sells Learning Media materials in 186 countries, a professional apprenticeship service and professional development division.