Regents University London is a private non-profit university located in London, United Kingdom. Regents University is only the second institution in the UK (after the University of Buckingham) that was granted the status of a private university. As such it is one of only six private institutions in the United Kingdom to have been granted taught degree awarding powers. It is now the biggest university among the now five private universities (and one of two non-profit) in the country.
The university has an international student body with students coming from 130 countries overall. 15% of Regents students are from Britain. Another 40% come from elsewhere within the European Union. 15% of the students come from the US.
The university has its campus in Regents Park, Central London. It is one of the two largest groups of buildings in the park, along with the London Zoo, and was built on the site of South Villa, one of the original eight Regents Park villas.
Regents University London is a company limited by guarantee, not having a share capital. It is a registered charity, registered at the Charity Commission under charity number 291583. The companys directors are also the Trustees and members of the charity.
The Board of Trustees is responsible for the stewardship of the charitys assets, strategic decision-making and ensuring compliance with charitable objectives. The newly appointed chair is Dr. Diana Walford CBE, formerly Principal of Mansfield College, Oxford. Day-to-day operational management is delegated to the Vice-Chancellor and other senior management employees. Regents University London offers a wide range of courses in Business and Management & the Arts and Humanities, including American and British degree programmes. Undergraduate fees are currently about £16,000 per annum. The University has a student-faculty ratio of 14 to 1. The University offers MPhil and PhD programmes in selected fields that are validated by University of Northampton.
In the financial year ended 31 July 2014, Regents University London had a total income of £53.17 million (2012/13 – £48.196 million) and total expenditure of £55.659 million (2012/13 – £46.466 million). 85% of the total income generated was from tuition fees, and 50% and 45% of total expenditure were for operational costs and staff costs respectively. At year end Regents University London had total net assets of £21.115 million (31 July 2013 – £24.628 million). Cash surplus for the period was £17.776 million vs. £20.189 million in the previous year. The university offers means-tested bursaries, merit awards and awards from the Kevin Spacey Foundation Scholarships. In 2014/15 417 scholarships were granted to individuals. Scholarship awards at Regents University London are based on merit, for which anyone can apply. The accounts ending 31 July 2015 show that £1.83 million were paid out versus £1.459 million the previous year.
Regent’s is committed to growing its research capacity, sustainability and excellence. Research centres at Regents are Institute of Contemporary European Studies (iCES), Networks of Power (NOP), Regent’s Centre for Transnational Studies (RCTS), Psychotherapy and Counselling Psychology Reflections Research Centre (PCPR), Centre for Banking and Finance.