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Provider mergers and changes

This page details mergers and changes that UK higher education (HE) providers have undergone between the 1994/95 academic year and the present.

2015/16

HE providers

Changes

  • 0210 University Campus Suffolk changed to 0210 University of Suffolk
  • 0189 Writtle College changed to 0189 Writtle University College
  • 0154 University of Newcastle-upon-Tyne changed to 0154 Newcastle University
  • 0145 St George's Hospital Medical School Name changed to 0145 St George's, University of London
  • 0115 The City University changed to 0115 City, University of London
  • 0121 The University of Keele changed to 0121 Keele University

Mergers

Institute of Education merged with University College London in December 2014, creating UCL Institute of Education as a single-faculty school of UCL. Both providers continued to make separate returns for the 2014/15 HESA reporting period but made a single return for 2015/16 under University College London.

Other

In 2015/16 0228 Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine made their first separate data return for Student and Destinations of Leavers data when previously their data for these records were returned under University of Liverpool. They had made separate returns previously for Staff, Finance, Business and Community Interactions, and Estates Management data from 2013/14.

Alternative providers

Changes

  • 0248 Springdale College changed to 0248 ForMission Ltd
  • Due to 0232 Brighton Institute of Modern Music merging with 0242 Tech Music Schools, 0232 Brighton Institute of Modern Music changed to 0232 BIMM Limited
  • 0217 IFS University College changed to 0217 The London Institute of Banking and Finance
  • 0327 Regents English Language Centre, International Bible Institute of London changed to 0327 Regents Theological College
  • 0238 London School of Business and Management Ltd has changed to 0238 London School of Business and Management

Mergers​​

0232 Brighton Institute of Modern Music merged with 0242 Tech Music Schools. This led to a name change (see above).

Other

  • 0273 Kaplan Holborn ceased trading and left the sector.
  • 0255 AA Hamilton College London lost designation and were not required to return data.

2014/15

Mergers

  • On the 2nd of December 2014, 0149 University College London (UCL) and 0133 Institute of Education merged, creating UCL Institute of Education as a single faculty school of UCL. Due to this being a mid-year merger both providers supplied separate returns in the 2014/15 collections. In our publications, UK Performance Indicators, and Statistical First Releases (excluding Higher Education - Business and Community Interaction Survey) the two providers will be merged. 
  • Data in the Estates Management record was the first merged data by the providers. It is therefore reported under 0149 University College London.
  • Any data obtained through the bespoke data service will not merge the providers.

Changes

0010 Central School of Speech and Drama changed to The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama.

New providers

  • 0229 The National Film and Television School has joined the HE sector from the Department of Culture, Media and Sport.
  • 0230 Plymouth College of Art has joined the HE sector.
  • 0228 Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine made separate Staff, Finance, Business and Community Interactions, and Estates Management returns to us from 2013/14. Previously these were made through the University of Liverpool. Student and Destinations of Leavers data for the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine was still returned to us through the University of Liverpool in 2013/14 and 2014/15, but will be returned separately from 2015/16.

2013/14

Mergers

0086 The University of Wales, Newport merged with 0090 University of Glamorgan. This has led to a name change (see below).

Changes

  • 0090 Due to University of Glamorgan merging with 0086 The University of Wales, Newport, 0090 University of Glamorgan changed to 0090 University of South Wales.
  • 0039 St Mary's University College, Twickenham changed to St Mary's University, Twickenham.
  • 0064 Leeds Metropolitan University changed to Leeds Beckett University.
  • 0113 Brunel University changed to Brunel University London.
  • 0069 The University of Northumbria at Newcastle changed to University of Northumbria at Newcastle.
  • 0046 The University of Worcester changed to University of Worcester.
  • 0155 The University of Nottingham changed to University of Nottingham.
  • 0154 The University of Newcastle-upon-Tyne changed to University of Newcastle-upon-Tyne.
  • 0073 The University of Plymouth changed to University of Plymouth.
  • 0061 The University of Huddersfield’s Barnsley campus (including the majority of its students), were transferred to Barnsley College in 2013/14. This college does not return data to us.

New providers

0228 Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine made separate Staff, Finance, Business and Community Interactions, and Estates Management returns to us from 2013/14. Previously these were made through the University of Liverpool. Student, Aggregate Offshore and Destinations of Leavers data for the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine was still returned to us through the University of Liverpool in 2013/14 and 2014/15, but will be returned separately from 2015/16.

The Open University

A notable change in the 2013/14 HESA publications is the allocation of The Open University (OU) students to England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland. Previously all OU enrolments and qualifications were counted within England, where the OU has its administrative centre. From this release onwards enrolments and qualifications registered at one of the OU’s national centres in Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland will contribute to the totals of those countries where statistics are shown by country of HE provider. Please note that all non-UK domicile OU students, those who study at postgraduate research level, and students returned in the Aggregate Offshore record, are registered to the OU administrative centre in England.

2012/13

Mergers

  • 0091 Swansea Metropolitan University merged with 0176 University of Wales Trinity Saint David, retaining the name 0176 University of Wales Trinity Saint David.
  • 0147 The School of Pharmacy merged with 0149 University College London, retaining the name 0149 University College London.

Changes

  • 0007 Bishop Grosseteste University College Lincoln changed to Bishop Grosseteste University.
  • 0014 University College Plymouth St Mark and St John changed to University of St Mark and St John.
  • 0017 University College Falmouth changed to Falmouth University.
  • 0018 Harper Adams University College changed to Harper Adams University.
  • 0028 Newman University College changed to Newman University.
  • 0040 Leeds Trinity University College changed to Leeds Trinity University.
  • 0139 Queen Mary and Westfield College changed to Queen Mary University of London.
  • 0190 Norwich University College of the Arts changed to Norwich University of the Arts.
  • 0195 Royal Agricultural College changed to Royal Agricultural University.
  • 0197 The Arts University College at Bournemouth changed to The Arts University Bournemouth.
  • 0061 The University of Huddersfield’s Oldham campus (including the majority of its students), were transferred to Oldham College in 2012/13. This college does not return data to us.
  • 2011/12

  • Mergers

0167 The University of Edinburgh merged with 0096 Edinburgh College of Art, retaining the name 0167 The University of Edinburgh.

Changes

  • 0175 Scottish Agricultural College changed its name to SRUC.
  • 0207 Leeds College of Music has left the HE sector.

New providers

0211 Leeds College of Art has joined the HE sector.

2010/11

Mergers

0176 The University of Wales, Lampeter merged with Trinity University College (0092). This has led to a name change (see below).

Changes

  • 0079 The University of Teesside changed to Teesside University.
  • 0080 Thames Valley University changed to The University of West London.
  • 0089 University of Wales Institute, Cardiff changed to Cardiff Metropolitan University.
  • 0101 The Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama changed to Royal Conservatoire of Scotland.
  • 0196 UHI Millennium Institute changed to University of the Highlands and Islands.
  • 0176 Due to University of Wales, Lampeter merging with 0092 Trinity University College, University of Wales, Lampeter changed to The University of Wales Trinity Saint David.   

2009/10

Name change

0030 Ravensbourne College of Design and Communication changed to Ravensbourne.

2008/09

Mergers

0015 Dartington College of Arts merged with 0017 University College Falmouth in 2007/08, but continued to make separate returns for that collection year. A single return has been made in 2008/09.

Changes

  • 0092 Trinity College, Carmarthen changed to Trinity University College.
  • 0107 Napier University changed to Edinburgh Napier University.
  • 0197 The Arts Institute at Bournemouth changed to The Arts University College at Bournemouth.
  • 0041 Trinity Laban changed to Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance.
  • 0040 Leeds Trinity and All Saints changed to Leeds Trinity University College.

2007/08

Mergers

  • 0192 Cumbria Institute of the Arts and the Carlisle campus and Penrith campus of 0053 The University of Central Lancashire merged with 0038 St Martin's College.
  • 0006 The Royal College of Nursing transferred provision of its HE distance learning programmes to 0001 The Open University.
  • 0182 Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama merged with 0090 University of Glamorgan.
  • 0198 Bell College merged with 0105 The University of Paisley.
  • 0015 Dartington College of Arts merged with 0017 University College Falmouth. However, both providers continued to make separate returns for the HESA 2007/08 reporting period.

Changes

  • 0200 Birmingham College of Food, Tourism and Creative Studies changed to University College Birmingham.
  • 0206 The University College for the Creative Arts at Canterbury, Epsom, Farnham, Maidstone, Rochester changed to University for the Creative Arts.
  • 0038 St Martin's College changed to University of Cumbria.
  • 0028 Newman College of Higher Education changed to Newman University College.
  • 0190 Norwich School of Art and Design changed to Norwich University College of the Arts.
  • 0087 The North-East Wales Institute of Higher Education changed to Glyndŵr University.
  • 0091 Swansea Institute of Higher Education changed to Swansea Metropolitan University.
  • 0105 The University of Paisley changed to The University of the West of Scotland.

New providers

0210 University Campus Suffolk joined the HE sector as an independent provider.

2006/07

Mergers

  • 0068 De Montfort University's Bedford campus merged with 0026 University of Bedfordshire.
  • 0084 Wimbledon School of Art merged with 0024 University of the Arts London.

Changes

  • 0007 Bishop Grosseteste College changed to Bishop Grosseteste University College Lincoln.
  • 0052 University of Central England in Birmingham changed to Birmingham City University.
  • 0009 Buckinghamshire Chilterns University College changed to Buckinghamshire New University.
  • 0014 College of St Mark and St John changed to University College Plymouth St Mark and St John.
  • 0039 St Mary's College changed to St Mary's University College, Twickenham.
  • 0100 Queen Margaret University College, Edinburgh changed to Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh.
  • 0040 Trinity and All Saints College changed to Leeds Trinity and All Saints.
  • 0180 University of Wales, Swansea changed to Swansea University.
  • 0177 University of Wales, Aberystwyth changed to Aberystwyth University.
  • 0178 University of Wales, Bangor changed to Bangor University.

New providers

  • 0208 Guildhall School of Music and Drama joined the higher education sector.
  • 0132 Imperial College of Science, Technology and Medicine has withdrawn from the University of London and is an independent University in its own right.
  • 0209 The Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts, previously part of Liverpool John Moores University, joined the higher education sector as an independent HE provider in its own right.

2005/06

Mergers

  • Merthyr Tydfil College of Further Education merged with 0090 The University of Glamorgan.
  • 0019 Homerton College merged with 0047 Anglia Ruskin University.
  • 0020 Kent Institute of Art and Design merged with 0044 The Surrey Institute of Art and Design University College to become 0206 The University College for the Creative Arts at Canterbury, Epsom, Farnham, Maidstone, Rochester.

Changes

  • 0016 Edge Hill College of Higher Education changed to Edge Hill University.
  • 0026 University of Luton changed to University of Bedfordshire.
  • 0013 York St John College changed to York St John University.

New providers

  • 0207 Leeds College of Music joined the higher education sector.
  • 0203 University of Buckingham began returning Staff and Finance data to us.

2004/05

Mergers

  • Trinity College of Music merged with Laban to become Trinity Laban.
  • 0153 The Victoria Manchester University and 0165 UMIST merged to form 0204 The University of Manchester.
  • 0181 University of Wales College of Medicine merged with 0179 Cardiff University.
  • 0069 The University of Northumbria at Newcastle merged its Carlisle campus into 0053 The University of Central Lancashire.

Changes

  • 0047 Anglia Polytechnic University changed to Anglia Ruskin University.
  • 0048 Bath Spa University College changed to Bath Spa University.
  • 0049 Bolton Institute of HE changed to The University of Bolton.
  • 0012 Canterbury Christ Church College changed to Canterbury Christ Church University.
  • 0011 University College Chester changed to University of Chester.
  • 0082 University College Chichester changed to University of Chichester.
  • 0017 Falmouth School of Art and Design changed to University College Falmouth.
  • 0023 Liverpool Hope University College changed to Liverpool Hope University.
  • 0027 University College Northampton changed to The University of Northampton.
  • 0037 Southampton Institute changed to Southampton Solent University.
  • 0021 University College Winchester changed to The University of Winchester.
  • 0046 University College Worcester changed to University of Worcester.

New providers

  • 0203 University of Buckingham began returning Student and Destinations of Leavers data to us.

2003/04

Mergers

0191 The Northern School of Contemporary Dance became a full affiliate member of 0199 the Conservatoire for Dance and Drama and is not shown separately.

Changes

  • 0024 The London Institute changed to University of the Arts, London.
  • 0086 University of Wales College, Newport changed to The University of Wales, Newport.
  • 0031 University of Surrey Roehampton changed to Roehampton University.
  • 0021 King Alfred's College Winchester changed to University College Winchester.
  • 0011 Chester College of HE changed to University College Chester.

2002/03

Mergers

0055 London Guildhall University and 0070 The University of North London have merged to form 0202 London Metropolitan University.

Changes

  • 0122 The University of Kent at Canterbury changed to The University of Kent.
  • 0023 Liverpool Hope changed to Liverpool Hope University College.
  • 0006 Institute of Advanced Nursing changed to The Royal College of Nursing.

New providers

0201 Courtauld Institute of Art is now shown separately. It was previously included in the figures for the 0151 University of London (Institutes and activities) but is still an associated institute of the university.

2001/02

Mergers

  • 0008 Bretton Hall College of HE merged with 0124 The University of Leeds.
  • 0099 Northern College of Education merged its Aberdeen campus with 0170 The University of Aberdeen and Dundee campus with 0172 The University of Dundee.
  • 0019 Homerton College only returns data for students from the School of Health Studies. All other students are now included in the figures for 0114 The University of Cambridge.

Changes

  • 0076 South Bank University changed to London South Bank University.
  • 0182 Welsh College of Music and Drama changed to Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama.

New providers

  • 0195 Royal Agricultural College joined the higher education sector.
  • 0196 UHI Millennium Institute joined the higher education sector.
  • 0197 The Arts Institute at Bournemouth joined the higher education sector.
  • 0198 Bell College joined the higher education sector.
  • 0199 Conservatoire for Dance and Drama joined the higher education sector.

2000/01

Mergers

  • 0004 The College of Guidance Studies merged with 0012 Canterbury Christ Church College.
  • 0029 North Riding College Higher Education Corporation merged with 0120 University of Hull.
  • 0042 Westminster College merged with 0072 Oxford Brookes.
  • 0150 Wye College merged with 0132 Imperial College of Science, Technology & Medicine.

Changes

  • 0054 Cheltenham and Gloucester College of HE changed to University of Gloucestershire.
  • 0013 The College of Ripon and York St John changed to York St John College.
  • 0192 Cumbria College of Art and Design, Carlisle changed to Cumbria Institute of the Arts.
  • 0062 The University of Lincolnshire and Humberside changed to The University of Lincoln.

New providers

0188 The Institute of Cancer Research is now shown separately. It was previously included in the figures for 0151 the University of London (Institutes and activities) but remains an associated institute of the university.

1999/2000

Mergers

  • 0102 St Andrew's College of Education merged with 0168 The University of Glasgow.
  • 0187 Westhill College merged with 0110 The University of Birmingham.
  • The School of Slavonic & East European Studies, affiliated with 0151 University of London (Institutes and activities) merged with 0149 University College London.

New providers

  • 0193 Stranmillis University College (previously included in the figures for 0184 The Queen's University of Belfast).
  • 0194 St. Mary's University College (previously included in the figures for 0184 The Queen's University of Belfast).

1998/99

Mergers

  • 0148 United Medical and Dental Schools of Guy's and St Thomas's Hospitals has merged with 0134 King's College London.
  • 0024 Loughborough College of Art and Design has merged with 0152 Loughborough University.
  • 0098 Moray House Institute of Education has merged with 0167 The University of Edinburgh.
  • 0103 The Scottish College of Textiles merged with 0171 Heriot-Watt University.
  • 0140 Royal Free Hospital School of Medicine merged with 0149 University College London.

Changes

  • 0031 Roehampton Institute changed its name to University of Surrey, Roehampton.
  • 0179 University of Wales, Cardiff changed its name to Cardiff University.

1997/98

Mergers

  • 0142 Royal Postgraduate Medical School and 0129 Charing Cross & Westminster Medical School merged with 0132 Imperial College of Science, Technology & Medicine.
  • 2001 Institute of Psychiatry merged with 0134 King's College London.
  • 0022 La Sainte Union College of HE has merged with 0160 The University of Southampton.

Changes

  • 0048 Bath College of HE changed its name to Bath Spa University College.
  • 0027 Nene College changed its name to University College Northampton.
  • 0012 Canterbury Christ Church College changed its name to Canterbury Christ Church University College.
  • 0018 Harper Adams Agricultural College changed its name to Harper Adams University College.
  • 0046 Worcester College of HE changed its name to University College Worcester.
  • 0044 Surrey Institute of Art and Design changed its name to The Surrey Institute of Art and Design, University College.
  • 0009 Buckinghamshire College of HE changed its name to Buckinghamshire Chilterns University College.

New providers

0192 Cumbria College of Art and Design, Carlisle joined the higher education sector.

1996/97

Mergers

  • 0088 Coleg Normal has merged with 0178 University College of North Wales, Bangor.
  • 0045 Winchester School of Art has merged with 0160 The University of Southampton.
  • 0036 Salford College of Technology has merged with 0158 The University of Salford.

Changes

  • 0108 The University of Aston in Birmingham changed its name to Aston University.
  • 0178 University College of North Wales, Bangor changed its name to University of Wales, Bangor.
  • 0151 London University - Senate institutes are now known as University of London (Institutes and activities).
  • 0023 Liverpool Institute of Higher Education changed its name to Liverpool Hope.

1995/96

Mergers

  • 0128 The British Postgraduate Medical Federation merged into 0132 Imperial College of Science, Technology & Medicine, 0134 King's College London, 0149 University College London, and 0151 London University - Senate institutes.
  • 0144 St. Bartholomew's Hospital Medical College, 0136 The London Hospital Medical College and 0139 Queen Mary and Westfield College merged and are now known as 0139 Queen Mary and Westfield College.
  • 0061 The University of Huddersfield and 0120 The University of Hull both merged with Colleges of Nursing.
  • 0043 West London Institute of Higher Education merged with 0113 Brunel University.

Changes

  • 0089 Cardiff Institute of Higher Education has changed to University of Wales Institute, Cardiff.
  • 0086 Gwent College of HE has changed to University of Wales College, Newport.
  • 0179 University of Wales, College of Cardiff has changed its name to University of Wales, Cardiff.
  • 0177 The University College of Wales, Aberystwyth changed its name to University of Wales, Aberystwyth.
  • 0152 Loughborough University of Technology changed its name to Loughborough University.
  • 0180 University College of Swansea changed its name to University of Wales, Swansea.
  • 0176 St David's University College changed its name to The University of Wales, Lampeter.
  • 0062 The University of Humberside changed its name to The University of Lincolnshire and Humberside.
  • 0032 Rose Bruford College Speech and Drama changed its name to Rose Bruford College.

New providers

  • 0191 Northern School of Contemporary Dance.
  • 0190 Norwich School of Art and Design.

1994/95

Mergers

  • 0183 The Welsh Agricultural College merged with the University College of Wales, Aberystwyth.
  • 0094 Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art merged with The University of Dundee.

Changes

  • 0095 Dundee Institute of Technology changed its name to University of Abertay Dundee.
  • 0082 West Sussex Institute of Higher Education changed its name to Chichester Institute of Higher Education.
  • 0017 Falmouth School of Art and Design changed its name to Falmouth College of Arts.
  • 0044 West Surrey College of Art and Design changed its name to Surrey Institute of Art and Design.