Authorized Form of NameUniversity of London; 1836-
Corporate NameUniversity of London
DatesAndPlacesThe University of London was granted its first charter in 1836 and is the third oldest university in England. The two founding Colleges of the University, UCL (founded 1827) and King’s College London (founded 1829), both predate the University, as do many other of the University’s constituent institutions. For example, St Bartholomew’s Hospital Medical School (now part of Queen Mary) and St Thomas’ Hospital Medical School (now part of King’s College London) both have twelfth-century origins. The University of London was initially established to act as an examining body for its Colleges and other ‘approved institutions’. It was formally granted permission to do so by King William IV in 1836 and the University acted solely in this capacity until 1858.
As the University expanded, the requirement for larger central administration offices became evident. In the 1920s, a large parcel of land in Bloomsbury – part of the Duke of Bedford’s estate – was identified, centrally-located and adjacent to the British Museum. The architect Charles Holden was appointed in February 1931 and construction work began in 1932. On 26 June 1933, King George V laid the foundation stone and in 1937 the building was completed. Senate House is today acknowledged to be a building of architectural significance and is Grade II* listed.
InternalStructuresThe University of London is a federation of 20 self-governing Colleges, and 12 Institutes.
These are Birkbeck College, the Central School of Speech and Drama, the Courtauld Institute of Art, Goldsmiths College, Heythrop College, Imperial College London, The Institute of Cancer Research, Institute of Education, King’s College London, London Business School, London School of Economics and Political Science [L.S.E.], London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, Queen Mary's, Royal Academy of Music, Royal Holloway, The Royal Veterinary College, St George’s, The School of Oriental and African Studies [S.O.A.S.], The School of Pharmacy, University College London, and the Institute of Advanced Legal Studies, the Institute of Classical Studies, the Institute of Commonwealth Studies, the Institute of English Studies, the Institute of Germanic & Romance Studies, the Institute of Historical Research, the Institute of Musical Research, the Institute of Philosophy, the Institute for the Study of the Americas, the Warburg Institute and the University of London Institute in Paris and the University Marine Biological Station, Millport.

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