A controversial private university hopes the imminent Higher Education White Paper will clear the way for £6,000 of student loan funding backed by the government, Scrapbook has learned. New College of the Humanities, founded by philosopher AC Grayling, is also in talks to use facilities and courses developed at taxpayers’ expense.
In revelations which will prompt accusations that NCH shareholders are piggybacking on public infrastructure, the college, which cannot award its own degrees, will instead register students as “distance learners” through the University of London’s International Programme. Operating in this manner, NCH will count among its peers such illustrious institutions as:
- Lord Diplock’s Learning Center (Kenya)
- International Centre for Legal Studies (Springfield, MA)
- College of Legal Studies (Trinidad & Tobago)
NCH was accused of academic plagiarism earlier this month after similarities were highlighted between the syllabuses of the £18,000 a year, for-profit college, and the curriculum offered by the UoL, with some passages copied word for word. But university sources have told Scrapbook that senior management has been “in dialogue” with the New College for some time over plans to share not only course materials but UoL classrooms and other facilities.
Under current rules, students would only be eligible to borrow the £1,500 a year registration fee for UoL as a state student loan. The NCH is hoping today’s white paper clears the way for students to apply for up to £6,000 in state funding to pay for its celebrity tutors, some of whom will only be taking one lecture per year.
A University of London syllabus taught in University of London premises — all for an extra £9,000 per year!