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Association of American International Colleges and Universities
Richmond, The American International University in London, is a
private non-profit, American liberal arts and business studies
university located in London, United Kingdom, and established in 1972.
It is one of nine private universities (and one of six non-profit) in
the country. The university has over 1,500 students, representing over
100 nationalities, with an average student-to-faculty ratio of sixteen
to one. 52% of its students come from the US, 23% from the UK and the
rest from across the world.
The university's degrees are accredited in the United States by the
Middle States Commission on Higher Education, and are validated in
the UK by the
Open University Validation Services (OUVS).
Richmond's Business School is an accredited Higher Education Partner
Chartered Management Institute while its psychology degree is
accredited by the
British Psychological Society giving Richmond
graduates the opportunity to gain graduate and/or chartered membership
of the society and access to the widest range of training, development
and employment opportunities.
It is one of eight members of the Independent Universities Group,
whose objective is to differentiate between their academic credentials
and the more commercial elements of the alternative sector.
3 Academic profile
4 Library Services
5.1 Richmond Hill
5.3 Richmond Soccer Academy and Italian Study Centers
6 Student life
6.1 Student Government
6.2 Clubs and Societies
7 Notable alumni
9 External links
Richmond was founded in 1972 by the social entrepreneur and politician
Sir Cyril Taylor, chairman of the American Institute For Foreign Study
(AIFS), as Richmond College, The American College in London. It began
teaching on the site of the former Richmond Theological College, part
of the University of
London founded in 1843 as a Methodist theological
college. AIFS had been previously using the college site for a number
of years for their
London study abroad programmes. AIFS purchased half
of the College's 10 acre site for £300,000 (equivalent to £3.82
million in 2015), including the majority of its building and front
lawns to form a new American liberal arts college. A second campus
was opened in
Kensington in 1978 for third and fourth year students as
well as the college's US Study Abroad Programme, its buildings located
on St Albans Grove and Ansdell Street.
In its early years Richmond served mainly to house study abroad
programmes to US students, however this changed in 1981 when Richmond
obtained a license to award US undergraduate degrees from the
Washington DC Board of Education and formal accreditation from the
Middle States Association of Schools and Colleges (now the Middle
States Commission on Higher Education). With this licence it
became a fully accredited independent liberal university. Following
the closure of the Washington DC Board of Education, Richmond moved
its accreditation to Delaware where it still issues degrees.
Kensington campus expansion on Young Street was
officially opened by Diana, Princess of Wales, in March 1988 and
attracted a number of high-profile students including the daughter of
Alexander Haig and members of the Tata family. The UK
Privy Council recognised Richmond's right to award degrees in 1990 and
since 1996 it has also been accreditation by the
Open University to
issue British validated degrees in addition to its US
In 1995 AIFS, which had owned Richmond up until then spun-off the
University as a non-profit educational institution. Richmond
inaugurated its first postgraduate degree in 1998 with a Master of
Business Administration (MBA) degree.
The board of trustees is responsible for the stewardship of the
university's assets, strategic decision-making and ensuring compliance
with its objectives. The board is chaired by Michael A. Hoffman,
co-founder and chairman of Palamon Capital Partners, while the
university's founder, Sir Cyril Taylor, a former chairman, serves as
chancellor in a ceremonial figurehead role. Day-to-day operational
management is delegated to the president and other senior management
employees of the executive team and the university board. The current
president of Richmond, since August 2011, has been John Annette.
In the financial year ending July 2014, Richmond had a total income of
£25.14 million (2012/13 – £22.31 million) and total expenditure of
£24.97 million(2012/13 – £22.6 million). Nearly 97% of the total
income generated was from either tuition fees or room and board at the
university's dormitory buildings, and 50% and 30.5% of total
expenditure were for operational costs and staff costs respectively.
At year end Richmond had total net assets of £9.08 million (July 2013
– £6.33 million). Cash surplus for the period was £171,691 versus
a £291,384 deficit in the previous year. The University benefits from
a £9 million endowment from The Cyril Taylor Charitable Foundation,
awarded in 2016.
The university offers both means-tested bursaries and merit awards
with varying amounts based on student geography. In 2013/14 over
£2.12 million was granted to individuals versus £1.57 million the
The current strategic plan lasts until 2017, by which time it aims to
have increased FTE student enrolment from all sources, including
undergraduate and postgraduate degree students, study abroad and
increased retention to a total of 2000 students. It also aims improve
the research profile of the university through developing a "research
strategy" for the university and to establish at least two research
centres in its two academic schools. Richmond hopes to replace its
OUVS validation in the UK taught degree awarding powers (TDAP) by 2016
on top of its existing accreditation in the US by the Middle States
Association of Colleges and Schools. In the longer term by 2020 it
hopes to open a Shanghai study centre in addition to its existing ones
in the UK and Italy.
Richmond had an average of 305 full-time equivalent staff including
141 academic staff during the year ending 5 May 2015. The faculty
members are supported by a large number of management and
administration staff in property services, student affairs, marketing
and admissions along with IT and catering.
Richmond, The American International University in
London is composed
of three specialist schools and a sports academy.
Richmond Business School
Richmond School of Communications, Arts & Social Sciences (CASS)
Richmond School of General Education & Centre of Modern Languages
Richmond International Academic Soccer Academy (RIASA)
Richmond offers a wide range of majors and minors at undergraduate
level in business, economics, political science, international
relations, media, the arts and humanities. Undergraduate fees are
currently about £9,000 for UK/EU students and between £14,500 and
£23,800 for International and US students per annum. Students may
pay their tuition in either US Dollars or British Pounds. Standard
degrees are four-years long though may be completed earlier through
either transfer credits from US Advanced Placement classes, UK
A-Levels and International Baccalaureates or through optional summer
All degrees at Richmond follow the liberal arts curriculum that
encourages students to reach across disciplines and build connections
between different academic areas. Richmond degrees offer the
flexibility to learn about what interests individual students while
still maintaining an organised structure. In their first year students
takes a variety of classes in math, writing and research, the sciences
and creative arts before specializing in their major. Despite the
specialization students will continue to take elective liberal arts
classes outside of their majors at each academic level to provide a
rounded education. Each student has a dedicated academic
advisor who guides them through course selection, declaring majors and
minors and how to get the best out of their time in the classroom
while at Richmond.
In addition it offers postgraduate degrees in business (MBA),
Journalism, International Relations, Art History, Visual Arts
Management and Public Relations & Advertising. Its MA and MBA
degrees currently last one year September to September. Postgraduate
fees currently range from about £7,000 for MA courses and £12,000
for the MBA to UK/EU students and between £12,000 and £15,000 for
International and US students.
Applications can be made either via the Common Application, directly
on-line to the University or through UCAS.For all programmes there is
a September and a January in-take every year.
Institutions that have degree-awarding powers in the UK are known as
"recognised bodies". There are also "listed bodies" which do not have
degree awarding powers but provide complete courses leading to
recognized UK degrees, validated by institutions which have
degree-awarding powers. The Department for Innovation,
Universities and Skills has Richmond University as a "listed
body". The degrees granted at Richmond are validated by the Open
University Validation Services.
Richmond is accredited by the Commission on Higher Education of the
Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools, an
institutional accrediting body recognized by the United States
Department of Education. Richmond is licensed to award Bachelor of
Arts, Bachelor of Science, Master and PhD of Arts, and the Master of
Business Administration degrees by the Department of Education in the
State of Delaware. Its awards in the United Kingdom are overseen
by the Open University, which is a recognised body.
Richmond's library facilities across both the Hill and Kensington
Campuses include over 60,000 books and DVDs, 39,000 e-journal titles
and 36,000 newspapers and newswires. There are PCs and networked
printer-copiers for producing works located in both. The purpose built
Taylor Library, named after Sir Cyril Taylor on the Richmond Hill
Campus offers a range of space for study including an open space for
group work on the ground floor and both public and private individual
study stations upstairs.
Kensington campus library located in Atlantic House offers large
open-plan public study spaces across both of its floors. In addition
to its library facilities both campuses offer extensive PC and Mac
computer Labs. The PC Labs are located in the Main Building (Hill
Campus) and Atlantic House (Kensington) while Macs are available in
Red House (Hill Campus) and Asa Briggs Hall (Kensington).
Main building, Richmond Hill campus
The university's main hub is split between two campuses, both in the
London area: the Richmond campus, located near the crest of
Richmond Hill and approximately 1.5 miles (2.4 km) from Richmond
station, and the
Kensington campus, located at a point equidistant
Kensington High Street and Cromwell Road.
The Richmond campus is the primary residence of undergraduate students
in their first two years of study and its façade is a major symbol of
the school promotional literature. The school's headquarters and
admissions department are also located here. The main building and
surrounding subsidiary buildings occupy the site of the former
Richmond College, University of London, purchased by Sir Cyril Taylor.
It features a multi-purpose sports court, spacious front lawns and a
variety of historic forest land. It sits close to one of the main
gates of Richmond Park. The campus is served by the
London Buses 371
route, which also provides ready access to the town of Kingston.
Kensington campus is a closely grouped set of buildings located
Kensington High Street and Gloucester Road, with further
buildings in Earls Court. It is where many of the upper-level
undergraduate students reside during their last two year along with
all postgraduate programmes. The campus is equipped with state of the
art facilities for media production and graphic design including a
video studio, edit suites, Macintosh computer lab and photography
studios. Asa Briggs Hall features a psychology lab with several
interview rooms for various experiments.
Kensington is the housing
location for many study abroad students at the university.
Richmond Soccer Academy and Italian Study Centers
In addition to its
London Campuses Richmond also maintains three
specialist study centres in Leeds,
Florence and Rome. The Leeds
centre, located on the campus of
Leeds Beckett University focuses on a
combination of soccer training and sports management while
Rome specializes in the study of history along with the
studio and fine arts. Richmond offers first year students studying
business, communications, politics, international relations and art
history the chance to study full-time at the
Florence Study Centre for
their Freshmen year before transferring back to the
London campuses to
complete their degree.
The RAIUL Student Government is the official Students Union of
Richmond, The American International University in
London under the
Education Act 1994. It organises a range of social activities on both
campuses throughout the year and orientation weeks. It also lobbies
senior faculty, management staff and the Board of Trustees on behalf
of students in relation to issues of welfare, discrimination and
academic appeals. The Student Government also manages the annual
student Raising and Giving (RAG) charity campaign on behalf of the
Clubs and Societies
Richmond's Student Affairs Department offer a variety of clubs and
societies for students to get involved in including Model United
Nations, Gaming, Film production, journalism, Art Appreciation,
Theatre, Finance and Investment, Cheer-leading, Debating, Fashion,
Environmentalism, History, Politics, International Affairs,
Journalism, Psychology, Community Service, Great British Bake Off and
LGBTQ+. Throughout the year the Office of Student Leadership and
Resident Life Team also organizes social events on and off campus such
as Movie Nights, Comedy Nights, theatre trips, sports competitions and
more. Students may also join the Student Union of Richmond's
Imperial College Union
Imperial College Union as associate members for
£4.50 a month. They have access to all Imperial societies and
Sports facilities at the Richmond Hill campus include a gym and
fitness studio and multi-purpose soccer, basketball, tennis and
volleyball court. The University also hires out local gymnasiums
throughout Richmond where volleyball and football (soccer) matches are
held. It is free of charge to University students. Students on the
Kensington campus may use either local private gyms or the nearby
Imperial College gym at a discounted student price. Student sports
teams currently include male and female soccer teams, a men's
basketball team and the Mixed Martial Arts society open to both.
The men's soccer team 'The Richmond Stags' competes in the British
Universities and Colleges Sport
London soccer league.
Bill Paxton (Hollywood actor and director)
Bobby Chinn (Celebrity chef)
Nazia Hassan (Singer-songwriter)
Prince Louis of Luxembourg
Prince Louis of Luxembourg (son of Henri, Grand Duke of
Princess Tessy of Luxembourg
Princess Tessy of Luxembourg (UNAIDS Ambassador)
Russ Carnahan (U.S. Congressman)
Joe Sumner (Singer-Songwriter and son of Sting)
Ajeenkya Patil (Economist and
Chairman of the D Y Patil Group)
Suzan Sabancı Dinçer
Suzan Sabancı Dinçer (Chairwomen of Akbank)
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