Vice-Chancellor John Raftery emails students to notify them of decision to close Aldgate & Moorgate campuses
London Metropolitan University presents students and staff with news of the closure of the Aldgate and Moorgate campuses as a fait accompli, after nugatory consultation.
I hope you have all had a smooth and welcoming start to the new academic year.
With a record number of people applying to university, these are exciting times for Higher Education in the UK. Whether you have just embarked upon your studies or are returning to us, I am immensely pleased that you decided to study at London Met.
These are exciting times for London Met, too. Over the summer the University adopted a brand new Strategic Plan which set out a clear mission for the institution, a set of values and a vision for where we want the University to be in 2020.
That plan included a review of our future shape, size and location. The review took several months and looked at a range of factors including research of your views and opinions.
I am writing to you today to announce the outcome of this review.
From September 2017, we will start to move all teaching to Holloway campus. This means that those of you in your first year, and some of you on part-time programmes, currently taught at Aldgate and Moorgate, may be taught at the new Holloway campus after September 2017.
We are investing approximately Â£125 million in creating an environment focused on improving teaching and your student experience. For the first time, all of our students will share a common experience and will be able to enjoy equal access to all of the services and opportunities the University offers.
This decision has, in part, been based on direct feedback from you. In joint research carried out with your Students’ Union, 65% of London Met students told us they would prefer the University to be based on one site.
Students have told us that they believe this will create a stronger sense of community, better networks and opportunities to get to know people outside of your course. This is exactly what we now intend to deliver.
This move is the perfect opportunity to review the courses we offer. This may mean a small number of courses are discontinued in the future, however, we are committed to ensuring you complete the course you are enrolled on with us.
Further details on this project will be developed over the next few months. We will, as ever, engage with your representatives in the Students’ Union to help establish a way forward and have a commitment to delivering the best outcome for you.
As London Met students, you are at the heart of this decision, and I very much hope you will support this project. One campus. One community.
Professor John Raftery
Professor John Raftery