Strategic Partnership for IOE and UCL
Following discussions on the potential for increased collaboration, the Institute of Education (IOE) and University College London (UCL) are to sign a Memorandum of Understanding to enter into a formal strategic partnership.
By bringing together two world class research institutions, the new partnership will enable innovative developments in such areas as longitudinal studies, educational neuroscience, and quantitative social sciences. The partnership will also seek to develop new joint courses and to deliver an improved student experience through combined developments in e-learning and distance learning provision.
The partnership will also bring together the IOE's expertise in teacher education and development with UCL's experience of the UCL Academy and widening participation to provide a framework for school improvement and pupil attainment in London.
The two institutions will also explore joint working in estates, information technology and procurement, as well as shared student services.
Announcing the new partnership, Professor Chris Husbands, Director of the IOE, said: "The IOE and UCL are natural partners in terms of their academic expertise, location, global reach and future aspirations. There has been enthusiastic support for this initiative from staff in both institutions and the partnership agreement will enable us to take forward these exciting plans in a more structured way."
UCL Provost Professor Malcolm Grant commented:
"The extremely fruitful discussions between our two institutions over the past few months have highlighted the real opportunities for closer collaboration that a strategic partnership will bring. I believe we can make a real difference to addressing some of the major social, health and educational questions of today."