In 1984 the lease on the South Villa Estate in Regent’s Park was taken by the Illinois-based liberal arts college Rockford College, as the campus for the newly established Regent’s College, a higher education college intended to primarily provide American students with a study abroad programme.
In 1985, Regent’s College acquired the former campus of the University of London’s Bedford College in Regent’s Park. The site was leased by Bedford College in 1908, and a new set of buildings designed by the architect Basil Champneys was opened by Queen Mary in 1913. The buildings were modified and added to over the years, especially after bomb damage during the Second World War. Bedford College merged with Royal Holloway College (another college of the University of London) in 1985 and moved to Royal Holloway’s campus at Egham in Surrey, vacating the premises in Regent’s Park. Regent’s College gradually expanded and the European Business School London moved to the College campus in 1987.
In July 2012 it was announced that Regent’s College had been awarded taught degree-awarding powers (TDAP) from 1 September 2012 Institutions that have degree-awarding powers in the UK are known as “recognized bodies” of which there are over 150. In February 2013 Regent’s College agreed to acquire American InterContinental University London from Career Education Corporation. In March 2013 the UK’s Department for Business Innovation and Skills announced that Regent’s College had met the criteria to become a university.
- European Business School London
- Regent’s American College London
- Regent’s Business School London
- Regent’s Institute of Languages & Culture
- Regent’s School of Psychotherapy & Psychology
- Regent’s School of Drama, Film & Media
- Regent’s School of Fashion & Design
The libraries at Regent’s support teaching and learning
Park Campus Library
The library at Park Campus offers a range of space for study. The Tate library reading room, an open study area on the ground floor and a first floor are flexible study spaces. Bookable study rooms let students work together on projects and presentations. There are PCs and networked full-colour printer-copiers for producing works. A resource room with adjustable working space and a computer fitted with assistive software is available for students needing greater accessibility.
Marylebone Campus Library
The library based at Marylebone Campus offers a large space for study over two floors. The Library has both PCs and Macs available to use, all with access to the full Adobe Creative Suite. The Library also has a dedicated PC with AutoCAD, and scanning and full-colour printing and photocopying facilities.
Regent’s University London currently has around 3,500 full-time students.
The Regent’s University Student Union organises a range of clubs and societies, including Film Production, Finance and Investment, Model United Nations and Scandinavian. The Union also organises the Students in Free Enterprise initiative.
Sports facilities at the Regent’s University London campus include a gym and fitness studio and basketball, tennis and volleyball courts. In 2014, the Gym on campus was closed down, students now use off campus gyms for student fee