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LIDC congratulates Institute of Education and UCL on merger

The Institute of Education (IOE) and University College London (UCL) merged on 2 December 2014. The merger creates a new institution with over 35,000 students, thus making UCL the biggest university in London, and the largest postgraduate institution in the UK. 

The IOE will join UCL as a single Faculty School - the UCL Institute of Education. While the merger comes into force on 2 December, the process of change will continue throughout 2014/15. 

IOE will continue to be a constituent college of LIDC and all current members from IOE – staff, students and alumni – will retain their membership in LIDC. LIDC will also continue to welcome new members from IOE and all projects will continue as before. 

‘The merger will open new opportunities for interdisciplinary collaborations in international development’, said Prof. Alison Fuller, Pro-Director for Research and Development at the IOE, who represents the Institute in the LIDC Management Group. 

‘We are looking forward to continuing our fruitful work with the IOE and we welcome its new status as part of UCL, with whom we have also been collaborating over many years’, added Prof. Jeff Waage, Director of LIDC. 

The IOE is one of LIDC’s founding members and have been actively contributing to the Centre’s inter-collegiate work since 2008. It is represented in LIDC’s governance structures as part of the LIDC Management Group and the Strategy Group, and has a strong representation among LIDC student, staff and alumni membership. Among others, the Institute is active in LIDC Working Groups on Impact Evaluation; on Higher Education; and on Humanitarian Crises. This autumn the IOE helped launch and run LIDC’s first ever short course in Evaluation for Development Programmes

LIDC and its constituent colleges have a long history of collaboration with UCL. Among other successful initiatives, LIDC, the IOE, Royal Veterinary College and UCL collaborated on the Students as Global Citizens project that sought to explore international development learning in the curricula of medical, pharmacy and veterinary students. Currently UCL and LIDC are collaborating on the project ‘Thinking Beyond Sectors for Sustainable Development’ that brings together cross-college teams to explore interactions between different areas of post-Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) goal setting.

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