A lecture celebrating worldwide access
Professor Sir Paul Curran, President of City, University of London said: ‘We are delighted to host our friends from the University of London and Sir John Cass’s Foundation for this important lecture. Access to higher education has been a City priority since our foundation in Victorian times and we applaud the pioneering access work undertaken by both organisations.’
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A lecture celebrating worldwide access
On hearing the announcement, Professor Sir Adrian Smith said: “I am very pleased that someone of Peter’s stature and reputation will be the interim Vice-Chancellor. His immense knowledge of higher education and his long association with the University and its member institutions make him ideally placed to lead the University until a permanent Vice-Chancellor can take up the role.”
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Professor Kopelman’s research background is in diabetes and obesity and he remains Emeritus Professor of Medicine at St George’s as well as Adjunct Professor of Medicine at Thomas Jefferson University Philadelphia. He also continues to play a prominent role in the NHS and higher education health policy and training, chairing national committees and the Royal Pharmaceutical Society Faculty Board.
Professor Sir Adrian Smith FRS, Vice-Chancellor of the University of London, gave the 10th Annual Sir John Cass’s Foundation Lecture, where he talked about the importance of the access agenda for both organisations.
In the lecture, Professor Sir Adrian Smith recounted the story of the creation of the University of London, which entailed breaking down barriers of access to higher education throughout its long and prestigious history.
The University of London is a federal University and is one of the oldest, largest and most diverse universities in the UK. Established by Royal Charter in 1836, the University is recognised globally as a world leader in higher education. It consists of 18 independent member institutions of outstanding reputation, together with a number of prestigious central academic bodies and activities.
Sir John Cass’s Foundation, founded in 1748 by philanthropist and businessman Sir John Cass, has been helping to educate Londoners, living in low-income and disadvantaged communities for more than 250 years.
London, 8 June 2018 – Professor Peter Kopelman has been appointed as interim Vice-Chancellor of the University of London following Professor Sir Adrian Smith’s departure in August to lead The Alan Turing Institute.
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Richard Foley, Chief Executive of Sir John Cass’s Foundation said: ‘The Foundation is extremely proud of the annual lecture series and would like to take this opportunity to thank all ten speakers who have delivered such stimulating talks. The lectures are an important platform for debate and discussion of issues within education. The tenth lecture was a great success that highlighted the important work that the University of London has done with
Professor Peter Kopelman said: "It is a privilege to be appointed interim Vice-Chancellor of the University of London. I am conscious of the considerable contribution Professor Sir Adrian Smith has made to the University, and the importance of continuing the momentum and the close partnership with the University's member institutions. I look forward to returning to the University."
The lecture was held at the prestigious Cass Business School. It focused on the University of London’s tradition of outreach and global engagement, and celebrated the University of London’s newly formed partnership with Sir John Cass’s Foundation, which will benefit young Londoners through a scholarship for those seeking access to higher education.
As the former Principal of St George’s, University of London, Professor Kopelman has been a longstanding supporter of the University for many years, participating in Collegiate Council and chairing numerous committees and reviews. He was also a University Trustee and received an honorary degree from the University in 2016. Most recently Peter has been advising the University on development of distance learning programmes to support health professionals.
regards to widening access through distance learning. The University of London and Sir John Cass’s Foundation Distance Learning Scholarship programme is an exciting new venture that will see more people from a variety of backgrounds enabled to access higher education.’
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Sir Richard Dearlove, chair of the Board of Trustees, commented: “I look very much forward to working with Peter during the interim. His appointment is a strong statement for continuity.”
He said that the University of London: ‘… has never wavered from the mission of changing lives through expanding access to world-class higher education, and through being on the side of inclusion rather than exclusion.’
University of London appoints interim Vice-Chancellor
Professor Sir Adrian Smith finished his lecture by saying: ‘Let me thank Sir John Cass’s Foundation for all the wonderful things that it does to support educational achievement for disadvantaged young people in the East End of London – and, in particular, for being partners in the latest chapter in our long history of outreach work at the University of London.’
Its latest partnership with the University of London has resulted in the creation of a new scholarship scheme for distance and flexible learning, aimed at Londoners under 25 years of age who would otherwise be unable to enter higher education. The 18 scholarships will be delivered over three years through the University of London International Programmes. A further 300 students will also have their application fees reimbursed, as this can prove to be a barrier for some prospective students.