City, University of London and St George’s, University of London will merge in August

The new City St George’s will aim to be a ‘health powerhouse for students and researchers’

City, University of London and St George’s, University of London will merge to become one in August.

The new university will operate under a new combined name, City St George’s. 

Spread across campuses in Holborn and Tooting, the institution will be led by the current president of City, Sir Anthony Finkelstein.

City St George’s University will become one of the largest suppliers of healthcare workers in London by combining the historic medical school and the School of Health Sciences at City.

New or continuing students will join City St George’s when they enrol or re-enrol for the 2024/2025 academic year.

This follows failed plans by St George’s to merge with Royal Holloway in 2021.

On the merger, Sir Anthony said: “We will be uniquely placed to play a key role in resolving one of the greatest societal issues of the day – training and developing the workers and leaders for the NHS and healthcare professions that are so desperately needed.

“City St George’s will be the place for rethinking healthcare for the 21st century and will undertake the research to underpin that.”

St George’s FAQs on the merger claim: “We will be creating a health powerhouse for students and researchers. We believe the combination of our reputation as a world-leading specialist health university and City’s excellence in a range of disciplines including health, business, law, creativity, and communications, will propel us to new heights and offer students exciting opportunities.”

There are no plans to require students to travel between the two campuses, 8.5 miles apart and almost an hour on the northern line, although facilities and resources will be shared across the campuses and available to all students.

According to Patrick Vallance, St George’s alumnus and former Government Chief Scientific Advisor: “This latest decision to combine with City and create City St George’s will bring a broad range of allied health professions together with medicine into a single institution and provides an exciting opportunity to train the next generations of medical and health professions in an innovative way and to undertake the research needed to improve patient care.”

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