ULaw puts business school on hold as it seeks more students

The University of Law has backtracked on its plan to launch a business school this academic year, saying that it had not yet recruited “a viable mix of students, with the correct level of attainment.”

As revealed by Lawyer 2B at the time, the university only announced its plan to launch the school, named De Broc, in July. It did not disclose how many students it was validated to recruit but instead stated that because its launch did not coincide with standard UCAS procedures, its first intake would be smaller than the following, for which it would recruit normally, via the UCAS application system.

Provost Andrea Nollent said at the time: “We are confident that students will be attracted to us even at this late stage and we will build on numbers next year.”

The school would have run undergraduate degrees in in business and management, business and finance and business and marketing. All the programmes would have shared a common first year, after which students will choose the modules to compete their overall degree.

De Broc was intended to replace ULaw’s partnership with the management school at the University of Liverpool, which offered jointly awarded degrees in law with either business or accountancy. This partnership, which was the first between a private institution and a Russell Group university, has now been discontinued.

A ULaw spokesperson said: “As part of ULaw’s unequivocal commitment to uphold the very highest standards of academic quality and student experience, the first cohort for De Broc will run when a viable mix of students, with the correct level of attainment, has been achieved.”

The addition of De Broc to the ULaw portfolio placed it alongside rival BPP University, which has run a successful business school for a number of years.

The university has been through a turbulent time of late: in addition to delaying the start of its law school, its chief executive departed after less than two years in the job. Two months previously the university announced that it was being sold by its private equity owner, Montagu Private Equity, to Global University Systems just three years after Montagu purchased the former charity for around £200m.