New College of the Humanities Makes First Major Tranche of Offers as it Prepares for First Cohort of Students

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• More than 350 applications received with 91 offers made, including over 40 assisted places • Almost 1,500 enquiries so far about 2013 entry • Academic team grows: Professor Simon May and Professor Barbara McDonald join the College as Visiting Professors

New College of the Humanities

Not only have we been delighted with the quality and quantity of applications for our 2012 cohort of students, we’ve also received a significant number of enquiries for 2013 entry.

New College of the Humanities (NCH) announces today (20 April 2012) that it has made the first major tranche of offers to its first cohort of undergraduates for September 2012.

Out of 355 applications to date, NCH has made 91 offers to students; of these, seven are for Scholarships (no fees) and 37 are for Exhibitions (fees of £7,200 a year). The team at the College have already received 1,478 enquiries about entry for 2013.

This comes as the College announces the appointment of two further high profile academics to its faculty. Professor Simon May will be a Visiting Professor in the Philosophy faculty. Professor Barbara McDonald will be a Visiting Professor lecturing NCH undergraduates preparing for the Law LLB.

Professor AC Grayling, Master of New College of the Humanities, said: “I am pleased to welcome Simon May and Barbara McDonald to the academic staff as we make our first major tranche of offers. The excellence of our staff is reflected in the quality of students we have had applying for NCH, and in the level of interest we’ve had from both students and parents since launching last year.

“It has been a very busy time for the team at NCH, who have been visiting and speaking to many schools about the value of studying the humanities. It has been particularly rewarding to speak directly to students, to be able to help inform their choice about further study and to let them know what their life might be like if they chose to study at the College.

“We are continuing to receive applications from talented students from across the UK, and have a number of interviews with potential students scheduled for the coming month.

“Not only have we been delighted with the quality and quantity of applications for our 2012 cohort of students, we’ve also received a huge amount of enquiries for 2013 entry.”

The additions of Simon May and Barbara McDonald bring the total size of the NCH academic staff, full and part-time together, to 23. The College expects to announce further full-time appointments to its academic faculty in the near future and is on track to deliver one of the best student-staff ratios in UK higher education.

Simon May is currently a Visiting Professor at King’s College London. His interests lie in ethics, German idealism and philosophy of the emotions.

Barbara McDonald is currently Professor of Law at the University of Sydney where she teaches in the areas of Torts, Torts and Contracts, Advanced Obligations and Remedies, and Legal Reasoning & Common Law Systems. She joins Professor Ronald Dworkin QC and Professor Adrian Zuckerman in the Law faculty.

Professor McDonald said: “I am delighted to be appointed as a Visiting Professor in Law at New College of the Humanities, which will provide wonderful opportunities for a wide range of students from diverse backgrounds.

“Universities are under greater and greater pressure and they cannot, on their own, satisfy the legitimate needs and hopes of the huge number of highly talented young people in the world for high quality education. New College of the Humanities is an important step in responding to these needs.”

New College of the Humanities will admit its first undergraduates in September 2012, and will prepare students for University of London degrees in Economics, English, History, Law and Philosophy.

Of the 91 offers made so far for 2012 entry, 66% are to students at independent schools, 22% to those at state schools, 8% to applicants not coming directly from school, and 4% to mature students.

As the College reaches maturity, it is expected that almost 30% of students will have all or most of their fees paid for them through either a Scholarship or an Exhibition.

AC Grayling continued: “Scholarships and Exhibitions are integral to New College of the Humanities and our objective of widening access and building a high quality student body. It is our long-term ambition for the College to become needs-blind and to have as many of its student body as possible on financially assisted places. This is how the leading American universities do it, by building up a major endowment, and this is the model we are seeking to create here over time.”

Both Scholarship and Exhibition places are still available for the College’s first cohort, and as the admission process is independent of UCAS, applications can be made until August 2012. Applications can be made via the NCH website

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