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An important announcement from Professor A C Grayling

NCH London | August 16, 2021

Dear Students,

I am delighted to tell you that New College of the Humanities is entering into a global strategic partnership with Northeastern University (Northeastern), an excellent Boston-based research university with regional campuses across North America. Northeastern is widely viewed as the world’s leader in experiential learning and, in recent years, has gained significant international prestige.

Following a year of extensive discussions, the partnership will see our College participate in Northeastern’s global network, subject to regulatory approvals. The College will continue to be known as ‘New College of the Humanities (NCH)’, and its formal name will be ‘New College of the Humanities at Northeastern’.

Being a partner in Northeastern’s network will provide the College with wide-ranging support from an experienced, established, and prestigious higher education institution, which will enable us to thrive, evolve and grow, while maintaining our core values. I expect the entire College community to benefit from this merging of our two institutions.

Our commitment to a rigorous humanities education including the one-to-one tutorial model remains. Northeastern’s leadership in experiential and global learning complements our approach, and together this breadth of provision expands opportunities for students at both institutions greatly. For NCH students, alumni and staff these opportunities can include:

  • Study at one of Northeastern’s network of campuses in Boston, Charlotte, Silicon Valley or Seattle in the USA, or Toronto in Canada

  • Preferred admission to graduate programmes at Northeastern for all NCH graduates achieving a first class or upper second class undergraduate degree

  • Access to Northeastern’s global network of more than 3,000 employers, which can provide experiential learning opportunities that lead to both personal and professional development

  • Inter-institutional academic research, collaboration and exchange.

You may already have met some of Northeastern’s students who joined the popular ‘ Program’ in London this September. They have lectures and seminars in subjects including Economics, Philosophy and Academic Writing led by our own NCH academics. We look forward to welcoming more of Northeastern’s students and staff in the coming months and years, as we finalise and develop our collaboration.

Best wishes,


Professor A C Grayling

Master of New College of the Humanities