BPP University

BPP University
Former names
BPP University College of Professional Studies (2010)
BPP College of Professional Studies (2005)
BPP Law School (1992)
Motto University for the Professions
Type Private
Established 1992
Parent institution
BPP Holdings
Chancellor Lord Chris Holmes
Vice-Chancellor Professor Tim Stewart
Students 16,000
Location Abingdon, Birmingham, Bristol, Cambridge, Leeds, Liverpool, London and Manchester, United Kingdom
Website bpp.com/bpp-university

BPP University is a private university specialising in law, business, finance, accountancy, banking, chiropractic, dentistry, nursing, psychology and healthcare. BPP University has sites in several UK city centre locations, particularly in London. Since 2009 it has been owned and run by BPP Holdings, part of the US-based for-profit education company Apollo Group. The Apollo Group was taken over by a private equity consortium in February 2017, triggering a review of BPP University's university status and degree awarding powers.[1]

The university is a UK degree-awarding body with four schools: BPP University Business School, BPP University Law School, BPP University School of Health[2] and BPP University School of Foundation and English Language Studies.

The university was awarded the 2010 Education Investor award for "Post-16 Education Provider of the Year" and Education Investor magazine's "Higher/Professional Education Provider of the Year 2013" award in November.[3]

BPP University Law School has been chosen as the provider for the LPC by a number of leading law firms, including, among others, Allen & Overy, Baker & McKenzie, Clifford Chance, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, Herbert Smith Freehills, Hogan Lovells, Latham & Watkins, Mayer Brown, and Slaughter and May.[4]


BPP was founded by Alan Brierley, Richard Price and Charles Prior in 1976 as Brierley Price Prior to provide exam training to accountancy students.[5] In 1992 BPP Law School was founded and in 2005 joined forces with the newly formed BPP Business School under the name BPP College.[5] BPP University was founded by Carl Lygo (who would become the founding Vice-Chancellor), Amanda Blackmore (the first Deputy Vice-Chancellor), Peter Crisp (Dean of the Law School) and Chris Maguire (Dean of Academic Affairs).

In 2007 BPP College obtained degree-awarding powers,[6] the first publicly owned private company in the UK to do so, based on examination by the Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education (QAA). In June 2009 BPP Holdings, the holding company that owned the college, was bought for £303.5M by Apollo Global.[7] In July 2010, BPP College was granted university college status and the name became BPP University College.[8]

In August 2013 BPP University College was awarded university status and changed its name to BPP University.[9] On 29 August 2015, BPP University partnered up with Roots IVY University College, a for-profit Pakistan education group, to provide undergraduate BPP law degrees to students enrolled at Roots campus in Pakistan.[10]

In February 2017, BPP University's American owners, the Apollo Education Group, were taken over by a consortium of private equity investors. Lygo left as Vice-Chancellor in March 2017.[11]


BPP University has study centres in Abingdon, Birmingham, Bristol, Cambridge, Leeds, Liverpool, London and Manchester.[12]

Organisation and administration

BPP University is one of nine private degree awarding bodies in the UK. It receives direct funding from tuition fees at the level of its choice.[8] In 2011, BPP set its fees for 2012 undergraduate courses at £5,000.[13]

Academic programmes

The university offers degree programmes in law,[14] business (management, marketing, human resources, entrepreneurship, leadership) accounting, finance, psychology and health studies. In 2011, it had 6,780 students taking courses in its Business School, Law School, School of Health and School of Foundation & English Language Studies. A further 30,000 took accountancy qualifications with BPP's professional training organisation BPP Professional Education. The university also manages and operates McTimoney College of Chiropractic[15] and through that partnership offers four-year master's degrees in Chiropractic.[8]

Other programmes

"Pathway programmes" are non-degree programmes.[16]

The university also provides a number of Professional Education courses, leading to exams taken with professional bodies such as the Chartered Institute of Marketering (CIM).[17]


  1. John Morgan (8 March 2017). "UK government to review BPP University status after owner's sale". Times Higher Education.
  2. "Private university expands into health sector". BBC News. 4 July 2012.
  3. http://www.educationinvestor.co.uk/awards/awardsWinners2013.aspx
  4. http://www.bpp.com/postgraduate-course-details/d/postgraduate/MALPCBus1/6743
  5. 1 2 "BPP FAQs: A little bit of history". BPP Website. Archived from the original on 4 December 2010. Retrieved 15 May 2011.
  6. Marcus Leroux (25 September 2007). "FTSE company wins right to give degrees". The Times. Retrieved 15 May 2011.
  7. "BPP sold to Apollo for £303.5m". The Daily Telegraph. 8 June 2009.
  8. 1 2 3 Sean Coughlan (25 July 2010). "First private university in decades to be created". BBC News. Archived from the original on 20 May 2011. Retrieved 15 May 2011.
  9. "For-profit college gains full university status". BBC News. 8 August 2013.
  10. "UK law school forges partnership with Roots Ivy University College". The News International. Retrieved 28 May 2016.
  11. http://www.legalcheek.com/2017/03/bpp-university-chief-exits-after-20-years-at-legal-education-giant/amp/
  12. "About BPP University". Retrieved 16 July 2015.
  13. "Private university's £5,000 tuition fees". BBC News. 6 September 2011.
  14. Melanie Newman, "For-profit college to offer two-year law degree," 17 January 2008, The Times Higher Education, found at The Times Higher Education website. Retrieved 4 March 2009.
  15. "Undergraduate Programmes". Retrieved 16 July 2015.
  16. "Foundation Degrees & Certificates – BPP University". Retrieved 16 July 2015.
  17. "Postgraduate Marketing Programmes – BPP University". Retrieved 16 July 2015.

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