A new college is planned to be opened in September 2012 and charge fees in amount of £18,000. The New College of the Humanities will be located in Bloomsbury, central London and will teach "gifted" undergraduates. Among 14 professors who are to teach students are Richard Dawkins, biologist and the author of The God Delusion
, and historian Sir David Cannadine who is currently a professor at Princeton University in the United States.
The private college is said to rival Oxford and Cambridge as it will be founded by the leading academics. Students are offered to undertake eight courses. The world’s intellectuals will provide students with degrees in such five subject areas as law, economics, history, English literature and philosophy.
The institution will offer its students to take three "intellectual skills" modules in science literacy, logic and critical thinking and applied ethics. Covered successfully, students will be awarded a Diploma of New College and Custom Essay
Writer Diploma in addition to a University of London degree, which will result in a combined award of BA Hons (London) DNC.
Professor AC Grayling will be the college's first Master Professor to set up the college thanks to secured millions of pounds of funding from investors. "Our priorities at the college will be excellent teaching quality, excellent ratios of teachers to students, and a strongly supportive and responsive learning environment. Our students will be challenged to develop as skilled, informed and reflective thinkers, and will receive an education to match that aspiration."
It is claimed that a university will offer "new model of higher education for the humanities in the UK". Applicants need to have excellent command of the English language and meet University of London minimum entrance requirements.
Sally Hunt, UCU general secretary, said: "While many would love the opportunity to be taught by the likes of AC Grayling and Richard Dawkins, at £18,000 a go it seems it won't be the very brightest but those with the deepest pockets who are afforded the chance."