British Institute in Paris, University of London
University description (as per official university website)
The mission of the University of London Institute in Paris (ULIP) is to promote the study of the culture, language and literature of Paris and France.
The Institute was incorporated into the University of London in 1969 and sits alongside the School of Advanced Study as a Central Institute of the University. It is currently repositioning itself as a centre for international level research, undergraduate and postgraduate teaching in French Studies. In this regard it is working closely with Royal Holloway and Queen Mary, University of London who are members of a Consortium established with the Central University in 2004 in order to create mutual benefit in a number of areas of academic and support activity.
ULIP Admissions Policy
The University of London Institute in Paris is committed to operating an admissions process which is demonstrably fair, transparent, professional and underpinned by appropriate and robust institutional structures. Admission decisions are based on merit, irrespective of social background.
In support of fair admissions, the Institute strives to:
• ensure that admissions decisions are based on an applicant’s achievements and potential;
• embed fair admissions processes both centrally and across the range of academic programmes to ensure equality of educational opportunity regardless of the social background of applicants;
• promote admissions processes that enable the fair and equitable treatment of each individual applicant without either direct or indirect discrimination;
• give full consideration to applications;
• guarantee that admissions decisions are consistent and that each stage of the admissions process is carried out with honesty and integrity by appropriate staff with relevant and up-to-date knowledge and expertise;
• create parity of esteem between GCE A-level and other pre-HE qualification routes and fully recognise a wide range of international, access-based, and vocationally-related qualifications, and other indicators of potential;
• ensure the effective operation of the admissions process;
• make explicit the criteria by which admissions decisions are made;
• encourage and support applicants from diverse backgrounds by minimising procedural and financial obstacles to entry;
• clearly document admissions decisions.
The following points are intended to define the responsibilities and criteria which apply to admission to programmes of study at ULIP:
• Responsibility for all decisions on admissions to all programmes of study at the Institute lies with the Dean.
• All applications for admissions must be submitted on the appropriate application form, providing any specified supporting materials.
• Decisions are based on the principles of holistic assessment within the framework of an applicant-centred evidence-based system of evaluation, as outlined in the document Fair Admissions to Higher Education: Recommendations for good practice (“Schwartz Report”) – see
http://www.admissions-review.org.uk/downloads/finalreport.pdf. The principles of the report are summarised in the section below entitled Fair Admissions.
• Decisions on admissions are based on the following kinds of evidence: qualifications; prior learning; prior experience; personal statement; references; contextual factors including the candidate’s range of learning opportunities and circumstances; additional testing or assessments; interviews; participation in structured sessions or events.
• The kinds of evidence required for a particular programme may vary from time to time, but are formally determined for each programme by the Head of Department.
• Where additional testing, assessment, interviews, other structured sessions or events are employed, written documentation and/or records of the candidate’s attendance, performance and participation must be kept.
• Staff conducting the evaluation of applications materials and/or involved in additional assessment activities must be appropriately qualified to exercise judgement on the candidate’s suitability for admission and must have been appropriately trained.
Equal Opportunities Statement
The University of London was established to provide education on the basis of merit above and without regard to race, creed or political belief and was the first university in the United Kingdom to admit women to its degrees.
The University of London Institute in Paris (hereafter "the Institute") is proud to continue this tradition, and commit itself to equality of opportunity in employment, admissions and in its teaching, learning and research activities.
The Institute is committed to ensure that:
All staff, students, applicants for employment or study, visitors and other persons in contact with the Institute are treated fairly and have equality of opportunity, without regard to race, nationality, ethnic origin, gender, age, marital or parental status, dependents, disability, sexual orientation, religion, political belief or social origins.
Both existing staff and students, as well as applicants for employment or admission, are treated fairly and individuals are judged solely on merit and by reference to their skills, abilities, qualifications, aptitude and potential.
Teaching, learning and research are free from all forms of discrimination and continually provide equality of ooportunity.
It creates a positive, inclusive atmosphere, based on respect for diversity within the Institute conforming to all provisions as laid out in legislation promoting equality of opportunity.