ULaw pulls plug on business school just weeks after launch

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By Jonathan Ames on

Opening of highly touted De Broc is shelved indefinitely owing to low student interest


University of Law officials have backtracked on plans to open a specialist post-graduate business school in London — at least temporarily pulling the plug a mere six weeks after announcing the launch.

Three undergraduate courses — business management, business and marketing, and business and finance — where touted as soon to be flying under the flag of the De Broc School of Business.

The courses — which were scheduled for ULaw’s branches in London Bloomsbury, Leeds and Manchester — were initially advertised as kicking off next month, but they have been shelved amid suggestions of insufficient student interest.

However, a university spokeswoman confirmed to Legal Cheek this afternoon reports first published on law firm gossip forum Roll on Friday.

As part of ULaw’s unequivocal commitment to uphold the very highest standards of academic quality and student experience,” said the spokeswoman, “the first cohort for De Broc will run when a viable mix of students, with the correct level of attainment, has been achieved.

There was no indication from the university of when De Broc anticipated that a viable number of students would be achieved and courses would begin.

Despite that statement, earlier today the De Broc website was still running the line “We’re open for clearing” on its website homepage. However, the ULaw spokeswoman said the university’s tech team would amend it soon.

The bold move to launch De Broc came about six weeks after the ULaw was sold to Netherlands-based Global University Systems for an undisclosed sum.

The De Broc name is reportedly derived from the Norman family that once lived in Guildford manor house that is now ULaw’s headquarters.


Uni of Law tight-lipped over its bid to take on business school market [Legal Cheek]