University College London Act 1979

Publication Date:January 01, 1979


University College London Act 1979

1979 c. xxii

An Act to transfer the rights, properties and liabilities of that part of the University of London formerly known as University of London, University College to the Corporation of University College London and to achieve the re-unification of University College London and University College Hospital Medical School; and for other purposes.

[20th December 1979]

University College London Act 1979 c. xxii ELIZABETH H 1979 CHAPTER xxii An Act to transfer the rights, properties and liabilities of that part of the University of London formerly known as University of London, University College to the Corporation of University College London and to achieve the re-unification of University College London and University College Hospital Medical School; and for other purposes. [20th December 1979] V17HEREAS (6) University of London, University College was founded in 1826, with the title " University of London ", under a deed of settlement executed on 11th February 1826. The foundation stone of the College building was laid on 30th April 1827, and courses of lectures in arts, laws and medicine began in October and November 1828: (7) In 1836 a Royal Charter was granted, under which the proprietors of the institution hitherto known as the University of London were incorporated as University College London. On the same day a Royal Charter was granted to a separate body, to be known as the University of London (hereinafter referred to as " the University") with powers to examine and grant degrees to persons holding certificates of having pursued courses of instruction approved by the University at University College London or elsewhere: 2 c. xxii University College London Act 1979 (3) In the course of years the number of proprietors gradually diminished, and in order to make provision for the permanent existence of the College as a public educational institution the 1869 c. xxiii. University College (London) Act 1869 was enacted under which the deed of settlement and the Royal Charter granted to the College were annulled, and University College London was divested of its proprietary character and reincorporated with extended powers: (4) The University was reconstituted by the University of London 1898 c. 62. Act 1898, and the College was given a place in the University's constitution as a school of the University: 1905 c. xci. (5) Under the University College London (Transfer) Act 1905, University College London was on 1st January 1907 incor porated in the University and its properties, endowments, trusts and foundations were vested in the University, and the College's formal title was changed to University of London, University College: (8) On 9th December 1977 the College was by Royal Charter disincorporated from the University and reconstituted as University College London (hereinafter referred to as " the College"): (9) Plans showing the land vested in the University for the purposes of or in relation to University of London, University College were prepared in duplicate, one set of which was in the month of November, 1978 deposited in the office of the Clerk of the Parliaments, House of Lords and the other in the Private Bill Office, House of Commons: (10) University College Hospital grew out of the University Dispensary, which opened in September 1828 and medical classes started there on 1st October 1828. The Dispensary was managed by the University of London, University College Council. In May, 1833 the foundation stone of the North London Hospital was laid on a site in Gower Street opposite University of London, University College and in 1837 the name was changed to University College Hospital: (11) When the University was reconstituted in 1898 it was found that the University could not easily incorporate the Hospital nor that part of the Faculty of Medicine dealing with final medical studies. It was therefore decided that the teaching of final medical studies should be carried out by a new corporation and that the teaching of preliminary and intermediate medical studies should continue in University of London, University College premises: (10) The University College London (Transfer) Act 1905 also provided for the formation of a separate body corporate by the name of North London or University College Hospital for the purposes of carrying on the Hospital and Medical School. From University College London Act 1979 c. xxii 3 1907 until 1948 University College Hospital Medical School (hereinafter referred to as " the School ") and the Hospital were administered as one. As a result of the National Health Service Act 1946, the School was given a new scheme of incorporation 1946 c. 81. in 1948 by which it became a body corporate with its own governing body and having perpetual succession and a common seal, and became administered separately from the Hospital as an independent school of the University: (12) The report of the Royal Commission on Medical Education 1968, under the chairmanship of Lord Todd, envisaged a reunion between University College London and University College Hospital Medical School. After extensive deliberations culminating in a report accepted by the Councils of the two institutions and by the University, the College and the School resolved to achieve reunification: (13) The object of this Act cannot be attained without the authority of Parliament: May it therefore please Your Majesty that it may be enacted, and be it enacted, by the Queen's most Excellent Majesty, by and with the advice and consent of the Lords Spiritual and Temporal, and Commons, in this present Parliament assembled, and by the authority of the same, as follows: (14) This Act may be cited as the University College London Short title. Act 1979. (15) In this Act, unless the subject or context otherwise requires, Interpreta-the following expressions have the following meanings: tion " the charter " means the Royal Charter granted by Her Majesty on 9th December 1977 and includes any amendment, alteration or addition thereto; " the College " means University College London; " the council " means the council of the College; " the plans " means the plans deposited as recited in the Preamble to this Act; " the University " means the University of London. 3.(1) The property of the University which is specified in Transfer of subsection (2) of this section shall, subject to the provisions of property to this Act, by virtue of this Act, without any conveyance, transfer, Col,ese-assignment or other instrument, be transferred to and vested in the College for all the estate and interest therein of the University, and shall be applied to the objects and purposes of the College as contained in the charter, 4 c. xxii University College London Act 1979 (16) The property of the University transferred to the College by virtue of subsection (1) of this section shall be the freehold interests vested in the University in the properties referred to in Part I of Schedule 1 to this Act and the leasehold interests vested in the University in the properties referred to in Part II of Schedule 1 to this Act, but as regards so much of the property numbered 6 on Plan 1 as is known as 2-28 Gordon Street and 13-24 Taviton Street such transfer shall have effect subject to the provisions set forth in Part III of Schedule 1 to this Act. (17) At any time or times after the commencement of this Act the University may if it thinks it necessary or convenient so to do with the consent in writing of the College convey, transfer, assign or otherwise assure to or vest in the College any property of any description (not being property transferred to the College by virtue of subsection (1) of this section) which immediately before the commencement of this Act belonged to or was vested in the University for the purposes of University of London, University College and any property so conveyed, transferred, assigned or otherwise assured to or vested in the College shall, subject to the provisions of this Act, be applied to the objects and purposes of the College as contained in the charter. (18) The College shall indemnify Her Majesty's Chief Land Registrar against any claim which may be made against him under the Land Registration_Acts 1925 to 1971 (or any Act amending or replacing the same) consequent upon the registration of title to any freehold or leasehold land transferred to the College by virtue of this section. Transfer of 4.(1) In relation to the trusts specified in Schedule 2 to this and* ^ropte?y Act (being trusts for particular purposes or objects connected of trustT a 'n witn University of London, University College of which the University was sole trustee immediately before the commencement of this Act) (a) upon the commencement of this Act and without any deed of appointment or retirement or other instrument the College shall become the sole trustee thereof in place of the University which shall cease to be a trustee thereof; (b) the property of every description subject thereto shall without any conveyance, transfer, assignment or other instrument be transferred to and vested in the College for all the estate and interest therein of the University. (2) In relation to trusts (other than those specified in Schedule 2 to this Act) established or regulated by any scheme, deed, will or other instrument or otherwise howsoever of which the University University College London Act 1979 c. xxii 5 was the sole trustee immediately before the commencement of this Act, and which subsist for particular purposes or objects connected with University of London, University College and for no other purposes or objects and free from any gift over in favour of any other person or purpose or object, the University shall as soon as practicable after the commencement of this Act by deed or deeds or other appropriate instrument appoint the College to be the sole trustee thereof in place of the University (which shall retire as trustee)...

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