Private providers applying for university status

Universities Scotland position: The use of the title university is strictly controlled in order to maintain the internationally recognised reputation of universities.

There are tight rules regarding the use of the term university in the name of a company and also when applying to become a university. Businesses would be required to undertake a long and ardous process by gaining permission from the Privy Council. To achieve University title, a series of criteria relating to institutional governance and management, quality assurance, academic staffing, administrative infrastructure and institutional research environment need to be satisfied.