The University of London launches its iTunes U platform

Tuesday 7 June 2011

Learning content also shared through new YouTube EDU channel

The University of London on iTunes U, an initiative led by the School of Advanced Study, enables researchers, students, and the public to download lectures, recitals, and other informative podcasts produced by or in association with the central divisions of the University, free of charge.

Contributors to the University of London on iTunes U include:

  • the School of Advanced Study, the UK’s national centre for the promotion and facilitation of research in the humanities and social sciences
  • the University of London Computer Centre, a leading IT services business, specialising in the academic and not-for-profit sectors
  • the University of London International Programmes, which supports over 50,000 students studying in over 190 countries for a University of London degree by distance and flexible learning

The University of London International Programmes involvement in iTunesU is an extension of their strategy to share learning content more widely. This month also sees the University launching on YouTube’s education channel: YouTube EDU. The University is one of only eight other universities in the UK featured on YouTube EDU.

University of London on iTunes U podcast highlights include:

  • “The Egyptian Revolution and the law”: Adam Gearey (Birkbeck, University of London) looks at the Egyptian Revolution and the implications for the legal future of Egypt
  • "Mandela: the man and his legacy”: Rt Hon Peter Hain, MP for Neath, discusses his biography of the former South African president
  • “We have the technology. We have the capability, all we need is love”: Matt Lingard (LSE) discusses the future of technology in education
  • “Our words and theirs. A reflection on the historian’s craft today”: a lecture and reading on the methodology of historiography by the internationally renowned historian Professor Carlo Ginzburg (Pisa and UCLA), pioneer of micro-history and Balzan Prize Winner (2010)
  • “The Arditti Quartet”: Paul Archbold (Kingston) traces the working relationship of one of the world's leading string quartets with the composer Brian Ferneyhough

The Vice-Chancellor of the University, Professor Geoffrey Crossick, said: “The University of London is a federation of world-class institutions, and we’re always looking to move forward in new ways. University of London on iTunes U allows the activities of our central bodies, such as the School of Advanced Study and the University of London International Programmes, to reach out across the University and to extend their expertise to new audiences around the world. This is an exciting and important step for the University.”

The Dean of the School, Professor Roger Kain, said: “The School of Advanced Study was especially keen to make its event and staff interview podcasts available to a wider audience given its unique mission to support research in the humanities and social sciences.  It hosts a rich programme of lectures, seminars and conferences – the majority of which are free and open to the public – and offers a range of specialist research resources and services for the benefit of researchers nationally and internationally”.

The University of London on iTunes U was officially launched by the Vice-Chancellor and the Dean of the School on 7 June 2011, at 1pm at Senate House, University of London. The event also celebrated the launch of the International Programmes’ YouTube EDU channel, which was presented by Tim Gore, Director of Global Networks and Communities.

Notes for Editors

1.For further information please contact Dee Burn at the School of Advanced Study, University of London at / +44 (0)20 7862 8670.

2.The University of London is a federation of 19 self-governing Colleges of outstanding reputation, together with a number of acclaimed Central Academic Bodies and Activities. The Central Academic Bodies of the University are the School of Advanced Study, the University of London Institute in Paris, the University Marine Biological Station at Millport, and the University of London International Academy. The Central University of London also provides a number of centrally-organised services such as the Senate House Libraries, The Careers Group and the University of London Housing Services, and administrative departments which support the Colleges and the Central Academic Bodies and Activities, including the University of London Computer Centre.

3.The School of Advanced Study at the University of London is the UK’s national centre for the facilitation and promotion of research in the humanities and social sciences. The School brings together the specialised scholarship and resources of ten prestigious research institutes to offer academic opportunities, facilities and stimulation across a wide range of subject areas for the benefit of the national and international scholarly community. The member institutes of the School are the Institutes of Advanced Legal Studies, Classical Studies, Commonwealth Studies, English Studies, Germanic & Romance Studies, Historical Research, Musical Research, Philosophy, Study of the Americas, and the Warburg Institute.

4.The University of London International Programmes was known as the University of London External System until August 2010. Through the International Programmes, the University of London has made its degree programmes accessible to students all over the world since 1858. It has more than 50,000 students in every corner of the globe studying on more than 100+ programmes. Its global community of former students and alumni include seven Nobel Laureates. The reputation of the International Programmes continues to ensure its graduates are to be found in leading positions across the world, including finance, politics, law, health and the arts.

5.Established in 1968, University of London Computer Centre (ULCC) has evolved into a highly respected and innovative brand within the academic and not-for-profit sector. Today, ULCC is dedicated to and passionate about its clients and its people. Through this dedication, it aims to offer leading edge IT solutions that empower its clients and drive change within the marketplace. Services include: co-location and managed server hosting, podcasting, web development, desktop support, e-learning, digital preservation, video streaming and managed network services.

6.iTunes U is a specialised area of the Apple iTunes store that allows Higher Education institutions to make audio and visual content available for download and subscription. For further information and to download iTunes, please visit