ifs University College was founded in 1879 as the Institute of Bankers and has remained at the forefront of professional education in financial services ever since. In 1987 the Institute gained its Royal Charter and in 1996 partnered with the University of Manchester (then UMIST) to develop the first professional award linked to a full university degree.
In 1997 a new brand, the Institute of Financial Services, was introduced to reflect the evolving nature of the organisation's services into the wider financial services sector. In 2006, changes to the Royal Charter were approved by the Privy Council and the organisation was renamed as the ifs School-of-Finance.
This process led to ifs School-of-Finance moving, in 2008, to a new campus in the City of London and, in 2010, culminated in it becoming the first and only educational body with a specific focus on finance to be granted Taught Degree-Awarding Powers.
In August 2013 the organisation was granted University College title by the Department for Business Innovation and Skills.
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