Independent Higher Education Welcomes Three New Members

Independent Higher Education Welcomes Three New Members

Independent Higher Education (IHE) has had a busy start to 2019 and we are delighted to announce that Richmond, The American International University in London, Montessori Centre International and Ambition Institute have all joined Independent Higher Education.

Richmond, The American International University in London is an independent, not-for-profit, international, liberal arts and business studies University established in 1972. Based in West London with two campuses in Richmond Hill and close to Kensington High Street it is the first and the only university in the UK that has been granted the power to award dual taught degrees.

Allison Cole-Stutz, Vice President for Student Affairs, Richmond, The American International University in London said:

“We are delighted to be joining Independent Higher Education, an organisation that encourages, inspires and supports alternative providers to share best practices, collaborate, stay unique and keep informed in the ever-changing landscape of higher education in the UK.”


Montessori Centre International is one of the UK’s leading providers of Montessori and Early Years training and the largest such college in Europe today. It offers a range of training opportunities, including nationally recognised qualifications and professional development for practitioners from its base in St John’s Wood.

Penny Johns, Director of Learning, Montessori Centre International, said:

“We are very pleased to be members of Independent HE and are looking forward to being part of the IHE community.  It has been a time of such change within the sector and having the support of Independent HE for representing niche, quality providers like Montessori Centre International is significant to us.”


Ambition Institute is a graduate school for teachers, school leaders and system leaders that helps educators serving children in disadvantaged areas to keep getting better. Through a suite of programmes for individuals and organisations, it supports educators at every stage – from new teachers through to multi-academy-trust CEOs. Its approach combines the mission-focus of a charity, the academic rigour of a traditional university, and the classroom connection of a teaching school.

Ian Anderson, Interim Chief Partnerships Officer said:

“Joining Independent HE is a fantastic opportunity for us to keep getting better. Teachers and school leaders deserve the best professional development, especially those working in disadvantaged contexts. Through membership of Independent HE we aim to learn, adapt and improve, so that our programmes can continue to have the biggest impact possible.”


Alex Proudfoot, Chief Executive of IHE said:

“I am delighted to welcome into the Independent HE family three such distinctive institutions, each breaking new ground in quite different academic settings. The UK’s higher education sector is very much the stronger for the diversity and innovation of independent providers, and our newest members exemplify the unique learning opportunities that students have come to expect.”

More information about all Independent Higher Education members is available in our online members directory.



For further information please contact:

Marie Clark, Director of External Relations, Independent Higher Education
Email:; Phone: 020 3929 3370

Independent Higher Education is the UK membership organisation and national representative body for independent providers of higher education, professional training and pathways.

  • On 29th April 2019