It was a short engagement, about five weeks to be precise. Now plans for a marriage of convenience between University College London (UCL) and Imperial College, two of Britain's most respected universities, have been scrapped for the time being, after an unprecedented revolt led by academics.
In a tersely worded statement earlier this week, Sir Derek Roberts, acting provost of UCL, announced that a formal merger was off but that "a number of areas for future collaboration" had been identified.
Another version of Roberts' views appeared in the
But several academics accused of spoiling plans for what was touted as Britain's first "super-university" have told