University of London
The University of London, ‘The Peoples University, became a Chartered University in 1836. Established as a secular alternative to Oxford and Cambridge, the only two other English universities at the time.
In the present day, the University of London contains 18 member institutions, central academic bodies, and research institutes. The university has over 52,000 distance learning external students and 161,270 campus-based internal students (across the Federation), making it the largest university by the number of students in the United Kingdom.