The dean of BPP’s law school has quit his role as university director 18 months after his appointment, the Gazette can reveal.
BPP University confirmed that Andrew Chadwick, who was appointed as a director in March 2018, resigned from his statutory role as a director of BPP University Limited on 12 December. Professor Sally-Ann Burnett, deputy vice-chancellor of BPP, was appointed as a director on the same day.
No reason was given for Chadwick’s resignation, but BPP stressed that he is still an employee and dean of the law school. It added that his decision to stand down from the university board was of 'no significance'. Chadwick is currently on holiday but will return in the new year, the university said.
The development coincides with reports that BPP has been taken off the market. In the summer it was widely reported that Apollo Education Group, the US owners of BPP, had taken steps to sell the university, but had struggled to find buyers.
Chadwick’s resignation comes as education providers jockey for position in the new solicitors training regime. Last month, Australasia’s College of Legal Practice revealed plans to ‘Uberise’ solicitor training by providing fully digitalised preparatory courses for the new Solicitors Qualifying Examination (SQE).
Meanwhile, leading city practices have enlisted BPP law school to prepare trainees for the SQE.