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Our heritage

We have a rich heritage of providing  education in banking and finance that stretches back over 135 years.

Founded in 1879 as the Institute of Bankers, we have evolved in line with the financial services and banking industries. We gained our Royal Charter in 1987 and in 1996 developed the first professional award linked to a university degree. In 1997 our name was changed to the Institute of Financial Services (ifs), reflecting a broadening of our services. In 2013, we were granted University College title and became ifs University College.

Since gaining Taught Degree - Awarding Powers (TDAP) in 2010, we have successfully established a full-time degree programme at our City of London campus, as well as enhancing our professional qualifications and financial capability awards.

In 2015, we undertook a comprehensive strategic review, consulting with our students, members, and the industry to develop a new vision and strategy for the organisation . As a part of this new vision, and based on input from our stakeholders, we launched a new brand and identity in September 2016.

We are The London Institute of Banking & Finance, lifelong partners in financial education.