US buyers to protect ethos of AC Grayling’s London college

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The New College of the Humanities, founded in London by the philosopher AC Grayling, is being bought by a US university, Northeastern.

In the college's Bloomsbury building, the pennants of both universities are flying side by side, and their two leaders are planning their joint future.

Joseph Aoun, president of Northeastern, says: "It's not an acquisition, it's a marriage."

There's an element of politeness about this, because in a deal announced last month the Boston-based university is becoming the owner.

But it means the New College…

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