Intervening years saw the development of the University truly as a federation of independent self-governing higher education institutions, with their own degree awarding powers and alumni associations. This changed the focus of students and graduates, vastly reducing the number of graduates joining Convocation.
A review group, convened to consider the future of Convocation, reported to the University Council in July 2002. The Council resolved that the time had come to change the Statutes and abolish Convocation, a view endorsed by the Convocation Board. These came into effect on 1 September 2003 and from that date Convocation ceased to exist.
The Convocation Trust continues to play an active role across the University of London federation. The Trust is run by a small management committee made of up of external trustees and is a decision making body independent from the University’s central management. The Trust’s remit remains the same as that of the previous Convocation association, which is for the benefit of all Federal University of London students.
Over recent years the Trust has funded academic prizes and scholarships across the colleges, and made numerous grants to areas of the University, including to the Senate House Library.
All graduates continue to be eligible to join the Alumni Associations of the member institutes.