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The Dorich House Group was born after an initiative taken by Kingston University to create a closer link with several institutions in Europe to maximise cooperation and enhance European activities. Six institutions were invited to visit Kingston in June 2007 and the decision was taken to move towards the creation of a network.

A Memorandum of Understanding was signed by all members in autumn 2007 with the intention of developing a network. Meetings in Trondheim (September 2007), Oldenburg (May 2008) and Antwerp (September 2008) helped to consolidate the initiative. In November 2008, and during a meeting at Dorich House in Kingston upon Thames, the Heads of the institutions decided to create the Dorich House Group and to hold an annual meeting to monitor activities and decide on new developments.