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For-profit organisation granted university status

Published: Monday, 10 August 2015   Category: All Graduate Jobs News

A for-profit organisation is set to become the latest in a series of institutions to be awarded ‘university’ title.

Arden University will be the name of Resource Development International (RDI) and it is set to offer degree programmes that are designed to meet growing demand for flexible, yet affordable learning.

It is owned by US firm Capella Education Company and it has revealed that it has confirmation from the Department for Business Innovation and Skills (BIS) that it meets the requirements for university status.

The institution has claimed to be the “only specialist distance learning university to launch in the UK since the Open University was established 51 years ago”.

BIS have used the Companies House route to award the title to a private provider, a different approach to the Privy Council route used by traditional institutions to gain the title.

Named after the Arden area of Warwickshire, the new university appears to have got its name from the area near Coventry where it is based.

It will join a list of several other private institutions that have gained the status since the expansion of private provision increased following the 2010 election.

BPP University, the University of Law and Regent’s University London are three such examples of institutions that have benefited from the change in approach.

Arden has explained that it faced “rigorous scrutiny” by the Quality Assurance Agency before the decision while its Taught Degree Awarding Powers were granted only a year ago.

The creation of the university was deemed as a “positive step” by Jo Johnson, minister for universities and science, who added that it would “enhance the diversity of our world-class higher education sector”.

RDI chief executive Philip Hallam said the awarding of the title was recognition for hard work stretching back more than a quarter of a century.

He added that the title means the government is confident in the institution’s ability to meet academic standards, as well as financial and structuring targets.

Hallam is confident that students in both the UK and overseas will benefit from the new learning options available to them.

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