As we head into the holiday season and approach the end of 2021, we’re taking a moment to reflect again on the best stories, interviews, and exciting news that took place at Arden University this year. We hope you have a great festive period, wherever you are, and look forward to seeing you again in the new year, alongside our new January/ February intakes!
In April we were awarded Indefinite Degree Awarding Powers by the Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education, marking another major milestone in our journey as a higher education provider. You can read Carl Lygo’s statement on the awarding here.
In July one of our Accounting and Finance Students, Bradly Sinden, competed in the Tokyo Olympics (just days after taking exams with us). Winning a Silver Medal in Taekwondo after narrowly losing the final, Bradly became the first British medallist of the competition. Between training, studying, and competing, Bradly leads a pretty exceptional life, and he graciously shared some of his time with us just before he left for Japan. You can find out more about him here.
This year, as part of a pioneering overseas partnership, Arden University and Roots IVY International College (RIIC)/ICMS welcomed their first intake of new students at the ICMS Lahore Campus, offering students in Pakistan the opportunity to earn a UK degree in subjects including computing and business. To read more about the launch, and see pictures from the ceremony, click the link.
We’ve shared a number of stories with our students across the past year, but an especially inspirational one is that of Geoff Sims, who, here, outlines the ways in which studying is aiding his recovery after suffering a heart attack. Well done Geoff!
This year we also proudly launched our new STEM school, with aims for this new faculty to tackle the well-documented shortage of STEM graduates in the UK by improving access to STEM courses through blended and distance learning options. Headed up by new Dean, Professor Georgina Harris, (who we interviewed here), it will initially focus on engineering and computing, and will explore links between traditional and cyber skills to produce graduates with the capabilities needed in the workforce.
Determined to bring you as many great stories of student and staff success as possible, we also started the Arden University Podcast this year (available wherever you get your podcasts from). Joined by our academics and students, the podcast has set out to reveal more about people’s personal study journeys, insights into current trends, and what studying at Arden University is really like, whether through Blended or Distance Learning. The interviews we did this year covered a broad range of topics including PRIDE Week, Black History Month, and much more. You can catch up with all the eps now and keep on the lookout for more next year!
Finally, our new TV advert campaign, featuring some fantastic real Arden University Students, will also be shown across the UK this Christmas period. With the title ‘Born for This’, the campaign showcases these students’ journeys with the university to achieve their goals. Filmed in Manchester city centre, at one of the university’s two blended learning centres in the city, Barlow House, we wanted to show that studying for a degree or postgraduate qualification can be done alongside busy real-life commitments. We can’t wait for you to see it, so keep an eye out at 09.35 on December 27th, Channel 4 for the first look.