Arden’s new Leeds Study Centre has officially opened its doors with a launch event attended by students and senior members of staff.
Located in the heart of the city, and just a stone’s throw from the city's iconic Town Hall, the new centre at Park Square replaces the previous site on Park Row, and follows similar expansion in Manchester and Birmingham.
The new study centre offers a modern study experience, with top of the range teaching facilities and study spaces for the University’s students who will be able to study courses at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels.
The launch follows research conducted by Arden showing the sheer impact technology will have on the labour market. The 2030 Workforce report shows that Yorkshire and Humberside is set to lose over 800,000 jobs in the next decade, with nearly a tenth (9%) feeling ill prepared for the shift toward digital technology.
The new study centre will help ensure people across the city are equipped for the jobs of the future and support the local economy during this digital change. This includes a focus on key skills such as management and digital skills, with courses available in subjects as diverse as business, healthcare and law.
'Ensuring our students are ready for the jobs of tomorrow is an ethos Arden University is strongly passionate about,' said Vitaly Klopot, Chief Innovation and Commercial Officer at Arden University.
'We’re incredibly excited to have expanded our footprint in Leeds. As an education institution we have an important role to ensure that our graduates have the knowledge they need to fill the skills gaps the labour market desperately needs filling. Leeds is the next ideal location for Arden University to make its mark and support people across the city as they gain the skills they need to succeed in the jobs the local economy needs now, and in the future.'
'Our new study centre will allow us to help even more talented people in Leeds acquire the skills they need to grab new opportunities with both hands and take those first strides towards success in whichever field they feel they were born to work in.'
Attending the launch were some of the first students to enrol at the Leeds study centre.
'The new Leeds Study Centre is amazing. It's an outstanding building in a central location in the city centre. It's all modern inside - there's modern technology in modern classrooms - and the staff are amazing,' said Michael, a business with human resources management student.
'As a distance learning student myself, it's really important to have access to study centres. It gives the option to meet other students which builds motivation amongst distance learner students.'
'Our Centre is really great,' said Elena, a business student, studying with foundation year. 'We have great facilities. And I can't wait to see it full of students.'