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At Arden University we believe that everyone, everywhere should be able to study. Regardless of your location, cost, life commitments or time pressures, we are passionate about giving you access to higher education that works for you.
We offer access to degrees, masters and MBA programmes in both online distance learning and flexible on-campus study modes. Our students range from 18 to 80 years old and we support them on-campus (at our Birmingham, Manchester and London Study Centres) and online. We are proud to offer non-standard entry requirements which means your work experience and previous qualifications are taken into account.
At Arden, we make it our business to help students achieve their potential.
Arden University started life in 1990 as Resource Development International (RDI) a family-owned business, giving learners worldwide an opportunity to further their education through flexible distance learning.
In April 2014 we were awarded Taught Degree Awarding Powers (TDAP).
This meant we could award our own degrees alongside continuing to offer courses awarded by our partner universities.
In August 2015 we officially became Arden University, the only specialist online learning university to launch in the UK in the last 50 years.
With Arden University, students have access to 24/7, multi-device, multi-media learning materials and a leading edge ‘virtual classroom’. Over 90% of our students work alongside their studies. Many have family or caring responsibilities so from watching tutorials while you travel, completing assessments on the sofa or using the online library whilst enjoying your holiday, Arden lets you complete your studies without putting your life on hold.
Just because Arden offers flexible distance learning doesn’t mean students are on their own. Students have plenty of one-to one contact and support throughout their studies. Academic support comes from expert tutors through regular sessions and tutorials, 1-2-1 feedback emails, Skype and phone calls. For day to day administrative support, each student has a named Student Support contact to keep students on track from enrolment through graduation.
Arden courses are designed with a strong focus on employability so that learning will directly help students in the workplace whether that’s starting a new career, wanting to progress or to change jobs. To support student’s workplace and career development needs, a full service online careers portal helps students search for jobs, develop a CV and sharpen interview techniques. These are just a few of the really useful tools thousands of Arden students have access to. Learn more about career support.
Need a little more structure? Arden has study centres in Birmingham, Manchester and London that offer full time degrees with part-time campus hours, using an innovative ‘compressed blended learning’ schedule. Students get all the same great online materials and support, with the addition face-to-face seminars during term times. For our postgraduate courses, these classes are timetabled to a maximum of one 3-hour evening session every fortnight – leaving time for working and other commitments.
“For over a quarter of a century, we’ve worked incredibly hard to develop a credible Higher Education institution that complements the UK campus university sector. To receive confirmation that the Government recognises this work, and is confident that our academic standards, financial status, and governance structure meet the stringent criteria required for university title, is a fantastic achievement.
“The quality of UK university education is renowned the world over. With Arden University, we want to take on that mantle by ensuring that students, both in the UK and overseas, benefit from modern, accessible and flexible ways of learning that truly support their career ambition.”
Dr Philip Hallam
VC & CEO Arden University
Our Study Centres are located at:
Tower Hill Campus
40 Tower Hill, 6th Floor
7 Hill Street
Why Arden University is different
Here at Arden University we believe everyone, everywhere should be able to study. Whether you are constrained by location, cost, life commitments or just by time, we are passionate about giving you access to higher education that fits with your hectic, modern life.
We offer access to degrees, masters and MBA programmes in both online distance learning and flexible on-campus study modes. Our students range from 18 to 80 years old and we support them on-campus (at our study centres in London, Birmingham and Manchester) and online. We are proud to offer non-standard entry which means your work experience and previous qualifications are taken into account.
All our courses come with a strong focus on employability - many of which are accredited by professional bodies.
RDI started life as a family-owned business in 1990, giving learners worldwide an opportunity to further their education through flexible distance learning.
As an increasing number of students trusted us with their education and future, we kept growing with them and in April 2014 we were awarded Taught Degree-Awarding Powers. This meant that alongside providing higher education qualifications through our University Partners, we could also award our own degrees. In August 2015 we officially became Arden University – the only specialist distance (online) learning university to launch in the UK in the last 50 years.
We offer a wide range of Higher Education courses endorsed by professional bodies such as the Charted Institute of Marketing, Chartered Management Institute, British Psychological Society and the Association of Project Managers, as well as a Qualifying Law Degree – one of only five institutions in the UK to provide this course via online distance learning!
Although many things have changed, our core values remain the same: to provide wide access to education and change people’s world through innovative, modern learning.