• Educational partnership set to widen access to degrees

    Pearson has announced a new educational partnership with Royal Holloway, which will see the college validating their new business degree.

    The new degrees will combine the highest levels of academic rigour alongside practical learning relevant to the workplace. Students will start to enrol students on these Pearson degree programmes from September 2012.

    Pearson is the world’s biggest learning company, working in more than 70 countries and with over 100 years of experience. Royal Holloway is in the top 1% of universities in the world and has an excellent record in graduate employment. This makes it the perfect partner to help develop flexible Pearson degrees that balance academic achievement and the needs of employers.

    Rod Bristow, President of Pearson UK, said:

    “We’re delighted that Royal Holloway has come on board as our validating university partner for this exciting project. Pearson has a long heritage of working in higher education around the world and we’re really looking forward to bringing this expertise to UK degrees”.

    Roxanne Stockwell, Managing Director of Higher Education Awards at Pearson will be leading the Pearson degree development team. She said:

    “Working with Royal Holloway will allow us to produce a degree that is not only academically stretching, but also gives students the skills that are genuinely valuable to employers. There is a real demand for flexible academic degrees which facilitate progression to the workplace. Thanks to this partnership, students will have more choice in the higher education marketplace, and will be able to choose a degree that suits their needs and helps them make progress in their lives.”

    As the validating university Royal Holloway will ensure the high academic quality of the degrees, while Pearson will undertake its design, development and delivery through a network of suitable locations such as such as Corporations and Further Education colleges.

    Professor Rob Kemp, Deputy Principal of Royal Holloway, said:

    “Our founders, in opening colleges for women in the 19th Century, were the first to address the challenge of widening access and we are delighted to continue this tradition today by supporting Pearson in this initiative.”

    The first degree to be offered will be Business, with further degree programmes being developed by Pearson in the future.

    About Royal Holloway

    Royal Holloway, University of London is one of the UK’s leading teaching and research university institutions, ranked in the top 20 for research in the 2008 Research Assessment Exercise. One of the larger colleges of the University of London, Royal Holloway has a strong profile across the sciences, social sciences, arts and humanities. Its 8,000 students work with internationally-renowned scholars in 18 academic departments. Over 20% of students are postgraduates and 22% come from 130 different countries. Renowned for its iconic Founder’s Building, Royal Holloway is situated on an extensive parkland campus in Egham, Surrey, only 40 minutes from central London.

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  • First ever national awards to recognise excellence in BTEC qualifications

    The first National BTEC Awards are all about celebrating the outstanding achievements of students, teachers, schools and colleges in vocational learning.

    The Awards will be hosted by Radio One DJ Scott Mills, at the Royal Society of Arts in London and will be attended by nominated students, teachers, and leaders in education. John Hayes, Minister of State for Further Education, Skills and Lifelong Learning will be opening the ceremony.

    Today’s Awards ceremony is being held in recognition of the nearly a million students around the country who are studying BTEC qualifications this year. Pearson UK, who own Edexcel, the awarding body for BTECs, announced that it was inviting nominations for the National BTEC Awards in April 2011. In total, over 450 nominations were received, across the award categories.

    The ceremony will see the winners of the following four top prizes, as well as eight sector-specific winners, formally announced:

    • Outstanding BTEC Student of the Year: Grant Ridley, National Enterprise Academy
    • Outstanding BTEC Teacher/Tutor of the Year: Euthan Newman, South Thames College
    • Outstanding BTEC School/College of the Year: Newlands Girls’ School
    • Outstanding BTEC Adult Learner: Keith Southern, Mid Cheshire College

    A full list of categories and winners is included in the notes below.

    The judging panel for the Awards, who will all be present at the ceremony, included:

    • Gerard Kelly, Editor of the Times Education Supplement 
    • Robert Halfon, MP for Harlow 
    • Despina Panayi, a former Teaching Awards winner 
    • Nick Chambers, Direct of Education Employers Taskforce

    Rod Bristow, President, Pearson UK said:

    “I am delighted to be hosting the first ever National BTEC Awards today. The quality and number of nominations was incredibly heartening and truly emphasised that it’s high time that vocational excellence is celebrated just as much as we celebrate academic achievement.

    Every year, thousands of BTEC students go on to great universities and fantastic jobs. They achieve great things in a wide variety of careers; from business and engineering to ICT and healthcare. It is just as important to support and officially celebrate the hard work and achievements of outstanding BTEC students and their teachers.”

    Awards host, Radio One DJ Scott Mills said, “I am very excited to be part of the first ever National BTEC Awards. It is important to recognise the different routes through which young people can achieve their ambitions and today’s ceremony will remind people that vocational education is just as valued and valuable as traditional academic routes.”

    About the Awards

    The full list of winners of the National BTEC Awards will be formally announced at the ceremony on 7 July 2012, but please contact Depali or Alexa for more information if you wish to speak to specific winners.

    The full list of categories is as follows:

    1. Outstanding BTEC student of the year
    2. Outstanding BTEC tutor of the year
    3. Outstanding BTEC centre of the year
    4. Outstanding contribution to the community by a BTEC student
    5. Outstanding BTEC student in ICT
    6. Outstanding BTEC student in Business and Enterprise
    7. Outstanding BTEC student in Public services
    8. Outstanding BTEC student in Construction and Engineering
    9. Outstanding BTEC student in Creative and Media
    10. Outstanding BTEC student in Healthcare and Science
    11. Outstanding BTEC student in Hospitality and Beauty
    12. Outstanding BTEC student on a short course
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