Dr Philip Hallam
VC & CEO of Arden University

Entries by Dr Philip Hallam

Employers' Changing Mindset Is Good News for Students

(0) Comments | Posted 25 February 2016 | (10:39)

Last month Penguin Random House announced that they were dropping requirements for future applicants to hold a university degree. According to the company, the move has been taken in order to open up opportunities and attract a more diverse range of people into the publishing industry, which is often criticised...

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Why Students Should Make Research Their New Year Resolution

(0) Comments | Posted 11 January 2016 | (09:16)

January is traditionally a time of change, a time when we take stock and assess future ambitions. For many students at colleges and sixth forms across Britain, it's also time to make an important decision about their future - where and what to study for a degree. Fewer things could...

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Why Universities Must Not Let Mature Students Down

(0) Comments | Posted 23 October 2015 | (14:34)

One in ten UK adults aged between 35 and 54 plan to start studying for a higher education qualification by 2018, a further 4% have already taken the plunge and enrolled on their chosen course.

Given that the half the UK population is over the age of 40, it's...

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Why the MBA Is More Important Than Ever

(1) Comments | Posted 15 June 2015 | (10:02)

This week is Adult Learner's Week, a "national celebration of lifelong learning" and a chance to throw the spotlight on opportunities, events and qualifications that make a real difference to students of all ages.

For me, it would be remiss to let this week pass without discussing the MBA...

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Students Need More Information If We Are to Tackle Education Divide

(0) Comments | Posted 20 April 2015 | (17:43)

Access to education should not be dependent on who you are or where you live. It's a statement few would argue with in terms of sentiment but one many would object to as a reflection of reality.

The truth is youngsters from most advantaged backgrounds are almost three times more...

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Why We Shouldn't Underestimate the HND

(0) Comments | Posted 19 February 2015 | (14:37)

Think students, qualifications, careers, employment - did you think degrees? Most likely. Because the value of degrees, cost to study them and recognition of them in the workplace, has dominated education headlines for years.

But with the spotlight firmly fixed on degrees, have we as a nation let other...

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A New Breed of Degree for a Modern Workplace?

(0) Comments | Posted 7 January 2015 | (09:06)

Why do students study for a degree? For some the question, quite literally, is academic. They study because studying itself is the aim. The pursuit and enjoyment of knowledge is what drives them. For others, the attraction is "the experience" and the sense of independence that studying offers. But for...

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Mind the Skills Gap

(0) Comments | Posted 27 October 2014 | (10:30)

Business and education. They should be perfect partners, with businesses relying on educational institutions to deliver individuals with the qualifications and skills they need to flourish, and educational institutions maintaining their relevancy by working to make sure they understand and reflect those needs in courses offered.

It should work....

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Are Higher Education Attitudes a Barrier to Tomorrow's Talent?

(0) Comments | Posted 4 August 2014 | (10:56)

It's an unsettling thought that, through no fault of their own, some of Britain's best and brightest might never fulfil their career potential because of outdated attitudes towards education.

A real strength of our higher education system is the amount of choice that students have. Whether it's...

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Let's Give Hope to a Generation

(0) Comments | Posted 4 February 2014 | (09:04)

Recent headlines regarding young people, and the future they believe they face, are worrying. Notably, a 2014 report by the Prince's Trust has shown that due to a perceived lack of overall career and education opportunities there has been a dramatic decrease in motivation and ambition in this...

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The Traditional Academic Year Is Dead

(0) Comments | Posted 24 September 2013 | (17:40)

The UCAS late applications deadline for 2013 courses came and went last Friday. Historically this deadline has been accompanied by a fanfare of last chance warnings urging students not to get 'left behind'. This year though, I noticed it was a much quieter affair and I think I know why....

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A Level Results - No Place? No Problem

(0) Comments | Posted 15 August 2013 | (13:33)

It's that time of year again where thousands of A Level students find out their results and face important decisions about their future.

Let me start by saying congratulations - contrary to what many naysayers would have us believe each year, studying for A Levels is hard work and...

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Experience Counts: Do People Really Understand They Can Access Higher Education?

(0) Comments | Posted 20 May 2013 | (10:33)

This week is Adult Learners Week - a week dedicated to celebrating the benefits of lifelong learning, and to educating would-be mature students about the options open to them.

Naturally it is a cause I wholly support, after all 76% of our students at RDI are over...

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Do Online Learners Miss Out on the Campus Student Experience

(0) Comments | Posted 4 April 2013 | (12:38)

In February, Universities Minister David Willetts urged the academic community to recognise that "online learning has the potential to be one of the UK biggest export opportunities". Our recent increase in application figures certainly supports that prediction.

But while many acknowledge his argument, some raise doubts about...

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UCAS Figures Show Appetite for Education and Change

(2) Comments | Posted 4 February 2013 | (11:07)

December reports suggested a likely drop in university application figures. But following the January deadline, the latest UCAS figures (which include January applicants) are slightly more positive - in fact showing a 3.5% increase on the previous year.

While this is welcome news - in terms of showing a...

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Finally, a Level Playing Field for Distance Learners

(0) Comments | Posted 15 November 2012 | (17:42)

It's been a long time coming but this autumn heralds a new era for UK education. For the first time, students who want to study for their degree online have the same entitlement to tuition fee loans as those studying full time at university.

It means that distance learners...

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