UK Versity Online

A Message from Lord Pickles and Lord Blunkett, followed by UK Versity Online's best practice article

The ability to listen and learn from one another has always been vital in parliament, in business and in most aspects of daily life. But at this particular moment in time, as national and global events continue to reiterate, it is uncommonly crucial that we forge new channels of communication and reinforce existing ones. The following article from UK Versity Online is an attempt to do just that. We would welcome your thoughts on this or any other Parliamentary Review article.

Blunkett signature Rt Hon The Lord David Blunkett
Pickles signature Rt Hon The Lord Eric Pickles

www.ukversity.co.uk

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UK Versity Online is an online further education training
provider based in Manchester, although its presence
spans the nation in digital form. Recognising the
difficulties of academic life – be they geographic, temporal or
financial – the company has sought to bring education to the
learner rather than the other way around, as is customary. Here
to highlight best practice in this hugely important sector is the
principal and director of UK Versity Online, Ramanjeet Singh.
For many people who desire to seek further education after they’ve started
working, the prospect of putting their career on hold in order to make time for
their studies is an instant deal-breaker; it’s even harder for those living abroad.
However, more and more options are becoming available for those who want to
work while they study, and UK Versity is utilising the spoils of the modern world
to offer just that. Technologyhas already changed the way that we study and gain
education; now it is changing the way education isdelivered.The days of sitting in
a classroom and staring at a blackboard are long gone. Now, you can study online,
with tutors providing ongoing support.
Technology has a huge impact on nearly every sector of life. It’s changed the way we
produce, consume and communicate information. As technology and automation are
increasingly becoming a part of our daily lives, it is important to develop skills which
will enhance your qualifications and experience in today’s job market. Employing
the impact of technology in the education sector is where UK Versity makes its
mark. Established in 2015 with the mission of providing the best of British education
FACTS ABOUT
UK VERSITY ONLINE
»Principal and director:
Ramanjeet Singh, PCGHE
»Established in 2015
»Based in Manchester
»Services: Further education
provider
»No. of employees: 10
»150 courses across various
specialisms
»750 learners have completed a
qualification
»Learners from 18 nationalities
»Global presence in Istanbul,
Delhi, Seoul
UK Versity Online
UK Versity teaching and admin
team
Ramanjeet Singh, PCGHE,
principal and director
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BEST PRACTICE REPRESENTATIVE 2018
online, using advances in technology,
UK Versity has since become a global
provider of accessible, affordable high-
quality courses that meet the diverse
needs of learners and professionals.
Over the years their education
portfolio has expanded to include
accounting, business, computing,
digital marketing, human resource
management, healthcare, logistics,
tourism and teaching courses.
UK Versity is an accredited centre
for various prestigious awarding
organisations, such as ATHE, Digital
Marketing Institute, NCFE, OTHM,
Qualifi Ltd and LSM Education. All
courses offered to learners lead to
a UK university degree or master’s
qualification in the areas of business,
computing or healthcare.
UK Versity has a supportive, learner-
centric approach which provides the
flexibility to enter or leave their degree
journey at any point, as well as the
option to study at their own pace
and receive a recognised certificate
or diploma for their achievement at
everystage.
Organisational strategy
UK Versity combines technology
and education to offer learners an
experience that is flexible, interactive
and opens doors for the future that
they might have otherwise thought
closed. More importantly, it is possible
for learners to gain their diploma
without having to stop working, so
it’s possible to continue developing
their skills to enhance work experience
while earning their qualification.
Methods of communication
Online learning is useful because it
allows learners to connect with their
tutor at any time, from anywhere in
the world. We have learners based on
every continent and pride ourselves
on being able to work with huge time
differences so that none of our learners
are constrained by the traditional
classroom learning experience. By
using technological platforms like
webinars, virtual learning environments
and smart devices, learners can gain
a qualification via distance learning.
Furthermore, through online learning
they do not just develop their skills
in their chosen subject, but they also
build on their abilities of using the
latest technological tools required by
most employers. With access to an
abundance of resources and recordings
of every lesson, the learner has the
freedom to access the teaching and
learning material at any time, fitting
their studies around their work and
lifestyle. Full support is provided by UK
Versity teaching staff using tutorials,
emails and webinardiscussions.
Using this type of learning system
not only allows flexibility of learning,
but also means that learners from
different time zones can work as
a group. The interaction with the
tutor, using the many different
communication mediums on offer,
maintains learner support and provides
motivation. Using this technology
and its successful implementation, UK
Versity Online has been able to achieve
completion and achievement rates
of over 98.4percent across all the
programmes offered.
Lord mayor of
Manchester, June Hitchen,
and Ramanjeet Singh,
principal of UK Versity
Online
UK Versity
combines
technology and
education to
offer learners an
experience that
is flexible,
interactive and
opens doors for
the future that
they might have
otherwise
thought closed
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Different approach
The concept of one job for life has
disappeared. Hence, to succeed in our
careers, we need to continuously train
ourselves. Gaining new skills should
not be expensive. 24/7 access to course
material and tutors allows flexibility
and ease of learning at your own pace.
“Learn while you earn” is the new
mantra, reminding everyone that the
two are not mutually exclusive.
Our learner management system
enables students to access and
download course materials. Easy
accessibility across devices like
smartphones, tablets and computers
makes learning easier. From any
of these devices, the web meeting
platform enables regular interactions
with the tutor at a click of a button.
Future challenges
Technology is expanding exponentially
today; ever newer and improved
delivery platforms will appear. This
means UK Versity must continue to
learn and develop its staff, forging
new and exciting ways in which to
communicate learning. Although
deadlines for achievement are in
place, they’re much less rigid than
those of mainstream education. This
results in a more relaxed atmosphere
throughout the course, which many
learnersappreciate.
UK Versity is expanding its footprint
globally and is currently in the process
of opening satellite centres that will be
operational by this September and will
bring online education opportunities
to learners and professionals in Dubai,
Istanbul and Seoul.
Defining standards
We provide personalised tutorials
that together have led to high
completion rates for learners all over
the world. We take pride in saying
that 98.4percent of our enrolled
cohort complete and achieve their
qualification.
Those living abroad and seeking a
British education are increasing in
numbers; in a post-Brexit world,
they’re also facing an increasing
number of challenges. People born
in the UK and those from other
countries are faced with increasingly
impenetrable barriers: visas to visit
here; mounting costs of education;
finding sufficient funds to live and
work near your college. With UK
Versity’s online platform, all you need
is sufficient English, suitable access to
the internet and an eagerness to learn.
As we move forward, we are already
adding over 150 new short courses
for learners seeking to gain fast
and inexpensive qualifications that
will broaden their horizons in the
workplace; furthermore, many learners
are already taking advantage of our
MBA top-up programme, giving you
the fast and affordable route to a
master’squalification.
’Learn while
you earn’ is
the new
mantra,
reminding
everyone that
the two are
not mutually
exclusive
UK Versity graduates of
academic year 2017-18

www.ukversity.co.uk

This article was sponsored by UK Versity Online. The Parliamentary Review is wholly funded by the representatives who write for it. The publication in which this article originally appeared contained the following foreword from Rt Hon Kwasi Kwarteng.

Rt Hon Kwasi Kwarteng's Foreword For The Parliamentary Review

By Rt Hon Kwasi Kwarteng

This year’s Parliamentary Review reflects on a tumultuous and extraordinary year, globally and nationally. As well as being an MP, I am a keen student of history, and I am conscious that 2020 would mark the end of an era. It will be remembered as the year in which we concluded Brexit negotiations and finally left the European Union. Above all, it will be remembered as the year of Covid-19.

In our fight against the pandemic, I am delighted that our vaccination programme is beginning to turn the tide – and I pay tribute to the British businesses, scientists and all those who have helped us to achieve this. But the virus has dealt enormous damage, and we now have a duty to rebuild our economy.

We must ensure that businesses are protected. We have made more than £350 billion available to that end, with grants, business rates relief and our furlough scheme supporting more than 11 million people and jobs in every corner of the country, maintaining livelihoods while easing the pressure on employers. The next step is to work with business to build back better and greener, putting the net zero carbon challenge at the heart of our recovery. This is a complex undertaking, but one which I hope will be recognised as a once in a lifetime opportunity.

Through the prime minister’s ten point plan for a green industrial revolution, we can level up every region of the UK, supporting 250,000 green jobs while we accelerate our progress towards net zero carbon emissions.

With our commitment to raise R&D spending to 2.4% of GDP and the creation of the Advanced Research & Invention Agency, we are empowering our fantastic researchers to take on groundbreaking research, delivering funding with flexibility and speed. With this approach, innovators will be able to work with our traditional industrial heartlands to explore new technologies, and design and manufacture the products on which the future will be built – ready for export around the globe.

And I believe trade will flourish. We are a leading nation in the fight against climate change. As the host of COP26 this year, we have an incredible opportunity to market our low-carbon products and expertise. Our departure from the EU gives us the chance to be a champion of truly global free trade; we have already signed trade deals with more than 60 countries around the world.

As we turn the page and leave 2020 behind, I am excited about the new chapter which Britain is now writing for itself, and for the opportunities which lie ahead of us.
Rt Hon Kwasi Kwarteng
Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy