Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Study and Stay in the Workplace

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Study and Stay in the Workplace

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Byline: sarah richardson

At a time when graduate debt and the value of taking a degree is under growing scrutiny, students are becoming increasingly attracted to courses which let them enter or stay in the workplace while they gain academic qualifications. the University of London External System saw student enquiries, applications, registrations, examinations and graduate numbers rise to all-time highs in 2008. Over the past five years, the External System, a unique global network, recorded a 48 per cent increase in student registrations -- 45,000 students in 2008, compared to 30,500 in 2003 and a 47 per cent increase in applications at undergraduate and postgraduate levels -- 16,000 in 2008, compared with 10,900 in 2003. It now has a student body encompassing 180 countries, on more than 100 study programmes ranging from social sciences to law to health.

Professor Jonathan Kydd, Dean of the External System, believes the student services departments within the External System has played a key role in supporting this growth by providing vital information to enable students to make informed choices concerning their study, curriculum and administrative requirements.

During 2008, staff handled more than 150,000 enquiries.

"[these] results have been achieved through the efforts of our staff, the Lead Colleges that provide the academic direction for our study programmes, teaching institutions across the world, and, more importantly, our students, who recognise the value of an academic award from the University of London," he says.

Caspar Fawden, a legal recruitment consultant from Gospel Oak in north London, is looking to finish his Ba in Spanish and Latin american Studies with the University of London External Programme this summer -- more than 10 years after he began the course.

after taking a first degree in English from Magdalen College Oxford, Caspar, 47, trained as an opera singer at the Royal Northern College of Music and went on to live and work in Dusseldorf, in Germany. …

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