Arden University Coventry
Arden University is a distance and blended learning university, with its head office in Coventry, England. Formerly a family-owned business known as Resource Development International it was awarded university status in 2015. Since August 2016 it has been part of the Global University Systems group.
Arden University started as a family owned business in 1990, trading under the name of RDI. In 2011, it became part of Capella Education Company. After gaining taught degree awarding powers in April 2014 and being awarded university status, Arden University was re-launched in August 2015 under its current title. It is the only specialist distance learning university to launch in the UK in the last 45 years. In August 2016, Capella Education sold the university to the Netherlands-based company Global University Systems, which also owns the University of Law, St Patrick’s College, London and the London School of Business and Finance in the UK.
As of 2016, Arden University has taught over 50,000 students over 25 years, from more than 150 countries. It provides taught higher education qualifications via both blended learning (a combination of face-to-face seminars with online work) and fully online instruction.
Arden University adopts a variety of methods for teaching and delivery, including a virtual learning platform “ilearn” designed by the in-house technology development team.
With four intakes a year, access to learning materials 24/7 and the ability to study as fast or as slow as their commitments allow, 90% of students with Arden University work while studying.
Quality and teaching standards
Arden University was classed as ‘commendable’ in the educational oversight monitoring visit by the Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education (QAA).