Arden University or Open University

Arden University or Open University

About us

A brief history of Arden University, RDI and how we deliver on our promise

Since 1990, the year of our inception, we’ve been giving learners worldwide an opportunity to further their studies in a way that suits their lifestyle. We partner with UK universities to provide access to a broad range of degrees, masters and MBA programmes by online distance learning. We are proud that with our help, thousands of students realise their goals and make a difference to the world around them.

We started as a family-owned business in 1990, and we still carry with us the same core values we begun with almost 25 years ago: a professional and caring approach with high standards in everything we do.


We’re here to help change people’s worlds through higher education and are passionate about delivering the best service and support to help you achieve your goals.

In 2011, we became a subsidiary of Capella Education Company. They are a leader in online education and parent company of Capella University, a regionally accredited online university based in Minneapolis, US.

We hold in high regard academic standards and quality, as we know these are determinants of our students’ success. To ensure value is delivered through all programmes, our partner universities are audited by the Quality Assurance Agency (QAA), the body that audits all UK HEI.

In April 2014, after undergoing scrutiny by the QAA, we were awarded Taught Degree-Awarding Powers (TDAP). TDAP gives UK higher education providers the right to award bachelors degrees with honours, and other taught higher education qualifications, up to and including the level of a masters degree. In August 2015 we achieved University Title and changed our name from Resource Development International Ltd to Arden University Ltd – the first dedicated distance learning university in the UK since the Open University was formed more than 50 years ago. We know the high esteem in which RDI is held by students worldwide and so the RDI name will continue as part of Arden University.