Published: 26 July 2011 at 16:22
Anglia Ruskin partnership pays off for first cohort of students
Anglia Ruskin University’s partnership with Barclays is paying dividends for 13 students, who are about to graduate with a BA (Hons) in Management & Leadership.
Barclays UK Retail and Business Banking launched the Retail Development Programme (RDP) in 2007 to provide their next generation of branch managers, and the first group of students began studying for a “Barclays Degree” with Anglia Ruskin in October 2008.
As well as the tuition fees being paid by Barclays, the RDP package includes a salary of £12,495 (plus London weighting), study time, a business mentor, pension scheme and share options. The degree is work-based and the students are employed by Barclays from day one.
A fourth cohort of 25 students will begin studying for the Degree in October, and Barclays and Anglia Ruskin have developed a close, partnership-based approach to the recruitment, design and delivery of the programme.
Anglia Ruskin’s Vice Chancellor, Professor Michael Thorne, recently visited Barclays’ Canary Wharf headquarters to attend The Value of Academia in Barclays, an event which saw the students present practice-based research findings derived from Critical Organisational and Leadership Insights, one of their final year modules.
Professor Thorne said:
Vanessa Knowles, Principal Lecturer at Anglia Ruskin’s Lord Ashcroft International Business School, said:
Johannah Lynch, Barclays UK Retail Bank Graduate Development Specialist, highlighted the pivotal role that the RDP plays in the wider talent and leadership agenda within Barclays. She said:
Katie Poole, who is about to graduate with first class honours, said: