New Director of Learning Development Services helps University to roll out flexible and distance learning initiatives

Published: 26 November 2008 at 11:09

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Anglia Ruskin University has strengthened its Corporate Management Team with the appointment of a new Director of Learning Development Services.

Jonathan Bouffler will take up the role on 19 January.  He joins the University after establishing a successful career in the private sector in the fields of distance learning, publishing, marketing and financial services. Since July 2007 he has been Executive Vice President of Ashworth University, a for-profit distance learning university, in the USA, and prior to that was Managing Director of International Correspondence Schools (ICS) in Glasgow.

Jon brings a wealth of experience of working in the commercial sectors in both the UK and USA but uniquely has also had experience of higher education as a commercial partner in the development of distance learning pathways and also in the delivery and management of students studying on these pathways.

He will establish and lead the development of Learning Development Services, a new Support Service, which will embrace a number of initiatives and programmes.  He will lead a team with responsibility for accreditation and oversight of taught modular programmes including the INSPIRE initiative from the Centre for Learning and Teaching , The Higher Skills@ Work team, and the Head of UK Partnerships and Progression.

Speaking about his appointment, Deputy Vice Chancellor of Anglia Ruskin University, Professor Lesley Dobree, said:

“Jon will have a key role to play in enhancing teaching, learning and assessment, employer engagement and the growth in numbers of students studying on distance learning pathways.”

“He will help both employers and employees to respond to the dramatic changes in the economy by refocusing staff and bridging the major skills gaps that can occur during challenging economic times.”

In response, Jon concluded:

“I am delighted to be joining Anglia Ruskin University at a time when it is launching the new Learning Development Services team which will be hugely proactive in the East of England region.  The difficulties being experienced by the US economy are now being felt by the UK but programmes like Higher Skills @ Work are specifically designed to help business overcome any such economic difficulties through the upskilling of staff at all levels.”

“Anglia Ruskin University is putting more emphasis than ever before on flexible and distance learning to help people and business to achieve their aspirations and objectives.”

In his new role, Jon will be based at Anglia Ruskin University’s Rivermead campus in Chelmsford.