Fasttrack Graduates

Students who have successfully condensed three years of study into two years are awarded their degrees at a special ceremony this week.

Staffordshire University was one of just five Universities selected by government to pioneer the two year fast-track degrees as part of HEFCE’s Flexible Learning Pathfinder programme.

And this week, students who completed degrees in Law, English Geography and Professional Sports Writing and Broadcasting will be personally congratulated on their achievement by University Vice-Chancellor Professor Christine King.

Many of those attending have studied on the two-year LLB (Hons) Law degree which is now attracting an increasing amount of students from overseas.

Dean of Law, Rosemary Evans said: “Studying for their degree over a two year period, rather than three, has clearly been of no hindrance to the students. Ninety percent of them secured a 2:1 degree, many managing their study workload alongside a part-time job or looking after a family - a major achievement!   

“Half of the students have now gone on to join our Legal Practice Course, the postgraduate stage of training for intending solicitors, while the remainder have progressed to other types of postgraduate study or entered the employment market.”

Director for Academic Development, Dr Steve Wyn Williams added: “In keeping with our reputation for innovation and flexible learning we were delighted to be among the first to offer two year degrees. We also take pride in the fact that Staffordshire is the most successful of the Pathfinders and that our pioneering role has been recognised by the Higher Education Minister.”

“Recruitment on to the fast-track awards has grown significantly over the last three years – from 26 in 2006 to 127 in 2008. We currently offer fast-track degrees in accounting, business, English, geography, law and motor sport technology and we envisage that two year degrees will become an increasing part of the University’s flexible learning offer.”

Staffordshire University has also successfully bid for HEFCE funding to evaluate the Flexible Learning Pathfinder programme nationally.



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