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Personal Development Short Courses for MOD Personnel

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Staffordshire University
: 25 February, 2010  (New Product)
Staffordshire University is running a series of short courses for armed forces personnel in the UK for personal development
A series of short courses which enables members of the armed forces to better their knowledge of issues around conflict has been launched by Staffordshire University.

The University is one of only six ‘approved’ providers of the MOD University Short Course Programme which encourages personnel of all ranks to hone their knowledge and personal skills and improve their overall contribution to service life.

The new courses are tailored to give participants the opportunity to address matters of current importance, research and development within an academic setting - with a particular emphasis on the cultural, religious and political issues affecting the Middle East.

Lesley Jones, who manages the Armed Forces Programmes for the University, said: “It’s a very competitive process and we’re delighted to be among the few universities selected to run the courses. Although it’s early days, feedback from the personnel who have attended so far has been extremely positive.

“98 per cent of participants rated their course as “excellent” and we’ve received comments praising the flexible delivery – that content was adapted to suit the needs of those attending.

“140 personnel are so far signed up to attend courses this year but we already have several people on the waiting lists which bodes well for future years.”

Senior lecturer Dr Ian Jackson who is co-delivering a course entitled The Business of War and Terrorism, added: “It was actually a tremendous privilege. We had all ranks and all services from UK bases worldwide and there was also a really good gender balance.”

“It was also quite electric in as much as we’re going through the topics that these people are dealing with the consequences of on a daily basis. It was an enriching educational experience for delegates and members of staff alike.

“We’ve been teaching the module on our degree courses for 15 years and to have everybody in that room positively re-enforcing feedback that what we’re doing is relevant and up to date is fantastic.”

Mrs Frankie Bowbrick, who works for the RAF and is responsible for the MOD short courses, added: 'Staffordshire University is contributing to the personal development of serving sailors, soldiers and airmen through the delivery of these very relevant short courses which collectively forms a popular area of study for Service Personnel.'

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