Henley receives innovation award

22 June 2018

Henley receives innovation award

Henley receives Innovation award for British Army degree programme

Henley Business School has been presented with an Innovation in Executive Education Award by the Chartered Association of Business Schools in recognition of its work on creating and delivering the Army Higher Education Pathway (AHEP) for the British Army.

The Higher Education Pathway enables selected army officers who are beginning their career to study towards a BSc or MSc degree in Leadership and Strategic studies, specially designed by Henley and the School of Politics, Economics and International Relations (SPEIR) at the University of Reading. These degrees recognise the demanding development in leadership, management and strategic studies that all officers receive in the early years of their Army careers and extend this to achieve the necessary credits for a formal academic qualification.

The course is available to officer cadets at the Royal Military Academy, Sandhurst and for serving army officers completing the intermediate staff course at the Defence Academy in Shrivenham. It builds on their complex army training and develops the cadets’ critical thinking and analytical skills to support them in their role as agile future leaders, especially in unfamiliar environments and changing contexts.

The innovation at the heart of the programme lies in its flexible nature, which includes online study elements, incorporating interactive sessions, virtual environments and independent study. Officers can work towards their qualifications during training, at regimental duty and overseas on operations. The digital content takes into account the geographic spread of officers throughout their careers and embraces the future of digital learning with a state of the art online training portal and e-learning app.

Steve Ludlow, Head of Executive Education at Henley Business School said:
We are delighted to receive this award which recognises the innovative design behind this unique programme we are developing for the British Army. Working with partners including the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst, SPEIR and CDS has been a complex but rewarding task that involved not only the academic aspects of designing a world class degree, but also the challenge of delivering it via a new bespoke, secure learning platform. The team has had to fulfil Ministry of Defence security protocols and ensure that the solution has the flexibility to allow officers to continue their study from anywhere in the world. The output of the development process will be an adaptable course which enables the rapid and continual enrolment of participants and recognises that their learning will need to fit around the demands of a military career.

The first participants of the AHEP programme will commence study in August 2018. Find out more about the Army Higher Education Pathway here.

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