Press Release: 05. January 2012

Bucks New University and HP to co-deliver IT Foundation Degree to drive new careers in technology

Buckinghamshire New University and HP have announced an innovative work-based Foundation Degree in IT Services Management, with first admissions starting in February 2012. The course is aimed at students wanting to remain in the workforce at the same time as developing their IT skills and improving their career prospects.

The new two-year, work-based qualification will be taught through flexible learning both at Bucks New University in High Wycombe and at HP Bracknell.

The course has been designed for IT professionals who are seeking opportunities for learning and development in their careers, or anyone wishing to facilitate a career change. It is part-time and based around three important themes: Personal and Professional Development; Technology; and Business.

Dr Kevin Maher, Principal Lecturer, New Media & Technologies at Bucks New University, explains: “People working in IT services management are concerned with the effective management of IT systems for providing quality services to clients. Developed in partnership with the largest IT company in the UK running IT systems both in the public and private sectors, this new and innovative course, thought to be the first of its kind, provides students with the opportunities and insights that will ensure they develop the technical and business skills to help them secure long-term employment."

The course will be delivered via concentrated blocks of teaching, supported by online and distance learning and assessment.

“HP is committed to working closely with universities in the UK to develop the vital technology skills we believe the nation needs to secure long-term growth and prosperity,“ commented Nick Wilson, vice president and managing director of HP in UK and Ireland. “This new course will provide students with the skills to unlock the potential that technology offers enterprises and government bodies.”

Professor Chris Kemp, Pro Vice Chancellor at Bucks New University, said: “We are very pleased to be able to announce the launch of this new Foundation Degree in IT Services Management. To have the support of HP as a leading technology provider is excellent and will help to ensure that the course remains at the forefront of the industry going forward.

"The course will be beneficial to anyone working in IT who wishes to enhance their personal skills or opportunities for progression. It should also be considered by those who are keen to begin working in the IT sector. As it is delivered part-time and by flexible learning, the opportunities to study are broad.” The Foundation Degree in IT Services Management with Bucks New University follows other pioneering relationships HP has developed with the University of the West of England and De Montfort University. These involve co-authoring and co-delivering four-year, full-time sandwich degree courses to provide students with technology and business skills that will drive economic growth.

For further information about the course, please call 0800 0565 660, email advice@bucks.ac.uk, or visit bucks.ac.uk

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