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The IWBL pioneered the development of Work Based Learning at higher education level during the early 1990s. Through our achievements over the past decade, we continue to develop our forward-looking approach to learning and share in the success of our students. Here are some key events that highlight our expertise in Work Based Learning, together with a selection of first-hand accounts of our students' achievements and learning experience with the Institute.

Key dates in the history of Middlesex University and the Institute

2012 Higher Apprentice Scheme launched.
2011 Queen Anniversary Prize for Enterprise awarded to Middlesex University.
2011 New £80million creative hub, opened at Hendon campus.
2010 QAA identified that "the distinctive contribution of the Institute for Work-Based Learning to the University's portfolio of educational provision" as being an area of good practice.
2009 Launch of Middlesex Organisational Development Network (MODNet), which offers learning and development programmes co-designed with employers.
2008 Awarded £7.8 million by Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) to support employer engagement.
2008 Establishment of the Institute for Work Based Learning at Middlesex University, providing pan-University qualifications, accreditation and consultancy services.
2007 More than 1,100 people registered on Work Based Learning Studies programmes, including a total of 200 candidates undertaking a Doctorate in Professional Studies.
2006 Validation of new Doctorate in Professional Studies by Public Works.
2005 Award of Centre for Excellence in Teaching and Learning for Work Based Learning from HEFCE.
2004 Opening of the Irish Centre for Work Based Learning Partnerships.
2003 Launch of Work Based Learning programmes in Malaysia.
2002 Establishment of a Work Based Learning Unit in the School of Health and Social Sciences.
2000 Opening of the East Asia Work Based Learning Centre in Hong Kong.
1999 Review and revalidation of Work Based Learning Studies.
1998 Validation of the work-based Doctorate, Masters in Professional Studies and Doctorate in Professional Studies (MProf and DProf).
1998 Professor Jonathan Garnett appointed Director of the National Centre for Work Based Learning Partnerships.
1997 Opening of the Greek Centre for Work Based Learning Partnerships in Athens.
1996 Queen's Anniversary Prize for Higher and Further Education awarded to Middlesex University for Work Based Learning for its role in integrating formal education and employment.
1995 Work Based Learning Studies programmes from certificate to masters level validated and first five graduates.
1993 National Centre for Work Based Learning Partnerships (NCWBLP) founded, with Professor Derek Portwood appointed as its director.
1992 to 1994 Launch of the Work Based Learning Research and Development Project, funded by the Department for Education and Employment.

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