Middlesex has been recognised at the Guardian University Awards with a runner-up accolade in the Business Partnership category for an innovative work-based degree programme for pilots.
The award acknowledges the success of the University’s partnership with CTC Aviation in offering a work-based BSc in Professional Aviation Pilot Practice, the first to fully integrate Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) approved professional pilot training leading to a commercial pilot's licence.
Dr Darryll Bravenboer, Head of Academic Development at the Institute for Work Based Learning (IWBL), said: “Being runner up in the 2014 Business Partnership category of the Guardian University Awards is a fantastic achievement given that the partnership between the University’s Institute for Work Based Learning and CTC Aviation has only formally existed since late 2013. This award recognises that Middlesex is one of the very best universities for business partnership in the UK and the innovation at the heart of it has only been possible because of the Institute’s expertise in professional and work-based learning. The Middlesex model will for the first time allow commercial airline pilots to gain a university degree through undertaking their professional role ‘on-the-job’.”
“Now that EasyJet has also confirmed that they are committed to using this innovative approach to train their pilots, the business partnership is set to go from strength to strength.”
Colleagues at the Institute for IWBL collaborated with the Aviation Skills Partnership and a number of major sector employers to create the programme, which addresses a lack of training opportunities for talented pilots without private means to enter the profession.
Director of the Institute for Work Based Learning Jonathan Garnett said that the programme was a groundbreaking development: “The partnership with CTC Aviation has enabled Middlesex to apply its leading edge expertise in work based learning to the aviation sector.”
“The Guardian award provides external recognition of the commitment of Middlesex University to excellence and innovation in order to be a partner of choice for business.”
The Guardian University awards recognise best practice, achievement and innovation across a range of categories. Winners were announced by host Victoria Coren Mitchell at a ceremony in central London on Wednesday 26 February 2014.
Read more on the Guardian website.