Middlesex University was a runner-up and highly commended at the Universities Association for Lifelong Learning (UALL) Awards for creativity and innovation in lifelong learning provision, which took place in Oxford recently.
Dr Darryll Bravenboer and Mick Betts, both from the Institute for Work Based Learning, narrowly missed out on the coveted UALL trophy for their submission entitled ‘Professional lifelong learning in the aviation sector – a short hop or long haul?’.
The submission presents the University’s unique collaboration with Tayside Aviation and Loganair to develop a degree programme that widens access to commercial pilot careers.
With pilot training prohibitively expensive and finding employment as a commercial airline pilot so competitive, Middlesex has responded to a clear need for a degree programme that helps people secure employment as commercial airline pilots during the programme.
UALL received submissions from a range of organisations across the UK and competition for the trophy was fierce. Middlesex was one of four runners-up.
Dr Bravenboer said: “We are very proud to have achieved a UALL Highly Commended Award for our work in the aviation sector. This award recognises how our innovative approach to fully integrating professional training with work-based learning can do this.
"The degree programmes have the potential not only to enhance opportunities for people aspiring to become professional pilots but also to set the standard for the aviation industry. The entry demonstrates the University’s expertise in building sustainable partnerships with industry and business and how it is enabling students to succeed."
Andy Thornton, Director of Flight Operations at Loganair, said: "Loganair is committed to employing high-quality airline pilots and the innovative partnership with Tayside Aviation and Middlesex University will provide opportunities for a wider range of talented people to embark on an aviation career.
"We see this partnership as an important way to open up the industry to people that may not have otherwise been able or eligible to join the profession."