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Advising on MA in International Development

IPE Triple Line Consulting | News [ 10th May 2016 ]

Advising on MA in International Development

Recently, IPE Triple Line was involved in an interesting activity with the University of Bedforshire.  As the Luton-based institution finalised plans to launch its first Masters degree in International Development, it approached IPE Triple Line to provide an External Industry Panel member for the final course approval meeting.  Students invest considerable time and money when pursuing post-graduate education and their expectations of high standardsneed to be met.  Therefore, the process for approving University qualifications is rigorous with the need to ensure appropriate standards, relevance and expectations of courses of studies have been considered in depth.  

One of the University of Bedfordshire’s particular concerns is that upon completion of their course, graduates should be able to find employment andso the input of an expert working in the sector, as well as academic peer review, is an important contribution.  The course is sponsored by the Faculty of Education and Sport, and has a focus on education within international development, whilst also including modules on gender and security and on practical research methods.  The team who have been involved in devising anddelivering the course all attended the event to present and answer questions.


Clarissa Poulson from IPE Triple Line also took part as the industry panel member and provided input and a commercial perspective on the course structure and content, acting as a ‘critical friend’ alongside the other external panel member Dr Jane Hindley, a lecturer at Essex University.  They were joined by Professor Noha Mellor, a Professor of Media at the University of Bedfordshire.  The panel was chaired by a senior academic at the University and also included the Head of Quality and a student representative.   The course was approved, with several recommendations, and will be open to its first applications later this year.


The academic lead for the course, Dr Diana Pritchard, wrote  ‘Just to let you know that myself, alongside the rest of the team, really appreciated our fortune of having you as our external [panel member] for the approval event and appreciated your constructive collegial approach and very insightful and helpful suggestions.’

We wish the university the best in taking this course forward and it was a pleasure to be involved in the set up of this course.

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