Totally tropical: bringing the University of Leicester to the Caribbean

Posted by mjs76 at Nov 11, 2011 11:09 AM |
School of Management staff visit distance learners on distant islands.
Totally tropical: bringing the University of Leicester to the Caribbean


Two academics from our School of Management are currently visiting the West Indies, providing lectures and academic support to current and prospective students of our distance learning management courses in some of the tiny island nations of the Caribbean.

Alan Bryman, Professor of Organisational and Social Research, and Dr Bruce Hearn, Lecturer in Finance and Corporate Governance spent a few days this week in St Kitts and Nevis, the smallest sovereign state in the Americas. The two-island country covers just 104 square miles, with a population not much over 50,000. The tour will also take in St Lucia and Barbados.

Through our distance learning courses, students around the world are able to use the resources of a leading, campus-based university without leaving home (and you can’t blame them – the weather in Leicester right now is hardly tropical). Leicester is the second-biggest provider of distance learning courses in the UK and our management courses are particularly popular, especially the Masters of Business Administration (MBA).

During their stay, Professor Bryman and Dr Hearn spoke about leadership models and learning strategies as well as providing an ‘academic help desk’ for students currently studying, or interested in, our popular MBA by distance learning. At a press conference in Basseterre, capital of St Kitts and Nevis, Professor Bryman told local news site SKNVibes:

The purpose of this visit is to be a visible face of the University and the School; we lecture to the students, we provide dissertation support to students who are at that stage in their degrees. We provide them with information about how to approach dissertation, how to study and they can come to us with any difficulties they are experiencing.”

And Dr Hearn told ZIZ, the country’s national broadcaster:

We see it as important as a provision for people who want to study for a higher degree but who don’t have the time or the opportunity to take one or two years out of a very busy program; a programme of work, a programme of family responsibilities, but who do want to study.”

The visit was organised by our partner in the Caribbean, Florida-based Education for Advancement.

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