Arden University

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Arden University

Arden University is a distance and blended learning university, with its head office in Coventry, England. Formerly a family-owned business known as Resource Development International it was awarded university status by the British government in 2015. Since August 2016 it has been owned by Global University Systems.


Arden University started as a family owned business in 1990, trading under the name of RDI. In 2011, it became part of Capella Education Company. After gaining taught degree awarding powers in April 2014 and being awarded university status, Arden University was re-launched in August 2015 under its current title. It is the only specialist distance learning university to launch in the UK in the last 45 years. In August 2016, Capella Education sold the university to the Netherlands-based company Global University Systems, which also owns the University of Law, St Patrick’s College, London and the London School of Business and Finance in the UK.

Academic profile

As of 2016, Arden University has taught over 50,000 students over 25 years, from more than 150 countries. It provides taught higher education qualifications via both blended learning (a combination of face-to-face seminars with online work) and fully online instruction.

Teaching methods

Arden University adopts a variety of methods for teaching and delivery, including a virtual learning platform “ilearn” designed by the in-house technology development team.

With four intakes a year, access to learning materials 24/7 and the ability to study as fast or as slow as their commitments allow, 90% of students with Arden University work while studying.

Quality and teaching standards

Arden University was classed as ‘commendable’ in the educational oversight monitoring visit by the Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education (QAA).


Arden University’s head office is based in Brandon Lane, Coventry. Arden currently has three London based study centres (one at Ealing, one at Tower Hill and third at Holborn) whereby a blended learning schedule is delivered to students, combining both on-line studying with face-to-face seminars. The university has two further study centres in Manchester and Birmingham.


Arden offers a range of higher education courses, some endorsed by professional bodies, including the Chartered Institute of Marketing, Chartered Management Institute, British Psychological Society, Association for Project Management as well as a qualifying law degree.

In clearing? Talk to us now

We are still accepting applications for courses starting in October 17. Call our friendly advisors for 1-to-1 support on your clearing options:

London Campuses – 0208 108 1229

Birmingham Campus – 0121 314 5960

Manchester Campus – 0161 660 2504

Or if you want to study your degree online

Online Distance Learning – 0808 231 5515

Ealing Campus

Arden University
International House
W5 5DB

Email us:

Call us: 0208 003 6196

Tower Hill Campus

Sceptre Court
40 Tower Hill, 6th Floor
London, EC3N 4DX

Email us:

Call us: 020 800 36196

Holborn Campus

Arden University
30 Holborn

Email us:

Call us: 020 800 3619

Birmingham Campus Address

Arden University
Centre City
7 Hill Street,
B5 4UA.

Email us:

Call us: 012 131 40684

Manchester Campus Address

Arden University
Linley House
Dickinson Street
M1 4LF

Email us:

Call us: 016 182 03893

Arden University Main Office

1A Brandon Lane

Email us:

Call us: 0800 268 7737
+44 (0)24 76515700


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