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- 24th October 2011
Universities Phase Out Degrees in the Housing Sector
Whilst the serviced office sector continues to grow stronger, Universities across the UK have decided to phase out degrees in the housing sector.
It is thought that these part-time Chartered Institute of Housing (CIH) courses are no longer favoured by universities, as the associated funding systems are more concerned with full-time students who pay up to £9,000 per year for tuition and fees.
The notion to phase out housing degrees comes as somewhat of a surprise, as employers in the sector still look for bespoke qualifications, and there is high demand for course positions.
To help rectify the situation, the CIH hopes to set up new degree courses. In Birmingham, for example, the CIH have been in talks with the city council, and staff from the university to try and develop a ‘blended learning’ course, whereby students will partly study alone, but also have access to tutors and peers.
Housing sector employers are also helping their staff gain extra qualifications by funding their learning. For example, Affinity Sutton are paying for a percentage of their employees’ degrees or courses, under the provision that they stay within the company for at least two years.
Some employers however, are in favour of the degree phase-out, stating that NVQs and part time courses are less time consuming, more practical and economically viable. Peter Brown of Herefordshire Housing told The Guardian, “It's about collaboration and encouragement, rather than using a purely academic route.”
Degrees will forever be held in the highest regard when it comes to qualifications, so this phase-out will come as a blow to many people who were hoping to learn more the housing industry. At least there are some alternatives on offer, and the possibility of getting financial support from employers. Only time will tell what sort of knock on effect this will have in the housing sector.
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