Canterbury Christ Church University has partnered with Global Banking School (GBS) to enable students outside of Kent to study a four-year Business and Tourism Management degree with Foundation Year.

The course is validated by the University and leads to a degree award and will be delivered at GBS campuses around the country. 

GBS delivers a range of industry-focused courses across seven campuses in London, Manchester, Birmingham, and Leeds. The new partnership will help to deliver the University and GBS shared objective of increasing access to Higher Education, as well as delivering more opportunities through education to transform lives. 

Working with GBS will significantly strengthen the University partnership portfolio, to offer the following programmes:

  • Business and Tourism Management. The first intake was in June 2021, with further intakes this September and in January 2022.
  • Accounting and Financial Management. A new course will commence in September 2021, with further intakes during 2022.
  • A new course will launch in January 2022.
  • Postgraduate Taught and Research programmes are also being developed as well as collaborative opportunities on PhD research programmes.

Pro Vice-Chancellor (STEM) and Dean of Science, Engineering and Social Sciences, Professor Mohamed Abdel-Maguid, said: “We are delighted to work in partnership with GBS to deliver our shared objective of transforming lives through high quality higher education. The partnership will increase our opportunities to support additional harder-to-reach students and communities. The first GBS intake welcomed over 1,300 students in June 2021 and is projected to achieve significant growth for both organisations.”  

Chris Russell, Director Christ Church Business School, and Dr Lorna Thomas, Christ Church Business School’s Director of Partnerships, jointly explained: “The courses being delivered by GBS are all-new and allows us to reach a new student demographic. The strong collaborative effort has been fantastic, and the experience overall has been very positive. This is a great opportunity for the University, and there is a real synergy between our values and those of GBS.”

Professor Ray Lloyd, Chief Executive Officer of Global Banking School, said: “We were delighted to have Canterbury Christ Church as a new partner. GBS has always believed in offering a quality Higher Education to as many people as is possible, and this partnership enhances our opportunity to do so.  We look forward to working with Canterbury Christ Church to further broaden our offer together and extend educational opportunities to an increasing number of students.”

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