Resource Development International (RDI) Ltd is pleased to announce the appointment of Prof Kel Fidler FREng as Non-Executive Director to the RDI Board from 1st June 2010. Prof Fidler has had a highly distinguished and professional career most recently as Vice-Chancellor and Chief Executive of Northumbria University for 7 years until September 2008. His 45 year career spans ‘old and ‘new’ universities including 15 years with the University of Essex, 5 years as Professor of Electronics with the Open University and 13 years with University of York culminating in his appointment as Deputy Vice-Chancellor at York before moving to Northumbria.
Prof Fidler is currently Chairman of the Engineering Council responsible for the Standards and Regulation of the Engineering Profession, is a member of the Board of EngineeringUK, a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering and an Honorary Fellow of the Institution of Engineering and Technology. Of particular relevance to RDI, Prof Fidler has a significant experience in quality systems and processes as a qualified Lead Assessor for BS5750/ISO9000 and MQA01 Quality Systems and has made substantial contributions to the development of quality systems in academia.
Prof Fidler’s appointment adds significantly to the academic standing of both RDI and its sister organisation, The Institute of Business Administration (IBAM), and forms part of a broader strategy to develop further our university standards of quality and management of higher education provision.
About RDI and IBAM
Resource Development International (rdi.co.uk) was launched in 1990 and is the world’s largest independent provider of UK university distance learning qualifications. Based in Coventry, UK, it offers a range of online courses - from certificates and diplomas to MBAs – provided by institutions including: Anglia Ruskin University, University of Bradford, University of Birmingham, Birmingham City University, University of Derby, University of East London, Sheffield Hallam University, University of Sunderland, Teesside University, University of Wales, and also Edexcel.
RDI enrols 5000 new students each year on distance learning courses and employs over 80 people worldwide. RDI also works with corporate clients to offer a range of vocational pathways to improve organisational performance by increasing the skills and attitudes of employees.
The Institute of Business and Management (IBAM) is part of the global RDI Group and is committed to the delivery of campus based full-time taught programmes in association with several of our UK university partners.
IBAM (theibam.co.uk) offers pathways of programmes from diplomas and degrees to Masters including MBAs. All of the programmes offered by IBAM are UK university qualifications or accredited by UK government approved professional bodies. IBAM is an A Rated UK Border Agency Tier 4 licensed sponsor and currently has study centres in the UK and Hong Kong with further international centres planned.
For further information, please contact:
John Holden, RDI Executive Chairman