I have been a student of CLMS and the University of Leicester since 2006. I completed my Diploma in Training and Development from CLMS in 2008, and subsequently topped it with an MSc in HRM&D in 2013 from the University of Leicester. All throughout, my experience with the University has been positive and really helpful. The distance learning mode helped me to balance my work commitments being a full time working professional, with academic studying, The quality and level of the information, readings and articles provided in the course materials helped to educate, inform and challenge my perspectives, as a learner. The benefit with distance learning is that as a student I learnt to rely on myself and in the process, stretch my critical thinking and decision making skills, particularly during my independently managed dissertation. Writing assignments honed my academic writing skills and helped me learn how to articulate application of a learning theory into practical scenarios; combined with the structured and detailed feedback from my assessors, it taught me how to critically evaluate academic concepts using the backdrop of my work experience. Stafford Associates provided a very good level of support; organized effort and clear communication to students around faculty visits, assignment timelines, and submission deadlines. The team was friendly and helped be the liaison between me and the university whenever I needed clarification or support.
Dr. Elkan Polad
I had very wonderful experience with the University and Stafford. I had perhaps millions of questions during the study and all tutors and admin staffs were absolutely professional, caring and patient in entertaining all my requests. They made this experience very pleasant journey and all challenges which seemed sometimes insurmountable turned into the very manageable and even easy tasks. Blackboard facility offered by the University is an amazing tool and helps in working on all assignments and dissertation. Tutors on Blackboard are very professional and only because of their help I could complete my study in minimal times with good results. I strongly recommend to anyone to embark on this beautiful journey. It is worth it!!!! From the very first day back in December of 2008 I had been taken care of by the very caring and nice people – staff of Stafford Associates. They never lost their patience, were always available and entertained all requests with professionalism and in a very friendly way. Join the University of Leicester’s programmes and these guys will take care of you and will turn your study into the very pleasant and unforgettable experience!!!
Nadun Thilina Elvitigala
I would like to extend my heartfelt thanks and gratitude to everyone in Stafford and ULSM, especially Frances, Karen, Revathi, Mr. Ajith and everyone else concerned for all the support and encouragement I had received during this period. This was definitely not an easy task considering all the work and personal commitments I had going on, but these are challenges which makes life what it is.
Hans Alexander N Djurberg
Stafford have been helpful throughout the application process and through the duration of the course so far. The course is interesting and they have managed to tailor it to the needs of those teaching in the Middle East. Having a chance to meet the tutors in Dubai certainly adds a nice touch.
Farah Khaled Karroum
I really enjoyed the course and felt that all the information was relevant to my teaching experience. However, I felt that the last 2 modules, which had short time notices for completing their assignments, were practically more relevant to our daily teaching practice than the first two. And therefore, I would suggest that the university either compresses the first two modules or shift the last two forward in time. I also felt that the program didn’t enrich us in terms of integrating technology in our daily practice( which is very important in these times!) All my experience with Stafford has been positive in terms of services and communication. However, I feel that they should improve on their marketing strategies and follow up on their clients to promote the PGCE course even further!
It has been a good experience. The University mentors have been very helpful during their visits an also via email. Stafford have been prompt in providing information from their end. Thanks.
The Face to face weekends were good, however, the IT challenges with e-library were hindering. Stafford are quite good and helpful, however, sometimes only referring back to the University and not following up with me to see if the issue was resolved.
Excellent programme, good support by tutors and class mates. Easy to navigate modules and instructions, interesting learning. Stafford are efficient and organised when I have needed their help.