3rd October 2013, 3:36pm
Lincoln secures contract to deliver Ministry of Defence logistics course
Representatives of the University and DCLPA (courtesy of RAF College Cranwell) The University of Lincoln will continue to deliver postgraduate courses in Logistics Management for military personnel from across the UK’s Armed Forces, having secured a new five-year contract with the Ministry of Defence.

The University’s Lincoln Business School won a competitive tendering process to provide the Defence Logistics Staff Course, a professional development course for logisticians in the Royal Navy, Army and Royal Air Force as well as for Ministry of Defence civil servants.

A formal contract signing ceremony was held in September 2013, attended by senior logisticians from all three services and academics from the University.

Professor Mary Stuart, Vice Chancellor at the University of Lincoln, said: “We are delighted to have won the contract to continue to deliver the Defence Logistics Staff Course (DLSC) for the Ministry of Defence over the next five years. The long-standing relationship between the University of Lincoln and the MoD is a fine example of our university’s ability to respond to the educational needs of a highly specialised sector, not just in the relevance of course content, but also in the flexible and pragmatic approach to course delivery.
“Students and graduates from the DLSC have been able to apply their learning in ways which contribute directly to our Armed Forces’ ability to respond to the security needs of an increasingly complex, globalised world. We look forward to many more students completing the DLSC over the coming years.”

The DLSC is a voluntary professional development postgraduate programme aimed primarily at officers from the logistics and engineer branches of the three services and their civil service counterparts. It consists of eight one-week residential modules delivered at the Defence College of Logistics, Policing and Administration (DCLPA) at RAF College Cranwell by University of Lincoln academics from the Lincoln Business School.

Students who complete the DLSC are awarded the Postgraduate Diploma (PgDip) in Logistics Management and have the option to continue to study for the full Masters degree (MSc in Logistics Management), which is accredited by both the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport and the Chartered Institute of Purchasing and Supply.

Gary Ramsden, Programme Leader at the University of Lincoln, said: “The award of this contract demonstrates the high esteem that the MoD holds for the contribution that the University of Lincoln has to make towards the academic development of military logisticians of the future.”

The University of Lincoln’s relationship with the Ministry of Defence spans more than a decade. Its provision of postgraduate education for military logisticians began in 2005, when the Logistics Management Training Squadron in the DCLPA at RAF College Cranwell successfully sought academic accreditation from the University for the RAF’s 13-week formal development programme for senior RAF logistics officers. Within two years, this relationship had been consolidated with the creation of the Air Logistics Staff Course (ALSC), an adaptation of the University’s existing MSc Logistics Management postgraduate programme, tailored specifically for the requirements of senior RAF logistics officers. The ALSC was broadened to encompass logistics officers from the Army, Royal Navy and Ministry of Defence civil service, becoming the fully tri-Service DLSC in 2010.

Squadron Leader Jim Nadin RAFR, the Military Course Manager, said: “This is an outstanding career development opportunity for tri-Service officers and civil servants of the Logistics and Engineer professions, providing them with the skill sets most likely to bring the maximum benefit to Defence and prepare them to address the daunting logistic challenges of the future.”

The first enrolment of DLSC students under the new arrangement will take place in November 2013.
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