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De Montfort University Leicester (DMU) is a dynamic institution with a long and vibrant history of improving people’s lives through education. Originating in 1870 from the Leicester School of Art, De Montfort University Leicester (DMU) was granted university status in 1992 and took its name from Simon de Montfort, Earl of Leicester.

AIM Qualifications

AIM Qualifications are an British awarding body recognised by the Regulatory Authorities of England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland. AIM Awards accredits all National Design Academy Diploma courses, in Professional Interior Design, Professional Soft Furnishings & Curtain Making and Professional Garden Design.

Inspire: Culture, Learning and Libraries is a charitable community benefit society delivering cultural and learning services across Nottinghamshire. The society is owned and controlled by its members. Members are drawn from the community, and all staff become members of the society when appointed. The society is governed by a board of 12 elected and nominated directors, including a staff elected board member.

The Ofqual logo is a recognised quality mark.

Qualifications are regulated internationally, as well as in England, provided that they continue to be offered and taken in England.

Recognition ensures all business activities and qualifications are published against regulatory principles and accreditation criteria.

Office for Students regulate the higher education system in England, working in the interests of students and prospective students from all backgrounds, including:

  • undergraduates and postgraduates
  • students studying full-time and part-time
  • those based on campus and learning at a distance

The UK Register of Learning Providers (UKRLP) is the portal for government departments, agencies, learners, and employers to share key information about learning providers.

The matrix Standard is the Department for Education’s (DfE) standard for ensuring the quality of the delivery of high-quality information, advice and guidance. The DfE supports the matrix Standard as the quality framework for accrediting information, advice and guidance contracts including the National Careers Service, its subcontractors and other services delivered on behalf of the Education Skills Funding Agency.

Student Finance England (SFE) is a service provided by the Student Loans Company. They provide financial support on behalf of the UK Government to students entering higher education in the UK. Student Finance England offer funding for both undergraduate and postgraduate courses.

KHDA are responsible for the growth and quality of private education in Dubai. They support schools, universities, parents, students, educators, investors and government partners to create a high-quality education sector focused on happiness and wellbeing.

IHE is the UK membership organisation and national representative body for independent providers of higher education, professional training and pathways. Their mission is to represent, support, advise and promote independent providers of tertiary education and training across the UK who share their values of diversity, flexibility, innovation, student focus and collaboration. They also seek to promote these values across the wider sector by advocating for policies.

Society of Garden Designers

NDA proudly holds Educator status with The Society of Garden Designers, a professional association for Garden Designers in the UK, championing excellence through workshops, seminars, conferences and Awards Scheme. NDA students are able to join the Society at a reduced rate, gaining access to their monthly Garden Design Journal, information support and networking events.

The Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings

The SPAB believes old buildings have a future. From cottages to castles and from churches to cathedrals we are here to help buildings and the people who care for them. Through our unique training schemes, coursesadvice and research we help people put our expertise into practice. NDA has an Educational Membership.

Akzo Nobel - Dulux

As the world’s largest paint company, AkzoNobel Dulux has been adding colour to life for generations. They understand just how important colour is in people’s lives. Marianne Shillingford is the Creative Director for Akzo Nobel Dulux. Over 30 years ago Marianne was our very first tutor, and NDA has worked closely with her and with Dulux ever since. NDA is privileged to launch the Dulux colour of the year simultaneously with the official launch each year.
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