Perpetuity Training Academy introduces eLearning MSc in International Security and Risk Management

Ken Livingstone MSc

Ken Livingstone MSc

Specialist security management training provider Perpetuity is now offering security professionals the opportunity to achieve an MSc in International Security and Risk Management. The unique MSc programme has been developed in collaboration with the University of South Wales (USW) and can be completed via eLearning within 12 months. 

“We’re proud to be the first training provider within the security sector to be authorised to assist security professionals in achieving the highest level of security management training and accreditation available,” explained Ken Livingstone MSc, director of the Perpetuity Training Academy. “The programme has been written by security experts and combines theoretical knowledge with vocational Best Practice in order to produce a Master’s degree that focuses on professional issues and advancement.”

Learners will be supported by course tutors from both Perpetuity and the USW. An innovative aspect of the programme enables participants to interact with others through a specially-designed virtual learning system. This includes forums and discussion groups.

The collaboration between Perpetuity and the USW follows the successful project to embed The Security Institute’s Level 5 Diploma – itself delivered by Perpetuity – into the university’s BSc Risk Management, Security Operations and Investigations course.

“We’ve established a good working relationship with Perpetuity and a shared vision about developing the professional agenda,” stated Brian Blakemore, associate head of the School of Health, Sport and Professional Practice (which includes Policing and Security) at the University of South Wales.

“The MSc in International Security and Risk Management delivered by Perpetuity and accredited by ourselves offers students the opportunity to engage in an intellectually challenging course, developing their potential to advance in what’s undoubtedly a growing and vibrant sector. The programme exposes learners to many of the theoretical, political and practical issues faced by professionals operating in the modern security and risk mitigation sector.”

While participating in the MSc programme, learners will be enrolled as students of the USW and enjoy full online access to the university’s library. Successful graduates will be invited to receive their award at a University of South Wales graduation ceremony.

The inaugural intake for this programme of learning commences in February 2017.

The Perpetuity Training Academy

Through its renowned distance learning platform, the Perpetuity Training Academy provides accredited security management training worldwide.

Perpetuity also specialises in bespoke training for organisations wishing to provide tailored instruction for their employees in areas such as security management, security surveying, cyber security, risk, crisis and disaster management and workplace investigations and interviewing.

Through Perpetuity’s parent company, the Linx International Group, consultancy and training in security and risk management and security systems training are provided worldwide. The Linx International Group comprises the Perpetuity Training Academy, the Linx Consultancy, ARC Training International and Tavcom Training, the acclaimed provider of BTEC qualification programmes in security systems training.

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Partnerships with major employers

With more than 30,000 students currently on its register, the University of South Wales (USW) is a major player in the UK higher education space. Indeed, the USW’s students voted the university as one of the UK’s Top Ten at the WhatUni? Student Choice Awards 2016.

The USW attracts a cosmopolitan mix of students from over 120 countries and all backgrounds. Within the UK, the USW is unique in the breadth of its role, encompassing a modern university and two subsidiaries in the form of the Wales’ national conservatoire, the Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama, and The College Merthyr Tydfil.

Operating from campuses in Cardiff, Pontypridd and Newport, the university is renowned for its partnerships with major employers including British Airways and the National Health Service. Its relationship with employers as a leading university for careers is reflected in the high employment rate of its graduates, with 94% of students found to be in employment or further study within six months of graduating.

The USW is described as a ‘powerhouse’ in applied research used to shape major decisions. As a major public policy Think Tank, it offers independent advice to Government, industry and employers across the UK on health, education, economic growth, social policy and governance-related issues.

About the Author
Brian Sims BA (Hons) Hon FSyI, Editor, Risk UK (Pro-Activ Publications) Beginning his career in professional journalism at The Builder Group in March 1992, Brian was appointed Editor of Security Management Today in November 2000 having spent eight years in engineering journalism across two titles: Building Services Journal and Light & Lighting. In 2005, Brian received the BSIA Chairman’s Award for Promoting The Security Industry and, a year later, the Skills for Security Special Award for an Outstanding Contribution to the Security Business Sector. In 2008, Brian was The Security Institute’s nomination for the Association of Security Consultants’ highly prestigious Imbert Prize and, in 2013, was a nominated finalist for the Institute's George van Schalkwyk Award. An Honorary Fellow of The Security Institute, Brian serves as a Judge for the BSIA’s Security Personnel of the Year Awards and the Securitas Good Customer Award. Between 2008 and 2014, Brian pioneered the use of digital media across the security sector, including webinars and Audio Shows. Brian’s actively involved in 50-plus security groups on LinkedIn and hosts the popular Risk UK Twitter site. Brian is a frequent speaker on the conference circuit. He has organised and chaired conference programmes for both IFSEC International and ASIS International and has been published in the national media. Brian was appointed Editor of Risk UK at Pro-Activ Publications in July 2014 and as Editor of The Paper (Pro-Activ Publications' dedicated business newspaper for security professionals) in September 2015. Brian was appointed Editor of Risk Xtra at Pro-Activ Publications in May 2018.

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