Excellence in Teaching and Learning
Established in 2008, VLUK provides a range of services to the education sector, from CPD and teacher training, through to full time education programmes for young people.
We are an approved government provider, educating over 1500 young people aged 16-24 each academic year at Levels 2-5.
As part of the Virtual Alliance Group, we have an impressive track record of creating, developing and delivering education projects to the sector. Our Senior team is made up of education professionals and consultants with vast experience of leadership in all aspects of delivering outstanding education programmes.
Selecting the next path in a learning journey can be confusing for any student. Our dedicated professional team at Virtual Learning UK will help students to make an informed decision that best supports their career aspirations giving the strongest start and the confidence to stand by that choice for the entirety of the course.
We are proud to educate more than 1500 students through further and higher education delivering innovative courses specialising in sport, performing arts, business and equine management. We work in partnership with reputable industry partners who share our passion to help students succeed. Our highly motivated team is committed to working closely with our partners to ensure each learner’s journey is informative, supportive and progressive. We want to ensure our students are exposed to knowledgeable, experienced and helpful staff, so that together we can set learning outcomes realistically aligned to each individual’s potential.
We review our provision regularly with the aim of improving the experiences of our staff, partners and students. This supports our goal of developing unique learning environments at the heart of industry, with high aspirations and a drive to succeed.
We passionately believe in and expect a hard work ethic and unwavering commitment to continual development from everyone involved at Virtual Learning UK. Our aim is that on completion students are better prepared to work in industry and equipped with the foundation skills to become leaders of the future. We are also committed to ongoing professional development of our staff so they are able to take on new challenges and support our students to succeed in the evolving world of work.
On behalf of Virtual Learning UK, I encourage students to find out more about how we can support your career aspirations and look forward to welcoming those who are serious about their future.
Chief Operating Officer, VLUK
By analysing the views and behaviours of VLUK Directors and Senior Leadership Team, we attribute our success and continued development as education providers around these core themes:
All staff are monitored around these core themes, so that the student experience is continually enhanced. We aim to display these behaviours in a variety of ways so that our students can also learn from them.
At VLUK we wish to create and maintain a trusting, secure and happy environment where everyone can work as equals.
All members of the VLUK community have responsibilities to promote equality of opportunity, experience and treatment and, to challenge stereotypes.
Our community consists of a diverse range of people – employees, visitors, students and parents. We need to celebrate our differences, by understanding them and enjoying the diversity this brings.
As we work with young adults, we all have a responsibility towards the safety and well being of each student who attends our programmes. We expect that our staff take responsibility to:
- report ANY concerns of radicalisation, extremism and abuse;
- DO NOT make decisions or assumptions themselves about whether a case is or is not radicalisation, extremism or abuse.
The designated safeguarding person for VLUK is currently Vice Principal Neil Ouldridge to whom suspicions are reported. All staff (teaching and support) are expected to be aware of the possibility of abuse and neglect and the need to maintain vigilance at all times.
All VLUK staff are DBS checked prior to employment. We also hold regular staff training to ensure that all teachers, coaches and site leaders are aware of their responsibilities.
The following codes of conduct are used with staff and students to ensure that all parties understand the role they can take in keeping themselves and others safe.
How we use your personal data
Virtual Learning UK (VLUK) and our partners are committed to protecting your personal data and seek to comply with UK Data Protection Laws. As a data controller we have a legal and moral responsibility to do so and conduct regular programmes to do so as well as employ a Data Protection Officer to assist.
VLUK collects data from you at differing stages of the programme you may be on. There are two types of data we collect. We collect Special Category sensitive data (e.g health, ethnicity) and ‘other’ types but each is treated securely and legally and with transparency. For example, we will use your non-sensitive personal data for the purposes of potential application and a basic record of interest.
Our legal grounds for processing your data is Legitimate Interest. We will not share your details with any third parties unless we have your express permission to do so or another legal basis has been identified such as Legal Obligation.
Disclosure of your personal data
VLUK may have to share your personal data with Sports/Performing arts partner and Education Funding Partners. Medical professionals for the purposes of offering medical assistance in the case of an emergency and supporting you during your studies. We collect basic information such as name and email for interest registration.
We require that all these third parties to whom we transfer your data respects the security of your personal data and to treat it in accordance with our lawful basis. They are only allowed to process your personal data on our instructions.
We do not process your data outside of the EEA.
Protecting your data is important to us and we have put in place security measures to prevent your personal data from being accidentally lost, used or accessed in an unauthorised way, altered or disclosed. We have put in place procedures to deal with any suspected personal data breaches and will notify you and any applicable regulator of a breach where we are legally required to do so where there is a risk of harm to you.
We will only keep your personal data for as long as is necessary to fulfil the purposes for which we collected it.
You have the right to ask us to delete the personal data we hold about you in certain circumstances. See section 6 below.
You can exercise certain rights in relation to your personal data that we process. These are set out in more detail at
In relation to a Subject Access Right request, you may request that we inform you of the data we hold about you and how we process it. We will not charge a fee for responding to this request unless your request is clearly unfounded, repetitive or excessive in which case we may charge a reasonable fee or decline to respond if appropriate.
We will, in most cases, reply within one month of the date of the request unless your request is complex or you have made a large number of requests in which case we will notify you of any delay and will in any event reply within 3 months.
If you wish to make a Subject Access Request, please send the request to Mark James (DPO) firstname.lastname@example.org
Keeping your data up to date
We have a duty to keep your personal data up to date and accurate so from time to time we will contact you to ask you to confirm that your personal data is still accurate and up to date
We are committed to protecting your personal data but if for some reason you are not happy with any aspect of how we collect and use your data, you have the right to complain to the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO), the UK supervisory authority for data protection issues (www.ico.org.uk).
We should be grateful if you would contact us first if you do have a complaint so that we can try to resolve it for you, please email email@example.com
We may change this Privacy Notice from time to time and shall notify you of any changes.