Legal Status of OXCEL, the Western Orthodox Academy and the Western Orthodox University
Nature of diploma/certification courses offered by OXCEL – The Oxford Centre for Leadership
‘OXCEL – The Oxford Centre for Leadership’, ‘OXCEL’ and ‘The Western Orthodox Academy’ are trading styles of and are under sole proprietorship of Professor John Kersey. The address of OXCEL is OXCEL – The Oxford Centre for Leadership, 34, New House, 67-68, Hatton Garden, London EC1N 8JY, United Kingdom. The address of The Western Orthodox Academy is The Western Orthodox Academy, 34, New House, 67-68, Hatton Garden, London EC1N 8JY, United Kingdom.
OXCEL is a private United Kingdom certification body that is not within the UK state education system and cannot award degrees by law. The certification programme offered by OXCEL leads to diploma and/or certificate awards which are not degrees. In the United Kingdom, no governmental authority, recognition, licensing or accreditation is required for a private professional body to award its own diplomas or certificates and many such bodies do so. These awards are fully legal United Kingdom qualifications which are designed for independent professionals, most of whom work in the private sector and are seeking an award for professional and personal development.
The titles of associate, graduate, postgraduate diploma and fellow used by OXCEL’s diplomas are not regulated titles in the UK and there is no universally recognized standard for their content or length.
OXCEL Certifications have a history of acceptance within a wide range of business settings. However, all issues of acceptance and recognition are entirely the responsibility of the receiving party concerned. The prospective candidate should check with any third party from whom they might desire recognition to establish what their position will be before they enrol. OXCEL cannot undertake this process for enquirers.
Nature of degree courses offered by the Western Orthodox University
The Western Orthodox Academy, which does not award degrees, arranges for academic tuition, assessment and examination towards overseas (non-UK) degree awards made by the Western Orthodox University under its incorporation in the Commonwealth of Dominica. OXCEL diploma holders may, if they choose, become candidates for these awards.
‘The Western Orthodox University’ and ‘Western Orthodox University’ are trading styles of Western Orthodox University Ltd., registered in the Commonwealth of Dominica under the IBC Act 1996 with company number 12335.
The Western Orthodox University maintains its incorporation in the Commonwealth of Dominica. This incorporation gives the University full authority to operate as a private international university, to accept students and to confer degrees. The registered office of Western Orthodox University, Ltd., is 8, Copthall, Roseau Valley, 00152 Commonwealth of Dominica. All degrees and other academic and honorary awards are conferred by Western Orthodox University Ltd. (Commonwealth of Dominica) under the powers of its memorandum of association.
The Western Orthodox University is not accredited by any governmental or parastatal body. Its degree awards are not intended to be the equivalent of United Kingdom qualifications for any purpose (not limited to career, professional or immigration purpose). It is the responsibility of the prospective student to ensure that the credential they are seeking meets their present and anticipated future needs and to make enquiries of any third party from whom they might seek acceptance of their credential before enrolling.
By making application, the applicant confirms that they understand that all credentials granted by the Western Orthodox University are granted on the basis of the University’s incorporation in the Commonwealth of Dominica.
The credentials awarded by the Western Orthodox University are not, and are not intended to be the equivalent of, United States, United Kingdom or European Union qualifications. The applicant further undertakes that he or she will not use any qualification awarded by the University in such a way as to create a misleading or incorrect impression that it is a United States, United Kingdom or European Union qualification, or the incorrect impression that the holder is medically qualified or of similar standing.
Mentoring, assessment and examination may be arranged by email. Mentors, assessors and examiners may hold degrees from non-UK universities which may or may not be accredited by a government-approved body.
In making application, the applicant understands that the Western Orthodox University reserves the right to make all necessary changes to student programmes and mentoring arrangements at any time. Changes may be made to the jurisdiction or location of the University and to its accreditation arrangements at any time without notice.
Validation – dual degree scheme
Three government-accredited universities in Central America have entered into validation agreements with the Western Orthodox University. Under the terms of the agreements, they have agreed to accept credits and degrees from the University for the purposes of further study or the award of a reciprocal degree. An additional fee is payable for the reciprocal degree. While the majority of the University’s programmes are eligible for this scheme, some (particularly certificates, diplomas and Associate’s degrees) are excluded. Details of the validating universities are as follows:
The Universidad Panamericana (UPA) has been accredited by the Consejo Nacional de Enseñanza Superior Universitaria Privada (CONESUP) of the Ministry of Education, Costa Rica, since 7 December 1988, and is listed in the International Association of Universities’ World Higher Education Database of Higher Education Institutions (in collaboration with UNESCO).
The Universidad Empresarial de Costa Rica (UNEM) has been accredited by the Consejo Nacional de Enseñanza Superior Universitaria Privada (CONESUP) of the Ministry of Education, Costa Rica, since 5 November 1997, and is listed in the International Association of Universities’ World Higher Education Database of Higher Education Institutions (in collaboration with UNESCO).
The Universidad San Juan de la Cruz (USJDLC) has been accredited by the Consejo Nacional de Enseñanza Superior Universitaria Privada (CONESUP) of the Ministry of Education, Costa Rica, since 29 April 1996, and is listed in the International Association of Universities’ World Higher Education Database of Higher Education Institutions (in collaboration with UNESCO).
The credentials awarded by the universities listed above, are not, and are not intended to be the equivalent of, United States, United Kingdom or European Union qualifications. The applicant further undertakes that he or she will not use any qualification awarded by these Universities in such a way as to create a misleading or incorrect impression that it is a United States, United Kingdom or European Union qualification, or the incorrect impression that the holder is medically qualified or of similar standing.
Comparability of academic titles and standards of OXCEL
OXCEL is a wholly independent and autonomous body maintaining its own academic standards. Even where its diploma or certificate titles are the same or similar to those conferred by other institutions in other jurisdictions, OXCEL does not warrant any comparability of standards or requirements. Officers and faculty of OXCEL may hold degrees or doctorates from non-UK universities, and these may or may not be accredited by a government-approved body.
Faculty, officers, not employees
No person holding an office such as tutor, director of studies, lecturer, mentor etc. is an employee of OXCEL. All persons providing academic or administrative services to OXCEL do so on a self-employed consultancy basis or through their own independent organizations.
Relationship to other institutions
OXCEL has no relationship, affiliation or association to any other institution, whether educational in nature or not, bearing the names “OXCEL”, “Oxford” or any other similar name.
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