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Courses 7 New Microcredentials on FutureLearn from The University of Glasgow


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The University of Glasgow has launched seven new online courses tailored to provide vital new skills and that are particularly relevant to the current Coronavirus pandemic.

Delivered in partnership with FutureLearn, these courses are accredited microcredentials and are designed to help learners build specialised skills relevant to their career. Five of the courses deliver healthcare-related skills and two further courses are in business management. The new microcredential qualifications are worth 10 credits towards a Masters degree and provide learners with a springboard to further qualifications.

The programs were created with support from the Scottish Funding Council’s Upskilling Fund which was set up to support employees and employers to upskill and reskill, thus allowing the higher education sector to be more agile in its response to local and national economic changes.

Dr Donna MacKinnon, Director of Access, Learning and Outcomes at the Scottish Funding Council, said: “It great to see that the University of Glasgow has been able to develop resources that respond so well to current needs. I’m delighted that our funding has been used in such an innovative way and that it has been able to demonstrate the responsiveness of Scotland’s higher education sector.

Professor Moira Fischbacher-Smith, Vice-Principal of Learning and Teaching at the University of Glasgow, said: “The SFC funding has allowed us to develop new approaches to learning that are aimed at supporting employers and employees in the workplace and that focus on skills development. The timing of these developments means we very much hope that this provision will help the collective response to Covid-19.”

Five of the courses, delivered through the College of Medical, Veterinary and Life Sciences at the University of Glasgow, are:

Impact of Trauma on Mental Health

Introduction to Health Economics & Health Technology Assessment

Introduction to Management & Leadership in Health Services

Teaching Healthcare Professionals

Veterinary Practitioners & the Food Supply Chain

A further two courses are delivered by the Adam Smith Business School:

Change Management

Practical Project Management

Justin Cooke, Chief Content and Partnerships Officer at FutureLearn, said: “The current work landscape is undergoing unprecedented change, with thousands of roles being augmented and millions currently unable to work. As a result, more people are in need of relevant, flexible and accessible resources to help them upskill or reskill so that they can not only weather this change but continue to thrive beyond it. Microcredentials offer just that, and FutureLearn is delighted to partner with the University of Glasgow to deliver a new set of accredited and career-focussed microcredentials that we hope professionals in healthcare and business management will find incredibly valuable.


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