University of Glasgow – Microcredentials: Fully Funded Courses
Project Lift has been in conversation with University of Glasgow to share a limited offer of FREE study for anyone working in Scotland. They are delighted to offer a limited number of fully-funded places on these courses, thanks to the Scottish Funding Council. This new stream of funding supports Scottish Universities to offer short, flexible provision to allow people to upskill or reskill. All Scottish-domiciled learners are eligible for a funded place (usual price £799) which are offered on a first come first served basis.
In addition to scheduled intakes for the current suite of Microcredential courses, the University of Glasgow are keen to continue our collaborative efforts together to design demand led modules in future academic terms. This kind of opportunity doesn’t come along often, and we are keen to max out on its potential! To ensure these are genuinely demand-led content we intend to identify needs through a variety of sources from across the Project Lift leadership community spanning health and social care services in Scotland. There is nothing better than getting insights and inspirations from leaders doing the doing so that a tailored, current and demand-led learning offer can be developed. If and when the opportunities arise to feed into this exciting conversation we will communicate these out via our mailing and social media channels and the updating of this page.
We are sharing this offer as something we believe could be a relevant and valuable development opportunity for you. These courses:
- specifically relate to the Health and Social Care system
- offer an opportunity to gain 10 credits at Masters level
- are short term study with recognised credentials
- are accessible for those for whom funding or location may usually be a barrier
There are a number of fully funded places available and therefore the only commitment from learners involves time, attention and engagement. Some points to note are that the courses:
- start on specific dates (the cohort travel through the course together)
- are set at Masters level
- are based on 8-10 hours of time per week over a 10 week period
- typically have 2 assignments per course (typically week 5 and week 10)
- are delivered completely online
The courses are all delivered remotely using a distance learning model and access to the relevant systems is granted through registration with the University of Glasgow. All details and relevant steps are sent to you via email and then through the online platform.
Within the course structure, you are free to access and complete the learning at times that suit you and your work/life situation.
We would also recommend that when you consider these opportunities it is:
- in line with your current development needs (e.g. your Project Lift Leadership Profile Self-Assessment or other objectives)
- in line with your own career aspirations
- in the context of your current responsibilities and time constraints
- to take the time to discuss this with your line manager/ lead, where possible to seek their support to help you make the most of this learning opportunity
Part participants have found the connections with others in the wider health and care system interesting and beneficial and some have even found new contacts in their own areas through the course.
January 2021 places
The combination of quick uptake of July 2020 places and subsequent waiting lists means that the University team are working to make more courses available, starting in January 2021 for 10 weeks. Places are again fully funded for learners living in Scotland thanks to the Scottish Funding Council. This source of funding supports Scottish Universities to offer short and flexible provision to allow people to upskill or reskill. Applications for January 2021 courses will be open in the coming months and we will provide the links below when they are available. These application process for these places has been completed and the courses are now live.
April 2021 places
The combination of quick uptake of both the July 2020 and January 2021 places and subsequent waiting lists means that the University team are working to make more courses available throughout the year. In February and March invitations and information about courses starting in April 2021 for 10 weeks was sent to our mailing lists, connections across Social Care, Social Work, Third Sector and the Voluntary Sector. Fully funded places were available for learners living in Scotland thanks to the Scottish Funding Council to support Scottish Universities in offering short and flexible provision to allow people to upskill or reskill. The application process for these places has been completed and the courses are now live.
Future intakes will depend on funding and demand and we will use our mailing and social media channels to share any future opportunities and how to apply for them. Opt in to option 3 in the Project Lift app to ensure you receive advance mailings about any further opportunities.