University of Glasgow responds to Covid-19 by launching online courses

The University of Glasgow has launched a range of new online courses in response to the Covid-19 global pandemic. 

The University has launched 7 courses in order to help students to continue their studies, be productive and gain both knowledge and skills in their chosen area. 

These courses are known as microcredential courses and include five courses offer healthcare skills and the remaining two are in the business management sector, taught out of the Adam Smith Business School. 

The new courses on offer include 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, Change Management and Practical Project Management. 

All these courses are being delivered in partnership with the social online learning platform FutureLearn and have been created with support from the Scottish Funding Council (SFC).

Commenting on the launch, The Director of Access, Learning and Outcomes at the SFC, Dr Donna MacKinnon, said: “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.”

“It’s great to see that the University of Glasgow has been able to develop resources that respond so well to current needs,” she added. 

Also commenting on the Universities response to Covid-19 was Vice-Principal of Learning and Teaching at the University of Glasgow, Professor Moira Fischbacher-Smith. 

” “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,” she explained. 

Chief Content and Partnerships Officer at FutureLearn, Justin Cooke also added comment and said: “more people are in need of relevant, flexible and accessible resources to help them upskill or re-skill 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-focused microcredentials that we hope professionals in healthcare and business management will find incredibly valuable,” he explained. 

If you think you might be interested in studying one of the microcredential courses, you can click here.

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