QMU offers free, skills-based, credit-bearing short courses to help support COVID-19 employment recovery.

By Press Office

Starting from May 2021, Queen Margaret University’s School of Arts, Social Sciences and Management is offering three credit-bearing short courses to help those seeking to upskill and develop professionally whose work or career plans have been affected by COVID-19.

Thanks to support from the Scottish Government’s National Transitions Training Fund, anyone aged 25 or over who is unemployed, at risk of redundancy, on furlough, or a recent university graduate without graduate level employment is able to undertake these courses for free.

The three courses are designed to develop a participant’s specialist knowledge and practical skills in key areas of visual arts and events. The courses will be taught via a blend of online lectures, self-directed learning and in-person class-based practical workshops delivered at QMU’s campus on the east side of Edinburgh.

The deadline to apply for each of these courses is 10th May 2021.

Detailed information on each of the courses, along with relevant contact details and application information, can be found in the links below:

Digital Content Creation and Campaigns - 21st  June – 12th July 2021 

A 5-week course during which participants will develop video production skills, produce their own news-based, educational and promotional short films and learn about the social and ethical implications of film on digital platforms and the use of critical reflection. 

Digital Content Creation for Campaigns Course Page 

Sustainable and Safe Event Management - 7th June – 1st July 2021 

A 5-week course aimed at people working in the wider events industry who want to expand their knowledge in the areas of sustainable event management and health and safety at events. The course aims to improve individual practices that can impact the event industry as a whole and is designed with UK and Scottish Government regulations in mind, focusing on the roles and responsibilities of participants as event organisers. 

Sustainable and Safe Event Management Course Page 

Evaluating Arts and Cultural Projects - 24th May to 24th June 

This 5-week course is designed to develop applicants with the in-depth knowledge and understanding required to effectively design and execute evaluations of arts and cultural projects. The course looks at both socio-political factors that impact evaluation of arts projects as well as the practical skills and qualitative methods required to design effective evaluation reports. 

Students will have the option of putting this learning into action by designing and executing an evaluation (if they have a suitable live project to work on). 

Evaluating Arts and Cultural Projects Course Page 

Find out more about QMU's short courses


Notes to Editor

The National Transitions Training Fund is administered by Skills Development Scotland (SDS) on behalf of Scottish Government and open to anyone aged 25 or over who is unemployed, economically inactive or at risk of unemployment due to the impact of Covid-19.  

Further information can be found on the My World of Work website.   

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