Skills for Good  

Each year, the School of Arts, Social Sciences and Management offers a range of short courses that can help you gain new knowledge and develop new skills.  

Further information about the short courses we are running in 2021 can be found below. Free/funded places are available, depending on your circumstances.

As a University, we are committed to social justice and our purpose is to create a better society through education. As such, our short courses focus on skills development for the public and not-for-profit sectors. Arranged around four key themes - Education, Sustainability, Social Justice, and Social Entrepreneurship - our courses are intended to enhance the skills base and employability of those working and volunteering in these areas.  

Some of our short courses carry academic credit and in most cases this credit can be used towards a larger award – for example, a Postgraduate Certificate - should you wish to continue with further study. Other courses are not assessed and therefore are not credit bearing, however, participants will be provided with a certificate of attendance.   

 

Creativity for Self Reflection and Development

This short course focuses on how creative expression (writing, drawing, photography, etc ) can be used to drive one’s own personal development. 

About this course: This course will introduce learners to the concept of ‘reflection’ as a mechanism to guide development and explore different methods of solo and collaborative acts of ‘making’ which can encourage creativity and development.  It does not require any previous engagement in the arts: instead, it explores processes of creativity and how these can be applied to aid your own personally or professional development.

The course is arranged via a series of short lectures that explore theories and concepts of reflection and development interspersed with creative activities. The aims of the course are:

  • Introduce learners to the concept of ‘reflection’ as a developmental tool
  • Introduce learners to different creative processes
  • Explore how to incorporate creative thinking to aid professional or personal development.

Suitability: This course is designed for those who wish to undertake self-development – either in the workplace or personally – and who would like to explore how creativity can help to do that.

Level: Beginner, Intermediate

Pre-work required: One week before the course begins, participants will be sent several short texts and videos to view before the session begins. It also asks participants to develop a short creative response to a small problem – either at work or personally – that will be shared and discussed in class 

Date(s) and Time(s): 24th June 13:00 – 17:00 (Online or Face-to-Face)

Delivery: Preferably Face to Face, but can be online too, depending on the situation. (times the same)

Course Tutors: Anthony Schrag

Outcomes: Participants completing this short course will receive a certificate of attendance 

Fee: £100 OR Free for those who are unemployed, on furlough, risk of redundancy or recent graduates without employment

Book a place: Booking opens at 9am, 8 March at: 

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/creativity-for-self-reflection-and-development-tickets-141955790591

Negotiation Skills: Bite Size Top Tips

We all negotiate, but how well we do it is a different question. Improve your skills in just 4 hours with expert mediator Craig Cathcart.

About this course:  This course is designed to improve your negotiation skills by taking a fresh look at what negotiation actually is, before giving you the chance to develop your practical skills.   In 4 hours (plus some pre-work and homework), it will combine presentations, discussions and exercises to help you think differently about negotiation, and what that looks like in the real world.

Suitability:  The course is interactive, so is suitable for anyone able and prepared to take part in practical exercises. These may include working in pairs, small group discussions and role plays where you are asked to understand a scenario and negotiate from a particular point of view.

Level: Beginner

Pre-work required: Students will be asked to identify and analyse examples of negotiations, and may be directed to certain articles available online.

Date(s) and Time(s):  Tuesday 22 June 2021 2-4pm and Tuesday 29 June 2021 2-4pm

Delivery: Subject to COVID restrictions, face to face or online

Course Tutors: Craig Cathcart

Outcomes: Participants completing this short course will receive a certificate of attendance

Fee: £100 OR Free for those who are unemployed, on furlough, at risk of redundancy or recent graduates without employment

Book a place: Booking opens at 9am, 8 March at:

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/negotiation-skills-bite-size-top-tips-tickets-143301892819

Public Sociology: Understanding the Society We Want to Change

Social theory helps us to understand the world and how we can turn our commitment to social justice into meaningful strategies

About this course: This course will draw on on some key concepts in social theory to explore how they help us to interpret the world and our involvement in work for social justice. In particular it will explore Nancy Fraser’s concept of the ‘subaltern counter-public’ and Antonio Gramsci’s concept of ‘hegemony’, both of which have been used extensively to think through how power is exercised in society. The course deliberately makes the connections between theory and the practical activities that we as concerned citizens can do to change things for the better.

Suitability: Ideal for people committed to social justice and looking for new ways to interpret how to take action in campaigns, community groups or social movements.

Level: Intermediate

Pre-work required: To be sent one month before course starts

Date(s) and Time(s): Monday June 14th and Tuesday June 22nd

Delivery: Face to Face

Course Tutors: Eurig Scandrett

Outcomes: Participants completing this short course will receive a certificate of attendance 

Fee: £200 OR Free for those who are unemployed, on furlough, risk of redundancy or recent graduates without employment/ £200 OR Free for teachers, probationers and recent education graduates not in employment

Book a place: Booking opens at 9am, 8 March at:

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/public-sociology-understanding-the-society-we-want-to-change-tickets-143309654033  

Strategies for Effective Project Management

Develop your project management skills and lead successful projects.

About this course: Want to become an effective project manager? This course introduces the core principles of project management. You’ll learn about project life cycles and how to break projects down into manageable tasks and milestones, while addressing key constraints such as cost, time and resource. We’ll also discuss the skills required for effective project management, and consider a range of strategies for managing project timelines and stakeholders, applying these to real world projects. 

Suitability: Suitable for those new to managing projects, or those who wish to develop and broaden their leadership and management skills.

Level: Beginner, Intermediate

Pre-work required: Participants are asked to come with a real-world project scenario that they have faced or are facing. This does not have to be a large-scale project. It can be a small event, personal or professional.

Date(s) and Time(s): 10th June 2021, 10am-3pm

Delivery: Face-to-face or online (depending on situation at the time)

Course Tutors: Dr Lesley-Ann Dickson

Outcomes: Participants completing this short course will receive a certificate of attendance.

Fee: £100 OR Free for those who are unemployed, on furlough, risk of redundancy or recent graduates without employment.

Book a place: Booking opens at 9am, 8 March at:

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/strategies-for-effective-project-management-tickets-141994508397

Applying for Funding: Keys for Success

Evidence-based insights, practical tips and best practice on how to craft inspired applications for public or charitable funds

About this course: Whether you are looking to build completely new skills and knowledge in grant-writing or to deepen your existing practice, this course is filled with practical tips and best practice for communicating your work successfully to a range of different funders and developing sustainable funding relationships.  The teaching emphasises the practicalities of crafting an application to lever funding from a public or charitable foundation and understanding what makes a successful application (and why), gaining insight into the ‘funder mindset’ and considering the applications process from the other side of the table. The material presented in this course is practical, applicable and evidence-based.  You’ll look at sample applications to consider what works well, what doesn’t and why, all with a view to understanding how best to communicate your work effectively and successfully through the challenging medium of a funding application.  On completion of this coursework, you will gain a deepened personal insight into how to make your applications stand out, inspire a funder’s confidence and maximise your chances of success.

Suitability: This course is suitable for anyone whose role requires them to generate external sources of funding support. The day comprises a blend of taught content, discussion and active learning exercises.  Although the material is focused for arts and

cultural projects, the learning and tools are relevant to anyone working in the third sector with a need to fundraise from public or charitable sources of support.  No prior related degree or qualification is needed to attend.

Level: Beginner, Intermediate, Refresher  

Pre-work required: The day spent in class with the tutor follows a structured schedule designed to build upon and draw from advance reading and pre-work tasks requiring around 8 hours of prior study and preparation.  All materials required for advance study are provided and will be emailed to registered participants 3 weeks prior to the course delivery date.  

Date(s) and Time(s): Wednesday 23rd June 10.15am to 3.15pm

Delivery: Online/Face to Face [as appropriate to Covid restrictions in place at the time]

 Course Tutors: The course is delivered by QMU’s fundraising specialist Rachel Blanche, Senior Lecturer in Arts Management and Cultural Policy

Outcomes: Participants completing this short course will receive a certificate of attendance  

Fee: £200 OR Free for those who are unemployed, on furlough, risk of redundancy or recent graduates without employment 

Book a place: Booking opens at 9am, 8 March at:

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/applying-for-funding-keys-for-success-tickets-142093673001

Raising Finance For Your Business

This course is designed to provide you a better understanding of the crux  of raising finance to your business irrespective to whether you are thinking of starting one or thinking of expanding/sustaining the one that has already commenced.  

About this course: This three-day intense course is aimed at entrepreneurs who want to start a new business or entrepreneurs that want to grow their business and take it to the next level. This course can also be useful for students/graduates of entrepreneurship and management, and to anyone wanting to get a better understanding of business financing processes and consequences.  

By the end of this course, delegates should be able to:

  • Identify business financing routes
  • Understand bootstrapping finance
  • Understand the funding process
  • Prepare and present fund-raising pitch

Suitability: This course is ideal for entrepreneurs, aspiring entrepreneur and to anyone considering broadening their understanding of actors, processes and consequences in raising capital for new start-ups, survival and growth of a venture.  

Level: Intermediate/Refresher

Pre-work required: 2 hours pre-work required. The materials required for this will be e-mailed to delegates two days in advance of the course start date.

Date(s) and Time(s): 14th June 10:00 – 12:00; 15th June 10:00 - 12:00; 16th June 10:00 – 12:00

Delivery: Online

Course Tutor: Dr Ramchandra Bhusal

Outcomes: Participants completing this short course will receive a certificate of attendance

Fee: £200 OR Free for those who are unemployed, on furlough, risk of redundancy or recent graduates without employment

Book a place: Booking opens at 9am, 8 March at:

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/raising-finance-for-your-business-tickets-142912780975

School Bullying: A Toolkit for School Practitioners

This course considers recent research on school bullying and anti-bullying interventions, giving you a toolkit for action research around your own school’s views on bullying.

About this course: This course will run over three sessions. At each session participants are encouraged to reflect upon their own practice and school environment. In the first, we will consider what counts as school bullying, language use around bullying, and what research tells us about its pervasiveness. In the second session, we will consider the most recent research on school bullying and anti-bullying interventions.  In the third session we will consider ways of measuring bullying, how to effectively survey staff and pupil opinions on bullying, and how to undertake school-based  research in participants’ schools.

Suitability: School practitioners from Learning Support Assistants to Head Teachers

Level: No experience necessary, although participants will need to be able to reflect upon a relevant school environment.

Pre-work required: Before the first session please read https://thepsychologist.bps.org.uk/volume-30/march-2017/why-arent-we-beating-bullying and write down answers to these questions:

  • What do you think are the key drivers for bullying behaviour?
  • What have you found to be the most effective ways of addressing bullying?
  • Is this different from or the same as 20 years ago?
  • Has the pandemic changed how we view bullying?
  • Consider what it is that concerns you most about school bullying.

Date(s) and Time(s): 16, 17 and 23 June.  10am – 4pm (includes breaks)

Delivery: Online or Face-to-Face depending on restrictions at the time

Course Tutors:  Sian Jones & Toni Fallon

Outcomes: Participants completing this short course will receive a certificate of attendance

Fee: £200 or subsidised free places are available for teachers, learning support assistants, probationers and recent education graduates not in employment

Book a place: Booking opens at 9am, 8 March at:

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/school-bullying-a-toolkit-for-school-practitioners-tickets-141991385055

 

 

 

 

 

Decolonising the Curriculum for Excellence

This short course, designed for primary and secondary school teachers and those interested in teaching, offers an opportunity to gain more knowledge and confidence in teaching race-related and post-colonial materials.

About this course: In this short course, students will get an introduction to the concepts of colonialism and decolonisation, and the way these ideas permeate the Curriculum for Excellence. From a short overview of Scotland’s role in the period of colonisation, we will go on to discuss readings and audio-visual resources that teachers at all levels can use to inform their lessons meaningfully within the ongoing discourse on implicit bias and race-related gaps in knowledge. This course is intended to comfortably broaden teachers’ knowledge and confidence in tackling sometimes difficult topics, and to make teaching more inclusive and sensitive to the increasingly diverse nature of Scotland’s schools today.

Suitability: Anyone working or interested in teaching in Primary and Secondary education in Scotland

Level: Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced, Refresher

Pre-work required: A list of proposed reading resources as well as five downloadable teacher resources will be shared ahead of and during the course. Pre-work will consist of a self-reflexive exercise, some reading and exploration of online resources.

Date(s) and Time(s): Tuesday 15 and Tuesday 22 June 2021. 9.15am until 12.15pm.

Delivery: Face to Face

Course Tutors: Dr Stefanie Van de Peer

Outcomes: Participants completing this short course will receive a certificate of attendance.

Fee: £200 OR Free for teachers, probationers and recent education graduates not in employment.

Book a place: Booking opens at 9am, 8 March at:

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/decolonising-the-curriculum-for-excellence-tickets-141811246255

Using Food for Good in the Voluntary Sector: Creativity, Commensality, Community

Exploring how food can be used through creative projects to support skills and self-making, build resilience and relationships, and support care and community.

About this course: This course examines how food can be used to provide opportunities for activities, projects, volunteering and employment for both staff and clients of voluntary sector organisations. Drawing on theories from culture and communication, science and systems thinking, environment and economics, the course takes a multidisciplinary and interconnected view of the many ways that food touches and influences our lives, and explores, with reference to real-life examples and case studies, its power and usefulness as a tool for building relationships and resilience, creativity and community, and skills and social justice.

Suitability: The course would be suitable for those from the voluntary sector who are interested in using food as a tool towards their organisational aims, and will involve workshop activities that will help generate ideas for development.

Level: Beginner, Intermediate, Refresher

Pre-work required: Attendees will be required to undertake some preparatory activities, which may involve reading, watching and listening to media and easy research tasks. The full detail of these activities will be provided to attendees on registration for the course.

Date(s) and Time(s): 10.00am – 4.00pm on Thursday 17 and Friday 18 June 2021

Delivery: Blended – both face-to-face and online.

Course Tutors:

Stan Blackley – Programme Leader / Lecturer, MSc Gastronomy

Donald Reid – Lecturer, MSc Gastronomy

Outcomes: Participants completing this short course will receive a certificate of attendance.

Fee: £200 or free for those who are unemployed, on furlough, risk of redundancy or recent graduates without employment.

Book a place: Booking opens at 9am, 8 March at:

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/using-food-for-good-in-the-voluntary-sector-creativity-commensality-tickets-141986370055

Learning in Social Movements

Education doesn’t just happen in schools, colleges and universities. Activists learn through social movements. This course explores how we learn in and from social movements.

About this course: The course will explore how people learn in social movements, drawing on research into social movement learning and its relationship to adult education. It will draw on sociology of social movements as well as adult education theory, and use examples from Scotland and across the world.

Suitability: People active in social movements are particularly welcome but the course is suitable for anyone interested in learning about informal and non-formal learning in social movements.

Level: Intermediate

Pre-work required: To be sent to participants a month before the course.

Date(s) and Time(s): 24th June 9.30-4.30

Delivery: Face to face

Course Tutors: Eurig Scandrett

Outcomes: Participants completing this short course will receive a certificate of attendance 

Fee: £100 

Book a place: Booking opens at 9am, 8 March at:

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/learning-in-social-movements-tickets-143316713147

 

 

Digital Content Creation for Campaigns

This credit bearing short course enables participants to create short digital films, based on factual content, appropriate for specific audiences and platforms to meet clear objectives.  It will focus on developing project management and strategic skills as well as the practical film production techniques necessary to develop and fulfil a brief. Full details of the content and how to apply can be found at: https://www.qmu.ac.uk/study-here/continuing-professional-development-cpd-courses/cpd-courses-folder/news-based-media-content-creation/

Professional Practice in Film Education 

This credit bearing short course is aimed at those with experience in teaching moving image education, and/or teachers with experience or interest in using film in the classroom. It is a co-created course, which aims to pool the shared knowledge of this group of students to offer a reflective space to think about the pedagogy and practice of film education, and develop a coherent, base level of professional standards for film education practice in Scotland. Full details of the content and how to apply can be found at: https://www.qmu.ac.uk/study-here/continuing-professional-development-cpd-courses/cpd-courses-folder/professional-practice-in-film-education/

Evaluating Arts and Cultural Projects

This credit bearing short course explores the processes and practices by which arts and cultural projects can be evaluated. The module will begin by considering the social and political factors that mean it is increasingly expected that art and cultural projects should be evaluated. The focus will then shift to the practicalities of designing a project evaluation, from logic models and the theory of change, through to selecting from a range of qualitative methods, establishing a base line, generating and evaluating data, and producing a project evaluation report. Full details of the content and how to apply can be found at https://www.qmu.ac.uk/study-here/continuing-professional-development-cpd-courses/cpd-courses-folder/evaluating-arts-and-cultural-projects/

Sustainable and Safe Event Management

This credit bearing short course aims to expand the knowledge of students with regards to sustainable development policies and health and safety principles pertinent to the wider events industries, while developing critical awareness of current developments.

The course is designed with UK and Scottish Government regulations in mind and is focused on the roles and responsibilities of you as an event organiser. Full details of the content and how to apply can be found at https://www.qmu.ac.uk/study-here/continuing-professional-development-cpd-courses/cpd-courses-folder/sustainable-and-safe-event-management/