Tackling the skills gap – Manchester awarded funding for innovative software engineering course

The standalone course offers students the flexibility to fit learning around their personal schedules or existing careers with the option to study part-time and remotely. Modules will be adapted using a blended and flexible model to allow self-paced and self-directed learning, balanced with personalised support from expert teaching staff.

Exploring how courses can be delivered in new ways to enable lifelong learning is a key priority for the University. Professor Danielle George, Associate Vice President for Blended and Flexible Learning: “With an everchanging job market, we want to offer learners the opportunity to upskill and reskill throughout their careers, in a way that works for them. Traditional full-time courses can be difficult to access for many, including those with certain disabilities, existing careers, or caring responsibilities. While on-campus learning will always be at the heart of our University, we’re also looking at expanding pathways into higher education, from bite-sized chunks of learning to full modular, stackable degrees.”

Dr Suzanne Embury added: “The Agile Software Engineering course is a fantastic example of how in-demand skills can be delivered in a flexible way and I’m thrilled it was selected as part of the short course trial. We’re hoping to learn from and build on this success to offer new pathways into many different subject areas in the future.”

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