Bridging the skills gap – Manchester receives funding for innovative software engineering course

The stand-alone course offers students the flexibility to fit learning into their personal schedule or existing career with the option of studying part-time and remotely. Modules will be tailored using a blended and flexible model to allow for self-paced and self-directed learning, balanced with personalized 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 ever-changing labor market, we want to provide learners with the opportunity to upskill and retrain throughout their careers, from way that suits them. Traditional full-time courses can be difficult to access for many, including those with certain disabilities, existing careers or family responsibilities. While on-campus learning is still at the heart of our university, we also envision expanding pathways to higher education, from small chunks of learning to fully modular, stackable degrees.

Dr Suzanne Embury added: “The Agile Software Engineering course is a fantastic example of how the skills in demand can be delivered in a flexible way and I am delighted that it has been selected for the short trial. . We hope to learn from this success and use it to provide new pathways in many different areas in the future.

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