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Why Choose MicroCreds

Professor Máire Leane

Micro credentials provide a flexible yet academically robust way of responding to the learning needs of professional and practice communities. The Microcredential in Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Awareness for Health, Social Care and Education Professionals, allowed us to engage and network a cohort of learners with a shared passion for enhancing and expanding their knowledge base, and a commitment to creating a more just society’

Dr. Sonja Vucen

The CPD Cert in Manufacturing of Pharmaceutical Formulations was the most recent programme developed by the Biopharma Processing Programme Team at School of Pharmacy, UCC. Although we have a great experience in designing and delivering courses in the biopharma sector, this programme pioneered the development of micro-credential courses at UCC. I very much enjoyed my role as a programme coordinator over a period of 10 months in working directly with Pfizer team leaders on developing a content that provided upskilling and met training needs for their employees. The actual course content, mode and time of its delivery was developed to suit the needs of the course participants. Hence, their engagement and motivation made this experience very rewording and enjoyable for me as an academic. following this short learning experience, Pfizer employees have acquired the learning outcomes and additional knowledge on the drug products that are manufactured and formulated in the company.

SS6808: Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Awareness for Health, Social Care and Education Professionals

As a social care professional, the course has broadened my understanding of what equality and inclusion mean and how inequality can impact the clients I work with. The course has facilitated me to think critically about structures in place that either empower or disempower service uses. Overall, the course was very valuable to my practice and I feel that I have gained skills around promoting culturally sensitive, anti-discriminatory and inclusive practice. Nessrine Zouai

Supporting the evolution of learning

Short learning experiences mean educators can respond to society and economic challenges along enterprise timelines strengthening that vital dialog with enterprise. IUA MicroCreds can provide leadership in lifelong learning education supporting the evolution of education in Ireland.

Mags Arnold, Project Lead
MicroCreds, University College Cork

MicroCreds@UCC News

MicroCreds Project Lead, Mags Arnold in the surgical skills lab in the Assert Centre.
01 Nov 2023

UCC MicroCreds Project appears in The Irish Times

UCC Project Lead, Mags Arnold, recently gave an interview with The Irist Times on Micro-credentials and our collaboration with Stryker. MicroCredentials are a short-form learning option, offer enterprise an easy way to upskill a workforce. Quality assured and accessible it’s a very time-efficient approach that will increase the ability of your existing talent pool. Ireland is experiencing skills gaps at every level of enterprise, from SMEs to multi-nationals. MicroCreds, is a collective initiative from Ireland’s top universities that is helping to bridge the gap with short-form training designed to upskill workforces fast.    
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L-R: Grace Arnold (UCC), Mags Arnold (UCC), Mairéad Nic Giolla Mhichíl (DCU), Mathias Reckman (UNIC), Jean Van Sinderen-Law (UNIC), Jools O'Connor (IUA), Catriona Nic Giolla Mhichíl (DCU)
16 Oct 2023

Super Diversity and Micro-credentials

UCC Microcreds project team were delighted to host the Erasmus + funded Super Diversity and Micro-credentials event at UCC this week. Held in the Dora Allman Room in the Student Hub, the event was well attended both in person and online. Colleagues from the UNIC project, IUA partners and from across UCC joined. Dr Jean Van Sinderen-Law, Director of UNIC at UCC, opened proceedings by welcoming colleagues. Dr Van Sinderen-Law introduced the concept of Super Diversity and outlined some of the plans for the next four years of the UNIC project including the development of Micro-credentials. Superdiversity means a high degree of diversity in a population. the term captures the growing complexity of diversity, including complex mixtures of ethnicity, race, gender, sexuality, culture, religion, social status, economic status, legal status, lifestyle and more. It reflects how our cities are home to a rich mix of people of different backgrounds and identities.
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Pictured are Aoife O’Sullivan, Head of Network Development and Innovation, Skillnet Ireland; Megan Pardy, Marketing Manager, Adult Continuing Education, UCC; Susan Costello, Network Director BioPharmaChem Skillnet; Siobhán Dean, Senior Executive BioPharmaChem Ireland/IBEC; Mags Arnold, UCC Project Lead IUA MicroCreds and Dr Eoin Fleming, Lecturer UCC School of Pharmacy and School of Biochemistry and Cell Biology. Image: Darragh Kane.
09 Oct 2023

UCC and BioPharmaChem Skillnet launch new micro-credential

New microcredential to strengthen the talent pipeline for Ireland’s BioPharmaChem sector. The global top 10 Biopharmaceutical companies operate in Ireland. 84,000 employed in the sector and this is expected to will increase by up to 10,000 jobs over the next five years. University College Cork (UCC) and BioPharmaChem Skillnet have launched a new micro-credential to support the continued growth of Ireland’s BioPharmaChem sector. The BioPharmaChem sector has grown exponentially in recent years; there are now more than 84,000 highly skilled people directly and indirectly employed in the sector. It is projected that this will increase by up to 10,000 jobs over the next 5 years. The ‘Certificate in Continuing Professional Development: An Introduction to BioPharmaceuticals and Advanced Personalised Therapies’ has been developed by Adult Continuing Education (ACE) at UCC, in collaboration with UCC’s School of Biochemistry and Cell Biology and BioPharmaChem Skillnet. This new course was funded through Skillnet Ireland, the national talent development agency of the Government of Ireland.    
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L-R Brian Dillion, Anna Ozolina, Margaret Nyhan, Mags Arnold, Sarah Culloty, Eric Moore, Michael Kilkelly
29 Jun 2023

HCI Pillar 3 Mid Term Report Launch

The HCI Pillar 3 midterm review and project exhibition was launched on 29th June last in the convention centre, Dublin. The midterm report demonstrates that the programme is exceeding its targets on the creation of new courses, with over 1,000 created – 800 more than the initial target. Over 4,000 additional student places have been achieved through direct funding, with a significant number still expected as projects mature. The event exhibition provided a showcase all the 24 projects innovations and collaborations, which make up our HCI Pillar 3 collaboration nation.
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