Launch of socially engaged practice - our new flexible learning programme

The School is delighted to be launching its newest flexible learning programme, which will take its first intake of students in October. Socially Engaged Practice in Museums and Galleries comprises a suite of short courses that will bring together the latest research and practice to explore how museums can have a positive impact on individuals, communities and society. Led by Professor Richard Sandell and including new knowledge and insights into practice from the School’s Research Centre for Museums and Galleries, this new programme will explore how museums and galleries can work in the fields of health and wellbeing, social justice, and delivers socially purposeful learning programmes for diverse audiences.

This programme will be our most flexible ever. It is structured so that you can study a single module (as a stand-alone course) and build up to a qualification if you wish to. It will also be possible to take extended study breaks, giving you a longer time to achieve the award of postgraduate certificate (2 modules), postgraduate diploma (4 modules) or Master’s degree in Socially Engaged Practice in Museums and Galleries (4 modules plus a dissertation).

Four modules will be on offer, the first three of which can be taken as stand-alone courses:

  • Exploring Socially Engaged Practice in Museums and Galleries
  • Engaging Audiences: Education, Learning and Participation
  • Research and Evaluation for Socially Engaged Museum and Gallery Practice
  • Project in Practice: Developing Socially Engaged Practice in Museums and Galleries

Our innovative ‘Project in Practice’ module will provide students with a creative, structured, and well-supported opportunity to develop, undertake and critically reflect upon a project of their own choosing in a museum or gallery context they are familiar with. It enables students to develop expertise in one particular area of socially engaged practice through work-based learning and with the support of a practitioner as a mentor from a leading national museum service.

All modules will be delivered on an online platform. This new system is compatible with desktop and laptop computers, smartphones and tablets, meaning students will be able to work from almost anywhere. Video and audio lectures, slideshows and online activities will form the core of this new programme. In-line discussions will enable students to connect with each other and learn together.

Please do pass this opportunity on to those you work with and do consider joining us for a module or two. The ‘Project in Practice’ module in particular offers an exceptional opportunity to develop your thinking and practice in socially engaged work with the support of a leading edge practitioner.

More information on the programme can be found on our website and applications are open for students wishing to start in October.