Upcoming Micro-credentials at Maynooth University

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Micro-credentials at Maynooth University offer a fantastic opportunity to expand your skills and knowledge in a short period, whether it’s for professional development or personal growth. Discover the benefits of completing a micro-credential with Maynooth University and find out why this could be the perfect choice for you.

Micro-credentials…a flexible approach to gaining new skills

Writing About Music – Criticism, Journalism & Professional Development mu.ie/writing-about-

The musical workplace and wider arts industry requires employers and employees to engage with a broad range of writing about music, from traditional academic writing, music journalism, and publicity materials (press releases, programme notes, etc.) to broadcasting scripts, grant applications and reporting. This micro-credential course enables students with the skills required to improve their writing skills in these domains with practical writing scenarios and regular engagement with academic and industry professionals.


Mentoring for Equality,Diversity & Inclusion mu.ie/mentoring-edi

The Mentoring for Equality, Diversity and Inclusion micro-credential introduces mentors to the practical steps involved in building relationships. It introduces the basic concepts of equality, diversity and inclusion and walks mentors through the interactive and participatory processes that can be used to enhance positive relationship building.  Upon completion of the micro-credential the mentor will have a broader understanding of the skills associated with mentoring and communicating effectively. The course involves learners’ participation in training and reflection, as well as engaging in a mentoring relationship with a young person.


Restorative Practice mu.ie/restorative

There is a growing interest in using restorative practices to address challenges and injustices in society today. Participants will be introduced to the concept of restorative practices as they fit with restorative justice and their practical application. It will also introduce participants to designs for the use of restorative practices across a diverse range of situations, such as workplaces, education, communities, prisons, youth and with survivors of abuse.  The course will provide participants with the practical tools to develop and implement best restorative practices in a variety of settings.

Through blended learning that employs online and live classes, practice sessions and peer feedback, this micro-credential will provide participants with a structured learning environment. Following completion of the micro-credential, these credits may be accepted as part of relevant School of Law and Criminology postgraduate programmes, such as postgraduate diplomas or masters.


Brewing & Distilling mu.ie/brewing-distil

This is a focused short course which will provide an overview into the science behind key analytical skills and how to interpret scientific results. This course will run part-time commencing in March 2024 and will last 12 weeks. The lectures will be delivered under a blended approach and there is an opportunity to practice and develop these key skills hands-on in a modern laboratory facility over a 3-day residency at Maynooth University.


Maynooth University is a constituent university of the National University of Ireland. It is located in Maynooth, County Kildare, Ireland. It is Ireland’s youngest university, having been founded by the Universities Act, 1997 from the secular faculties of the now separate St Patrick’s College, Maynooth, which was founded in 1795.

Maynooth University’s Department of Adult and Community Education (DACE) is the only specialist academic department for the education of adults in Ireland.  We have been working with adults for 40 years. In that time we have worked with thousands of people who are living proof that one is never too old to learn.  We have a range of courses designed to cater to the needs and wants of people from all walks of life and all educational backgrounds; from people who left school with no formal qualifications and are seeking to re-enter formal education; to those who have completed degrees and post-graduate degrees to doctorate level programmes and who are seeking Continuing Professional Development and Improved Practice.

More than anything else students who have undertaken our courses comment on the transformative nature of the discipline.  Adult Education is a powerful tool for personal, organisational and societal change.  Some of the methods used include small group discussion based learning where students are encouraged to engage with the subject or a problem by bringing the full extent of their own knowledge and experience to deepen the level of critical analysis. Skilled Adult Education facilitators accompany the group learning process and guide the students towards better understanding their own life world through promoting individual personal reflection.  And so Adult Education creates dynamic learning environments in which participation is a key ingredient for exploring  real life issues regarding human relationships, social and political issues in terms of social justice, equality, democracy and diversity.

DACE has a long tradition and commitment of providing and developing a wide range of courses both On Campus and at local level. Over the years our Continuing Education programme has grown and developed in response to the changing needs of adult learners. The role of continuing education courses is to provide third level learning opportunities for adults, which are flexible and part-time.  Some, such as our Return to Learning courses, are designed particularly for those without previous third level education but who are considering re-entering education at this time of their life or their career. Others answer more direct needs of the individual and society such as our Addiction Studies or Community Development and Leadership courses.  Our Training and Continuing Education certificate (Level 7) has become widely recognised as the Train the Trainer course par excellence.  All of our courses are underpinned by a belief that adults learn best when the learning and courses are meaningful, relevant, accessible and applicable.

Wherever you start you will find that there are paths to progression onto other courses across a wide variety of academic disciplines. So whether you are looking to increase your career prospects by gaining a university qualification or you are just curious about the world in which we live, we’ve got just the course to capture your imagination!

Steven Galvin

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