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Diversity and inclusion in the workplace free course icon level 1: introductory icon Badge icon

Money & Business

Diversity and inclusion in the workplace

Do you feel concerned about a lack of diversity in your workplace? Is this something you want to address? Perhaps you’d like to feel more informed on a personal level before taking it further organisationally? This free course introduces you to the benefits and complexities of developing and supporting a diverse and inclusive workforce. It ...

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24 hrs
Facilitating group discussions free course icon level 1: introductory icon

Money & Business

Facilitating group discussions

Gain an insight into facilitating meetings and discussions in the workplace. In this free course, Facilitating group discussions, you will look at some of the behaviours effective facilitators exhibit. Informative and engaging videos will introduce you to examples of facilitation in practice.

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2 hrs
Empowering communities free course icon level 1: introductory icon

Money & Business

Empowering communities

This free course, Empowering communities, discusses the most common forms of community empowerment, and explores the barriers to community empowerment and ways that these can be overcome. It will conclude by looking at crime and criminality: a particular challenge that can arise if communities are not sufficiently empowered and supported.

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4 hrs
Collective leadership free course icon level 1: introductory icon

Money & Business

Collective leadership

This free course, Collective leadership, will give you an insight into the importance of how to be a more effective leader, and how to better engage and work with ‘followers’ in an organisational setting.

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6 hrs
Challenges in advanced management accounting free course icon level 3: advanced icon

Money & Business

Challenges in advanced management accounting

This free course, Challenges in advanced management accounting, focuses on strategic management accounting and selected concepts and techniques. It will help you to successfully navigate mid- to long-term challenges to creating sustainable organisations. This OpenLearn course requires a prior understanding of basic management accounting approaches.

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15 hrs
What is strategic human resource management? free course icon level 3: advanced icon

Money & Business

What is strategic human resource management?

This free course, What is strategic human resource management?, is about the interplay between decision making in HR and the multiple environments within which such decisions are made. The underlying premise is that, normally, better choices are made when they are informed by an understanding of the multiple contexts which are relevant to those ...

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4 hrs
Entrepreneurship – from ideas to reality free course icon level 2: intermediate icon Badge icon

Money & Business

Entrepreneurship – from ideas to reality

This free course, Entrepreneurship: from ideas to reality, is about starting and running your own business. Using case studies it will take you through the decisions from generating initial ideas through to deciding what you will do and how to establish your business and grow it. It will guide you through business models, funding options, ...

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24 hrs
Exploring anxiety free course icon level 3: advanced icon

Science, Maths & Technology

Exploring anxiety

This free advanced level course, Exploring anxiety, serves as an introduction to masters level study in neurosciences and mental health. Focusing on anxiety, you will consider key issues concerning diagnosis, causes and interventions. You will also learn how to evaluate news items, and to go behind the headlines and begin to explore some of the ...

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9 hrs
Discovering development management free course icon level 3: advanced icon

Money & Business

Discovering development management

Discovering development management is a free course that sets out to build up the basic capacities for managing the multiple challenges of development – any development. It rests on the assumption that management is a political and ethical process, a matter of the use of power to bring about desired goals in contexts characterised by conflicts ...

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3 hrs
Exploring the relationship between anxiety and depression free course icon level 3: advanced icon

Science, Maths & Technology

Exploring the relationship between anxiety and depression

This free advanced level course, Exploring the relationship between anxiety and depression, serves as an introduction to masters level study in neurosciences and mental health. Focusing on anxiety and depression, you will consider key issues concerning diagnosis, causes and interventions, exploring how these conditions relate to each other. You ...

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3 hrs
Lead and manage change in health and social care free course icon level 3: advanced icon

Health, Sports & Psychology

Lead and manage change in health and social care

Change is everywhere in health and social care work and can evoke a variety of emotions, from excitement and eager anticipation, to fear and outright hostility. In this free course, How to manage change in health and social care, you will explore the role of managers in the change process and the skills required for managing and leading change ...

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7 hrs
Hybrid working: wellbeing and inclusion free course icon level 1: introductory icon

Money & Business

Hybrid working: wellbeing and inclusion

How is your workforce doing? What impact did the post-COVID-19 ‘pivot to online’ and the processes and practices that have followed have on staff wellbeing? This course will explore what workplace wellbeing means in a hybrid working world – whose responsibility it is, the challenges involved in creating and maintaining it, and the benefits it ...

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12 hrs