My group is very supportive and encouraging and there’s a real sense of ‘we’re all in it together’. We all work full time, we all have home lives, and we’re all new to studying at this level at this age. Our tutor, Margaret, is fantastic. She’s extremely supportive and patient with us and understands how we feel about studying later in life, with busy careers and lives and she encourages and reassures us.
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It’s really interesting and I have found that the course helps my work practice. The subject areas covered relate directly to my role in middle management and the ideas and concepts readily relate to the work place and also have a practical element.
As a manager with responsibilities across the university, the course is aligned to all elements of my role as a manager/leader and helps develop and improve my skills and understanding. We have an opportunity to learn new skills such as strategic planning; this isn’t something we are required to do in great detail as middle managers, but by learning, it gives me confidence that I have more to offer my employer.
The programme has helped me prioritise the important elements of project management and explore the different typesof application of project management. It is an opportunity to learn whilst on the job and get the experience to support my understanding of project management. The programme suited my learning style more than a conventional degree and I think it is a more natural way to learn and ingest the teaching that we get at University.
I have learnt so much over the last year, but knowing the theory behind what I do has helped. Even if that can make me feel conflict between ethics, morals and my own feelings, I know the care that I provide in practice and the work I do at university all come together.