We have had to put our short courses on hold for the moment but it's only temporary.  Once our new 'normal' resumes, we will continue to offer a number of short courses/workshops which may be of interest to those looking to develop or upskill their knowledge in a particular area without having to commit to a full degree. 

Some of the courses will carry academic accreditation while others are more 'taster' style that are non-accredited.

QMU will continue to develop its portfolio of short course over the coming year, so please keep an eye on our website!

Check out the short courses that are available in 2020 below.

ON HOLD The Foundations of Good Negotiation

The Foundations of Good Negotiation – practical starter course

 A one day workshop-style short course introducing you to key ideas and skills for better negotiation

About this event: We all negotiate, but whether we negotiate effectively is a different thing.

This one day interactive course will introduce you to the fundamentals of what it means to be a good negotiator.  More than that, it will develop your skills in practical, fun ways

This course sets out what negotiation is, what to expect from people in negotiation, and what the science says makes for an effective negotiator. Beyond that, it will develop practical skills in negotiation and communication that you can apply in all aspects of life.

We will examine different models of negotiation, and identify what techniques to use and when. We will take a look at what conflict does to people’s thinking and decision-making powers (answer: it’s not good).   We will use examples of negotiations from a variety of contexts, for instance: private relationships, employment, and business.

Suitability:  The course is a blend of presentations and practical exercises.  You will work with other delegates, taking part in games, exercises and role plays, sometimes while being observed. So you can expect to get active! If role playing and just a bit of putting yourself ‘out there’ is not for you, then maybe one of our online negotiation courses may be more your thing. Other than that, you don’t need any particular qualification or experience beside a desire to take part and learn.

Date:  Friday 17 April 9:30 – 16:30

Cost:  £240 (Numbers strictly limited to 15)

Location: Queen Margaret University, EH21 6UU

Outcomes:  Delegates completing the course will receive a certificate of attendance. 

Other details: The course is great foundation for anyone interested in more formal study of negotiation, mediation or other aspects of dispute resolution.   Queen Margaret Business School offers a range of study options from single modules to full programmes across all business disciplines.

If you would like to complete this course, visit Eventbrite.  Note: you will be required to pay at the point of application. 

Further queries before application: Contact Craig Cathcart on ccathcart@qmu.ac.uk

Introduction to Fundraising - February 2020 and Introduction to Sponsorship - March 2020

We are pleased to be able to offer two short courses in Fundraising and Development in arts, cultural, heritage and other not-for-profit

About this Event

Whether you are looking to build completely new skills and knowledge in fundraising or to deepen your existing fundraising practice, these courses are filled with practical tips and best practice for communicating your work successfully to a range of different funders and developing sustainable sources of financial support. Our two day-long courses focus specifically on understanding and applying the distinct approaches required for crafting applications to lever public or charitable funds, and for developing productive, authentic corporate sponsorship deals.

Each course is delivered during one full day on campus at Queen Margaret University. The day comprises a blend of taught content, discussion and active learning exercises. The day spent in class with the tutor follows a structured schedule and is designed to build on and draw from advance reading and tasks that require around 10 hours of prior study and preparation.

Course One: Applying for Funding: the Keys for Success

28th February 2020, 09:15-16:15

This day course starts with an introduction to the range of funding sources available to not-for-profit organisations from across the public, private and individual spheres to differentiate their motives for giving with a view to understanding different communication imperatives that lie at the heart of effective fundraising. The importance of a diversified income strategy for organisational sustainability is also addressed, before proceeding to our main focus on Applying for Funding. The teaching emphasises the practicalities of crafting an application for funding from a public or charitable foundation and understanding what makes a successful application (and why), gaining insight into the ‘funder mindset’ and considering the applications process from the other side of the table. The material presented in this course is practical, applicable and evidence-based. We look at sample applications to consider for ourselves what works well, what doesn’t and why, all with a view to understanding how best to communicate your work effectively and successfully through the challenging medium of a funding application. On completion of this coursework, you will gain a deepened personal insight into how to make your application stand out, inspire a funder’s confidence and maximise your chances of success.

We also offer an opportunity on request for you to submit and receive written tutor feedback on a completed funding application applying your learning from this course, for which an additional fee is payable (please see Costs below).

Course Two: Generating Corporate Sponsorship and Private Donations

20th March 2020, 09:15-16:15

This day course starts with an introduction to corporate sponsorship and discussion from your pre-reading on what motivates commercial entities to get involved in sponsoring the arts or other not-for-profit organisations. The focus of this course is on understanding the dynamics of this form of fundraising, how to balance it with your mission and values, and how best to generate opportunities for corporate sponsorship funding. We present corporate sponsorship as a partnership and discuss examples of how organisations large and small can create meaningful and long-lasting relationships with commercial funders. We consider the keys to pitching sponsorship proposals to corporate audiences, and look at examples of sponsorship packages to illustrate what works well and what doesn’t in this unique form of communicating your work. This course covers how to navigate ethical challenges or considerations in associating with a particular industry or sponsor, and finishes with an introduction to legacy fundraising as a related form of outward-facing fundraising communication.

We also offer an opportunity on request for you to submit and receive written tutor feedback on a worked sponsorship proposal applying your learning from this course, for which an additional fee is payable (please see Costs below).

For each course there are a selection of set readings and tasks that will be supplied in advance to enable you to complete the prior study required. Therefore we require participants to sign up at least 2 weeks before the course date.

Suitability: Either or both of these courses would be suitable for anyone whose role requires them to generate external sources of funding support but who has had limited or no experience of doing this in practice. While the courses focus specifically on arts and cultural projects, the learning would be relevant to anyone working in the third sector with a need to fundraise from public, charitable or corporate sources of support. No prior related degree or qualification is needed to attend these courses.

Cost:

Course One: Applying for Funding (Friday 28th February 2020) £175

Course Two: Generating Corporate Sponsorship and Private Donations (Friday 20th March 2020) £175

Reduced fee for booking both courses: £300

If having attended either or both of the Courses you would like to create and submit a funding application (for Course One) or a sponsorship proposal pack (for Course Two) for the purposes of applying the learning and receiving detailed written tutor feedback, this may be arranged on request. An additional fee of £75 for each assignment would be payable.

Location: Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh Rm. 0047

Outcome: You will receive a formal Certificate of Attendance specific to each Course you have attended

Other details: This short course forms part of a 20-credit module on the postgraduate MA Arts, Festival and Cultural Management programme. As such, short course participants will be taught alongside students studying for this award. Class sizes are likely to be between 25-40 people.

ON HOLD Introduction to Project Management and Consultancy - 2 day short course

A two day Project Management and Consultancy introductory short course for individuals with no or limited experience in this field.

About this event:

This short course is designed as an introduction to explore the fundamentals of project management and consultancy. It is ideal for the individual or for those who work in a SME (small, medium enterprise) environment.

Over the two day course you will explore the key opportunities that good project management and consultancy can bring to the contemporary business environment, for example targeting how to identify, scope and plan a project to risk reduction, resource requirements and keeping focused.

Suitability:  The course is a blend of presentations and practical exercises.  You will work with other delegates, taking part in discussions and exercises.   You may be exploring your own opportunities or working in the SME environment and wishing to explore business challenges.  Other than that, all we require is a desire to take part and learn.

Dates:  11th and 12th May, 9:30 – 16:30

Cost:  £350 (Numbers strictly limited)

Location: Queen Margaret University, EH21 6UU

Outcomes:  Delegates completing the course will receive a certificate of attendance.

Other details: The course is a great foundation for anyone interested in more formal study.   Queen Margaret Business School offers a range of study options from single modules to full programmes across all business disciplines.

ON HOLD Introduction to Business Startup and Incubation - 2 day short course

About this event:

This short course is designed to give you an introduction to a range of key components within business planning, start-up and incubation.

It is designed to take you from the early stage of ideas generation to business planning and incubation. We will also investigate target marketing, family business challenges, succession planning, human resource elements and sources of funding

Suitability:  The course is a blend of presentations and practical exercises.  It is an excellent opportunity for anyone interested in taking that initial step to create their own business or for those who are in the very early stages and wish to underpin their steps so far. Other than that, all we require is a desire to take part and learn.

Dates:  13th and 14th May, 9:30 – 16:30

Cost:  £350 (Numbers strictly limited)

Location: Queen Margaret University, EH21 6UU

Outcomes:  Delegates completing the course will receive a certificate of attendance. 

Other details: The course provides an excellent ‘taster’ for anyone interested in considering more formal study.   Queen Margaret Business School offers a range of study options from continued professional development single modules to full programmes across all business disciplines.

Generating Corporate Sponsorship and Private Donations - short course - March 2020

This course starts with an introduction to corporate sponsorship and discussion on what motivate commercial entities to get involved in sponsoring the arts or other not-for-profit organisation.

About this event:  The focus of this course is on understanding the dynamics of this form of fundraising, how to balance it with your mission and values, and how best to generate opportunities for corporate sponsorship funding.  We present corporate sponsorship as a partnership and discuss examples of how organisations large and small can create meaningful and long-lasting relationships with commercial funders.  We consider the keys to pitching sponsorship proposals to corporate audiences, and look at examples of sponsorship packages to illustrate what works well and what doesn’t in this unique form of communicating your work.  This course covers how to navigate ethical challenges or consideration in associating with a particular industry or sponsor, and finishes with an introduction to legacy fundraising as a related form of outward-facing fundraising communication.

We also offer an opportunity on request (for an additional fee – see below) for you to submit and receive written tutor feedback on a worked sponsorship proposal applying your learning from this course.

Note: there is 5 hours advanced preparation work and reading required/recommended and while it is not essential, it will deepen the learning from the course.

Suitability:  This course would be suitable for anyone whose role requires them to generate external sources of funding support but who has had limited or no experience of doing this in practice.  While the course focus is specifically for arts and cultural projects, the learning would be relevant to anyone working in the third sector with a need to fundraise from public, charitable or corporate sources of support.  No prior related degree or qualification is needed.

Date:  Friday 20th March 2020

Cost:  £175.  Optional additional fee of £75 for feedback on a worked sponsorship proposal.

Location:  Queen Margaret University, EH21 6UU, Room 0047

Other details:  this shot course forms part of a 20 credit module on the postgraduate MA Arts, Festival and Cultural Management degree programme.  As such, short course participants will be taught alongside students studying for this award.  Class sizes are likely to be between 25-40 people.

Outcomes:  Delegates completing the short course will receive a certificate of attendance.

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