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Free online courses from multiple UK universities

May 16, 2013 : 20:57 IST
The first free, open, online platform for courses from multiple UK universities and other leading organisations has announced a further five partners today, including the University of Glasgow, University of Strathclyde and the British Museum.

The new partners are joining FutureLearn, which was launched in December 2012 and includes several universities as well as the British Library and the British Council. Each is committed to providing engaging and entertaining courses through the online site.
The University of Glasgow will initially offer two courses that are drawn from the broad base of its world class academic provision. Strathclyde will initially be offering two or more courses over the first six months of the FutureLearn programme.

The first will be An Introduction to Forensic Science, aimed at offering the general public a broad understanding of the subject. A number of other courses from academic areas across the University are also being considered.

FutureLearn CEO, Simon Nelson said, “More of the UK’s leading universities and British Museum have agreed to work with FutureLearn and will join the growing ranks of institutions that will offer high quality, entertaining and enjoyable courses to people across the world.

We are committed to removing the barriers to education by making learning more accessible, inspiring and useful to people, no matter what stage of life they are at. These partnerships will enable us to open up access to the best academics from world-class universities and cultural institutions and deliver new forms of social learning at large scale.

Professor Frank Coton, Vice-Principal for Learning and Teaching at the University of Glasgow said, “Our partnership with FutureLearn will allow us to reach out to a whole new group of learners and underlines the commitment of this University to widening access to education.”

FutureLearn will make it possible to learn for life, offering unique access to some of the most inspiring learning opportunities from the world’s greatest learning centres.

FutureLearn.com will offer free, accessible courses to people wherever they are in the world. Courses will be created by the Universities of Bath, Birmingham, Bristol, Cardiff, East Anglia, Exeter, Glasgow, Leicester, Loughborough Kings College London, Lancaster, Leeds, Nottingham, The Open University, Queen’s Belfast, Reading, Sheffield, Southampton, St Andrews, Strathclyde and Warwick.

In addition, the British Museum, British Library and British Council have all signed MoUs to share content and their expertise and collaborate in the development of courses through FutureLearn.com.

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