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Micro-credentials are small packets of learning and skills acquisition that may be recognised by a digital certificate or badge. They may be standalone qualifications or the starting point for degree-level study. The COVID-19 pandemic has brought such flexibility into sharper focus, as an increasing number of people are expected to seek opportunities for upskilling and career change using online platforms.


Building on previous work in Scotland and Australia, this project aims to explore the potential development of micro-credentials in relation to Graduate Apprentice programmes and work-based learning, their understanding by stakeholders, and their increasing relevance in our current disrupted circumstances.


Watch our introductory video to find out more about this collaborative cluster

Upcoming events

Employer Event

Wed, 5 May 2021 (14.00 - 15.45)


Micro-credentials are small packets of learning and skills acquisition that may be recognised by a digital certificate or badge. They may be standalone qualifications or the starting point for degree-level study. The COVID-19 pandemic has brought such flexible learning into sharper focus, as an increasing number of individuals are expected to pursue opportunities for online upskilling and re-skilling, to combat the economic challenges of the pandemic.


A number of universities across Scotland are working collaboratively to research micro-credentials from various stakeholder perspectives. A key aspect of this collaborative research is to explore employer awareness and use of micro-credentials in the workplace, for example in continuing professional development (CPD) and recruitment activities. As part of this research, the project team is hosting an online, employer-facing event. Employers and employees involved in recruitment, HR recruiters and senior managers from business, industry and the third sector are welcome to attend.  For further event details contact: Dr Joy Perkins, Educational & Employability Development Adviser, University of Aberdeen.

The Rise of the Microcredential - What's in it for Students?

Thurs, 13 May 2021 (14:00 - 15:30)


We would like to invite current and prospective students to a 90 minute interactive workshop led by Pete Evans, Senior Teaching Fellow from the University of Edinburgh to explore these issues and identify how micro-credentials and digital badges might be best developed in Higher Education in Scotland.