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Flexible learning; Employment FOCUS There's something for everyone at the University of Paisley thanks to its expansive range of courses and diverse study options.

KEEPING up with latest developments is becoming increasingly important to help employers and employees maintain competitiveness.

In response to this, the University of Paisley has developed innovative and flexible programmes of study aimed at people who already have full-time commitments.

The university's merger with Bell College in August this year not only created Scotland's largest modern university but also increased the range of part-time provision for personal or career development.

Students can choose to study during the day, in the evenings, or even via distance learning to achieve their career or personal goals thanks to flexible part-time study options, which get underway again this January in Hamilton.

The university's part-time modules can be taken on a stand-alone basis to enable students to sample a new subject, pick up a new skill or they can be combined to work towards a university award.

Part-time provision, co-ordinated by the university's Centre for Lifelong Learning, offers access to study areas including business, marketing, retailing, psychology, computing and IT, forensics, Spanish, and health.

Dr Anne McGillivray, dean of lifelong learning, said: "Our extended part-time provision in Lanarkshire means there's something for everyone on offer this January.

"We've adapted our programmes to meet the needs of those with work, family or other commitments, to enable them to study to fit their busy lifestyles. Also, a number of our courses can be tailored to meet the requirements of companies, keen to ensure their employees have the latest skills and training to keep one step ahead of the competition."

Prospective students who are considering studying at university for the first time, or returning to higher education after a long break, can choose from the university's introductory study options, which are designed to boost confidence and equip students with the skills for successful continued study.

Introductory study options include First Steps at University, First Steps in Science, Engineering and Technology, Introduction to Career Planning, First Steps in Information Technology and First Steps in Business.

There are also several professional vendor-certified computing courses. Running from January is the Certified Internet Webmaster training and certification programme, as well as Microsoft-certificated courses including MCSA, plus a new Cisco module enabling students to work towards Cisco's CCNA certification.

Under the university's "winning women" and "motivated men" initiatives, new first-time students may be eligible for free part-time study of one undergraduate module from across the university's provision. These initiatives are designed to enable students to get a taste of study at university level.

Students who earn pounds 18,000 or less a year or who are on benefits may be eligible for pounds 200 towards the cost of studies under the Scottish Executive's Individual Learning Account Scotland scheme.

For details on the university's part-time courses call the freephone information line on 0800 027 1000 or email lifelonglearning@paisley.ac.uk

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Date:Nov 15, 2007
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