‘Learning in the Hubs’ is a new initiative that allows third-level students to complete college courses in their local remote working hub.

Register your interest now for 2024 by emailing declan.doran@tus.ie

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What’s different about Learning in the Hubs?

This ground-breaking initiative aims to bring third-level education programmes to communities across Ireland through the Connected Hubs network, enabling adult learners to study locally within a supportive group environment.

One of the unique features of these programmes is the inclusion of industry expert lecturers who bring extensive experience and real-life examples into the classroom. This approach bridges the gap between theoretical learning and practical application, enabling participants to apply their newfound knowledge in the workplace and real-life scenarios.

Who are the courses right for?

Targeted at adult learners over 23 years old, students can carry out course work and attend classes in a group setting at a Connected Hubs facility. This reduces the commitment to travel that third-level courses often require and enables students to study close to their home.

The courses are ideal for those in work, looking to re-enter the workplace, entrepreneurs and small business owners.

The Learning in the Hubs initiative addresses two major obstacles commonly faced by adult learners: financial constraints and the challenge of balancing study with family or work obligations. By offering flexible learning options, it ensures that students can access the programmes in a way that suits their busy lifestyles.

Which university will I be studying with?

Learning in the Hubs is currently being offered in collaboration between Connected Hubs and the Technological University of the Shannon: Midlands Midwest (TUS) through the TUS Learning Gate network.

TUS is a multi-campus technological university spread across six campuses throughout Ireland’s Midwest and Midlands region. With a focus on continuing, professional, online, and distance learning, TUS is committed to expanding access to education and promoting lifelong learning.

The Faculty of Continuing, Professional, Online and Distance Learning, TUS, delivers accredited academic programmes from Level 6 to Level 9, online. The Faculty began accrediting hubs as TUS Learning Gates in 2022, to support its online learners and recognise the value of leveraging the technology in hubs all over Ireland. The objective is to capitalise on the professional spaces within the hubs by making students and lecturers aware of the facilities.

What can I study?

There are three courses available.  

2023: Certificate in Supervisory Management Skills for Team Leaders
2024: Certificate in Business Entrepreneurship & Bachelor of Business Degree programme

Certificate in Supervisory Management Skills for Team Leaders (Level 6)

Fully Funded programme aimed at enabling participants to understand the differences between management and leadership, including styles and characteristics of successful managers/ leaders.  and leadership, including styles and characteristics of successful managers/leaders. 

This programme will enable the student to acquire an understanding of the importance of effective human resource management to effective supervisory management in an organisation. It will also identify the interpersonal skills which contribute to the supervisory manager’s efficiency and effectiveness in the work environment. It will facilitate the student to apply theory and knowledge to real situations.

Skills for Team Leaders - Course details

Commencing: October 2023

Delivery: 10 weeks - Tuesdays from 10am to 12.30pm beginning Tuesday 3rd October

Delivered fully Online, in your local TUS Learning Gate Hub delivered online and flexibly with recorded classes to suit the busy professional.

Closing date for enrolment - Monday 25 September

Cost: Fully funded by  Technological University of the Shannon (TUS) Faculty of Continuing, Professional, Online and Distance Learning is funding this programme exclusively for hubs.

Find more information here.
Or contact Declan Doran, TUS on declan.doran@tus.ie

Certificate in Business in Entrepreneurship (Level 6)

This programme is tailor-made to support existing and potential entrepreneurs, start-ups, and individuals keen on exploring the world of business from an entrepreneurial perspective. Learn essential skills and knowledge needed to foster innovation, creativity, and an entrepreneurial mindset.

Delivery - Online (TUS Learning Gate). 

Example Timetable: Every Monday and Weds from 9.30 am – 1pm

Start Date: September 2024

Duration: Four Years

Schedule: Every Tuesday and Thursday from 9.30am – 1pm

Find more information here

Bachelor of Business (Hons) (Level 8) degree programme

This course provides a comprehensive understanding of general business principles. Gain expertise that will benefit your company's operations, strategic decision-making, and overall success.

Delivery - Online (TUS Learning Gate)

Start Date: September 2024

Duration: Four Years

Schedule: Every Tuesday and Thursday from 9.30am – 1pm

Find more information here

Can I study in any hub in the Connected Hubs network?

Only hubs accredited as a Learning Gate by TUS can offer courses as part of Learning In the Hubs.

You can find the participating hubs here

Or search on ConnectedHubs.ie using the ‘Learning in the Hubs’ filter

Find out more about the full range of flexible options at TUS here

How can I apply?

Apply at http://www.tusflexiblelearning.ie/

Need more information?

Contact Connected Hubs at info@connectedhubs.ie

Contact TUS at Declan Doran declan.doran@tus.ie

Are you a Hub interested in registering as a Connected Hubs Learning Gate?

If you are a hub interested in offering the Learning in the Hubs programme to your community, please contact Liam Horan at Connected Hubs on info@connectedhubs.ie

Would you like help
finding the best Hub for your team?

Connected Hubs
Western Development Commission
Coimisiún Forbartha an Iarthair

HQ - Dillon House,
Main Street,
County Roscommon.
F45 WY26

Tel: 094 9861441