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Springboard+ UCD Professional Diploma in Innovation for Sustainability | Funded*

-Created 22-06-2022
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Professional | Personal Development

location O’Brien Science Centre, Belfield Campus, University College Dublin Stillorgan Rd, Belfield, Dublin 4, Ireland

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Course Title:   Springboard+ UCD Professional Diploma in Innovation for Sustainability | Funded*
Course Category:   Professional | Personal Development
Duration:   8 months
Entry Requirements
This course is ideal for mid to senior managers across all sectors, wanting, or already with responsibility for sustainability within their team/department/organisation but without a background in innovation or sustainability.

You might be:

Working in a large corporate or an SME
Making the leap into leadership
Unemployed or formerly self-employed
A carer or returner to work
A career changer
You’ll need a minimum honours degree (Level 8) qualification.
OR applicants with 5+ years of relevant employment history can apply under UCD’s Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) policy.
Springboard+ eligibility requirements.
English language requirements.

Keen to start seeing the world differently?
Course Content
This course is delivered over eight months with three two-month modules followed by a four-month project in the workplace, start-up, or community.As the programme involves continuous assessment, participants must attend all class sessions.

Module 1 – Creativity & Innovation

Monday 10th Oct to Friday 14th Oct 2022
Live Online Classes take place from 9.30am to 1.30pm each day
Afternoons 2pm – 4.30pm will be a mixture of self-directed learning, reflective learning and group or individual work.

Module 2 – Sustainability: Environmental Drivers Of Innovation
Thursday 27th Oct, Thursday 3rd Nov, Thursday 10th Nov, Thursday 17th Nov and Saturday 19th Nov
Live online classes take place each Thursday from 6pm to 9pm with one class on Saturday 19th Nov from 9.30am to 1.30pm

Module 3 – Sustainability: Human Drivers in Innovation
Thursday 12th Jan, Thursday 19th Jan, Thursday 26th Jan, Thursday 2nd Feb and Saturday 4th Feb
Live online classes take place each Thursday from 6pm to 9pm with on Saturday 4th Feb from 9.30am to 1.30pm

Module 4 – Innovation for Sustainability Solutions
Project Start – Thursday 9th Mar 6pm to 9pm
First Iteration Pitch – Thursday 20th April 6pm to 9pm
Final Presentations 25th, 26th, 27th May

This module consists of
1. External project work and
2. Three mentoring sessions over the course of the module.
3. Presentations: Final action learning project presentations will take place on 25th, 26th, 27th May 2023.

Throughout the seven month duration of the program, there will be additional hours of student effort consisting of self-directed learning, reflective learning and group and individual work.
Description
This course is ideal for mid to senior managers across all sectors, wanting, or already with responsibility for sustainability within their team, department, organisation but without a background in innovation or sustainability.

The opportunity to work on real world projects gives a chance to up-skill and incorporates relevant workplace projects. This course gives students the knowledge, skills and mindset to translate sustainability challenges into opportunities using innovation. It runs live online over eight months and students will gain a range of career skills including:

Key Highlights:

An introduction to key sustainability concepts, terms, models and policy within an Irish context;
Applied sustainability skills (Carbon Footprinting, Climate Adaptation Planning, Sustainability Reporting);
Innovation and Design Thinking;
Transversal skills: Creativity, teamwork, communications, learning agility;
A capstone two and a half month Innovation for Sustainability project in the workplace/community.
A key focus of this programme is to enable students to help organisations (enterprise and non-profit) integrate sustainability into their strategy, operations and governance, ensuring that sustainability will be grounded as a source of innovation for organisations driving social and economic change.

For example, the module Sustainability: Human Drivers of Innovation looks at the societal drivers for sustainability. Students will learn about the changes in policy, EU regulation and societal values that are requiring organisations to respond to calls to act on climate change, gender equality, diversity, poverty, and other issues. Through the programme students will learn to apply design thinking methodology to sustainability, to achieve innovation in products, processes and behaviour-changes.

Students will gain a holistic view of sustainability which includes the three pillars People, Planet, and Prosperity – to innovate in organisations and enable sustainable development
Awarding Body
Awarding Body:   QQI Level 9 Professional Diploma (20 ECTS)
Start Date
Start Date:   September 2022
Course provider information
Contact person:   UCD Innovation Academy
Course Email:   rachel.thornburgh@ucdconnect.ie
Contact:   353 0 17162065
Institute:   UCD Innovation Academy
Location:   O’Brien Science Centre, Belfield Campus, University College Dublin Stillorgan Rd, Belfield, Dublin 4, Ireland
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