The return of some classic courses from The University of Sheffield

A woman laughs and plays with a hula hoop

One of the best features of FutureLearn is the regularity with which courses return for repeat runs. Missed one the first time around? Fear not, you can always register interest and be notified of the next time it becomes available. With that in mind, we’re delighted to be launching a host of our most popular free courses for their second, third and (in some cases) ninth runs. Below is a list of our coming roster and we hope to see you on one, some or all (!) of them in the near future.


Course poster for Exploring PlayExploring Play: The Importance of Play in Everyday Life (8th May)

One of our most successful courses (and recipient of an Online Learning Award) in terms of learner engagement and interaction returns in early May to further explore how the world of play informs the whole of our lives. A cross-faculty course featuring contributions from over 10 academics across the university, Exploring Play is an essential course for those interested in psychology, play therapy, childhood studies, teaching, childcare or just have an interest in better understanding their own children (inner child also included).


Course poster for How to Succeed in The Global Workplace

How to Succeed in the Global Workplace (8th May)

Working in conjunction with The British Council we produced this spiritual sequel to our How to Succeed at: Applications and Interviews courses (running again in July) in which we guide learners through a nuanced and evolving global workplace. With a new lead educator, fresh video content and updated articles, Global Workplace aims to help you navigate the beginning of your career, offer tips and advice for succeeding within complex corporate cultures and avoid the potential communication pitfalls of working colleagues from across the globe.


Course poster for Crime, Justice and Society

Crime, Justice and Society (29th May)

This course features contributions from 12 academics at the School of Law and looks at scope, history and machinations of the British judicial system. Through the central question of ‘what is criminology’ we explore a range of topics, including the police, miscarriages of justice, victim support, community sanctions, prisons and desistance from crime. Few subjects are as contentious and fiercely debated as responses to crime and this new run is updated to reflect emerging trends and learner feedback.


How to Succeed at: Applications (19th June)Course posters for How to Succeed at: Writing Applications and InterviewsHow to Succeed at: Interviews (10th July)

Our most popular courses return for their ninth iteration in June and July, just in time for a fresh host of graduates to start looking for work. Made in conjunction with the Careers Service, these runs have been overhauled with a new lead educator, new animations and videos, and updated advice for the ever-evolving job market. Whether you’re looking for your first job or just want to freshen your skills, these courses are essential learning for getting you further up that careers ladder.


We’re currently hard at work on new free courses for later in the year so keep an eye on our FutureLearn page and Twitter feed for updates.

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About Dave Holloway

Dave Holloway

Dave Holloway is a Production Manager in the University of Sheffield's Online Learning Team. In previous professional lives, Dave has been a filmmaker, editor, VJ, and events producer, notably with FutureEverything and Sheffield Doc/Fest.

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