Micro-credential Proposal Approval Process
Trinity is developing micro-credentials as part of Human Capital Initiative (HCI) Pillar 3, allowing for a highly flexible and inclusive form of learning that focuses on the acquisition of skills and competencies and supports professionals and lifelong learners who wish to develop alongside the changing needs of industry and society. Four Schools are participating in the Trinity micro-credential pilot project - School of Engineering, School of Nursing and Midwifery, School of Social Work and Social Policy and Trinity Business School. Micro-credentials are specifically designed to upskill the workforce and they consist of credit offered for continuing professional development purposes.
Council approved the adoption of the European Council definition of micro-credentials on 1 June 2022 as follows:
'Micro-credential means the record of the learning outcomes that a learner has acquired following a small volume of learning. These learning outcomes have been assessed against transparent and clearly defined standards. Courses leading to micro-credentials are designed to provide the learner with specific knowledge, skills and competences that respond to societal, personal, cultural, or labour market needs. Micro-credentials are owned by the learner, can be shared and are portable. They may be stand-alone or combined into larger credentials. They are underpinned by quality assurance following agreed standards in the relevant sector or area of activity’.(European Council, 2021).
The GSC subcommittee on HCI Pillar 3 Micro-credentials reviews Micro-credential proposals and makes recommendations to GSC on whether these meet the required criteria. The terms of reference and membership of the Micro-credential sub-committee can be found here.
The approval process for micro-credentials is captured in the graphic below. Micro-credentials are submitted to Academic Affairs through SharePoint and an initial review is undertaken by TT&L with feedback provided to Schools to facilitate the further development/refinement of the proposals. The micro-credential proposals (with the feedback addressed) are circulated to the Micro-credentials sub-committee for consideration, and once approved by the sub-committee the micro-credentials are recommended to GSC, and then to Council through the GSC minutes.
A more detailed version of the stages outlining the development and approval of a new micro-credential proposal is available here.
Micro-credential Proposal Development Timeline
The image below presents a timeline for submission of micro-credential proposals for consideration by Trinity academic committees. Please note that you must first liaise with the micro-credential team email@example.com to discuss the micro-credential development process before contacting Academic Affairs.
For the coming academic year 2023/24 there will be two meetings of the GSC Sub-Committee on Micro-Credentials. The first meeting will be held on 17 October 2023 and all proposals considered at this meeting will aim to commence in Semester 1, 2024/25. The second meeting of the GSC Sub-Committee on Micro-Credentials will take place on 16 April 2024. All proposals submitted to this meeting will aim to commence in Semester 2, 2024/25.
The submission timelines are as follows:
To commence Semester 1 2024/25