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Become a FutureLearn partner

What is a FutureLearn partner?

A FutureLearn partner is an organisation that creates courses on FutureLearn. The partner creates all the course content, with guidance from us on learning design, and we then work together to put the course onto the platform.

What types of partner does FutureLearn have already?

We work with some of the world’s best universities, specialist organisations and centres of excellence, including over 80 top institutions from around the world and icons like the British Museum and British Council.

We also work with promotional partners. This type of partner doesn’t create courses but instead promotes FutureLearn to specific audiences.

What criteria do you need to meet to be a FutureLearn partner?

In order to keep the quality of our courses as high as possible we have some criteria for who we work with. Generally we look for leading institutions with:

  • Demonstrable expertise in an area of knowledge
  • Strong academic research
  • A commitment to advancing education

What are the benefits of being a FutureLearn partner?

Build a global brand

Partnering with FutureLearn means sharing your courses with millions of learners in more than 190 countries. This is a great way to showcase your brand or organisation to a global audience. In fact we have the biggest ever single run of a free online course, with more than 440,000 learners.

Share your research

Our broad and growing learner base means the audience for your research can be tens or even hundreds of thousands of people. You’ll also have the opportunity to share, discuss and collaborate on research with other academics as part of ‘FLAN’, the FutureLearn Academic Network. This group meet quarterly and meeting topics have included: learning analytics, learning design, evaluation, educational futures, and PhD research.

Attract future students

As well as showcasing your institution and brand to a global audience of learners, you also have the option to recruit students onto your own existing HE courses. Using a custom step within a course, you can reach and recruit students from an audience of learners who are highly receptive to further study.

Unlock digital innovation

Working alongside a leading digital team with years of experience in design and technology, you’ll get complete support during the creation of your course. We collaborate with you to help you develop and deliver courses that feature expert pedagogical design and smart social learning.

Get in touch

If you’re interested in becoming a partner, want more information or have further questions please email us at


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