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Date published: January 23, 2019

Try out the digital course that’s approved by Buckingham Palace

A new online programme that aims to develop your digital and enterprise skills for free has been given the royal seal of approval.

The Duke of York’s Inspiring Digital Enterprise Award (iDEA) is an interactive programme that improves your digital, enterprise and employability skills through fun and engaging challenges.

There are currently two levels to aim for – Bronze and Silver – and you receive a certificate from Buckingham Palace, no less, when you reach each stage. The Gold award will be available later this year.

Points are required to achieve the Bronze and Silver standard and you receive these by completing badges of your choice that take around five to ten minutes.

Just like the certificates, the badges are yours to keep so you can show off the skills you’ve learnt to future employers.

You can do this at your own pace, on your computer, phone or tablet.

Get Started

University of Salford students earn two bonus points towards the Bronze Award when you create an iDEA account or log into an existing account! Follow these four steps to get started:

  1. Visit the iDEA website and Login or Sign Up.
  2. At the top of the page click on 'Have a badge code?'.
  3. Enter UNISFD161 and click REDEEM to get your bonus points.
  4. Click on 'Bronze' to explore the badges on offer.

If you have any questions or run into any difficulties while using iDEA, please contact

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