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This course is a bespoke Continuing Professional Development course. We will work with you to develop training that will fit your organisation’s needs.  To contact our expert staff to create a bespoke course that is tailor made for you and to receive updates about Continuing Professional Development courses, fill out the enquiry form.

The LEGO® SERIOUS PLAY® Method helps every member of a team engage in problem solving and decision making, focusing on issues that have been pre-selected for their relevance and importance. The Method encourages participants to listen and learn, and provides a shared language regardless of culture or hierarchical position.

The Method is based on research which shows that this kind of hands-on, minds-on learning produces a deeper, more meaningful experience. The University’s facilitators are experienced and certified practitioners.

While the workshops are fun, the outcomes are serious: improved communication, better understanding, increased participation and better engagement. The workshops are suitable for teams from all private, public or third sector organisations that are looking to enhance their performance.

Options for workshops include a full day, half day, or taster session. Typically there are up to 15 people at each workshop. Please contact us for further information regarding fees, dates and locations.

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Course Information

Award Type Short Course non-accredited

Mode of Study

Start TBC

Digital, Tech and Creative, Health, Sport and Social Care

Dr Sean McCusker is certified by the Association of Master Trainers as a workshop designer and facilitator in the LEGO® SERIOUS PLAY® Method. He has spent many years in educational research and development.

He has a background in Engineering with a Ph.D in Civil Engineering. However, since moving to Education, he has spent many years in educational research and development. He has worked on large scale Assessment projects, including the World Class Arena and World Class Tests and the KS3 ICT Tests. He has been applying creative ideas to adapt practices and techniques from a range of environments for use in education. He has led projects in Storytelling and ICT-enabled distance learning.  He has been and continues to be involved in a number of European Projects, taking part in and leading the UK partnership in projects on; Girls and STEM, Girls and Technology, LEGO® Serious Play® and Seniors and Technology.

His research interests are centred on Understanding and Communication within broad educational contexts.  This covers many strands including; developing methods for representing large and complex data sets, understanding how data is interpreted and used, Assessment and Assessment for Learning and LEGO® Serious Play®!


The LEGO® SERIOUS PLAY® Method is a process in which participants are led through a series of questions, probing deeper and deeper into the pre-selected subject. Each participant builds his or her own 3D LEGO® model in response to the facilitator's questions using specially selected LEGO® elements.

As you build models, you will give them meaning through story-making and playing out various possible scenarios – a process which deepens understanding, sharpens insight, and socially "bonds" together the group as it "plays" together. You will explore relationships and connections, consider various hypothetical scenarios, and gain awareness of the possibilities.

The physical and tangible construction allows you to have conversations which flow without the fear of treading on personal feelings. As real issues are addressed, you will increasingly be able to see things through the eyes of your colleagues – and have them view the picture through yours.


The LEGO® SERIOUS PLAY® Method is a technique which utilises visual, auditory and kinaesthetic skills and improves group problem solving. The issues addressed by each workshop will vary according to the needs of your team. 

There are no formal requirements. The facilitator will identify intended outcomes before each workshop to maximise relevance and value.

Please register your interest for this course and we will be in touch once we have confirmed dates.

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