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Shaw Academy
Type of site
Online learning
Available inEnglish
  • James Egan
  • Adrian Murphy
Employees66 (2019)

Shaw Academy is a privately owned online education organisation based in Dublin, Ireland.[1][2]

Founded in 2013, Shaw Academy provides online courses which are audio/video recorded and deliver them to students through scheduled webinar times.[2] The courses offered cover subjects including photography, health and fitness, financial trading, nutrition, web development, mobile app development and digital marketing.[3][4] Shaw Academy uses online tools to answer students' live questions.[2]


Shaw Academy was founded by James Egan and Adrian Murphy in 2013.[5]

By January 2016, Shaw Academy was teaching about 55,000 new students each month.[6] By November of that year, it was teaching 400,000 new students every month and had surpassed teaching over 1.84 million students.[7][8]

In January 2016, founder Adrian Murphy and Irish Minister for Jobs, Richard Bruton, announced 40 new education positions in the Dublin office.[5][6][9] The CEO of Irish government agency Enterprise Ireland, Julie Sinnamon, described Shaw Academy at the time as "an example of an innovative Irish company in the growing online learning market, who are also supporting other Irish SMEs to grow through their extensive suite of online courses."[5][9]

In January 2017, Shaw Academy launched an educational platform, called Phoenix, to accommodate growing student numbers.[10]

In January 2019, the organisation ran into financial difficulties with the calling in of a €5.7m debt resulting in the High Court appointing an insolvency practitioner.[11][12] In March, the court approved the exit of Shaw Academy from examinership after the company secured an additional €7.15 million in funding.[13]


Shaw Academy offers courses ranging from business related topics such as digital marketing, social media marketing and web development to wellness programmes such as health and fitness and sports nutrition.[8] Courses are delivered with recordings of live presentations.[8][14] Students can log on to an online portal to complete assignments, exams, review modules, replay lectures, and view additional content. Educational and technical support teams are also available to students.[2][15]


The professional diploma courses of Shaw Academy were accredited with 10 credit units by the Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework (SCQF) through validation of Edinburgh Napier University.[16] They are on the European Qualifications Framework, a reference network for the comparability of national educational standards,[17] and therefore, amongst others, comparable to 10 credit units achieved through Higher National Diploma, foundation degree, Diploma of Higher Education or an associate degree in the US.[citation needed]

Because Edinburgh Napier University is not partnering with Shaw Academy as a credit rating body since 24 July 2019, SCQF has archived the records in their database. Certificates awarded before 24 July 2019 will still be valid. [18] After this time, Shaw Academy provides the certificates without an accompanying credit rating body. Despite continuing to use the claims of recognition by the European Qualification Framework this recognition and credit rating is not found in the European Union official website under Learning Opportunities and Qualifications section. [19]

Office locations

The company's headquarters are in Dublin, Ireland, and it has other offices elsewhere, employing approximately 200 staff globally in 2016.[5][6] In September 2015, Shaw Academy set up an office in Bangalore, India, which employed over 120 staff.[14] In April 2019, Shaw Academy had 66 employees, distributed across Dublin, Bangalore and Cape Town.[13]


  1. ^ Moules, Jonathan (7 March 2016). "Edtech providers move from Moocs to social networking". Financial Times.
  2. ^ a b c d Revesencio, Jonha (19 June 2015). "A Look at Coursera, The Shaw Academy and Lynda.com: Which One Stands Out?". The Huffington Post. Archived from the original on 22 April 2015.[dead link]
  3. ^ O'Brien, Stephen (23 February 2016). "We don't need no free-market education". The Irish Times.
  4. ^ "ACCESS THROUGH LIVE CAMPUS". Europa Press. Retrieved 22 September 2015.
  5. ^ a b c d Hunt, Gordon (29 January 2016). "40 jobs in Dublin at online learning company Shaw Academy". Silicon Republic.
  6. ^ a b c O'Brien, Ciara (29 January 2016). "Shaw Academy to create 40 jobs in Dublin". The Irish Times.
  7. ^ "Flipkart and Shaw Academy Bring Live Education to the Indian Online Marketplace". Businessworld. 21 November 2016.
  8. ^ a b c Agarwal, Meha (18 November 2016). "Flipkart Forays Into Online Learning; Partners With Shaw Academy". Inc42.
  9. ^ a b "40 jobs in Dublin at online learning company Shaw Academy". Enterprise Ireland. Retrieved 4 February 2016.
  10. ^ "Shaw Academy launches a new Education Technology Platform". insightssuccess.com. Retrieved 31 January 2017.
  11. ^ Connolly, Philip. "Harsh lesson for Dublin online education firm Shaw Academy as it falls from top of class" – via www.thetimes.co.uk.
  12. ^ "Examiner picks six bidders for Shaw Academy". independent.
  13. ^ a b Hamilton, Peter (2019-04-01). "Shaw Academy to exit examinership with €7m investment". The Irish Times. Retrieved 2020-04-08.
  14. ^ a b "Flipkart partners with Shaw Academy to bring live education to Indian online marketplace". India Infoline. 18 November 2016.
  15. ^ Agrawal, AJ. "5 Benefits That Make Online Learning With Shaw Academy the Future of Education". Inc.com. Retrieved 30 September 2015.
  16. ^ "Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework". www.scqf.org.uk. 2019-01-16. Retrieved 2019-01-16.
  17. ^ "European Qualifications Framework (EQF)". www.accreditedqualifications.org.uk. Retrieved 2019-01-11.
  18. ^ "Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework". www.scqf.org.uk. 2020-04-03. Retrieved 2020-04-03.
  19. ^ "Learning Opportunities and Qualifications in Europe". ec.europa.eu. 2020-04-03. Retrieved 2020-04-03.

External links

  • Official website