DigiMap have announced some free training events http://edina.ac.uk/events/
Some of these are webinars which you can be part of without leaving your desk. They include a session on making maps, one on downloading data and also using ArcGIS and CAD with Digimap. Visit the web site to sign up.
DigiMap contains Ordnance Survey maps of data in digital format which can be downloaded and used for academic purposes.