Wednesday, 24 September 2014

Social Enterprise Leader to visit the Ambleside campus

From Political to Enterprise Leadership: What Works?
Laura Willoughby MBE, founder of Club Soda - Tuesday October 7, 5.45pm to 7.30pm

An experienced public sector leader, politician, and campaigner, Laura Willoughby received her MBE aged 30 for her service to London and equality. She was a councillor in London and CEO of the Move Your Money campaign. Laura will explain how she has become a social entrepreneur to scale behaviour change for health and wellbeing, delivering a service on line to consumers and aiming to mobilise customers as a supportive and powerful community. She is founder of Club Soda, which helps people to change their drinking, through apps that track progress and nudge people in the right direction.

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For more events like this the BSc (Hons) Social Enterprise Leadership award may be for you. Information on the course can be found at

To apply for this course fill in a UCAS application form using the course code S356.

Saturday, 20 September 2014

Keeping up with Social Enterprise News

It is important to stay abreast of the latest news in social enterprise if you want to become a good leader. A useful site is at

Our students use sites such as this to keep informed. It helps them to achieve more in their workplace and at university. 

In addition they find out about the latest theories; to find out about yourself and how you perform in groups and teams why not look at some of the latest journal articles on the topic. For instance: Moreland RL, Levine J and Wingert M. (2013) Creating the ideal group: Composition effects at work. Understanding group behavior 2: 11-35

For more information on how you can learn more about group and team working as part of  our BSc (Hons) Social Enterprise Leadership programme go  to

To apply for this course fill in a UCAS application form using the course code S356.

The importance of Social Enterprise to Communities

The BSc (Hons) Social Enterprise Leadership shows how relevant it is to aspire leadership in the third or voluntary sector as we note that some community shops are outselling big business:

Social Saturday highlighted the importance of social enterprise across communities in the UK:

If you have an interest in developing social enterprise you might benefit from taking our BSc (Hons) Social Enterprise Leadership programme. 

Our next cohort starts in September 2015 and places are limited. This picture shows our current students tackling a group task in which they had to communicate well and  work together to achieve a specific outcome

To apply for this course fill in a UCAS application form using the course code S356.

1st September 2014: the first ever Induction Event for BSc (Hons) Social Enterprise Leadership

Arriving at Brathay Hall the students, the first accepted onto BSc (Hons) Social Enterprise Leadership at the University of Cumbria, faced a week long programme of activity that would see all their senses tested to the full. 

From Brathay Hall, after collecting ‘all weather’ kit, they travelled to Coniston where they shared accommodation in hostel accommodation, came to terms with three meals a day [which whilst substantive may not have been their normal fare] and work long into the evening  to come to terms with this very unusual  programme. 

Unusual because their second day found them climbing to the top of ‘The Old man of Coniston’ an ascent of over 2,000ft. The challenge was immense and some students commented that they ‘did not think they would do it’.  The view was spectacular!  

On Wednesday evening the students had a really great evening around the camp fire they had set up by the lake. Thursday morning saw some of them having an early morning dip whilst staff days ran till 22.45 hrs as, following all students having an individual one to one tutorial, they assessed ways to support individual student needs. 

One of the most interesting sessions saw the whole group try to work together to build up a puzzle in 2 mins. They had been split into three teams to develop their sections and then were brought together to achieve the task. It taught us all that we are only as good as the sum of each part & that the difficulties we experienced were those organisations face every day. 

For more information on this course see

To apply for this course fill in a UCAS application form using the course code S356.

9th August 2014: the first ever selection event for BSc (Hons) Social Enterprise Leadership.

This weekend saw the first selection event ever for the  BSc (Hons) Social Enterprise Leadership. Participants took part in group tasks, taking a turn at being a leader. One task saw participants out on Lake Windermere in ‘whalers’ working as groups within an overall team to find answers to treasure hunt style clues.

All participants felt very uncomfortable at times as they battled personal challenges and to get to know their fellow group members. It was important that they put any sense of competition for a place on the course aside as they worked together to achieve set outcomes. The aim was for them to show us how they worked in groups and teams together with their current approach to leadership. 

For more information on this course go to

To apply for this course please fill in a UCAS application form using the course code: S356.