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 http://www.cumbria.ac.uk/Courses/Subjects/BusinessComputing/Undergraduate/SocialEnterpriseLeadership2015.aspx