Friday, 31 October 2014

VIDEO: Learn more about BSc (Hons) Social Enterprise Leadership

Watch our video to find out more about our unique Social Enterprise Leadership degree programme.

Academic Charles Dobson, Helen Carter of the Brathay Trust and student Daren Greenall talk about what makes the course perfect for aspiring social entrepreneurs and third sector leaders . . .

Tuesday, 21 October 2014

Student visit to Carlisle

Students on the BSc (Hons) Social Enterprise Leadership programme are currently preparing for a visit to Carlisle for a day of activity organised by Common Purpose UK. They will meet at Carlisle City Council Offices for a briefing before heading off for visits to Carlisle Airport, Cumbria CVS or within the City Council. After exchanging experiences on their visits and reflecting upon the leadership they have seen at each venue they will sit down to 'cafe conversations' with Andy Beeforth, Chief Executive, Cumbria Community Foundation , Nigel Catterson, Chair, Britain’s Energy Coast  & Jason Gooding, Chief Executive, Carlisle City Council.

Common Purpose was founded in 1989 as a not-for-profit social enterprise and is an independent, international leadership development organisation. They provide people from the private, public and not-for-profit sectors with the inspiration, skills and connections to become better leaders at work and in society. Common Purpose develop an ability to work together, innovate and to thrive in different cultures - this helps people, organisations, cities and regions to succeed. Our students are privileged to have the opportunity to work with Common Purpose as part of the module delivery team and engage in a number of inspirational days with them over the three years of the award.

Find out more about Common Purpose at

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Saturday, 11 October 2014

Students meet social enterprise founder Laura Willoughby MBE

On Tuesday 7th October students on the BSc (Hons) Social Enterprise Leadership award met Laura Willoughby MBE after a stimulating talk about her latest entrepreneurial idea 'Club Soda'.

Laura talked about her journey to learn to tackle leadership challenges and said 'good leadership does not happen by accident'. She also argued that social enterprise can be charged for; we are not then dependant on funding bodies to ensure our sustainability. This was an inspiring message and will be really useful knowledge for the students in their second year module 'Developing a Social Enterprise'.

In the picture (l to r) Helen Carter of the Brathay Trust, Laura Willoughby MBE, Joanna Coleman and Andrew Lawson (students) and Caroline Wiscombe, Principal Lecturer Business (and the writer of this blog).

Club Soda is an innovative social enterprise that "wants you to be happier and healthier by helping you change your drinking, whether you want to cut down, stop for a bit, or quit. They will boost your chances of success by giving you tools and apps to track your progress, and nudges when you need help to make better choices about drinking. You can also access the know-how of their trusted experts if you need it".

Caroline is a companion member of the BII, the professional body of the licensed retail sector, who are passionate about supporting social responsibility in the consumption of alcohol. Caroline has been able to put Laura in touch with the CEO of the BII to investigate if they can work closely together to promote Club Soda's mission. I will update you on progress - in the meantime if you know a pub that might be able to host Club Soda's social events [& not completely overcharge for the consumption of soft drinks], particularly if you are in London, please put them in touch with Laura:

Laura kindly gave us permission to use the video of her talk in the course content. If you want to know more about the opportunities provided by the BSc (Hons) Social Enterprise Leadership please go to