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Leaders in their Field: Joint Sheffield City Region Leadership Programme celebrates its third cohort

Delegates and the teaching team

Delegates and the teaching team

Firth Court was an appropriately grand setting for the third set of graduates from the Sheffield City Region Leadership Programme.A pianist enhanced the classical sense of occasion, while successful delegates from the programme, along with their tutors and representatives from the Universities, gathered and enjoyed the canapés ahead of an evening of inspiring speeches and individuals.

The innovative course, run collaboratively by the University of Sheffield and Sheffield Hallam University, is building a generation of highly trained, socially networked leaders in the city region. This year’s cohort included representatives from South Yorkshire Fire & Rescue, many of the region’s councils, the Department for Business Innovation and Skills, the NHS and South Yorkshire Police.

After introductions from Sheffield University Management School’s Associate Dean for Knowledge Exchange Professor John Cullen and Acting Dean Professor David Oglethorpe, as well as Deputy Dean of Sheffield Business School Professor Isobel Doole, graduates of the year-long programme watched a presentation filmed specially for them from Lord Michael Bichard. In it he discussed the significance of the programme in a national context and the importance of cross-agency working, as well as passing on his congratulations.

Delegates then crossed the stage to collect their certificate, becoming the programme’s third cohort.

Isobel David Nigel CRLP Event 20 Nov 2013

Prof David Oglethorpe, Nigel Brewster and Prof Isobel Doole

Following the ceremony, Nigel Brewster, partner at  bespoke recruitment company Brewster Pratap and a private-sector board-member for Sheffield City Region’s Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP), took to the lectern to discuss the benefits of both universities working together, and how our cooperating and the potential of an academy is helping the work of the LEP. Mr Brewster’s knowledge of skills added an interesting focus to his talk.

Lord Bichard’s virtual presence at the ceremony was highly relevant, as he has long championed cross-agency working and skill-building excellence. After a long and illustrious career in Government, including a spell as Permanent Secretary of the Department for Education and Employment, he retired in 2001. However, he is still a very active in Chair and advisory positions, and throughout his career has overseen significant changes to the education policy landscape, such as the introduction of the Learning and Skills Council to fund further education and apprenticeships.

Speaking to the graduates gives you a real sense of the achievement they feel following completion of the PG certificate. From learning the rigorous academic theory behind Dr Kamal Birdi’s Clear Ideas, to simply finding the confidence to articulate their ideas in a meeting, each University brings its own specialisms and expertise to enhance the delegates’ existing professional expertise.

Photographs in Firth Court’s beautiful Tapestry Room and networking with the new graduates formed a fitting end to the evening.

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