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A unique city-wide leadership programme which is developing the leaders of the future using University expertise is celebrating its first year in style – by rubbing shoulders with some of the biggest names in business.

The Sheffield City Region Leaders Programme (SCRLP), delivered on behalf of Sheffield City Council in partnership with the University of Sheffield Management School and Sheffield Hallam University Business School through the Business Advantage programme, has been highly commended by EFMD – The Management Development Network – in its annual awards.

Other highly commended schemes were run by business giants Rio Tinto, Deutsche Bank and Ernst&Young.

With the programme now set to welcome its second group of managers – from organisations such as the NHS, South Yorkshire Police and Sheffield City Council – testimonials from the first cohort have been emerging.

Paula Crosby, Community Services Clinical Lead at Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS FT, said: “This is the first opportunity I have had to receive formal coaching and I have found it invaluable to help me through this period of significant change within the organisation.”

And Cath Toovey, Station Manager at South Yorkshire Fire & Rescue, added: “It’s given me the confidence to develop my business knowledge and see if there are different ways of doing things.”

The SCRLP has been devised for middle managers in the public sector who complete the course with a postgraduate certificate in leadership. The programme comprises four sequential modules together with a parallel track Leadership module combining individual coaching, master-classes and project work.

Participants´ ratings of their competence in core skills doubled from 35.5 per cent to 76.1 percent and three projects alone produced a predicted £400,000 in annual savings when applied to their own places of work.

Business Advantage Project Manager Jon Inns said: “The programme aims to build regional competitiveness through developing future leaders by giving them the problem-solving skills to deal with a rapidly-changing business environment.”

Professor John Cullen, one of the leading academics on the Business Advantage programme from the University of Sheffield, said: “As universities, we have a key role to play in the development of skills in the region and take great pride in the fact that the City Region Leaders Programme has already made a real difference to participants and their organisations.”

Notes for Editors: Business Advantage is a joint Sheffield Hallam University and University of Sheffield employer engagement project funded by the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE).
£2.7m funding was awarded for project management and design solutions and the project aims to offer relevant professional development for organisations in the private, public and third sector.

Course content is accredited but delivered in a way that such organisations wish it to be – bite-sized or longer programmes, on site or off site, and to flexible timescales.

To find out more about Business Advantage, contact Business Advantage by emailing or by phoning 0114 225 5081. Alternatively, log on to

For further information please contact: Laurie Harvey at Sheffield Hallam on 0114 225 2621 or email or Lindsey Wilson at the University of Sheffield on 0114 222 5338 or email

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