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University of Sheffield hosts event to discuss contributions to the national Green Deal

Thursday, September 20th, 2012

The University hosted an event on Tuesday 18 September to discuss Government plans to revolutionise green energy and efficiency of homes and businesses across the Yorkshire and Humber region, and particularly the contribution of the BIG Energy Upgrade to the national Green Deal and how this will inform the delivery of the Green Deal and support ECO.  Details of the Green Deal are set to be announced next month.

Richard Mellish, head of the Green Deal Programme at the Department of Energy and Climate Change, was among the guests at the event. He joined representatives from Yorkshire councils, university academics and energy firms E-On, N-Power, Scottish Power, British Gas, EDF and Scottish and Southern, to discuss how to maximise the benefits that the Green Deal could provide to the region.

Professor Lenny Koh, from the Management School is leading an interdisciplinary team of academics and is actively supporting the long term economic development of the communities targeted by the project as they are working closely with regional businesses and local authorities in developing the regional supply chain for energy efficient measures and so stimulating the job market.

Professor Keith Burnett, Vice-Chancellor of the University of Sheffield, said: “Our role has been to drive innovation in the energy efficiency supply chain.

“We’re also helping to alleviate fuel poverty in the areas of the Yorkshire and Humber region most in need, through our research in building and technology, energy and behaviour.”

The BIG Energy Upgrade has installed over 829 measures into homes across the Yorkshire region to reduce carbon dioxide emissions and improve energy efficiency. The investment has totalled £14.7m, £7m of which has been funded by the Yorkshire and Humber European Regional Development Fund Programme.

Coun Jack Scott, Sheffield Council cabinet member for environment, said: “The Green Deal is a major priority for Sheffield. We have a large housing stock that can be retrofitted and will benefit from the Green Deal. This will help to generate new jobs, develop new skills and stimulate the economy for our city.”

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Workshop on Financial Implications of Big Society

Tuesday, October 11th, 2011

A Workshop on Financial Implications of Big Society will take place at the ICOSS Centre Boardroom, University of Sheffield, 10am to 5pm, 25 October 2011

Big Society Research is a project funded by Research Councils UK (RCUK) under their Connected Communities cross-council funding programme. The aim of Big Society Research is to harvest current research relevant to Big Society and place it under a single banner that can become an effective avenue for disseminating and achieving impact on local and central government, policy-makers and communities themselves.

Led by Prof Jane Binner, University of Sheffield Management School and facilitated by Tim Morley, Know Innovation, this workshop will be one of a series of four interdisciplinary themed workshops that will bring together and harvest research from RCUK-funded projects relevant to the Big Society. The outcome will be a portfolio of current Big Society activity in each of the four themed areas.

Workshop aims
Through a hands-on working session with breakout groups, the workshop aims to begin to address the following fundamental questions:

  • What are the financial implications of the Big Society?
  • What factors are necessary for success and sustainability in a citizen-led initiative?
  • What is the vision of the next-generation Big Society with citizen-led initiatives’ in mind that will build on the current successes but enable radically new citizen-led working practices?

The output of the workshop will be a report/paper on the Financial Implications of Big Society, which will bring together existing theories and research relevant to the questions above.

Workshop agenda

  • 10:00 – Arrival and Coffee
  • 10:30 to 10:40 – Welcome: Aims and Objectives of the Workshop by Professor Jane Binner, Chair in Corporate Finance, University of Sheffield
  • 10:40 to 11:10 – Opening address: Professor Ron Hodges, Professor of Public Sector Accounting, University of Sheffield
  • 11:10 to 13:00 – Round table presentation by each delegate: Core questions we are trying to answer / key themes
  • 13:00 to 14:00 –  Lunch
  • 14:00 to 15:30 –  Breakout groups: Fleshing out what we currently know about the questions
  • 15:30 to 16:00 – Coffee break
  • 16:00 to 16:30 – Identifying research gaps
  • 16:30 to 17:00 –  Plenary session wrap up and next steps
  • 17:15 to 18:15 – Drinks reception in the foyer
  • 19:00 –  Dinner

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In preparation for the  workshop, we have setup a simple networking website. We hope that this will help you to get your mind into gear so that we can get off to a running start on the 25th. The site will also be used to post some basic administrative information about the event.

The site is private and access is restricted to “FIBS” attendees.  You can register at:

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Network say course is really the business

Thursday, August 11th, 2011

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

To read the original media release in full see:

First Year of the City Region Leadership Programme Praised in Local Goverment Chronicle

Friday, July 15th, 2011

Lee Adams, deputy chief executive at Sheffield City Council, has given praise to the City Region Leadership Programme in the 14th July issue of the the Local Government Chronicle.

The local council recently set up the The City Region Leadership Programme designed in partnership with the University of Sheffield Management School, Sheffield Hallam University Business School and other local public sector organisations, to get both public and private sector managers together to focus on outcomes for the city.

The City Region Leadership Programme is delivered jointly by the University of Sheffield and Sheffield Hallam University, through Business Advantage. This collaborative approach intends to advise on and implement strategies to improve services and enhance the region’s ability to grow and prosper during these challenging economic times.

In her article, Lee Adams explains how 75 delegates have been through the programme to date, where learning is built around the four themes of innovation, adapting to change, a focus on business and an emphasis on customer satisfaction. Lee Adams goes on to explain the practical projects that participants have the opportunity to work on, many of which have already been shown to generate significant innovation and savings. Delegates have given positive feedback from their experience of the progrmame which has also been recognised as good practice by the LG Group and featured strongly in the recommendations for future programmes nationally.

It is envisaged that the success of the programme continues as recruitment gets underway for its second year of participants.

For further details of the City Region Leadership Programme see:

Stakeholders discuss Sheffield’s economic resilience at the ‘Project Resilience’ open forum

Monday, June 13th, 2011

‘Project Resilience’ is a HEIF 4 funded project which is been carried out by The Centre for Regional Economic and Enterprise Development (CREED), in association with CFE and the Local Government Information Unit. The aim of this project is to engage national and regional stakeholders in a dialogue about entrepreneurialism, work and enterprise. Through such interactions and the facilitation of knowledge transfer, it is envisaged that the proposed plan of action will engender the creation of a new policy relevant research agenda on issues surrounding entrepreneurialism, work and enterprise.

On the 25th May 2011 ‘Project Resilience’ held a forum and networking event at the ICOSS centre at the University of Sheffield. The open forum brought together a range of stakeholders including academics and business people to discuss what makes a resilient economy. The event was introduced by the Rt Hon David Blunkett MP, and was followed by a series of speakers and panel discussions about what makes more resilient economies. Presentations on the day included Ekosgen and Yorkshire Cities 2011 ‘Index of Economic Resilience,’ presentations from the City Council, Chamber of Commerce and CFE.

The next phase of ‘Project Resilience’ is to embark on a programme of policy-relevant research building on the outcomes from the forum.

To view the full article of the event published in the SPA circular click the image on the left or download here.

For more information about ‘Project Resilience’ contact Dr peter Rodgers or Dr Tim Vorley or visit the project website

The City Region Leadership Programme to give local managers new leadership skills

Friday, June 10th, 2011

In light of the recent Government changes which have resulted in many challenges for local authorities, it has been identified that leadership and management styles need to change to deal with these challenges effectively.  The local council recently set up the The City Region Leadership Programme designed in partnership with the University of Sheffield and Sheffield Hallam University to get both public and private sector managers together to focus on outcomes for the city.

The City Region Leadership Programme is delivered jointly by the University of Sheffield and Sheffield Hallam University, through Business Advantage. This collaborative approach intends to advise on and implement strategies to improve services and enhance the region’s ability to grow and prosper during these challenging times.

Private and public sector managers across various services will study modules including: Leadership and coaching; Initiating, adapting to, and managing change; Building a culture of innovation and improvement; Developing customer-centric services; Business focus underpinning service planning and control as part of the programme.

For more details of the Guardian feature see:

For further details of the City Region Leadership Programme see:

Tackling undeclared work in the European Union

Tuesday, March 11th, 2008

Until now, national governments have found it difficult to know what policy approaches and measures are effective and appropriate when tackling undeclared work. There has been little systematic sharing of information on what works and what does not.

To resolve this, the European Foundation for the Improvement of Living and Working Conditions employed a team of researchers to begin to create a ‘knowledge hub’. Led by Professor Colin Williams of the School of Management, a review has been published of the effectiveness of the policy measures adopted in five countries – Belgium, Denmark, Italy, Poland and the United Kingdom (UK). Further countries will be included over time.

An overview report has also been produced on Tackling Undeclared Work in the European Union to provide a typology of the potential approaches and measures available against which the approaches currently adopted can be compared.

Management School professor to address EU Employment Ministers.

Monday, March 10th, 2008

Professor Colin Williams is to address the Ministers of Employment from all 27 EU nations at an Informal Meeting of the Employment Committee during March 2008. With greater priority being accorded to tackling undeclared work under the new Slovenian EU presidency, Professor Williams has been invited to give a presentation on the potential policy approaches and measures that EU nations might adopt to step up the fight against undeclared work.