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City region celebrates unique leadership programme

Monday, December 19th, 2011

Business leaders and managers who completed the inaugural city-wide leadership programme celebrated their successes at a graduation event in November

The City Region Leadership Programme (CRLP) ceremony, held at Firth Hall, Firth Court, honoured more than 60 delegates from a range of organisations including the NHS, Sheffield City Council, Rotherham Metropolitan Borough Council, South Yorkshire Police and South Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service.

The programme, which was part of an initiative supported by the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE), was delivered jointly by business experts at the University of Sheffield and Sheffield Hallam University. It is the first time the universities have worked collaboratively on a programme in this way.

The scheme aimed at senior managers and potential future leaders throughout South Yorkshire builds The City Region Leadership Programme Graduatesthe collaborative leadership skills needed to develop entrepreneurial initiative in the region, as well as delivering better outcomes with fewer resources, delivering innovative solutions, coordinating services around users’ needs, and tackling challenges currently facing businesses.

The organisations benefit from the application of the tools and techniques learnt on the programme, allowing them to save resources, solve problems, and deliver measurable impact through collaborative partnership.  In this way the leaders can make a difference to communities and help transform the region.

The postgraduate certificate, which began in September 2010, includes formal study workshops, a series of masterclasses, coaching and mentoring and interactive group- based sessions. A second group of managers have commenced the programme this year.

The event was attended by Professor Keith Glaister, Dean of the Management School at the University of Sheffield, Professor Adrian Hopgood, Pro Vice-Chancellor and Dean of Sheffield Business School at Sheffield Hallam University, as well as dignitaries including the Lord Mayor, the Chairman of the Sheffield City Region Local Enterprise Partnership Board and both the Chief and Deputy Chief Executives of Sheffield City Council.

Guest speaker James Newman said: “Creating leaders, especially in the public services, is going to be vital if those industries are going to transform themselves in the current world we live in where there’s less money, more pressure and more demand for better services.

“From my perspective creating collaboration is key, between public services, amongst themselves and across the region. Also between the public sector, the private sector, higher education and schools and colleges where a lot of the knowledge comes from.”

Professor Hopgood added: “This programme has been a fantastic example of collaboration between the two universities in Sheffield. It has delivered a practical yet rigorous programme for developing leadership talent in the City Region. I am sure that the next group of delegates will be just as successful and look forward to future collaborations of this kind.

Professor John Cullen, Associate Dean for Knowledge Exchange at the Management School, said: “This is our first graduation from the programme and it’s a really proud moment. The programme is something the region has needed. It is an innovative collaborative initiative which is creating future leaders for the region, who will champion the necessity for cross-organisational working in order to take the region forward.”

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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

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Additional ESRC Festival of Social Science Funding for School

Wednesday, August 3rd, 2011

The Management School is delighted to announce that Dr Karoline Strauss and Dr Ute Stephan under the auspices of ConsultIWP the commercial arm of the Institute of Work Psychology have also successfully gained funding from the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) for a evening business session in the ESRC’s Festival of Social Sciences week between 29th October and 5th November 2011.

The event, ‘Leading and Inspiring Innovation at Work and in the Community – a Daunting Challenge or Easy-to-Create Habit?’, will be held at The Source, Meadowhall on Thursday 3rd November 2011. Innovation and entrepreneurship are key drivers of national competitiveness and regional growth. However, all too often the focus is on technological innovations and patents. This event disseminates research highlighting the ‘people side’ of innovation, and in particular the role of leadership, which plays a critical role in stimulating innovation. The event targetted at people in managerial roles in the private, public and third sector, will aim to empower participants to stimulate innovation in the people, teams and organisations that they lead.

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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: