Leadership Masterclass: Building Stronger Communities

Leadership Masterclass: Building Stronger Communities
The masterclass aims to develop and update participants’ knowledge and skills whilst ensuring that continuing professional and personal development needs are met.

Entry and Admissions

Study Mode:


Delivery Method:


Course Length:

1 day & ½ day

Partner Colleges:

No Partner College



Start Date:

Thursday 25 February 2016 (9.30am - 4.30pm) and, Friday 26 February 2016 (9.30am - 12.30pm),

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Who should attend?

The Masterclass aims to work with leaders across the health and social care sector to develop their skills in leadership, resilience and well-being.

Course Content

Course Outline:
Why attend this Masterclass?

Asset based approaches are growing in importance in the context of new models of care and support. This masterclass will explore the role of leaders in creating the capacity, culture and support for these approaches to grow. We aim to stimulate discussion about how to find a positive way through the complex realities of organisational policy and resource pressures. The masterclass will explore:

• The principles and methods of Asset based and participatory approaches and their relevance to meeting public sector challenges

• Social network perspectives on prevention and care

• How to harness local community assets - practical examples of working with social networks and communities

• Applying systems ideas -the case for change in complex areas such as child protection

• Exploring what organisational cultures we need to create and the role of public sector leaders

Learning Environment & Assessment:

Academic Expertise

Dr Manjit Bola is Senior Lecturer at UCLAN and is a health psychologist with over twenty years of teaching and conducting research with marginalised groups. She has pioneered new methods of community engagement and led on a major research programme Connected Communities with the RSA which uses social network approaches to support better health and wellbeing.

Prof Andy Bilson is Emeritus Professor in Social Work, University of Central Lancashire. He was director of the Centre for Europe’s Children which was the Council of Europe’s and UNICEF’s observatory on European children’s rights. Andy has been involved in developing and managing social work with adults and children and was a senior researcher in the evaluation for the Ministry of Education of the national social work practices project in England He has an interest in how to make systems ideas applicable and accessible to support improvement and draws on international experiences of service innovation which aim to strengthen social work and community services.

Dr Karen Linde, Centre for Citizenship and Communities, has senior level experience in academic and NHS development contexts and on policy, workforce and engagement issues for the public sector. She has a strong interest in systemic solutions to health inequalities.

The team have experience of community building on the ground, as well as a strong theoretical background. They are familiar with the worlds of NHS, local authorities, third sector and communities.

Learning outcome & aims

We aim to create the perfect blend of knowledge, practical experience and relevance to equip UCLan graduates with the confidence and skills they need to get ahead in the world of work.

Industry links & professional accreditation

We have great links with employers including household names such as Sony, BAE Systems and Apple. We also have links with the smaller companies in the region and offer help and assistance to more than 1,000 of these – with many of our graduates staying in the region it is important we develop these relationships.

Work experience and international opportunities

At UCLan we work with a range of businesses and organisations, many of which provide work experience opportunities and project briefs to enable to you gain real work experience whilst you undertake your postgraduate programme. Your course tutor will advise on opportunities available within your course and the UCLan Careers Team can provide help, advice and guidance on how to apply for them and how to make the most of these opportunities.

Graduate Careers

The UCLan Careers Team offer ongoing supportive careers advice and guidance throughout your course and after graduation, along with a range of modules, work experience opportunities and events to help you acquire the skills to make you stand out to potential employers in today’s competitive market.


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Progression Routes

From foundation courses through to world-leading research degrees, you can study a wide range of subject areas at UCLan. Whether you want to develop your knowledge in a subject you enjoy or gain further qualifications to enhance your career, at UCLan there are numerous progression routes for you to follow.

Fees & Funding

You can contact the Student Fees and Funding Team via phone, email, or post. If you are on the campus you can call into The 'i', for advice.
Tel: +44 (0)1772 892400
Student Fees and Funding Team, Foster Building 117, UCLan, Preston, PR1 2HE


For 2017/18 fees please refer to our fees page.

How to Apply

For more information or to request a booking form please email or call 01772 894361

About UCLan

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University of Central Lancashire,
United Kingdom

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