The Big Society is big news at Anglia Ruskin University

Published: 28 January 2011 at 14:30

New course helps charities and voluntary groups maximise opportunities

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Anglia Ruskin University is launching a new course to help managers of charities and social enterprises who are being put under pressure to build the Big Society.

The Big Society initiative was launched by Conservative Party leader David Cameron ahead of last year’s General Election and the strategy is currently gaining momentum across all sectors of government, with the aim of transferring power and responsibilities from politicians to local communities and groups. 

Anglia Ruskin’s new course equips leaders of charities, social enterprises and voluntary organisations with the knowledge to keep them afloat and steer them towards the new opportunities that Big Society presents.

Developed by the Ashcroft International Business School, the Cert HE Charity and Social Enterprise Management is specifically aimed at chief executives, managers and other leaders within third sector organisations. 

The course is very practical in nature and students will base their work around their own organisation. Modules include Marketing, Finance and Funding, Measuring Impact and Social Enterprise.

Anglia Ruskin University’s specialist “3rd Sector Futures” unit, which is based at the Ashcroft International Business School, has a strong track record of providing teaching for charities, social enterprises and voluntary organisations.  The course will feature a mixture of expertise from within Anglia Ruskin and specialist leaders from the third sector, to ensure the right balance of academic input and practical know-how. 

Andy Brady, senior lecturer, said:

“We have developed this course after working really closely with social enterprises and the voluntary sector over the last three years. 

“These organisations are now being asked to do even more just as their resources are being cut. We want to give their managers, trustees and other senior staff the skills they need to ensure their organisations survive, and are able to exploit the opportunities presented by the coalition’s Big Society agenda.”

The two-year distance learning course, which costs £823 per year, features approximately one face-to-face teaching session per month and assessment is based on assignments, projects and presentations. The course starts at the end of March and applications are being taken now. To find out more or to apply, visit or call 0845 196 5992.