It's a full house for Anglia Ruskin's 'Big Society' course

Published: 12 April 2011 at 12:40

University plans second intake as new Cert HE proves a hit with charities

Exceptional demand for Anglia Ruskin University’s new course to help charities, social enterprises and local authorities respond to the challenges and opportunities of the “Big Society” has meant that another will now begin in September.

A fully-subscribed cohort of 32 students began studying the Certificate of Higher Education in Charity and Social Enterprise Management in Cambridge at the end of March, including professionals from the British Red Cross, Suffolk and Essex County Councils, Mid-Norfolk Mencap and the WRVS.

The course, which provides timely assistance in a difficult funding environment, is being run by 3rd Sector Futures, a specialist unit within Anglia Ruskin’s Ashcroft International Business School, in conjunction with Higher Skills@Work. The course combines work-based study and reflection with taught sessions on campus.

Jan Coatham, Senior Service Manager at the British Red Cross, said:

“Knowledge gained from this course will enable the British Red Cross to generate their own funding through social enterprises, meaning we can take on projects that wouldn’t normally attract funds.”

The course runs for two years, with eight workshops a year on campus and the rest delivered via the Virtual Learning Environment. Students undertake a series of assignments and presentations for the purposes of assessment, all with a strong practical focus which allows them to apply the learning to their own organisations.

Andy Brady, Programme Manager for 3rd Sector Futures, said:

“It’s great to see so many organisations responding positively to this opportunity to train up their key staff, at what is a very difficult time for the third sector.  We look forward to a similar response to the Chelmsford course starting in September.”

For more information, please visit or call Anglia Ruskin’s Higher Skills@Work team on 0845 196 5992.