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Dean says 'Social Enterprise is the Future' in welcoming first degree of its kind in the North

28 July 11

The School of Lifelong Education and Development at the University of Bradford are introducing a new Foundation Degree in Social Enterprise Leadership. This is the first course of its kind in the North of England and is designed to meet the need for high quality managers in the Social Enterprise and voluntary sectors.

Developed in association with local voluntary and social enterprise organisations, the course will provide a sound knowledge of leadership and management skills and the ability to provide a quality service to customers and clients. This is a flexible programme delivered in a supportive manner to meet the needs of both those already working in the sector and those who wish to enter it.

The course is will be open to full time and part time applicants from September 2011 and will be a mix of academic and employment-based modules. It is ideal for anyone currently employed in these areas wishing to gain academic qualifications or those who see a future career in the area. The work based modules give the opportunity to apply the knowledge gained in the taught modules in a specific employment context. For those already in employment as a manager it may be possible to incorporate the level 5 Diploma in Management of the Institute of Leadership and Management.

Nadira Mirza, Dean of the School for Lifelong Education and Development said: “Over the last 20 years the important of social enterprises has been highlighted by community involvement in local governance, regeneration and public strategies generally. Entrepreneurship is no longer just for traditional businesses. Social Enterprise is the future, and this course will help make it happen and is an appropriate course for the 21st century.”

The Director of Hebden Bridge Folk Roots and Trades Roots Records said: “Social enterprise is the future. Sustainable community projects rely on financial stability – the era of grant funding is largely in the past, especially if you’re doing something imaginative, so it is essential to have a grasp of enterprise with social responsibility.”

For further information about the course or for application details contact SLED Admissions on 01274 233210 or email or visit

Other Foundation Degrees in the School of Lifelong Learning and Development are Leadership and Management, Public Sector Admin, Sustainable Communities and Community Justice. Places are still available full and part time on all courses.

28 July 11

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