PgC Sustainable Leadership

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Location Ambleside
Duration Part-time, 2 Years
Start date June, July 2019
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Are you a game-changer, a pioneer who spurs on organisations to do things differently, to do things better? 

Our highly-flexible PgCert Sustainable Leadership will equip you with frameworks and approaches to transform organisations that face difficult social, environmental and economic challenges.

Our course offers a deep dive into the dilemmas facing organisations today and the myths of heroic leadership, which hold back the opportunities for meaningful change.

You'll love the short residentials, learning surrounded by the breath-taking Lake District National Park – now a UNESCO World Heritage Site – with more than 200 mountains, 16 stunning lakes and an abundance of picturesque rivers.


Why Choose University of Cumbria

We believe in the importance of learning in and from nature, so that is just what you will do, since you will have an outdoor classroom on your doorstep.

And, you will be supported throughout by world-class tutors and engaging guest lecturers to help you explore your next steps as a leader during challenging times.

Our course is also the flagship offering of the Institute for Leadership and Sustainability (IFLAS) – an emerging hub for expert dialogue, research and education on social and organisation transformation.

  • We're the only UK university with a campus in a National Park
  • Guest lectures from leadership consultants, which have included: Impact International, strategy consultants Futerra, and conservation groups the National Trust and the Lake District National Park
  • Highly flexible course to fit around your current job and lifestyle - start whenever you want and study module by module at your own pace
  • Certificate of Achievements for individual modules
  • Block delivery of modules (over a few days) with self-guided study in between
  • Opportunity to conduct research alongside partner organisations
  • Inter-professional networking with a range of students from diverse backgrounds, many with years of relevant experience, expanding your expert network
  • Choice of online and short residential modules, which include access to fells, lakes and woodlands
  • Taught by an internationally renowned team of tutors who work as sustainability leaders and conduct pioneering research
  • Residential days in Ambleside or London

 The journey you undertake with our reflective course will help you let go of limiting beliefs, so you can unleash your potential for change.

You'll have everything needed to become a well-regarded specialist in your field, so get on the right path to your future as a sustainable leader.

Graduate destinations

You'll have the skills to meet the rising demand for senior managers with an understanding of leading sectors towards greater sustainability. Find out more in this article from the Corporate Social Responsibility Newswire.

There are various other opportunities of other postgraduate studies and research at the University of Cumbria, including Masters and PhD programmes.

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