Applications for Cohort 6

September 2019

Dear Colleague,

Having had a very successful four years of the innovative Post Graduate Certificate in Leadership and Management: Homelessness and Housing, delivered by London South Bank University and sponsored by London Housing Foundation, we have just commenced on the programme for Cohort 5. Due to feedback from previous course participants, we have managed to re-align the course to fit with the academic year and we are now able to invite Expressions of Interest for Cohort 6 of the programme to commence in September 2019.

  • The course lasts for one year (September 2019-May 2020)
  • We can take between 12 and 18 participants
  • All participants must be in a management position having at least 3 years’ management experience including people and finance management
  • All participants must have the support of their organisations to attend the course which will demand attendance at course modules conducted over 2 semesters (Sep – Dec 2019 and Jan- May 2020) requiring 16 days of attendance. In addition, there is attendance at a short residential in October 2019 and a fair amount of personal study time. Successful students must complete written assignments for each module.
  • All participants must attend at least 80% of lectures. Attendance will be recorded.
  • LHF will pay for half of the core course fee leading to the PG Certificate and the sponsoring organisation pays the other half. The contribution from agencies will be no more than £1350.
  • Successful graduates can also apply to LHF’s Visits and Exchanges Programme and Professional Development Programme for an international study trip as well as other 1-day training events to bolster their learning on the academic course.

LHF is especially pleased to be able to sponsor this course, now entering its 6th year. There have been some fantastic results and experiences:

  • In the five years since its inception, 78 managers in homelessness services from 39 organisations have enrolled on the course.
  • In Cohorts 1 to 3 of the PG Certificate, 32% of students achieved distinctions, 60% merits and 8% high passes. Cohort 4 are currently awaiting their results, expected in the coming weeks.
  • 35% of students have gained promotion, usually within their own organisations.
  • 18 students on Cohort 5 have just embarked on the course following the residential break at Cumberland Lodge in January 2019 and their LSBU induction.
  • All students have told us that the benefit of undertaking study with a group of people all working in the same field and towards the same ends cannot be understated. There is so much learning to be had from each other.
  • The course represents particularly good value for money, not just for sponsoring organisations, but for capacity building and potential partnership working towards our common ends.

Here are some of the things that former participants on the course have had to say:

“The chance to learn from well-respected figures in the sector and to develop a greater understanding of how to lead and manage in what will be undoubtedly challenging times in our sector was a huge draw”.

“By working alongside others in the sector, I will get the chance to expand my knowledge and understanding of homelessness and housing at a time when the organisation I work for is ambitiously driving forward the development of new services for single homeless people, in particular around housing”.

“All countries are in the midst of an economic crisis and homelessness is a very visible sign of the impact of that. How we respond will be dictated by how well we learn from each other just as much as the resources that are available. The programme at LSBU offers me great professional insight, challenge to accepted practice as well as some much needed modules on accountancy”.

“I think it is a fantastic opportunity to reflect on your work and the practise of the organisation – I have enjoyed meeting other colleagues from different sectors and charities and hearing their views and also getting their support – I like that lecturers all have different experiences and knowledge which is very interesting. – All the lecturers have been very supportive”

“Intellectual stimulation. Learning about areas outside of my comfort zone. The opportunity to have time out of regular work pressures to step back and think. Developing friendships and networks with peers from across the sector. All the wonderful reading The opportunity to undertake a research trip.”

“Achieving excellent results even at my advanced age! Becoming very confident at work due to my learning. Making some great friends both in the student cohort and at the LHF & the LSBU. An opportunity to continue my learning by taking on a Masters degree. It’s no exaggeration to say that the course has changed my life!”

“Feeling valued as a worker in the sector and that my role was acknowledged as important enough to build a course around! Consolidation of learning that I have acquired over a number of years, complemented by relevant theories that I can put into practice.”

“I’ve really enjoyed the process and thinking about my own style. There have been a few moments when thanks to the course I’ve realised how wrong my approach has been. I’m looking forward to the modules to come in the next year.”

Organisations that have put forward participants include a range of small, medium and large organisations. In cohort 3 we extended this to local and central government, and this has continued through to cohort 5. They include:

  • Look Ahead
  • Thames Reach
  • St Mungo’s
  • Evolve Housing + Support
  • Stonewall Housing
  • Albert Kennedy Trust
  • 999 Club
  • Safer London
  • Depaul UK
  • Depaul International
  • Crisis
  • Finsbury Park Homeless Families
  • Homeless Link
  • PACT
  • New Horizon Youth Centre
  • Westward Housing Group
  • London & Quadrant Housing Group
  • Providence Row Charity
  • Providence Row Housing Association
  • SHP
  • Connection at St Martins
  • Riverside Care & Support
  • Nehemiah Project
  • Phoenix Futures
  • Housing Justice
  • DCLG (now Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government)
  • Westminster City Council
  • Camden Council
  • Kensington & Chelsea Council
  • Tower Hamlets Council
  • Southwark Council
  • Redbridge Council
  • Islington Council
  • Lambeth Council
  • Lewisham Council
  • Hackney Council
  • Homes for Haringay

For more information on the programme content and selection process and recruitment timetable please download the Course Guide:

The 2019 course is now closed for applications

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