Charities stand at a crossroads with regulatory changes set to add to the demands of reduced income and increased demand for their services. Never has it been so important to have the right expertise and skills to ensure success in both governance and management. With a new Statement of Recommended Practice being issued in draft for the UK and Ireland, charities will need to ensure that staff and trustees are trained to the appropriate level.
Charity Skills and Expertise
In association with the Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators (ICSA), London South Bank University (LSBU) offers a Postgraduate Certificate in Charity Management which will ensure a clear understanding of current and future governance, regulatory and accounting requirements and give graduates a sound theoretical base in organisational development and volunteer management. Graduates receive both an academic certificate from LSBU and a professional certificate from ICSA.
This one year course can be studied by Open Learning, requiring just 3 days attendance at a Belfast venue. The course is led by experienced practitioners and is assessed by coursework, much of it applicable to the student’s own organisation. The course requires around 15 hours per week study for nine months from September 2013 and the investment is just £2,100.
Read two testimonials from recent graduates below:
“The best thing about the course was learning practical skills; it helped me implement specific charity knowledge to keep the organisation delivering to the charities act.”
Eve Thomas, Somerset Film, Graduate 2011
“I don’t believe any other course covers this rapidly expanding area so comprehensively and in such detail. The content is extremely interesting; the lecturing is informative, entertaining and well organised.”
Natalie Bowie, Finance Administrator, CIVITAS, Graduate 2010