The Course

The Changing Culture Programme (CCP) is a partnership between the Brathay Trust, the University of Cumbria and Theatre by the Lake.

It is one of 18 projects funded by Arts Council England as part of the Transforming Leadership strategy.

CCP is for aspiring leaders in the arts, culture and heritage sector in Cumbria and North Lancashire. It aims to increase the diversity of arts leadership, and prevent talent draining from rural to metropolitan centres.

19 students are 20 months into a two-year programme blending academic modules, personal development through residential experiences, workplace learning in host organisations and mentoring from experienced individuals working in the arts, culture and heritage sector. On completing the course students will achieve a DipHE in Social Enterprise Leadership. By working with local host organisations and mentors, students will develop a network of contacts and a broad reach of experience that will strengthen the sector as a whole. Learning is delivered in intense blocks, which allows students to continue to work full time alongside their studies.

Residential Experiences and Personal Development

They have participated in 9 residential experiences based at Brathay Hall which are tied in with the academic programme as well as wider skill development. Their next visit is at the beginning of August to Edinburgh where they will meet leaders of prominent cultural social enterprises and enjoy the Fringe.

Students have demonstrated impressive resilience and resourcefulness already. They are committed to the course and engaged with the process. Evaluation during and after the programme will track students progress to better understand its’ impact.

Participants undertook the following academic modules studied towards the DipHe Social Enterprise Leadership with the University of Cumbria

Year 1

  • Exploring Self
  • Enhancing business practise through work-based learning
  • Contemporary management challenges in Social Enterprise
  • Reflective Practise
  • Governance and Management of Social Enterprise Organisations
  • Social Enterprise Sector Development

Year 2

  • Developing a Social Enterprise
  • Exploring team dynamics and Principles of Leadership
  • Social Enterprise Research and Analysis
  • Advancing business practise through work-based learning
  • Reflective Practise II