What is it?
The Postgraduate Certificate in Shared Services is a 60 credit, level 7 postgraduate award. It consists of three 20-credit modules and is expected to be completed over a six month period. It is for public sector managers who wish to study shared services and the effective design and management of shared service initiatives in the public sector.
What are the entry requirements?
Our normal entry requirement for study at postgraduate level is a good honours degree. However, consideration will be given where applicants have a professional diploma, or equivalent, at an appropriate level in a relevant subject discipline, or can demonstrate significant professional experience at an appropriate level, together with relevant qualifications.
What skills will I learn?
The programme will develop your skills in managing the initiation and development of business cases in diverse partnerships, in public sector settings. You will understand how to apply change management principles to shared services and how to create shared service roadmaps for use by your employer.
How will it help me?
The programme provides an ideal base from which to develop a career in shared services and partnership working in the public sector.
What is the benefit for my organisation?
Value for money - potentially saving thousands of pounds by building in-house capacity and thereby minimising external consultancy fees. These savings can be gained by applying a range of the 100 tools, techniques and templates, provided to each graduate, to create in-house reports, assessments, risk registers, stakeholder group analyses and action plans, and business case reports.
Traditionally these are undertaken by external consultants at standard fees of between £750 and £1,000 per day. By developing and using in-house managers, this could realise many thousands of pounds in tangible savings for shared service partnerships.
Are there any discounts?
Almost 200 senior managers from local councils, FE colleges, fire and rescue, police and central government departments have already been funded through the “Highway Code” and “Toolbox” seminars by their local RIEP, the Association of Colleges or their employer. Qualifying applicants who supply the University with their CPD certificate will receive a discount of £250 per completed module.
Where is it taught?
The taught seminars will be available in various locations across the country with good travel connections, and the self-learning sessions will be managed through distance learning techniques.
What will I study?
This is a part-time, three module, programme starting in February and October each year and lasting six months. It comprises a mix of taught modules, the development of an evidence portfolio demonstrating how students are applying their learning and written assessments. Each module carries 20 Masters level credits.
How should you apply and how will you be selected?
Applications should be made to the Programme Director, using the Shared Services Application Form.
Candidates without a good honours degree may be subject to an interview with the Programme Director to assess suitability to join the programme.
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