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Click the links below to read what our Community Governance students have been up to:

Click here to read the 'Honours Graduates' article from The Clerk magazine (January 2019 edition) where we celebrate the success of the six pioneering students who have become the first ever to graduate with BA Hons in Community Governance after at least six years of study. 

Click here to read 'Recognising and Dealing with Stress' from The Clerk magazine (March 2019 edition). Community Governance student, Helen Bojaniwska PSLCC, shares her research into the impact of stress on employees pf parish, town and community councils in England and Wales.

Click here to read the review of the Community Governance Awards held at Practitioners' Conference 2019. 

Click here to read 'What is the Community Governance Course?' by Assistant Course Leader, Dom Stapleton (as featured in the March 2017 edition of The Clerk)

Click here to read 'Sarah's Qualification Journey' and 'Karen's Qualification Experience' (as featured in the September 2017 edition of The Clerk)

'Not ‘just another qualification’, Community Governance (CG) develops your ability as a professional clerk to lead and advise your council, generating confidence to move forward to meet new challenges. The modules are structured to expand previous legislative and procedural knowledge at Level 4, and to develop critical thinking, analytical, and leadership skills at Level 5.

The tutors understand the life/work/study pressures on the CG student, are always supportive and answer queries in a timely and detailed manner. If you/your council are concerned about the cost, consider it an investment that will repay way beyond monetary value!' Angie Hurren PSLCC, Broadclyst Parish Council

'I am so happy I signed up for the CG course it has helped build my confidence as a clerk. I was always aware of the various procedures to follow but the CG course helped me have a greater understanding as to why. A great course for any clerk backed up with amazing support from the tutors.' Emma Sylvester, St Andrews Parish Council

‘The Community Governance courses are a must for any professional clerk. They have been invaluable in building my skills, experience and confidence, and have also been a great way to meet other clerks.’ Sheridan Jacklin-Edward PSLCC, Burnham Parish Council

‘Having been a town clerk for 15 years, I naively thought that I knew about most council business and procedures but this course has been enlightening, interesting and rewarding.  I have learnt so much in the past 18 months and have used this to improve business and policies at my Town Council.  I have actively put into practice new skills, examples being the introduction of a new employee and councillor training policy along with a review of the Council’s community engagement programme.  Don’t be under any illusion, it is hard work, if it were easy, the degree would be handed out like smarties.  You have to put in the time and energy but the reward is a more knowledgeable, informed and professional clerk. ‘ Lisa Courtney, Saffron Walden Town Council

‘The first four months of the course have flown by and already proven a valuable experience in terms of networking with others within our sector and enhancing my understanding through research and learning.’ Sarah Sandiford, Leighton-Linslade Town Council

‘With many years’ experience and working in the varied roles of deputy town clerk at one of the UK’s largest local councils and clerk to two small rural parishes, even at Level 4 the Community Governance course has already made me reflect on how I am working and what could be done differently. There is always more to learn and the Community Governance study programme is an excellent platform for this.’ Sarah Foote PSLCC, Lowestoft Town Council

‘Community Governance is challenging but having the depth of knowledge is amazing and gives me confidence in my role and other aspects of my life too.  The support from the tutors and other students is excellent and makes the whole learning experience a pleasure!’ Jules Owen PSLCC, Stoke Orchard and Tredington Parish Council

‘The confidence that starting this course has given me makes me a better clerk to my council.’ Julia Tufnail, Finedon Town Council

'I am so happy I signed up for the CG course it has helped build my confidence as a clerk. I was always aware of the various procedures to follow but the CG course helped me have a greater understanding as to why. A great course for any clerk backed up with amazing support from the tutors.' Emma Sylvester, St Andrews Parish Council

‘I am very much enjoying the Community Governance course and it has been extremely valuable to me for personal and professional growth. It has also been valuable to the council adding extra 'bandwidth' to the thought processes in council debates.’ Claire Commons PSLCC, Shaftesbury Town Council

"I am delighted to say that I have been able to take the skills learned in just nine months of study and transfer these into the work place.  Every assignment done so far has been based on a topic of great importance to the village in which I live and work.

Completing the assignments has meant that I can better advise and support the council during a period of complex change, and ensure a good quality of life for residents of both Longstanton and Northstowe throughout the twenty year build period.  

In my first year I have achieved good grades on seven assignments.  It has been an eye opener, and I have pushed and extended my capabilities.  My confidence has grown and the parish is benefiting.  I could not have done it without the support of my family and friends and of course my sponsors Came & Company Local Council Insurance." Libby White, Longstanton Parish Council

'On various fronts the course is good, as our jobs (those of us working for small councils) are quite isolated and for me, getting together at the study days puts things into perspective and makes me better at my time management. There is no doubt that for all of us the course is demanding but one would expect that to get a degree.' Francesca Nowne, Ticehurst Parish Council

'I have thoroughly enjoyed the whole experience and gained vast amounts of knowledge, this in turn has had a positive impact on my role as Town clerk & RFO.

Attendance at training and study events has enabled me to meet and liaise with many colleagues with friendships, contacts and networks across the country being formed. This is invaluable, knowing that support and advice is just an email away.

The coursework and learning outcomes have enabled me to move forward within the sector, improving knowledge and giving in depth insight into many topics.

Law and finance were of specific interest to me but I also found ‘reflective practice’ very rewarding- a skill I now seem to constantly undertake- leading to improvement in both my personal performance and that of the Council I serve.

I have increased personal confidence and when discussing wider range or ‘in depth’ topics in the ‘Council environment’ I am no longer ‘concerned ’ when challenged or questioned by elected Members where ‘legal or general’ advice is given.

The tutors are superb; their collective knowledge and advice invaluable and their individual support to me during personal and ongoing issues has been excellent.

My assignments have been shared with elected Members and colleagues and I also use for reference and as training aids (as a CiLCA trainer).

I would recommend the Level 4 study and qualification to all Parish/Town Clerks without hesitation' Steve Fletcher, Mablethorpe & Sutton Town Council

'I am now in my 5th year of study on the Community Governance course and have found it extremely rewarding both professionally and personally. As we study by distance learning, you are mostly working independently, but I have found the regular study days and online interaction with tutors and other students enormously valuable. We have grown into a really strong learning community who support each other every step of the way.

I wholeheartedly recommend the course to anyone wanting to grow their skills, to enable them and their councils, to take on the challenges and opportunities facing our sector.' Helen Bojaniwska, Stroud Town Council


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