CG Dissertations & Other Coursework

Community Governance students are required to undertake various pieces of coursework including a dissertation for those who are completing a degree.

Here is a selection of dissertations which present the author’s research and findings in a specific area of parish and town council work:

Management Report on Performance Appraisal/Management in First Tier councils. Cas Leo, 2022

Has populism changed local council politics? Belina Boyer, 2020

Do feelings of isolation and loneliness impact on the work and the health of the lone working local council clerk? Penelope Clapham PSLCC, 2020

Compulsory Training for Clerks in Local Councils Kelly Holland, 2020

The Influence our Emotions and/or Reason/Facts within the Decision-Making Process Cally Morris, 2020

The Impact of Austerity on Local Authorities in England, Masters of Public Administration 2018 Sharon Clayton BA (Hons) FSLCC, 2018

The Impact of Stress on Parish, Town And Community Council Staff in England and Wales Helen Bojaniwska PSLCC, October 2018

Does the creation of new local parish and town councils in England enhance community governance Christopher Borg, 2013

The Role of Political Parties in Parish and Town Councils Dominic Stapleton, April 2011

Does Quality Council Status produce Quality Councils Bruce Poole FSLCC, April 2010

Other coursework includes specific essays which are completed as part of the other Community Governance Qualifications. Here is an example:

Trowbridge is Well Equipped for Community Governance Juliet Weimar 2022

A useful resource booklet introducing the process of project management with examples taken from the experiences of local councils, has been put together by Elisabeth Skinner MBE FSLCC & University of Gloucestershire for SLCC (with significant contribution also made by Richard Walden, former Town Clerk of Dunstable Town Council). It takes you through a five-stage process from the first three stages (increasingly detailed planning) to the delivery of the project and ways of bringing the project to a close.

Click here to download the Managing Projects Booklet.

Earn CPD Points!

Reading sector information including dissertations carry the following points:

– Reading a whole textbook – 4 points
– Reading all six editions of The Clerk or 4 editions of LCR – 3 points
– Researching Government policy on community rights – 4 points
– Reading a set of publications in preparing for a neighbourhood plan – 6 points
– Reading a Community Governance dissertation – 2 points

See ‘Professional Development & members’ for more information on collecting and recording CPD or applying for Principal or Fellow membership.