UWIC leads the way in collaborative working 

THE University of Wales Institute, Cardiff (UWIC) is thrilled to have won a prestigious three-year contract from Public Service Management Wales (PSMW) and National Leadership and Innovation Agency for Healthcare (NLIAH) to run a programme for public sector high-flyers.

UWIC’s Cardiff School of Management will be working closely with Bangor University as a key partner to deliver the Leadership for Collaboration Programme.

Designed to provide a prestigious entry point for aspiring senior managers and leaders, the programme comprises a series of residential sessions focusing on real world case studies interspersed with action learning sets, and is delivered over a nine-month period.

Brian Morgan, Director of UWIC’s Creative Leadership and Enterprise Centre, will lead the team from the Cardiff School of Management. He said: “We live in an increasingly complex world, in which intricate social problems such as poverty, crime and health inequalities need to be urgently addressed. 

“These difficult problems - sometimes referred to as ‘wicked issues’ – cut across organisational boundaries and simply cannot be tackled by any single authority or government department. They require collaborative action. They require agencies to lose their institutional egos and to actively engage with the people they serve. 

“This leadership programme is aimed at today’s frontline managers who will become the future senior leaders of the Welsh public service.  Developing the collaborative leadership skills of this group will be key to tackling the ‘wicked issues’ facing Wales in the 21st Century.”

The programme has been devised as a Post-graduate Certificate to be validated at UWIC and Bangor, providing progression routes to Post-graduate Master’s and Doctoral study.

The collaboration is part of the Welsh Assembly Government’s approach to public service reform. Former Finance Minister Sue Essex has been appointed as an adviser to the programme.

She said: "I am delighted to be directly involved in the delivery of a key element of the public service improvement agenda for Wales. Developing our public service leaders and potential leaders in Wales, is crucial to the success of effective collaborative working and service improvement."


Notes to Editors:

The Leadership for Collaboration programme has been jointly commissioned by PSMW and NLIAH (National Leadership and Innovation Agency for Healthcare).

Cardiff Management School is the largest of the five schools in UWIC. Its Dean is David Pritchard who joined UWIC in August 2006, following his retirement from the Welsh Assembly Government where he was Director with responsibility for Economic Development & Transport.

About 2,300 students are based at its Colchester Avenue campus.  Of these, about 500 are post-graduate students, including over 50 research students (studying for a PhD) and 430 students on UWIC’s MBA programme – the largest on any campus programme of its kind in the UK.
It has over 100 academic staff.  Its enterprise activities include knowledge transfer assignments for companies as varied as Brace’s Bakery and Cardiff International Airport. 

The recent recruitment of Professor Brian Morgan, from Cardiff Business School, has enabled the School to increase its capacity to offer leadership programmes for clients from both the business and public sectors.

The plan is for the School to transfer in the autumn of 2009 to a state of the art new building at UWIC’s Llandaff campus.         

For further information contact Sarah Narusberg, Press Officer, Tel: 029 2041 6221, or e-mail: snarusberg@uwic.ac.uk
Web: http://www.uwic.ac.uk/