Ulster University Business School hits 40th year anniversary
Social innovation and job creation in the third sector were the key themes at the event marking the Ulster University Business School's 40th Anniversary celebrations.
Hosted by the Magee Campus the interactive advocacy event was also used to launch a new publication, Urban to Rural and Youthful to Wise, showcasing the advocacy work by organisations on the Business School's Advanced Diploma in Sustainable Investment for the Third Sector.
Course director, Janette Sheerman, said: "Urban to Rural and Youthful to Wise is a significant publication, because it relates the stories which are rarely told and demonstrates how third sector organisations advocate for people in our local communities to have their voices heard and how they can make a difference in their lives.
"The Sustainable Investment programme at Ulster University Business School was specifically designed for those practising or aspiring managers and leaders who want to make change happen within the third sector.
"As a result of this programme, graduates are able to play a key role in taking the sector to the next level in terms of enhanced strategic, financial, procurement, social impact measurement, advocacy and stakeholder marketing management capability as well as taking participating organisations on their journey to sustainability."
Organisations represented included Age NI, T13, Focus on Family, NORIBIC, Alzheimer's Society, Resurgum Trust, Gems NI, Old Library Trust HCL, Onus, Peace Players, The Rainbow Project, Simon Community, Supporting Communities NI, Young Enterprise and YMCA.
"We proved we could create a sustainable social enterprise that could tackle the most poignant issues in the community, we could use a product that nobody owned, and we could make money out of it and create employment," said Liam Lynch, manager of T13, Northern Ireland's unique Urban Sports Academy in Belfast.
Azlina Bulmer, programmes and development manager at Charity Bank who helped set up the course, said: "We're enabling organisations to learn critical skills and be financially and organisationally resilient, at a time when changes in funding are impacting those organisations and their beneficiaries."
The Advanced Diploma in Sustainable Investment for the Third Sector is supported by the Atlantic Philanthropies, Charity Bank, Big Lottery and the Building Change Trust. For more information on the course visit www.ulster.ac.uk/sits