Press Release

11 January 2011

As public sector organisations explore ways of tightening their belts, Canterbury Christ Church University, in partnership with Shared Service Architecture, has established the UK's first postgraduate qualification in public sector shared services (PCSS).

The PCSS programme is for public sector managers who wish to study the effective design and management of shared service initiatives within their sector. The six month, part time course will provide the knowledge and skills to initiate and develop shared service projects, with the potential to save employers thousands of pounds.

Wim van Vuuren, Programme Director at Canterbury Christ Church University, said: “Many organisations in the public sector are looking at cutting budgets by sharing core elements of their back office processes, for example HR, finance and procurement services.

“And most councils are moving a step further and considering sharing resources on a number of their statutory functions, for example planning, highways, legal services, building control and revenues and benefits.”

“However, research at the University has shown that developing shared services requires specific skills and knowledge and that the average time for a shared service to be created is about three years.

“The problem is that we no longer have the luxury of three years. So, the six-month PCSS will develop those skills and knowledge across managers in the public sector to work to accelerate and deliver shared services more quickly. It also provides employers with a ‘road-map’ for sharing with compatible organisations.”

Applications for the February start are now being received, with another opportunity for studying available in October 2011.

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Notes to Editor

The postgraduate certificate is open to public sector managers with a first degree or similar qualification. The programme is a 60 credit, level 7 postgraduate award. It has three 20-credit modules and is expected to be completed across a six month period.

Shared Service Architecture Ltd

Shared Service Architecture Ltd is a dynamic teaching company focused on equipping politicians and senior managers in the public sector with the skills and knowledge to design and initiate successful shared service partnerships. SSA Ltd span out of research work carried out at Canterbury Christ Church University and has already delivered skills and knowledge training to over 200 managers in the public sector.

Canterbury Christ Church University

Canterbury Christ Church University is a modern university with a particular strength in higher education for the public services.

With nearly 18,000 students, and five campuses across Kent, its courses span a wide range of academic and professional expertise.

  • As a leading provider of teaching and health care courses we have produced nearly 3,500 health and social care professionals and 7,000 teachers in the last five years.
  • Over 90 per cent of our graduates gain employment in the first six months after graduating.
  • Along with over a thousand undergraduate, postgraduate and professional training courses on offer, we are also home to world-leading and internationally recognised research in Education, History, Music and Sports Related Studies.
  • Canterbury Christ Church University was founded in 1962 by the Church of England as a teacher training college.


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