Press Release

20 February 2013

Brandon Lewis MP, Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State at the Department for Communities and Local Government, has congratulated public sector leaders for completing the University's postgraduate certificate programme in shared services.

Brandon Lewis MP presenting the postgraduate certificate in shared services
Brandon Lewis MP presenting the postgraduate certificate in shared services

At the event in London last week Brandon presented graduation certificates to the managers and stressed the need for more sharing of services within the public sector, as well as it being necessary to train and develop shared service skills and knowledge of all staff and senior managers so that they can deliver the benefits of shared service activity effectively and rapidly.

Wim van Vuuren, Director of Business & Enterprise for Canterbury Christ Church University’s Business School, said: “We would like to thank Local Government Minister Brandon Lewis for taking an interest in our programme and congratulating our students.

“In fact, the very next day in the House of Commons Brandon announced the creation of a ‘challenge award’  which will see a £9.2m incentive fund to reward “radical, forward thinking councils” who go beyond the usual sharing of back office and pursue real front line changes. This is exactly what our programme offers public sector organisations: the training, skills and creativity needed to bring together different management strands.”

Steve Butcher, Head of Procurement at the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE), also attended the event. During his presentation to the group, Steve outlined the main developments in the Further and Higher Education sector with regards to shared services. He in particular highlighted the sector’s dependency on IT services, making this the obvious starting point for sharing of services.

The six month postgraduate programme is delivered through a partnership between Canterbury Christ Church University and Shared Service Architecture Ltd. To date, nearly 50 practitioners from the public sector have successfully gone through the programme.

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Notes to Editor

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 20,000 students, across Kent and Medway, its courses span a wide range of academic and professional subject areas.

  • 93% of our recent UK undergraduates are in employment or further studies six months after completing their studies*.
  • Christ Church is the number one choice for local people looking to study at university in Kent (2011 UCAS).
  • We are the South East’s largest provider of courses for public service careers (outside of London).

*2010/11 Destination of Leavers from Higher Education survey



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