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Lead and Change 2014

Our flagship course challenges delegates to lead change and positive action within their unions, institutions and campuses.

This brand new course has been designed and delivered in partnership with Movement for Change, an organisation that uses the power of community organising to make change happen. 

On the course delegates will develop a deep understanding of community organising, power and strategy for change whilst having opportunities to put skills into practice through discussions, simulated activities and planning.

Furthermore, this intensive course helps officers develop the understanding and support networks necessary to succeed during their term in office.

Who is it for:
  • Presidents of HE affiliated unions
  • Officers of HE affiliated unions with lead responsibility for driving change and leading a political organisation


Learning outcomes:

By the end of the course, delegates will:

  • Demonstrate an understanding of the roles and qualities of an organiser, as well as the difference between an organiser and a leader
  • Form an assessment of their own qualities and what you need to develop to succeed in the year ahead
  • Display key techniques for negotiating through a negotiation and simulation exercises
  • Demonstrate an understanding of power and power dynamics
  • Define power in community organising terms
  • Construct an effective power analysis of a particular organisation or issue
  • Definition of strategy and the difference between strategy and tactics
  • Demonstrate an understanding of how to select an effective strategic goal
  • Identify their personal structural power and privilege and oppressive characteristics of their mainstream role
  • Identify how to support social change in the mainstream role
  • Demonstrate the importance of 1-2-1s as a tool in community organising and how they differ from a normal conversation
  • List the key steps of a 1-2-1, perform basic 1-2-1s and receive feedback
  • Demonstrate an understanding of why stories are important in organising as an on-going process
  • Construct and present a compelling political story and narrative to move people to action
  • Participate and reflect on a listening action exercise
  • Participate in action learning as a problem-solving approach and to create a support network for the year ahead
  • Demonstrate how to effectively coach someone else on their story telling skills
  • Develop and improve their own political narrative and story
  • Display an understanding of the methods to develop powerful organisation that create strategies for change
  • Participate in a simulated exercise that will test learning and practice skills gained on the course
  • Complete a strategy for disorganising and re-organising their institutions


Dates and venues:

12 - 15 August 2014
19 August - 22 August
Registration opens from: 10.00
Courses begin at: 12.15
Courses finish at: 12.30 followed by lunch
£499 (excl VAT) per delegate*
* Includes accommodation, meals and training materials
NUS Training team:
The trainers delivering this course are NUS staff. All of whom have a wealth of skills, knowledge and experience of the student union movement.
Trainers will positively challenge officers who attend this course to enable them to engage with issues more deeply, so that they drive forward change and lead a political organisation.
Course documents:
Joining instructions (Lead and Change 1, Oxford): event location and venue information - coming soon
If delegates have particular learning needs or need course materials provided in alternative formats, please contact: training@nus.org.uk
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Training course policies:
NUS Code of Conduct that we ask everyone (including members) to adhere to whilst attending our training courses

Register for Lead and Change 1, Oxford

Registration is now full.  Please contact events@nus.org.uk to be added to the waitlist.


Register for Lead and Change 2, Lancaster

Registration is now full.  Please contact events@nus.org.uk to be added to the waitlist.


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