Tagged: CPD

Business Skills Support Programme CPD Grants

Bespoke CPD opportunities
As part of our business skills support programme we are offering Continuing Professional Development bursaries for staff and volunteers to tailor their own CPD in business skills. The bursaries are available for people working in museums to participate in any type of existing CPD opportunity to develop their core business skills and which will support their museum to run as a more effective and resilient organisation. Applications could range from a basic Microsoft Excel course to improve budgeting and record keeping skills to a full ILM qualification. To apply for a bursary contact Alex Bird, alexander.bird@manchester.ac.uk, with the following information:

  • What the CPD opportunity is, including details of the course/opportunity you have identified
  • Evidence of need and details on how it will improve your work
  • Proof of line management approval
  • Cost of training and amount requested from MDNW
  • Timetable

This programme runs through 2017-18 and has a rolling deadline so once you have identified an appropriate opportunity please let us know. Once all the funding has been allocated the offer will close.


British Society for the History of Science Engagement Fellowships

The British Society for the History of Science (BSHS) is delighted to announce the second iteration of a scheme to support small and local museums, archives, galleries and libraries whose collections connect to themes in the history of science, technology, engineering and medicine. 

This scheme will fund the placement of Master’s or PhD students with heritage organisations and museums for the equivalent of a month’s work (timescales can be arranged between the partner museum and student) as an Engagement Fellow and contribute £1,000 towards the costs of public engagement outputs related to the research undertaken. Examples could include:

  • Updating displays and content
  • Blog posts
  • Museum trails
  • Informal learning sheets
  • Events for schools, families or adults

The BSHS are in a position to fund two placements a year to support the ambitions of museum and archives to deliver engaging histories and stories to their visitors. This scheme requires the heritage partner to provide training and mentorship for the appointed student during the placement. The student will develop valuable skills and experiences while producing outputs of high research quality.

The BSHS welcomes proposals for collaboration from museums and heritage organisations based in the UK. If you are interested please follow the link to fill out an expression of interest form.

Oxford Cultural Leaders 2018 applications now open

Oxford University Museums, in partnership with colleagues from the Saïd Business School, are delighted to announce that the highly successful residential leadership programme, Oxford Cultural Leaders, will be running again from 18-23 March 2018.

‘Leaders in the cultural sector need to develop the confidence to think about their organisations as sustainable entities. This requires new skills and approaches – some learned from different sectors and disciplines. The Oxford Cultural Leaders Programme in my view provides a powerful platform for the development of this shared future.’ Tracey Camilleri, Director, Oxford Strategic Leadership Programme, Saïd Business School.

The application portal for this year’s programme is now open and will close at 5pm on 5 January 2018.

The programme is designed to enable cultural leaders to develop entrepreneurial ways of thinking and behaving. Having access to expertise from across the cultural and business sectors has led to the development of a unique programme within the museum and cultural sectors internationally. Oxford Cultural Leaders was held for the first time in March 2015 and then again in 2016 and 2017, successfully bringing together dynamic leaders together in an environment which encourages experimentation and innovation.

‘The whole experience had an impact on me; it was intensive from first thing in the morning until the last thing at night. The diverse cohort facilitated learning from the experiences of others, which was affirmed by leading practitioners who’s vigorous sessions got you to think differently.’ Alistair Burtenshaw, Director, The Watts Gallery

‘What surprised me most was the programme’s ability to suspend the participants’ status issues and positioning and create a trusting, open, generous and sharing environment between us. It allowed us to work really well together, and this did generate some incredible moments of co-creation.’ Anette Østerby, Head of Visual Arts, Danish Arts Council

The programme faculty comprises of cultural sector leaders and business school experts including;

  • Silke Ackerman, Director, Museum of the History of Science
  • Tracey Camilleri, Director, Oxford Strategic Leadership Programme, Saïd Business School, University of Oxford
  • Richard Evans, Director, Beamish, the Living Museum of the North
  • Kaywin Feldman, Director and President, Minneapolis Institute of Art
  • Pegram Harrison, Fellow in Entrepreneurship, Saïd Business School, University of Oxford
  • Diane Lees, Director General, Imperial War Museums
  • Robert Poynton, Associate Fellow, Saïd Business School, University of Oxford
  • Keith Ruddle, Associate Fellow, Saïd Business School, University of Oxford
  • Michael Smets, Associate Professor, Saïd Business School, University of Oxford
  • Paul Smith, Director, Museum of Natural History
  • Carole Souter, Master, St Cross, University of Oxford, and former Chief Executive, National Heritage Memorial Fund and Heritage Lottery Fund
  • Xa Sturgis, Director, Ashmolean Museum of Art and Archaeology
  • Anne Trefethen, Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Gardens, Libraries and Museums, University of Oxford
  • Laura Van Broekhoven, Director, Pitt Rivers Museum
  • Yolanda Vasquez, Actor and Tutor, Olivier Mythodrama

Oxford Cultural Leaders is for dynamic and reflective directors and deputy directors, heads of department, and senior managers who want to challenge and redefine their identity as a leader and their vision for their organisation at a time of great challenge and complexity for the cultural sector.

Recruitment will be through a competitive application process, with a panel of faculty members carefully considering what the applicant can contribute to the programme, as sharing knowledge and expertise, and providing peer consultancy and support is core to the programme’s success.

Participants will be staying at Corpus Christi College in the heart of Oxford, a beautiful, peaceful and historic setting, which is close to the museums, cultural venues and university buildings that we use to deliver the teaching, workshop and social elements of the programme.

The deadline for applications is 5pm on 5 January 2018.

Participants (both Home/EU and International) will be asked to contribute a fee of £2,650.

For more on our Oxford Cultural Leaders web pages, or contact:

Lucy Shaw
Programme Director, Oxford Cultural Leaders
Oxford University Museums
lucy.shaw@museums.ox.ac.uk | 01865 613783

Culture and Arts Schools Experts Programme Fellowship

Many cultural organisations are experiencing a high degree of challenge in maintaining or developing their members of staff who can dedicate themselves to schools work. Similarly, schools are also experiencing huge challenges to their ability to protect their arts and cultural provision and are in need of strong ambassadors for cultural education more than ever.

Formerly known as the CELP Programme, the newly re-named Culture and Arts Schools Experts (CASE) Programme Fellowship is an annual, year-long development opportunity that, over 3 years, will create a talent pool of around 20 credible schools specialists working in the North West’s National Portfolio Organisations, in arts organisations, museums/heritage settings and libraries.

We have all been through an experience – which I really believe – could be a career changing one

Year 1 CASE fellow

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The CASE Programme Fellowship is an investment from Curious Minds designed to protect, nurture and develop a team of credible schools experts from within the North West’s cultural sector who can strengthen the ability of cultural organisations to work in partnership with schools. The CASE Fellows will take that passion and expertise with them as they develop as future leaders of learning departments, artistic director or managers of venues. Now in its second year, the impact of the programme is being felt across the region.

The fellowship is designed for early to mid-career professional who may be working with schools but are eager to go deeper and to hone their knowledge and experience in such a way that they become known and credible schools specialists, able to influence and advise their own organisations and the wider cultural sector.

CASE Fellows access between 15-20 days of inspirational learning across the year, including two residentials, curated and delivered by Curious Minds with contributions from regional and national experts. Through undertaking a 4-5 day school placement, Fellows also have the opportunity to network with SLiCE® fellows and alumni, practice their advocacy skills and explore governance. In addition, fellows are offered time with a coach or mentor to support their own personal reflection and learning, develop a sound understanding of key cultural and education polices and research and create a personal development plan. The programme focuses on developing advocating and influencing skills such as public speaking, measuring impact, understanding how schools are funded and curriculum requirements.

It is a requirement that both the fellows and their employers make it possible for the Fellows to be deployed by Curious Minds as cultural education advocates and schools specialists for a minimum of 5 days in year 2. This may include speaking at events, offering advice or support to other organisations, supporting schools with Artsmark or their peers with Arts Award.

Apply Now

Curious Minds is currently recruiting for the 2017-18 CASE Fellowship programme.

To apply, please download the application form and CASE overview and send to Laura Ferguson, Cultural Education Leadership Manager, via email or to:
Laura Ferguson
Curious Minds,
23-27 Guild Hall,

Deadline: Tuesday 3rd October

New GEM Course Programme Launched

GEM have recently announced their new training programme:

A new foundation course: Effective Engagement, which complements the existing GEM foundation course: Museum Learning

Five new intermediate courses aimed at supporting the professional development of mid-career museum, heritage and cultural educators.

A new advanced workshop: Managing Museum Educators and Their Activities, aimed at supporting those in leadership positions, such as managers, directors or trustees.

To find out more and to book, please see the new course outline or visit the GEM website.

Art Fund Career Development Courses with Whitechapel Gallery

Art Fund are once again partnering with Whitechapel Gallery to offer a series of professional development courses for curators and museum professionals this autumn.

This series is targeted at both early-career and more experienced curators, whether new to the topic or wishing to refresh and expand their existing knowledge. These hands-on courses will draw on the expertise of staff from across Whitechapel Gallery, as well as other industry leaders.

Each course will focus on practical training and use current projects as case studies, allowing attendees to gain valuable guidance and insight from behind the scenes.

Taking place in October and November 2017, the courses will cover the following topics:

  • How to curate talks and events
  • How to write about art
  • How to curate the moving image
  • How to fundraise: individual giving
  • How to handle and install art
  • How to fundraise: writing grant applications

Places normally cost £195, but curators and museum professionals are invited to apply for one of 34 funded places offered by the Art Fund.

Further details and information on how to apply can be found on the Art Fund website here.

V&A Learning Academy

Professional Development Courses

The V&A have recently launched their Learning Academy programme, which offers adult visitors unique access to V&A collections and expertise. Whether you want to study the history of art, design and performance, learn a new creative skill or build a career in the museum sector, there is a flexible part-time experience designed to bring your passion to life.

Each of the short, intensive courses are taught by V&A staff and focus on practical training, using V&A collections, best practice and current projects as case studies. 

Topics include: 

  • Digital Media
  • Innovative Leadership
  • Curating Exhibitions
  • Interpretation Strategy
  • Performance-based Programming and Object Handling.

To browse all upcoming opportunities, you can view and download their Professional Development Programme Brochure.

MDNW Emerging Leaders Programme 2017

There’s just over a week left to apply for our third Emerging Leaders programme this year and applications are now being accepted. This seven-month programme is for early career museum professionals who would like to focus on developing their leadership skills.

Programme details
The programme will consist of one full day workshop per month for seven months, starting in June. Participants will have the opportunity to shape the content of the programme to meet their needs. In previous years, the programme has focused on areas including:

  • Confidence building
  • Management style identification
  • Coaching and working effectively with others
  • Influencing
  • Time and workload management
  • Personal resilience
  • Managing change

As part of the programme, all participants have the opportunity to seek 360˚ feedback at work to help them plan their own personal development and will have time during the programme to work on their own areas of personal development. The programme also includes some homework to help apply the learning from the workshops to participants’ own workplace.

About the trainers:
The programme will be run by Alex Lindley and Shirley Collier.

Alex is a Chartered member of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development and has worked in Learning and Development and Human Resource Management for over 10 years. She has delivered workshops and programmes covering areas such as leadership development, personal skills, organisational and cultural change and has spent time as a mentor for new leaders. She now works primarily with the heritage sector, but brings leadership insights and best practice from a wide range of sectors and organisations, from small volunteer run museums to international banks – and a great deal in between!

Shirley Collier has 20 years’ experience in museums and management – including several years as CEO of Scarborough Museums Trust – giving her personal and practical experience of many of the issues which affect early career professionals in the sector. She has developed and delivered training for a range of organisations, from national museums to small independent museums. Shirley also works as an executive coach, focusing on transition – changing roles, promotions, moving sectors – and resilience, resourcefulness and motivation.

How to apply
There are 10 places available for those working in the North West on the programme this year and people can either nominate themselves or be nominated. If you work at a National or Major Partner Museum please speak to Alex Bird prior to submission.

If you are interested in applying, please complete the application form. The form includes a section for you and a section for your line manager to support your application. It is important that you have your line manager’s support for taking part throughout the programme, so please ensure both sections of the form are completed.

Please send all applications to Alex Bird, Sector Development Officer – alexander.bird@manchester.ac.uk by 5pm Friday 28th April.

There is no charge for participation but because places are limited there will be a drop-out fee of £150 per delegate if delegates are unable to take up a place once it has been offered or do not complete the programme.

If you would like more information about the programme please contact Alex Bird alternatively you can read the evaluation post about our 2015 programme.

Museums Association Transformers: Influence

The Transformers programme has been developed to be flexible and suitable for all roles within a museum.  Transformers is relevant to anyone working in or with a museum- paid or voluntary.

We can accept multiple applications per organisation. The programme is seeking to create a cohort of motivated, engaged sector colleagues who are committed to their professional and organisational development, who standby the commitment that Museums Change Lives and want to ensure museum remain engaging, welcoming, vibrant places for all. (See more details below)

This strand requires a commitment of 2 learning days-  Gearing up for Change day in June and an Our Museum in Action day in July.   Participants also have the opportunity to pitch an idea for the Festival of Change which will be part of the Museums Association Conference 2017.

There is a fee of £100 but this will include participation in the 2 learning days and a year’s individual membership for the participant.

This strand has been developed with feedback from the sector to be more manageable for people who cannot make the longer time commitment of the 2 other strands, people who work shifts, part-time, free-lancers, have family or caring responsibilities or just don’t feel ready or have the time for something more intensive.

For more information and details on how to apply please click here.

 Deadline for applications is Tuesday 7 March

CPD Grants

Available via Anna Plowden Trust & Clothworkers’ Foundation

The Anna Plowden Trust and Clothworkers’ Foundation – two of the leading funders of training and development for conservators in the UK – have launched a new joint programme to support those undertaking continuing professional development (CPD). The Anna Plowden Trust has provided more than 100 grants for CPD during the last two decades and the Clothworkers’ Foundation conservation programme has given over £150,000 in CPD grants during the last eight years.

A grant of £20,000 from Clothworkers’ Foundation to the Anna Plowden Trust, will offer new opportunities for conservators seeking to improve their knowledge or skills, or to broaden their professional experience.

Anna Plowden Trust / Clothworkers’ Foundation CPD grants can be awarded for up to £1,000 or 50% (whichever is the smaller amount) of the cost of conferences, training events or other CPD opportunities. Application forms can be downloaded from the Anna Plowden Trust, which will administer the award on behalf of both funders. There are three remaining deadlines for applications in 2017: March 22nd, June 5th and September 14th.