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A message from the CVSL Centre Director

The Director of the Centre for Voluntary Sector Leadership in the Faculty of Business and Law, Dr Carol Jacklin-Jarvis, would like to send this message out to colleagues, partners and all third sector organisations, as support in these fast-changing times.

2nd April 2020

A shout out for leadership

In these extraordinary times, the Centre for Voluntary Sector Leadership has praised the amazing leadership shown by so many in voluntary and community organisations, large and small - including Community Action:MK, Works for Us and MK CAB, NAVCA, UK Community Foundations and beyond. 

20th March 2020

The role of voluntary organisations in flood management

With fields up and down the UK increasingly looking like lakes, this month we link to a blog from Karen Potter that considers the implications of floodwater management for voluntary organisations through the case of Toddbrook Reservoir.

24th February 2020

The PhD Research Journey

This month, we introduce you to the journey through which PhD students arrive at The Open University and go on to develop insights into leadership and collaboration in voluntary organisations and social movements. In these videos, you can find out more about the experiences of former PhD student Daniel Haslam and Akash Puranik.

5th December 2019

The Role of the Voluntary Sector in Cross-sector Collaboration

This blog is written by Daniel Haslam, a Lecturer in Management. Here, he shares key findings in relation to the role of the voluntary sector within the Wellbeing Erewash project, an initiative set up in Derbyshire as part of NHS England’s New Care Models programme in 2014.

28th October 2019

What a difference ten years makes: partnership, policy, and practice

Dr Carol Jacklin-Jarvis, Director of the Centre for Voluntary Sector Leadership, marks ten years of working at The Open University. In this blog, she highlights some of the key changes she has seen since spending 20 years working as a practitioner in the voluntary and public sectors.

2nd October 2019

Thinking and doing: creativity, innovation, leadership and back again

"For me, leadership is about unlocking people’s creative potential to become better by challenging our thinking and our actions". In this blog, Helen Britton, Visiting Fellow in the Centre for Voluntary Sector Leadership, reflects on the definition of leadership and the importance of creativity.

26th September 2019

Collaborative Leadership in Action: Lessons from practice

Dr Fidèle Mutwarasibo, Visiting Fellow in the Centre for Voluntary Sector Leadership, looks at what he calls 'Collaborative Leadership in Action'. He draws from a practical example of Citizens:MK’s Fight Against Hate Campaign which ran in Milton Keynes.

6th September 2019

Power Sharing in the Boardroom

We invite you to find out more about PhD student, Lindsay Wilson-Jones. Lindsay is researching power sharing in the boardroom, exploring the ways that individuals within and external to the board construct leadership and enact governance.

9th August 2019

Reflecting on our 2019 annual conference

The Centre for Voluntary Sector Leadership held its annual conference on 9 July 2019. In this blog, Dr James Rees, the former Director for the Centre for Voluntary Sector Leadership, discusses some of the key conversations that took place and outlined two significant outcomes.

29th July 2019