Published: 01 July 2019

The Duke of Edinburgh International Award on leadership programme

Following a successful pilot programme last year The Duke of Edinburgh International Award (DoEIA) have partnered with the Surrey Business School Executive Education team to deliver a Certificate in Business Administration.

In May, the University of Surrey welcomed senior staff members within the Award Association from countries including Canada, Nigeria, Ghana and Gibraltar for the start of this high level leadership development programme. For one of the modules Surrey Business School's Executive Education team were supported by ‘Pathfinder’, a social enterprise that was used as a live case study. Delegates acted as “business consultants” by assisting Pathfinder with solving their real life business problems, for example, identifying alternative business models, markets, income, strategy and risk & governance. 

Delegates were introduced to a strategic planning methodology for social enterprises called a Social Franchise. Delegates also first developed a Social Franchise Canvas for Pathfinder. By applying new insights and key learnings, delegates created Social Franchise Canvasses for their respective National Awards by critically evaluating the Foundation’s strategy implications for their National Awards.

The Executive Education team are looking forward to delivering the remaining 5 modules of this blended learning programme, face to face and interactive online. Modules to follow include operations and scaling, finance and income generation and human resource management.

To find out more about this and other Executive Education programmes please contact Mark Simmons (Executive Education Coordinator –

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