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Sustainability and Inclusive Leadership (SAIL)

  • Level(s) of Study: Professional / Short course
  • Course Fee:

    Available at no cost to eligible individuals (see criteria below).

  • Start Date(s): 4 October 2023
  • Duration: Three sessions
  • Study Mode(s): Short course
  • Campus: City Campus
  • Entry Requirements:
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This project is part-funded by the European Social Fund (ESF).

Please note: This course is delivered through the Smart and Inclusive Leadership project, which is part funded by the European Social Fund. Nottingham Trent University (NTU) is pleased to offer free (fully funded) places on this course to support employees of small and medium businesses that are based in Nottinghamshire or Derbyshire.

Delivered by Nottingham Business School, this course has been developed to help SME leaders, managers, and employees manage responsibly and win business in the rapidly emerging green marketplace.

SAIL is suitable for any business employee in the D2N2 region with an interest in supporting your firm’s journey towards net zero and greater connection with nature. The course will build your leadership capacity to deliver the sustainable change needed to ensure your firm is fit for the future.

The course includes carbon literacy training certified by the Carbon Literacy Trust. Participants can also receive 10 credits towards a Level 4 (degree level) qualification. To achieve these credits, you are required to attend all sessions and submit two assessments. This entails completing a carbon literacy evidence form and developing a sustainability project action plan and reflective submission that explore the barriers and enablers to implementing your sustainability project.

The course blends face-to-face and webinar facilitated sessions with guided learning via reading, videos, online tools and questionnaires and independent reflective study.

What you’ll study

As a result of completing the course, you will:

  • Understand why social and environmental challenges are important for your business and the connections between social and environmental solutions.
  • Understand how different sectors, such as technology, manufacturing, fashion, textiles, food and drink impact the climate and environment.
  • Be able to calculate the carbon impact of your personal and business practices.
  • Be able to identify solutions with the highest impact: in your personal life and in your role at work.
  • Understand approaches and methods to reduce your personal and business emissions.
  • Develop an action plan to support your sustainability and inclusivity transformation.
  • Know how to apply the concepts of sustainability, leadership, and the SDGs to your role at work and/or business.
  • Be aware of economic and business models that can encourage energy efficiency, waste management and eco-innovation in your business.
  • Develop a better understanding of your own personal values and ethical decision-making for responsible leadership.

Future Cohort Dates:

Session 1: 4 October 2023, 10 am - 1 pm (delivered face to face)

Session 2: 18 October 2023, 10 am - 1 pm (delivered online)

Session 3: 25 October 2023, 10 am - 1 pm (delivered face to face)

12 October, full day, in-person workshop.

Available to paid employees of VCSE (Voluntary, Community or Social Enterprise Organisation) only, as the course content has been specifically tailored to address challenges within the sector.

How you’re taught

This course is delivered by:

Dr. Fred Paterson

An SME Business Consultant for NTU and an Associate Professor for Sustainable Business at University of Derby Business School. Fred has a long track record in delivering sustainable business support programmes, leadership development and module leadership of masters level programmes in sustainable business management.

In addition to being an active researcher of sustainable business support, Fred has close links with many businesses in the region through the Low Carbon Business Network that he founded in 2017. He also works closely with regional, national and international academic and policy organisations focused on enterprise support for pro-environmental business.

Helen Taylor MBA

Helen Taylor has worked in various projects at Nottingham Trent University all focussed on sustainability and carbon management support for SME’s, including the recent Sustainability in Enterprise Project and previous SAIL course.

Helen delivers carbon literacy training and is IEMA certified in carbon accounting. Helen was also part of a team of Nottingham Business School consultants supporting the British Business Bank with the launch of its sustainability support package for U.K. SMEs including a 'Green Decoder" and has written a case study for the recently published ‘Handbook of Carbon Management’. Helen previously founded and managed a successful landscape architecture business and now has her own business consultancy practice.

Adrian Williams

Adrian Williams has a background in business as well as science and the social sciences having studied the environmental earth sciences, climate change and globalisation.  Adrian previously ran a cabinet-making business and has been working with businesses on sustainability, start-up and growth for over 10 years on a range of business support programmes at NTU.

Entry requirements

To be eligible to apply for a place on this course you must be employed by a small or medium business (under 250 employees) in Nottinghamshire or Derbyshire.

No previous qualifications or experience is needed to access this course.

If you have any queries about this course, please email:

If this course is of interest but you or your company do not meet the eligibility criteria for a funded place, please contact us to find out about dates for other occurrences.

Fees and funding

This course is available at no cost to eligible participants.