Meridian Common Purpose Bursary Place for ACOSVO member

Meridian Common Purpose (delivered through a Charitable Trust) is a highly acclaimed cross sector training course for senior/emerging leaders delivered in cities across the UK. 


As part of the ongoing collaboration between ACOSVO and Common Purpose, ACOSVO are delighted to have been allocated a FREE bursary place for a current member who leads a small to medium sized organisation (Turnover <£500K) to attend a Meridian Common Purpose Course in Scotland. 


General detail about Meridian Common Purpose may be found here.  An overview of the course and the Bursary application process are outlined below. 


Please use the application form below rather than through the ‘contact us’ link on the Meridian Common Purpose link above   

Applications from interested parties are requested to be with ACOSVO ( not later than Friday 10 May 19.   The successful applicant will be notified not later than Mon 3 Jun 19.   


Short Application form here. 


Course Overview

Meridian Common Purpose is a cross sector programme for senior leaders who have to deliver complex change with ever more diverse stakeholders.


The Programme

1. Online (one hour). 

The online accelerator allows time-poor participants to maximise their face-to-face experience at their own time and pace. The accelerator introduces participants to the ‘Leading Beyond Authority’ learning framework which will underpin the learning throughout the Programme


2. Face-to-Face (equivalent of five days over three months)

Three full-day modules allow participants to explore leadership themes as part of a diverse, cross-sector group. Senior leaders share open accounts of their own leadership challenges and the ways they overcame them.

Half-day immersion experiences allow participants to experience leadership and decision-making in different contexts.

Common Purpose facilitates immersion experiences in a range of different places including prisons, hospitals, schools, businesses and community organisations. Participants attend two immersion experiences from a choice of three.

Learning groups enable participants to deepen their learning as part of a small but diverse group.

Each month, a different participant hosts a three-hour learning group at their workplace. Here they work on their own leadership challenges.


3. Practices

Practices are short tasks or challenges to complete in between the face-to-face elements of the programme. Practices allow participants to extend their learning and gain further leadership insights during the programme.


4. Network

Participants connect with other Common Purpose Alumni through an online 360 platform and at 360 Connect events. As Alumni, you can continue learning in a community of over 65,000 leaders worldwide


Learning Outcomes

Common Purpose Meridian develops leaders who can deliver complex change beyond their circle of authority:

  • Approach - Become better able to build strong relationships that lead to successful collaborations
  • Strategy - Become better able to develop strategies that produce change
  • Impact - Become better able to have an impact in unfamiliar contexts
  • Behaviours -Become better able to inspire others through your leadership style



90% of senior leaders say our programmes have helped them develop as leaders

92% of senior leaders say our programmes have helped them gain broader networks

89% of senior leaders say our programmes have helped them make better decisions

90% of senior leaders say our programmes enable them to drive bold innovation


The Cost

£4590 + VAT.  Part-fee and bursary places are also available for those genuinely unable to meet the full fee.

This Bursary place is offered FREE


Upcoming Programmes

The next Edinburgh and Glasgow Meridian programmes start on 3 October 2019.


Application Process for Bursary Place on Meridian Programme for Senior Leaders

If you are interested in applying for this bursary, to help our ACOSVO panel of Board Members select the successful participant, ACOSVO would like to learn a little about the reasons you are applying for the programme and how you hope it will help you develop as a leader. 


Short Application form here. 

Applications should be made to and must be received not later than 10 May 2019. 




ACOSVO is the data controller for the purpose of the EU GDPR Regulation 2018 in connection with the bursary selection process.  Except in the activities described above or where required to do so by law, we will not disclose your data to third parties other than Common Purpose for the purpose of selecting a candidate/approving the bursary without your consent.  ACOSVO takes all reasonable precautions to prevent the loss, misuse or alteration of your data.  If you have any queries relating to the use of your data please email