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This programme is targeted at new and recently appointed Heads of Institution and aims to explore the complex leadership skills required by Heads in support of the University’s mission of achieving world-class research and teaching.

The programme comprises four core modules which are delivered between November and March each year.

Module 1: The Head of Institution as Leader

The first session includes presentations from the Vice Chancellor and from a number of experienced Heads of Institution. The session provides an overview of current and past theories of leadership as a context for the programme. Participants are encouraged to explore the challenges of the role and the skills required. They are given a framework to enable them to map out the field of leadership as it applies to them.

Module 2: Personal Leadership

This session will investigate the practise of leadership and how leadership may affect performance. As part of the module, participants will develop an objective measure of their current leadership strengths and developmental objectives and are encouraged to formulate and prioritise a personal development plan. Role play, with professional role play actors, is used as a medium to explore interpersonal relationships. It offers the opportunity for participants to be coached as they practice in a safe and controlled environment delivering tangible results. Participants build confidence as they master new skills, accelerating and deepening learning. The session also looks at leadership for the inclusive organisation.

Module 3: Leading Strategy and Change

The session will consider the challenges of leading research, including allocation of resources and setting priorities and will examine the differences between operational and strategic leadership. The session will also look at change management and how to lead effectively through a period of change.  Participants are encouraged to look at key strategic and operational issues and to examine ways of thinking and acting strategically.  This session also includes presentations from the PVC for Institutional and International Relations and from the Registrary.

Module 4: Leading Others

The session provides an introduction to coaching as a management style. Participants will discuss how their ability to lead and support staff may be enhanced through techniques for giving constructive feedback and managing conflict.  This session also includes a presentation from the Director of Human Resources. The use of talent management and succession planning are explored and the issues of motivation and maintenance are discussed.

Additional Briefings

In addition to the core modules, participants will be invited to select from a number of optional one hour briefings. Topics include:

  • Equality and Diversity in Practice
  • Financial Issues
  • Research Grant Applications
  • HR Legal and Policy Issues
  • Managing the Estate
  • Recruitment and Selection, including Immigration and Compliance

For further information, please contact PPD.