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Personal and Professional Development


The following development programmes have been designed to support those in senior leadership roles in the University.

Senior leadership programmes:

  Senior leadership programme level 1 Senior leadership programme level 2 Senior leadership programme level 3
Key themes
  • Leadership in the context of the University
  • Leading and engaging others
  • Dealing with challenging people situations
  • Leading successful change
  • Head of Institution as leader
  • Leading strategy
  • Leading others through change
  • Leading one conversation at a time

An individualised programme designed to meet the specific requirements of each participant including:

  • A diagnostic phase to identify leadership strengths and development areas
  • Confidential coaching to facilitate professional development
  • Peer learning groups providing the opportunity to explore and resolve individual issues collaboratively
  • Impact Day to evaluate the impact of your learning from the programme and action plan for the future

4 half days

plus optional briefings

4 days

plus optional briefings

6 group sessions

plus 8 x 1:1s across 15 months

Target group Those who are interested in progressing into a Head of Institution role New and recently appointed Heads of Institutions, or equivalent Experienced Heads of Institution, or equivalent
Selection process Nomination by Head of School and/or School Secretary Nomination by Head of School and/or School Secretary Nomination by Head of School or Head of House


  • 26 April 2-5
  • 18 May 9.15-2
  • 8 June 9.15-12.30
  • 27 June 1.30-5


  • 7 November
  • 5 December
  • 6 February
  • 6 March

All dates 9-3.30


  • Introductory Briefing, 16 May 2023
  • Three group sessions (1-2 hrs)
  • Eight 1:1s (up to 2 hrs)
  • Three peer learning sessions 
More info SLP1 Flyer pdf SLP2 Flyer pdf SLP3 Flyer pdf

View the Leadership Attributes Framework, which identifies the key attributes required by senior leaders at Cambridge.  This underpins the three senior leader programmes above and can be used to help participants identify their strengths and areas for development.

View the Senior Leadership Briefing Series flyer.

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