Academic leadership – the challenges of leading change
22 February, Bahrain: Fifteen senior academics from eight institutions across Bahrain have attended an intensive Academic Leadership Programme (ALP) delivered by the Higher Education Academy (HEA) in collaboration with HEA Global Partner, the University of Bahrain.
The four-day programme, designed for new heads of department and equivalent roles, moves away from management training practices towards a greater emphasis on leadership values in alignment with the Professional Standards Framework for teaching and supporting learning in higher education (PSF).
Steve Outram, co-delivering the programme with Sarah Wilson-Medhurst, outlined its purpose, “At the heart of this programme is a focus on leading change and bringing staff and students with you; and that means structured engagement and leading changes in behaviour. This course helps guide and explore approaches to these challenges in an academic context and in a highly interactive way.”
Dr Amer Mohammed Al-Saeedi, Royal University of Women, said, “The programme has been excellent. A particular strength has been the atmosphere in which it’s been delivered which has created a real sense of teamwork and sharing of experiences. The focus on influencing and leading change will really help me in how I approach day-to-day challenges and obstacles as well as how to approach more complex ones in the University.”
Dr Noor Nabeel Aldoy, Department of Architecture and Interior Design, University of Bahrain said, “ It’s been a great programme - I want to implement change in my area of responsibly and I found that the international perspective the programme leaders brought, along with ideas from colleagues from different universities on the course has really given me some ideas to work with. Alongside the specific change models we learnt about, the action learning sets were a really rewarding approach in to tackling real-life issues. I’m so looking forward to applying this learning.”
The HEA will be offering a further programme later in the year. Delivered in Bahrain, the programme is open to academics from across the region. The dates of the programme will be announced shortly.
For more information about the Academic Leadership Programme please click here.