The Higher Education Academy has a limited number of places available on its next Executive Development Programme, scheduled to start in June.
The Executive Development Programme is a highly acclaimed one year programme which prepares people for the leadership of learning and teaching at executive level. It allows participants to discover more about their individual leadership styles, comparing and contrasting that style with others working in senior positions right across the higher education sector.
Although there are many other programmes aimed at developing generic leadership skills, the Executive Development Programme is unique in that it has been designed specifically to prepare people for the leadership of learning and teaching. Intended for those already in, or close to, executive level it sets out to enhance leadership skills across a range of roles responsible for student learning, teaching and delivering academic programmes.
The next Executive Development Programme – EDP 3 – follows on from two previous cohorts which have proved immensely popular with participants.
“In terms of a development experience the Executive Development Programme is the best I’ve ever been on, by a country mile,” says Professor Blair Grubb, Associate Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Education) at the Faculty of Health & Life Sciences, University of Liverpool, who took part in EDP 2. “It has a freshness, integrity and credibility that is just unrivalled. I’m glad to have been a part of it and shared those experiences with other academic leaders from different institutions united by the same day-to-day challenges and scenarios.”
“I gained enormously from the Executive Development Programme,” adds Professor Brian Murphy, Director of Access, Digital and Distributed Learning at Ulster University, who also participated in EDP 2. “Having the dedicated time to reflect on one’s role, its challenges, one’s development, and to benchmark that with colleagues of similar and senior level across the UK was, for me, priceless.”
EDP 3 will comprise of (a) six two-day residential seminars featuring small group work, plus guest speakers discussing the key challenges associated with leading learning and teaching through the constantly evolving HE environment, and (b) two one-day group visits to influential and pioneering UK higher education bodies.
The Executive Development Programme is led by a team of three experienced Higher Education Academy consultants – Professor Philip Martin, Dr Julie Baldry Currens and Phyllida Hancock – together with Caroline Ackroyd, the HEA’s Academic Lead for Staff Development. All guest speakers have extensive experience of working at executive level across the sector.
Although the majority of EDP 3 will be based in Birmingham, the opening session takes place in London with the location of the visits yet to be finalised.