Academic Leadership Programme - intensive

Academic Leadership Programme - intensive

Academic Leadership Programme (one week intensive)

Supporting the 'next generation' of academic leaders

Having effective heads of department and heads of academic sections is vital for all higher education providers, yet the opportunities for the professional development of this group of academic staff remain limited. The Higher Education Academy's Academic Leadership Programme (ALP) is designed to support these colleagues; the next generation of academic leaders. The emphasis of the programme is on future leadership rather than leaders, reinforcing the HEA belief that leadership can be demonstrated at any level and is value-driven not hierarchical in nature. The programme moves away from management training practices toward instilling and supporting greater emphasis on values in alignment with the PSF.

This one week intensive programme has been designed to enable participants from a global audience to participate in HEA training and events, as well as those who wish to seek a more intensive level of professional development without compromising on quality.

Participant outcomes

The outcomes and benefits of participating on the Academic Leadership Programme will be at three levels:

  1. Increasing your practical and critical understanding of becoming an effective head of an academic department or section in the context of learning and teaching
  2. Giving you greater confidence in engaging with, influencing and supporting colleagues within one’s own department or section as well as championing the department or section within an institution and externally
  3. Encouraging you to develop an enhanced awareness of strengths - individual participants can develop further both in themselves and others as they grow as leaders in higher education

Employer outcomes

  1. An opportunity to develop confident and effective academic heads and teaching and learning leaders who are able to cascade their learning to others in their departments
  2. Support staff to grow as leaders in their institutions in the key area of heading learning and teaching and transforming professional practice
  3. Providing an efficient means for leading learning and teaching enhancement policies and practices at a local level
  4. Investment in the continuing professional development of your staff, providing an effective and transparent record of professional development and supporting the creation of a cadre of HEA Senior Fellows​

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Event Schedule
Monday, 26 February, 2018 - 13:00
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Event Duration
5 days
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More about this programme

A distinctive and unique feature of this programme is that it has been developed by, and will be delivered by, senior academic colleagues in the sector who have experienced the challenges that any new head of department or section faces.

These colleagues have been carefully selected not only for their knowledge and experience but also for their abilities to reflect critically on these experiences and for their remarkable facilitation skills in supporting others.

Common to all five days of the programme is:

  • An emphasis on working collaboratively and collegially;
  • The adoption of an explore, challenge and apply approach to change in higher education;
  • The establishment of a ‘non-deficit’ development model of professional development;
  • The importance of working creatively but also working towards practical outcomes;
  • The acquisition of a range of approaches, tools, skills and knowledge appropriate to becoming a successful academic head;
  • An appreciation of how these approaches and techniques can support one’s own professional development but also the professional development of colleagues in one’s own department;
  • A network of contacts with others in the sector facing similar opportunities and challenges;
  • Experience of addressing a specific leadership challenge and delivering a successful solution.

"Having experienced the journey of course design together, our group of academics and academic developers, now feel that we have created a programme which addresses the very current needs of HE providers both in terms of knowledge, skill set and reflective space needed by existing and emerging leaders.” 

Dr Emma Mayhew, Associate Professor, University of Reading

Programme Content

Day 1 & 2 - Devolving Leadership

The overall aim of day one and two is to enable participants to understand their individual leadership context and challenges and then to develop an action plan to develop and implement leadership practice. Participants will explore the nature of academic leadership; different leadership models and how they might be applied to different academic situations and the importance of devolved and distributed leadership. As an integral part of this module participants will develop their influencing skills and how to work effectively with stakeholders – skills that will be developed further in subsequent modules.

Day 3: Turning problems into opportunities and making things happen differently

The overall aim of day 3 is to enable participants to explore their emerging leadership roles and to develop their practice through analysing and articulating a teaching and learning problem and identifying potential solutions in order to make things happen differently.


Day 4: Involving students

The overall aim of day 4 is to enable participants to develop a rationale and actionable plans in eliciting ideas and processes for student engagement, in the development of teaching and learning in HE, and in ways that are meaningful to their own context.

Objectives: For participants to consider the ways of involving students in decision-making e.g. about teaching and learning; and in the implementation of teaching and support of learning as meaningful to their own context.


Day 5: Becoming sustainable

The overall aim of day 5 is to consolidate all the sessions of the previous days and outline ways in which participants can make their initiatives sustainable, as well as enhance their own capabilities. 

The programme will be held at the Higher Education Academy offices based in York, located on the Science Park close to the village of Heslington and the University of York. The city of York itself is internationally acclaimed for its rich heritage and historic architecture, the streets are filled with visitors from all over the world. Within the medieval walls you can explore the many restaurants and bars as well as the iconic gothic Minster, Clifford’s Tower and the Shambles.

Venue Address
Innovation Way,
York Science Park,
YO10 5BR,
United Kingdom

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