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