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The open programme will be taking place from 6 February 2019
The programme will build a community of peers from across the sector which will be supported by an online community of practice allowing participants to share experiences and challenges between residential sessions and after the completion of the programme. The programme will be focused upon both the conceptual and practical aspects of maintaining a senior leadership role in a higher education environment.
The programme will gain distinctiveness (and add value) from other, more general, ‘leadership’ courses in:
- a focus on the practicalities of the role;
- the development of action-learning sets which provide peer support and mentoring within the group;
- a focus on the challenges of leadership within the overall context of the university – with Deans often ‘sandwiched’ between the top-level strategy and the bottom-up operation aspects of day-to-day management;
- a focus on the practical enhancement of the student and staff experience.
'The Deans' Development Programme provides the opportunity to consider core issues introduced by key speakers, explore these in group discussions and apply to one's own context through the coaching opportunities provided by the course facilitators. Of these approaches, it is the coaching that has helped me move forward the most because it builds on the various learning contexts and feedback contained in the course.'
Steve Watts, Head of the School of Culture, Faculty of Education and Society, University of Sunderland.
The programme will be delivered across four sessions, and will be supported by inspirational and pragmatic speakers including senior HE leaders, service directors and Deans. Participants will be able to engage with and develop problem-solving skills using a variety of scenarios based around real-world issues happening at a fictitious university.
There will be opportunities for small group discussion and team-building as a part of the activity and it is expected that the programme will form a ‘cohort identity’ which will lead to cross-institutional mentoring and peer support and some shared activity.
Delivering the programme in-house
The Higher Education Academy can provide your staff with development opportunities delivered within your institution, with a number of benefits:
- Cost-effective learning for up to 20 people;
- Focused on the needs of your institution;
- Specialist trainers, coaches and practitioners;
- Standard open programmes and workshops delivered in-house;
- Conveniently delivered on your premises to fit in with your timescales;
- Save on staff time and travel expenses;
- Mixed-method approaches – masterclasses, workshops, action learning sets, online and blended learning.
FIND OUT ABOUT OUR IN-HOUSE DELIVERY
The open programme is currently taking place but we are able to deliver a cost-effective and tailored programme at your institution. If you would like to find out more, fill in the form below.
Who should attend?
The Deans' Development Programme is aimed at Deans and Associate Deans who are looking to develop in their role as senior academics.
This programme takes place over four modules in a 19 week period.
Are you unsure if this programme is for you?
- 1 to 1 consultation with a friendly advisor
- Guidance for all roles in teaching and learning in HE, from technicians to Vice-Chancellors
- Help to identify your development needs, whether you are looking to develop in your role, have a particular challenge or are striving for a promotion.
Who is delivering the programme?
The programme is delivered by Professor Phil Cardew, Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Leeds Beckett University:
"The Deans’ Development Programme will be focused upon both the conceptual and practical aspects of maintaining a senior leadership role in a higher education environment. Deans will have a multitude of differing routes into their roles (and the concept of what a Dean is will vary considerably between institutions) and the programme needs to be sensitive to their backgrounds and common (and individual) circumstances.”
The course brings a number of benefits to both participants and the institution as a whole:
Benefits to the participant
Benefits to the institution
Personal development, increased self-awareness and enhanced personal resilience
Development of colleagues as senior leaders and role models within their own institutions
Development of an enhanced understanding of the challenges of senior leadership in higher education, strategic and operation planning skills and, development of team-working and collaborative practice
Input into strategic and operational development at institutional level
Opportunity to work within a strong peer network with access to senior colleages with a wide experience of higher education
Project working focused on specific institutional scenarios
Practical development of problem-solving skills
Investment in an effective and transparent record of professional development and supporting the creation of a cadre of HEA Senior/Principal Fellows