Deans' Development Programme

Building the experience of senior colleagues to confront institutional challenges with confidence

 

The role of Dean is one which carries a wide range of meanings and contexts in different institutions. Deans often face the competing challenges of providing operational leadership to both academic and professional colleagues while also being asked to support the development of institutional strategy (and respond to an ever-increasing range of external challenges). The Deans' Development Programme is designed to confront these challenges, allowing participants both to discuss their own institution’s approaches (within a discrete and supportive environment) and to develop their understanding of their role. The programme recognises the role of Deans as senior academics, and managers of significant financial and human resources; individual sessions will focus on the core aspects of the role, building in the experience of senior colleagues from many different backgrounds, who are able to reflect upon their experience and to engage participants in self-reflection and debate.

Deans' Development Programme

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Learning outcomes

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. 

Programme content

The programme will be delivered across six 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.

"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.” 

Professor Phil Cardew, Deputy Vice Chancellor, Leeds Beckett University – Programme Director

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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.

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.” 

Benefits

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 collaboartive 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