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Leading Departments

Leading Departments is a fully residential development programme designed to engage, support and develop new Heads of Department to meet the operational and commercial challenges of leading and managing academic or support teams.

Being a head of department is a significant step on the leadership career ladder but it does come with the additional day to day challenges associated with the leadership of front line academic and professional departments. Above and beyond the day to day, departmental leaders are asked to rise to challenges around commercial viability, conflicting priorities and managing their own, and their team’s well-being.

Leading change in HE requires influencing those in senior positions in their institution, as well as peers and reports. A highly experiential programme, Leading Departments is designed to engage new and experienced heads of departments, services or schools to explore and practice the skills they need to build the alliances and partnerships needed to effect sustainable change in their area
 

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Programme Start Date:

15 May 2024

​​​In person residential experience delivered over Two, two-day / one night modules.

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Programme delivery

This innovative residential programme takes a highly experientialapproach to exploring and practising new skills and behaviours necessary for successful department or school leadership. At the core of this programme is a continuous and progressing simulation, which challenges participants to explore themes of commercial viability, partnership building and balancing priorities, alongside the day to day realities of leading a department or school.

The two residential modules, each taking place over two full days enable delegates to build a supportive and often long-lasting network of peers to share experiences, provide feedback and celebrate success.

Delegates will also benefit from additional pre-module resources in the form of two substantial content driven vodcasts to watch asynchronously as part of their preparation for the module.

Taking place over four months, Leading Departments consists of:

  • A two-day module on ‘Influence’ examines the role of influence, partnership and alliance in leading and planning and delivering change at a departmental level and beyond.
  • A two-day module focused on people, internal politics and power dynamics, addresses challenging issues such as performance, conflict resolution and self-positioning as a leader.
  • 360-degree diagnostic and coaching session to identify personal strengths and development goals
  • Group coaching, peer coaching, feedback and reflective practice baked into the modules to ensure embedded learning and clear intention setting..
  • Asynchronous activity in the form of a private programme network group set up to support the sharing of resources
  • Two vodcasts, one before each module, to prime and prepare you with key ideas, core leadership and communication models and some reflective questions.
This programme is unlike any other I have experienced. The opportunity to learn a technique, practice it in a very realistic scenario, receive instant feedback, and refine until you are confident with it is like gold-dust.” Jennifer Stergiou, Head of  Research Operations and Reporting, University of Leeds.
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Module dates and information

For full details of each of the modules, download our full information sheet.

Module One

Wednesday 15 May – Thursday 16 May 2024

A two-day module on ‘Influence’ examines the role of influence, partnership and alliance in leading and planning and delivering change at a departmental level and beyond.

HE-TLQ 360 Online Diagnostic

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In between module one and two, you will be asked to complete an HE-TLQ 360 Online Diagnostic. This includes a 1-2-1 coaching feedback session.

Module Two

 Monday 1 – Tuesday 2 July 2024

A two-day module focused on people, internal politics and power dynamics, addresses challenging issues such as performance, conflict resolution and self-positioning as a leader. Participants explore a coach-as-leader approach, deepening their coaching and feedback skills.
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Share and celebrate your achievements with digitally recognised learning

For much of our portfolio for 2022-23 the learning of event attendees and programme participants and conference, symposia and colloquia presenters will be digitally recognised.

This makes it easy for you to share and celebrate your achievements by adding them to your email signature or including them in your social profiles including Twitter, LinkedIn and Facebook. Your learning certificates can also be easily verified and downloaded as a pdf.

Find out more about digitally recognised learning
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Programme outcomes

Participants benefit from the opportunity to explore the use and balance of intellectual, emotional and political intelligences in facing day-to-day challenges. They also have the chance to identify their own leadership styles and preferences, and consider the implications of these for the leadership of performance. Participants will also benefit from the ability to reflect on their 360-degree feedback and apply the insights gained to focus their own plans for personal development.

The simulated environments approach used on the programme is incredibly powerful and impactful. These environments challenge participants to confront complex, highly interwoven performance management and operational issues and explore motivation as a way of achieving their own and others’ high performance.

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Facilitators 

Senior Consultant in the Leadership, Organisational Development and Research
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Advance HE
Joanne Coysh
Joanne Coysh is a Senior Consultant in the Leadership, Organisational Development and Research team. She has spent the last 25 years working as a consultant, designing and researching collaborative spaces for problem-solving, learning and change with global charities and international organisations working with human rights, international development and humanitarian emergencies. Joanne works globally and with international groups having lived and worked overseas throughout her career.

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Paul has worked for many years as a trainer, facilator and role plater across a wide range of sectors including Financial Services, Retail, Manufactering, Pharmacueticals, the NHS and Higher Education.

He specialises in Leadership, Management, and Communication Skills and delivers consultancy and training in areas such as interview and recruitment skills, unconscious bias, appraisals, feedback, coaching, conflict resolution, sales and negotiation.

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