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Prestige programme for aspiring vice-chancellors to launch in Australia and New Zealand

08 Jul 2019 | Advance HE Advance HE is to launch the Top Management Programme for Higher Education in Australia and New Zealand.

Advance HE is to launch the Top Management Programme for Higher Education (TMP HE) Australia and New Zealand following consultation with a number of vice-chancellors and other sector stakeholders who have welcomed the initiative.

TMP HE, currently running for the forty-fourth cohort in the UK and Ireland, is Advance HE’s longest standing leadership development programme and is designed for those aspiring to vice-chancellorships or other very senior appointments in institutions.

The programme has over 850 alumni working in institutions around the world, including eight in senior roles in Australia and New Zealand. Sixty-six UK vice-chancellors are alumni of the programme. TMP HE Australia and New Zealand will be based on the core components of the current programme and will reflect the regional context.

The programme will start in February 2020 with the first week-long module delivered in Melbourne, followed by two more modules delivered in Singapore and Sydney respectively. These three modules are supplemented by 1:1 coaching sessions and impact group meetings.

“Assuming a top leadership appointment, particularly that of vice-chancellor, is a huge achievement. We know that these all-consuming top appointments bring new and demanding layers of challenge in an increasingly complex sector, so preparation is key.

“We designed the Top Management Programme for Higher Education to support high achievers as they get ready for their new responsibilities, looking at fresh ideas and ways to lead and deliver change. Above all, the programme provides a period of intense coaching, peer-group discussion and reflection, focusing on leadership styles so that the participants are best equipped to make a real difference when they take up their appointment.”

Advance HE Chief Executive Alison Johns

“TMP HE has been a really important part of how I operate as a senior leader. I particularly valued the impact groups which were insightful and challenging sessions. These sessions allowed time to unpack a situation you were experiencing through self-reflection, peer and expert coaching. They provided opportunity to question your decisions and actions, experience multiple perspectives from other participants who stemmed from a range of roles, and to develop your own coaching skills.

“I thoroughly recommend the programme as fantastic pathway for those who aspire to for top leadership positions in higher education.”

Professor Romy Lawson, Provost, Murdoch University and TMP HE alumnus

The facilitators of the programme are Professor Judyth Sachs, who previously worked as DVC Provost at Macquarie and is currently working as an executive coach with senior academic and professional staff at ANU, University of Canberra, University of South Australia and as a consultant with KPMG, working alongside Robin Ryde, who directs the ‘Executive Fellows Program’ for Australia and New Zealand School of Government (ANZSOG) as well as the UK TMP.

The current UK cohort for TMP HE will be in Sydney from 15 - 19 July, when there is an opportunity for vice-chancellors and other senior representatives from institutions to find out more about the programme.

Applications for Top Management Programme for Higher Education Australia and New Zealand have been extended to 27 November 2019.

Find out more information about TMP HE Australia and New Zealand

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