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GDP: Governance Professionals in HE Digital Programme

County / Region
United Kingdom
Position on the Pathway
Governor's Pathway
Fellowship Category
Event Type
Development Programmes
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End Date
Three modules and two action learning sets held over 5 months
Institution Type
Higher Education and Further Education
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Clerks, Secretaries and Directors of Governance and their teams who support institutional governance play a central role in ensuring quality academic and corporate governance of institutions. Their knowledge, expertise and capabilities are key factors in enabling efficient and effective governance.

This digital programme, delivered over five months, provides a unique and vital opportunity for HE institutions to advance the knowledge and insights of those in roles focused on governance and to build useful and long standing professional networks of benefit at an individual and institutional level.

The programme provides a stimulating opportunity to discuss and explore contextual challenges over an academic year. Content covered includes theories of leadership, underlying dynamics of how groups work and how to apply these to their role as Clerk or Secretary, as well as practical and theoretical frameworks that develop leadership capacity and aid good governance. Attendees can also reflect on and plan for their own future career trajectory.

As a participant you will learn; theories of leadership, the underlying dynamics of how groups work, and how to apply these to your role as Clerk or Secretary. You will cover practical skills such as developing your leadership capacity to complement the other roles of the board, as well as theoretical subjects such as what contributes to good governance. Finally, the programme will allow you to consider and plan your own career trajectory. 


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If you are interested in the programme and want to find out more, why not visit our information page and complete the enquiry form to receive your copy of the Governance Professionals in HE Programme information sheet. You can also ask any questions and one of our governance team will be in touch by email. Visit our information page.

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Programme overview Date
Module 1 - Alternative theories of leadership and their application to the system of governance found in HEIs 2 Dec 2020
Action learning set 1 26 Jan 2021
Module 2 - Group dynamics and their impact on boardroom culture and performance 17 Feb 2021
Action learning set 2 24 Mar 2021
Module 3 - Pulling it all together: A practical framework towards good governance 21 Apr 2021

If you would like to find out more about our other governance events, please visit our Governance Development Programme page.

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