Ideal for those new to the role or aspiring to become a head of department, this short but intensive programme that gives participants the survival skills for the first few months in post to hit the ground running.
You could be contemplating whether a head of department role is right for you. Or you could have already been appointed to such a role and are waiting to begin. This programme has also been developed to support those returning to a head of department role after a break or time in another role within their university or higher education college. You may be from an academic or professional background and be anticipating leading an academic or support function.
Over two programme days and one action learning set day delegates will develop their knowledge and skills in the leadership of people and the management of change. The programme includes case studies, diagnostics, individual and small group work, and plenary exercises. Participants are invited to prepare a change or conflict scenario to be worked-on during the programme and to identify their individual and institutional learning objectives in relation to the programme.
By the end of the programme participants will have had an opportunity to:
- Review the changing face of higher education throughout the UK and how these changes are effecting HEIs
- Explore the role of head of department in its various guises
- Identify their conflict mode preferences and develop strategies for difficult conversations
- Raise their awareness of different leadership styles
- Explore the nature of change and models for implementation
- Discuss a change or conflict scenario and work on strategies for addressing it
- Work in small groups to discuss specific leadership issues and plan actions to address these
- Share experience and ideas with a set of fellow-leaders
- Develop their self-awareness and confidence as a leader
- Look at the nature of change and discuss models for implementing your own change project
- Managing difficult conversations
- Reviewing conflict using the Thomas Kilman conflict mode tool
- Guest presentations from experienced heads of department
- Action learning sets
- Diagnostics on management and leadership style
This programme is grounded in the strategic issues and choices that institutions are currently facing, whilst giving you practical leadership preparation for new, aspiring or returning heads of departments. The programme is highly interactive and includes the use of diagnostic tools to explore your own leadership style and understand more about managing conflict and change. We will discuss how to build networks to support you in the role and experienced heads will share their stories and hard-won knowledge as guest speakers.
The programme fee includes all costs associated with:
- Lunch and refreshments during the programme times
- External speakers