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Senior Women’s Leadership Development Programme

County / Region
Position on the Pathway
Preparing for senior leadership
Fellowship Category
All Fellowship Categories
Event Type
Development Programmes
Start Date
End Date
Two residential two-day workshops and an action learning set
Institution Type
Higher Education and Further Education
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COVID-19 update

Bookings are open for our Senior Women's Leadership Programme but in light of current events we have postponed the main face to face activity for the progamme until 4 November 2020 (previously 28 April 2020). We will be running a 2-hour orientation webinar for delegates on Thursday, 18 June 2020.

You can view details of the current status of all our upcoming conferences, events and programmes here. You can also view our coronavirus (COVID-19) updates page for the latest information and advice.

Senior Women’s Leadership Development Programme (formerly Leadership Matters) is one of our women-only programmes designed specifically for women in senior positions in HE to help them take the next step up or extend their role, profile and impact. 

It aims at creating more gender parity in senior leadership within higher education.
The programme strikes a balance between enhancing technical knowledge of key strategic areas of operation including institutional finance, structures and governance along with exploring individual leadership styles, leadership legacy, personal impact and developing political skills. 

The programme is delivered by a team of experts in their fields – senior women leaders specialising in finance, governance, politics and leadership. 

At various points during the programme there will be guest speakers joining delegates to share their journey into top leadership positions within the higher education sector.

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Programme structure

Booking deadline: 14 April 2020

Taking place over the course of 4 months, the Senior Women’s Leadership Development Programme consists of two, two-day residential modules and an action learning set.

Module 1: 28-29 April 2020

The first two-day module focusses on:

  • exploring organisational and decision making frameworks
  • enhancing knowledge of funding and finance inputs
  • reviewing departmental budgets 
  • building understanding of governance processes and structures
  • developing practical strategies for working within and outside of these frameworks

Action learning set: 21 May 2020

Half way through the programme the participants meet in smaller groups for their action learning sets. They are encouraged to discuss practical issues pertinent to their leadership roles and work on solutions using the collective intelligence of the group through non-directive, coaching approaches.

Module 2: 17-18 June 2020

The second module focusses on:

  • exploring organisational climate, culture and internal politics 
  • learning about personal leadership styles 
  • understanding unique leadership purpose and legacy
  • developing confidence and practical skills to influence key stakeholders in their organisations and beyond

Delivery team

What's included in the price?

The programme fees include:

•    Accommodation with breakfast (1 night per module)
•    Dinner on first day of module 1 and 2 
•    Lunch and refreshments during the programme times
•    Handouts and associated programme materials
•    External speakers