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Top Management Programme for Higher Education (TMP HE 45)

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Position on the Pathway
Executive and strategic leadership
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All Fellowship Categories
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Development Programmes
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End Date
15 delivery days over 6 months
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Higher Education
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Applications for Top Management Programme for Higher Education 45 are now closed. For more information on TMP HE and to register your interest for future cohorts, please click the below button. 

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TMP HE is designed to equip you, as a senior leader, with the necessary skills to extend your thinking and practice, and to face the challenges of HE leadership using experiential learning, impact groups, coaching and new models of leadership.

As a leader operating in a top-tier role within your HE institution, this programme provides you with a unique development opportunity. Considering leadership at a system level from both a national and international dimension, this programme will challenge and inspire you to develop new and beneficial insights for strategic leadership.

Over 60 of the current UK Vice-Chancellors and Principals are TMP HE alumni, with many of the other past participants of TMP HE holding some of the most senior posts throughout higher education.

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Key dates

Dates Programme content
Friday 4 October 2019 Orientation Day
Tuesday 22 - Friday 25 October 2019 Week One - Leading for organisational impact
Tuesday 19 November 2019 Impact Group
Thursday 5 or Friday 6 December 2019 Coaching
Monday 27 - Friday 31 January 2020 Week Two - International group assignment, location TBC
Tuesday 10 March 2020 Impact Group
Tuesday 24 - Friday 27 March 2020 Week Three - Institutional influence, governance and resilience
June 2020 - dates TBC Coaching

Who are the programme facilitators

TMP HE is delivered by a group of experienced executive level core facilitators accompanied by diverse speakers and contributors from within and outside the HE Sector. The facilitators are:

Louisa Hardman – an experienced board and executive team coach with experience working in higher education, health, central and local government, broadcasting, publishing, professional services, transport, social housing, retail, distribution, finance, membership organisations, trades unions and the police.

Robin Ryde – an author, leadership and organisation development expert, and former Chief Executive of the UK
National School of Government. Robin has been a director with the UK Cabinet Office, director with the UK National
Audit Office and he currently holds the role of programme director with the Australia and New Zealand School of Government (ANZSOG).

Vijaya Nath – has over 30 years experience in developing leaders in the private, public and not for profit sectors including the UK University and HE and health care.

The programme structure

Before week one: Diagnostic
A diagnostic to assess participants impact as an effective leader of others is completed prior to week one.

Week one: Leading for organisational impact (four days)
Delivered by the TMP HE facilitators and supported by guest speakers from Vice Chancellor or senior executive community.

Week one participants also complete a 360 diagnostic designed specifically for higher education executive leaders; feedback and coaching connected to this is provided between week one and week two.

Impact group: Meeting one
Impact group meeting between weeks one and two.

Week two: International module (four days)
Participants are exposed to a new country and new HE system which challenges their thinking and current practices. The week includes the participants being hosted by a range of carefully selected institutions from within and outside of HE providing contrasting approaches to organisational leadership, strategic positioning and leading change.

Impact group: Meeting two
Impact group meeting between weeks two and three.

Week three: Institutional influence, governance and resilience (four days)
Delivered by the TMP HE facilitators and supported by guest speakers from the governance and student communities.

For more information on programme content you can request our information sheet by visiting Top Management Programme for Higher Education.


Fees will only be charged to those individuals who are offered and accept a place. The TMP HE programme fee covers the following costs:

  • Workshop sessions
  • Materials
  • External speakers
  • All the residential elements of TMP HE including accommodation, meals and transport for the duration of the programme.
  • Organised trips during the international visit*

*On the international visit participants will meet the costs of their flights (including transport to and from the airport/train station).

Applying for TMP HE 

TMP HE is an application only programme and we use a range of criteria to match suitable candidates to the level and style of the programme and to create a balanced cohort for each TMP HE. These include:

  • Variety among strategic leadership and management roles.
  • A wide range of institutions/organisations and geographical spread.
  • Breadth and depth of experience at senior strategic levels.
  • Diversity of professional and cultural backgrounds.

Our aim is to promote fairness and equality in selection and to achieve a diverse group of participants who meet the selection criteria. We are particularly keen to encourage applications and participation by women and ethnic minorities.

Along with a completed application form, applicants are asked to present a personal statement (no more than two sides of A4) that outlines their range of experience of strategic management and leadership and of leadership development, as well as their motivation to join the programme. Their statement will be considered along with a supporting statement from the candidate’s vice-chancellor or principal. Both documents are essential parts of the selection process.

For more information on TMP HE and to register your interest for future cohorts, please click the below button. 

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