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Top Management Programme for Higher Education (TMP HE 47)

County / Region
Position on the Pathway
Executive and strategic leadership
Fellowship Category
All Fellowship Categories
Event Type
Development Programmes
Start Date
End Date
15 delivery days over 6 months
Institution Type
Higher Education
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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.

Dates Programme structure and content
Friday 23 April 2021 Orientation Day. Introduction to the Programme, Participants and the Process. There will be a diagnostic exercise designed to assess participants impact as an effective leader of others prior to the start of Week One.
Tuesday 11 – Friday 14 May 2021 Week 1: Leadership, strategy and change (four days) Delivered by the TMP HE facilitators and supported by guest speakers from the Vice Chancellor or senior executive community. Themes include: + Horizon scanning, strategic thinking and planning; + Strategic engagement; + Leading organisational change; + Developing personal presence and impact; + Deepening self-awareness and self-management; + Communicating strategy, leadership communication (internal and external); + Developing and contributing to an effective executive team; + Strengthening strategic financial understanding; + Building a cross institutional network; and + Broadening understanding of strategic challenges – the institutional response. 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.
Wednesday 16 or Thursday 17 June 2021 (either) Coaching
Thursday 1 July 2021 Impact Group
Monday 12 – Friday 16 July 2021 Week 2: International module (four days) Participants spend a significant part of the week 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: + How to respond to change + Leading HE in a global context – responding to challenges + Change + Innovation + Developing global sector awareness
Wednesday 8 September 2021 Impact Group
Tuesday 5 – Friday 8 October 2021 Week three: Institutional influence, political leadership and governance (four days) Delivered by the TMP HE facilitators and supported by guest speakers from the governance and student communities. + Developing political skills - internal and external; + Place, civic responsibility and corporate social responsibility with guest speaker input; + Revisit week one theme (leading institutional change) through the perspective of student leaders (student union – UK) and staff union leaders (UCU – UK) guest speakers; + Personal resilience, self-management (networking); + Impact group University Executive Team simulation; + Governance and the Executive – active impact: guest speaker from University Board/Council; and + Conclusion, celebration.
October 2021 Coaching

Applying for TMP HE 47

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 this cohort, please click the button below. 

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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.

What's included in the price?

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 module*

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