We have no plans to cut services or reduce membership benefits in any way whatsoever. Rather we are maintaining and developing our current services and benefits and seeking to ensure that members get even greater value from them.
Standard membership benefits:
- Access to extensive free advice, information and support. This is probably our most widely used and most under recognised membership benefit with several hundred hours a year being devoted to it, primarily by senior LF staff.
- A reduced fixed membership subscription rate for a three year commitment. This option was introduced at the start of the 2011-12 membership year – offering members an opportunity to make savings on the total cost of membership from 2011-12 to 2014 -15. We’re delighted to report that this has proven to be very popular with some 23 institutions signing up – and they are fairly evenly spread across the range of membership bands. Current three year members will not of course be affected by subscription changes during those three years.
- 25% off the non-members’ rate for open programmes and similar significant reductions for consultancy. We will be offering new programmes for 2012-13 – including ones for leaders of learning and teaching.
- A free consultancy day on any issue of your choice from a member of our senior team or one of our expert associates. This benefit is proving increasingly popular with members on a year by year basis and free days are being used for a wide variety of purposes.
- Funding for small development projects (SDPs) linked to leadership and organisational development. We funded 17 SDPs during 2011-12 – seven more than originally intended. See Commissioned Small Development Projects for a summary. In the September 2012 bidding round we agreed to support 10 new projects. We have now funded 97 projects since 2004 -2005.
- Extensive free management development resource materials (MDRs) for in-house use supported by free workshop sessions. Most of these have been introduced during 2011-2012 and were very well received. We estimate that it would cost around £18,000 to develop and deliver these materials in house. Five have already been introduced and a sixth, commercial skills for academic and researchers, is planned for release to members soon.
- Subsidies for key sector activities and networks such as the Management of Small and Specialist Higher Education Institutions Network (MASHEIN) and the Staff Development Forum (SDF).
- Free places by invitation only on selected programme for members who are major users of our programmes.
- An additional free consultancy day if a certain level of spend is reached by member HEIs.
- Free regional events on issues of local and national importance including opportunities to meet and discuss leadership, management and organisational development issues with your National or Regional Co-ordinator.
- Knowledge Bank, our regularly updated online information and resources on HR and organisational development issues, delivered in partnership with Goodpractice.net, is an exclusive service for members.
- Engage and In Practice, the Leadership Foundation’s quarterly magazine and its supplement are sent as print editions to member institutions. All issues todate are available in Research and Resources.
- LF-Members JISCMail mailing list with up-to-date news from the Leadership Foundation and an opportunity to pose queries and exchange experience with fellow members.