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Tracking the careers of TMP alumni

26 March 2013

The Leadership Foundation and Equality Challenge Unit are pleased to announce that the Tracking the careers of Top Management Programme (TMP) alumni research project has been awarded to the Centre for Diversity Policy Research and Practice at Oxford Brookes University, led by Dr Simonetta Manfredi in collaboration with Felicity Cooke, Equality Practice and Rebecca Nestor, Learning for Good.

Project manager, Dr Diane Bebbington (the Leadership Foundation’s diversity advisor) said: “We awarded this high profile work to this combined team because their approach provides us with a skilled and expert research team that will thoughtfully explore this sensitive and important subject”.

The Leadership Foundation’s Top Management Project is currently recruiting for its 32nd run, there are over 600 alumni of the programme, the vast majority of whom are in some of the most senior positions in higher education, including almost 60 of the current vice-chancellors. Taking place over 20-days across six months, TMP is a mix of 3 one-week residential modules, an opening orientation day, and a variety of action-learning and coaching sessions. The middle week takes place outside of the UK. Many TMP alumni say that the programme provided them with an extra strategic insight that made all the difference when they returned to their institutions or when planning their next career move.

In working together in this way the Leadership Foundation and Equality Challenge Unit seek to exchange the best of their skills and knowledge in senior level leadership development and the best practice in equality and diversity. The recommendations from this work will inform each organisation’s development plans in their specialist areas.

The work of the Tracking the careers of TMP alumni project will be completed by December 2013. The fieldwork will take place during the spring and summer, and will consist of interviews and focus groups with TMP alumni, an exploration of the nomination and follow-up process for TMP with senior higher education staff, and a survey of all contactable TMP alumni.

Notes to editors

The Leadership Foundation for Higher Education provides a dedicated service of support and advice on leadership, governance and management for all the UK’s universities and higher education colleges. It is our mission to enable transformational change. Our work involves a wide range of activities that are created to inspire leadership - these include supporting individuals and professional networks; consultancy and coaching; research; and international. Dr Mark Pegg is the chief executive, and the Board is led by Sir Andrew Cubie.

Equality Challenge Unit (ECU) works to further and support equality and diversity for staff and students in higher education across all four nations of the UK, and in colleges in Scotland. We work closely with colleges and universities to seek to ensure that staff and students are not unfairly excluded, marginalised or disadvantaged because of age, disability, gender identity, marital or civil partnership status, pregnancy or maternity status, race, religion or belief, sex, sexual orientation, or through any combination of these characteristics or other unfair treatment. Providing a central source of expertise, research, advice and leadership, we support institutions in building a culture that provides equality of both opportunity and outcome, promotes good relations, values the benefits of diversity and provides a model of equality for the wider UK society.

The Next Steps

The focus group element of the project will take place as follows:

  • Equality Challenge Unit, London - Friday 12 April from 11am until 2.15pm
  • University of Cardiff - Monday 15 April from 11am until 2.15pm
  • University of Manchester - Thursday from 25 April 11am until 2.15pm
  • University of Stratchclyde -  Friday 26 April 11am until 2.15pm

For more information about the project please contact Diane Bebbington (Leadership Foundation) E: diane@knowledgeperspectives.com T: 020 8540 0647 or Simonetta Manfredi (Centre for Diversity Policy Research and Practice) at smanfredi@brookes.ac.uk

Media enquiries: Tricia Wombell, Director of Marketing & Communications, Leadership Foundation T: 020 3468 4814 E: tricia.wombell@lfhe.ac.uk or Anna Roberts Allison, Communications Manager, Equality Challenge Unit T: 020 7438 1018 E: anna.robertsallison@ecu.ac.uk

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