7 February 2013
The Leadership Foundation is pleased to announce that we have been successful in gaining co-funding from both HEFCW and the Welsh Assembly Government for an exclusive Research Leaders’ Development Programme aimed at PVCs for Research, Research Deans and Research Directors at universities within the St David’s Day Group. The programme has been created in response to the Welsh government’s science strategy, Science for Wales, that seeks to address the challenges faced in strengthening research excellence in Wales.
The new Research Leaders’ Development Programme will develop strategic leadership skills, build research leadership capability and enable participants to acquire an understanding of the emerging national and international research policy and funding landscape and explore how this translates to their own institutional strategies.
This innovative programme, that will take place in July 2013, will be delivered through a mix of contributions from international speakers, research leaders, entrepreneurs and policy makers as well as visits to leading research centres. Participants will also receive further support to embed their learning with 360-degree feedback and one-to-one coaching. The programme begins with a short briefing to each St David’s Day Group vice-chancellor inviting them to nominate their research representatives to take part in the programme.
Tom Irvine, Director of Consultancy at the Leadership Foundation said, “We are looking forward to working with the St David’s Day Group HEIs on this project, to meet their development needs and in focusing on supporting improving research in Wales.”
The Leadership Foundation’s Consultancy Team specialises in advising higher education institutions on discrete and bespoke programmes on all aspects of strategic and leadership issues.
Points to note:
St David’s Day Group: Together, Aberystwyth, Bangor, Cardiff, Glamorgan and Swansea universities represent over 70% of all students in Wales and more than 95% of the nation’s research activity. With a combined annual turnover of approaching £1 billion, and with a significant contribution from international sources, these five universities are a substantial economic generator for Wales.
About the Leadership Foundation: The Leadership Foundation was founded in 2004 to provide a dedicated service of support and advice on leadership, governance and management for all the UK’s universities and higher education colleges. We create open and bespoke programmes, services and other interventions for the management of HEIs including governors. Our work also includes maintaining networks and communities of learning through alumni activities, special interest groups and international links; and applied research and development to support new learning initiatives and stimulate innovation. The Leadership Foundation is a membership organisation with currently 146 HEIs in membership. Dr Mark Pegg became chief executive in January 2013, and the Board is led by Sir Andrew Cubie.
About HEFCW: The Higher Education Funding Council for Wales (HEFCW) is a Welsh Government sponsored body responsible for administering funds for higher education provided by the Welsh Government. This funding includes:
Through our funding, HEFCW supports the HE system in Wales in delivering Welsh Government priorities. HEFCW also accredits providers of initial teacher training for school teachers.