The course significantly improved my confidence and my ability to take on the role of HoD. I had been very dubious about it beforehand, but both the facilitators and the participants taught me a lot about my strengths and about the role.
Professor Kirstein Rummery
Chair in Social Policy
University of Stirling
Introduction to Head of Department will take you through the contemporary contexts and challenges of being a head of department. It is a short but intensive programme that will give you the survival skills for the first few months in post so you can hit the ground running.
IHoD is grounded in the strategic issues and choices that institutions are currently facing, whilst giving you practical leadership preparation for new, aspiring or returning heads of departments. The programme is highly interactive and includes the use of diagnostic tools to explore your own leadership style and understand more about managing conflict and change. We will discuss how to build networks to support you in the role - and experienced heads will share their stories and hard-won knowledge as guest speakers.
We have been running a version of this programme for Scottish HEIs since March 2006, it has been adapted over that time to meet the changing needs of new heads of department, and we are now offering the revamped Introduction to Head of Department UK-wide. Participants will leave this programme with a much better understanding of the latest survival skills that they need to do a really good job, based upon the current contexts of higher education.
Find out more and book for the next cohort of IHoDs
Find out more about IHoD
To express your interest in the next IHoD programme and to request dates please email:Rita Walters
Programme Director and Associate Director, Scotland
T: 01786 430 328
M: 07885 898 387
PA T: 07711 378 757
Ginnie oversees key Leadership Foundation open programmes, including Senior Strategic Leadership, Preparing for Senior Strategic Leadership, Leading Departments, Introduction to Head of Department and, most recently, our dedicated programme for women leaders, Aurora. She is the Leadership Foundation's co-director for Scotland and represents the organisation on a number of UK-wide committees. Ginnie joined the Leadership Foundation in 2007 following nine years as director of training and development at the University of Stirling. Having previously worked at the University of Aberdeen and in the financial services sector, Ginnie is well-versed in the nuances of the Scottish higher educational sector and accustomed to working across diverse organisations at all levels.