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Upcoming Programmes

    Jun 2018
    1. Step onto the Board 28 June

      Step onto the Board 28 June

      Thursday 28 June 2018 - One Park Crescent, 1 Park Crescent, London, W1B 1SH   More info

      This is one-day women-only event will provide the opportunity to find out more about what being a board member entails.

      Registration will begin at 09:30 and the event will run from 10:00 until 15:30

      If you can't make this date it is also available on Thursday 28 June

      There is a fee of

      •     £55 LF Member price
      •     £55 Non-Member price


       

      Have you ever considered joining a board but not sure how to take the next step? This workshop helps women aspiring to join a board with the practical tools and confidence to step forward. These workshops form part of the Board Diversification Project, commissioned by Hefce (now the Office for Students), HEFCW and the Department for the Economy in Northern Ireland, which is designed to support greater diversity within higher education boards and those applying for board roles, whether in higher education or outside of the sector.

    2. Leadership Summit 2018

      Leadership Summit 2018

      Friday 29 June 2018 - The Tower Hotel, London   More info

      This is a one-day event.

      Registration and refreshments will be available from 09.30 with the programme starting promptly at 10.00. The day will close at 17.00.

      Venue: The Tower Hotel, St Katharine's Way, London, E1W 1LD 

      The early bird fee of £295 for Leadership Foundation member institutions and £365 for non member institutions expires on Thursday 29 March 2018, after this time the fee for the conference will be £365 for Leadership Foundation member institutions and £455 for non member institutions.

      Leadership Summit: Wisdom, Grit and Compassion – will explore many themes throughout the day including how higher education is changing and what it means to be a leader now, and behavioural and cultural change. Hear from experts speakers, discuss and be challenged on topical issues and develop new insights.

    Jul 2018
    1. GDP: Governance in Wales: Induction

      GDP: Governance in Wales: Induction

      Tuesday 03 July 2018 - Vice-Chancellor meeting room, Room 0.51, Main Building, Cardiff University   More info

      This half day event is an induction session for new governors in Wales

      Venue
      Vice-Chancellor meeting room, Room 0.51, Main Building, Cardiff University

      For those unable to attend in Cardiff we are also offering remote access.
       

      A half-day programme offering recently appointed governors from Welsh institutions to examine some of the distinctive features of the Welsh higher education system and the evolution of governance.

    2. Crossing the Line

      Crossing the Line

      Wednesday 11 July 2018 - Central London   More info

      Crossing the Line is a performance of confidential interviews with university leaders. The aim of the dramatisation is to learn from the exchanges and experiences between vice-chancellors and chairs of boards that never make it into the publication domain. The 45 minute performance will be followed by a 45 minute question and answer session hosted by Professors Judith Ackroyd and Jill Robinson who conducted the original interviews.

      Fee: This progamme is funded by the three higher education funding councils of England, Wales and Northern Ireland, and therefore this is reflected in the fee that you are contributing to this activity.

      Timing: Refreshments from 16:15 – the event will begin promptly at 16:30 and will close at 18:30

      Location: Central London

      Crossing the Line is a performance of confidential interviews with university leaders. The aim of the dramatisation is to learn from the exchanges and experiences between vice-chancellors and chairs of boards that never make it into the public domain. The 45 minute performance will be followed by a 45 minute question and answer session.

    3. Essentials of Budgeting

      Essentials of Budgeting

      Tuesday 31 July 2018 - online only, start at any time   More info

      This is an online programme which can be started as soon as you have booked your place and completed at your own pace. 

      This is a free programme for individuals of LF members institutions.

      Essentials of Budgeting is a user friendly online programme that provides participants with an intuitive method of studying budgeting that complements a hectic work schedule. It is for anyone wanting to build their knowledge and skills in budgeting. It is available exclusively to LF members free of charge.

    Sep 2018
    1. GDP: Student as Governor

      GDP: Student as Governor

      Wednesday 05 September 2018 - central London   More info

      This is a one-day conference for newly appointed student governors. 

      Registration and refreshments will be available from 09.00 with the programme starting promptly at 9.30. The day will close at 17:30.

      This conference is designed for prepare newly appointed student governors to be effective in their role on the governing board.

    2. Let's Talk Value

      Let's Talk Value

      Tuesday 11 September 2018 - Woburn House, London   More info

      Let's Talk Value is a one-day symposium for anyone interested in understanding and implementing integrating reporting models in their university.

      Venue: Woburn House, 20-24 Tavistock Square, London WC1H 9HQ

    3. GDP: Bridging the capability - expectation gap

      GDP: Bridging the capability - expectation gap

      Monday 17 September 2018 - central London   More info

      This is an evening seminar and reception for chairs/presidents, governors/trustees, heads of institution, deputy and pro- vice-chancellors, chief operating officers/registrars and senior governance professionals.

      Timings: Registration and refreshments will be available from 17.00 with the programme starting promptly at 17.30. The event will end with a drinks reception and close at 20.00. 

      Location: central London

      This seminar will be run in partnership with the Higher Education Policy Institute (HEPI) and will consist of a panel discussion with questions from the audience.

    Oct 2018
    1. Top Management Programme (TMP 43)

      Top Management Programme (TMP 43)

      Friday 05 October 2018 - Various   More info

      Application Deadline: Friday 6 July 2018

      Orientation Day: Friday 5 October 2018
      Week One Leading for organisational impact: Tuesday 23 – Friday 26 October 2018
      Coaching: Tuesday 4 or Wednesday 5 December 2018 (either) and June 2019
      The first coaching session will be face-to-face and take place after Week One. The subsequent coaching session in June will take place by telephone, or where possible, online via Skype. The precise dates and locations will be agreed between the delegate and their learning facilitator at the start of the TMP programme on the Orientation Day.
      Impact Group: Tuesday 13 November 2018
      Week Two International group assignment, Seattle, USA: Monday 11 – Friday 15 February 2019
      Impact Group: Tuesday 12 March 2019

      Week Three Effectiveness across and beyond the institution: Tuesday 9 – Friday 12 April 2019

      Members Fee*: £16,750

      (*Your institution must be a member of the Leadership Foundation for this fee to apply)

       

      TMP is an intensive leadership programme for Deputy Vice-Chancellors, Chief Executive Officers, Pro Vice-Chancellors, Deans with cross institutional responsibilities, Registrars, Heads of University Administration or Directors of Academic or Professional Services

    2. GDP: Induction for new governors

      GDP: Induction for new governors

      Wednesday 10 October 2018 - central London   More info

      This is a half-day event.

      Using newly developed guidance for new governors this event will be delivered as a professional workshop, allowing participants to receive expert information and guidance and also consider and reflect on how their role and responsibilities might be best discharged in their institutional setting.

    3. GDP: Getting to grips with the TEF

      GDP: Getting to grips with the TEF

      Thursday 11 October 2018 - central London   More info

      This is a half-day event for any student governor/leader involved in/interested in their institution’s TEF submission process.

      Venue: central London

      This half-day workshop, piloted in 2017/18, was developed in response to the Leadership Foundation's (now Advance HE) Governance 2020 survey which identified the TEF as a priority for governors, and student governors in particular.

    4. GDP: New governors of Scottish Institutions

      GDP: New governors of Scottish Institutions

      Wednesday 24 October 2018 - Glasgow   More info

      This event supports new student, staff and independent governors who have recently joined the governing bodies of Scottish institutions.

      Registration and refreshments will be available from 9.30 with the programme starting promptly at 10.00. The day will close at 16.15.

      This session will provide an introduction for new and returning governors in Scotland. It will offer a briefing on the key skills required to become an effective governor, including understanding the wider governance context, the relationship between court/council and the wider decision making structure at your university.

    5. Aurora London (autumn)

      Aurora London (autumn)

      Tuesday 30 October 2018 - London   More info

      Aurora consists of five interlinked days - four development days and an action learning set. Aurora is organised regionally, to allow for shorter travelling times and lower costs. Each participant will attend each of the development days - Identity, Impact and Voice; Power and Politics; Core Leadership Skills; and Adaptive Leadership Skills, plus an action learning set.

      If the dates below are not suitable, please see the dates for Aurora Edinburgh, Dublin, Cardiff, Birmingham and/or London (spring).

      Aurora London (autumn) dates:

      • Identity, Impact and Voice - Tuesday 30 October 2018
      • Power and Politics - Tuesday 27 November 2018
      • Action learning set - Tuesday 11 December 2018
      • Core Leadership Skills - Tuesday 22 January 2019
      • Adaptive Leadership Skill - Tuesday 26 February 2019
      Aurora London (autumn): Identity, Impact and Voice

      Tuesday 30 October 2018

      London

      Aurora London (autumn): Power and Politics

      Tuesday 27 November 2018

      London

      Aurora London (autumn): Core Leadership Skills

      Tuesday 22 January 2019

      London

      Aurora London (autumn) : Adaptive Leadership Skills

      Tuesday 26 February 2019

      London

      Aurora is our women-only leadership development initiative. Whilst most leadership programmes are aimed at leaders and managers already in role, Aurora is designed to encourage a wide range of women, in academic and professional roles, to think of themselves as leaders and to develop leadership skills.

    6. Executive Masterclass: Mindful Leadership

      Executive Masterclass: Mindful Leadership

      Tuesday 30 October 2018 - London   More info

      Mindful Leadership will be led by the educator, facilitator and coach Byron Lee. 

      Registration will open at 10.00, with the day starting promptly at 10.30. The programme will close at 16.30.

      Location: London, central London within Zone 1.

      For information on the other sessions in the Executive Masterclass series please use this link: Executive Masterclass

      Staff and student wellbeing has never been so important to higher education leaders. Mindfulness practice across the globe (across sectors) has lead to positive case studies of student experience, workforce productivity and improved organisational culture. Byron Lee will take you through Mindfulness teaching with practical tools and techniques to take back to your own institution and create positive and inclusive impact. Mindful Leadership is a new Executive Masterclass designed for members of university senior and executive teams.

    Nov 2018
    1. GDP: Rethinking governance - Autumn 2018

      GDP: Rethinking governance - Autumn 2018

      Monday 12 November 2018 - Online Programme   More info

      Rethinking governance is a five-week online course. 
      Each week the course will require approximately 3 to 4 hours of study and will be facilitated by the course tutor from the University of York.

      This online programme for governors has been designed with the University of York. The aim of the course is to enable governors to advance or refresh and consolidate their understanding of the wider context which is currently influencing and shaping higher education in the UK. Rethinking governance will also explore some key themes and their implications for governors.

    2. Aurora Edinburgh

      Aurora Edinburgh

      Thursday 15 November 2018 - Edinburgh   More info

      Aurora consists of five interlinked days - four development days and an action learning set. Aurora is organised regionally, to allow for shorter travelling times and lower costs. Each participant will attend each of the development days - Identity, Impact and Voice; Power and Politics; Core Leadership Skills; and Adaptive Leadership Skills, plus an action learning set.

      If the dates below are not suitable, please see the dates for Aurora London (autumn), Dublin, Cardiff, Birmingham and/or London (spring).

      Aurora Edinburgh dates:

      • Identity, Impact and Voice - Thursday 15 November 2018
      • Power and Politics - Thursday 13 December 2018
      • Action learning set - Thursday 17 January 2019
      • Core Leadership Skills - Thursday 7 February 2019
      • Adaptive Leadership Skill - Thursday 7 March 2019
      Aurora Edinburgh: Identity, Impact and Voice

      Thursday 15 November 2018

      Edinburgh

      Aurora Edinburgh: Power and Politics

      Thursday 13 December 2018

      Edinburgh

      Aurora Edinburgh: Core Leadership Skills

      Thursday 7 February 2019

      Edinburgh

      Aurora Edinburgh: Adaptive Leadership Skills

      Thursday 7 March 2019

      Edinburgh

      Aurora is our women-only leadership development initiative. Whilst most leadership programmes are aimed at leaders and managers already in role, Aurora is designed to encourage a wide range of women, in academic and professional roles, to think of themselves as leaders and to develop leadership skills.

    3. GDP: The staff governor

      GDP: The staff governor

      Wednesday 21 November 2018 - central London   More info

      This is a one-day event for all staff governors and those considering whether they would like to become a staff governor.

      Registration and refreshments will be available from 09.30 with the programme starting promptly at 10.00. The day will close at 16.00.

       

      Venue: central London

      We know that staff governors bring a unique knowledge and insight to their role, yet they can face a range of special and complex challenges as they work to contribute specialist expertise as part of the collective responsibility of the governing body. This staff-focused session offers an opportunity to open up these key challenges

    4. Evolution or fundamental change to governance?

      Evolution or fundamental change to governance?

      Thursday 29 November 2018 - central London   More info

      Evolution or fundamental change to governance? Is the second national conference for governors of HEIs and members of the professional support teams who work with governors. It will offer a forum to enable governors, professional support staff and policy-makers to share and discuss key and emerging areas of governance. The conference will also provide the opportunity to meet and network with a wide range of Chairs, governors and senior staff from different institutions throughout the UK.

       

      Registration and refreshments will be available from 09.30 with the programme starting promptly at 10.00. The conference will close at 16.45

       

      Location: central London

      This conference provides Chairs, governors, senior governance professionals and university vice-chancellors an opportunity to explore what the policy landscape means for governing bodies and universities.

    Dec 2018
    1. GDP: Governance professionals in higher education

      GDP: Governance professionals in higher education

      Tuesday 04 December 2018 - central London   More info

      Over the course of the year participants will be brought together for three 1-day sessions, which will start at 09.30 and close at 16.30, and two additional half-day action learning set meetings:

      • Module 1: Tuesday 4 December 2018
      • Action Learning Set 1: Wednesday 19 January 2019
      • Module 2: Wednesday 27 February 2019
      • Action Learning Set 2: Thursday 4 April 2019
      • Module 3: Thursday 16 May 2019

      Venue for all three modules is: central London
      The action learning sets are hosted by participating institutions.

      (This programme was previously known as ‘The Clerks and Secretaries Programme’.)

      This practical programme, developed in response to feedback from participants on our one-day programme, offers the opportunity to discuss and explore challenges, exchange ideas and experiences as well as the chance to be part of a professional network.

    2. Executive Masterclass: Wilful Blindness

      Executive Masterclass: Wilful Blindness

      Thursday 06 December 2018 - London   More info

      Wilful Blindness will be led by the author and businesswoman Margaret Heffernan. 

      Registration will open at 10.00, with the day starting promptly at 10.30. The programme will close at 16.30.

      Location: London, central London within Zone 1.

      For information on the other sessions in the Executive Masterclass series please use this link: Executive Masterclass

      How do organisations think? Explore the all-too-human thought patterns including conflict avoidance and selective blindness, which can sometime lead organisations and managers astray. Wilful Blindness is a new Executive Masterclass designed for members of university senior and executive teams. Businesswoman and writer Margaret Heffernan will take you through the solution of a 'just culture'; which means organisations that encourage people to speak up early and often when things go adrift, without fear of being silenced. Organisational failure is less likely to happen in organisations that work to combat this silence, known as wilful blindness.

    3. Aurora Dublin

      Aurora Dublin

      Tuesday 11 December 2018 - Dublin   More info

      Aurora consists of five interlinked days - four development days and an action learning set. Aurora is organised regionally, to allow for shorter travelling times and lower costs. Each participant will attend each of the development days - Identity, Impact and Voice; Power and Politics; Core Leadership Skills; and Adaptive Leadership Skill, plus an action learning set.

      If the dates below are not suitable, please see the dates for Aurora London (autumn), Edinburgh, Cardiff, Birmingham and/or London (spring).

      Aurora Dublin dates:

      • Identity, Impact and Voice - Tuesday 11 December 2018
      • Power and Politics - Tuesday 15 January 2019
      • Action learning set - Tuesday 12 February 2019
      • Core Leadership Skills - Tuesday 5 March 2019
      • Adaptive Leadership Skill - Tuesday 2 April 2018
      Aurora Dublin: Identity, Impact and Voice

      Tuesday 11 December 2018

      Dublin

      Aurora Dublin: Power and Politics

      Tuesday 15 January 2019

      Dublin

      Aurora Dublin: Core Leadership Skills

      Tuesday 5 March 2019

      Dublin

      Aurora Dublin: Adaptive Leadership Skills

      Tuesday 2 April 2019

      Dublin

      Aurora is our women-only leadership development initiative. Whilst most leadership programmes are aimed at leaders and managers already in role, Aurora is designed to encourage a wide range of women, in academic and professional roles, to think of themselves as leaders and to develop leadership skills.

    4. Research Leader's Impact Toolkit

      Research Leader's Impact Toolkit

      Monday 31 December 2018 - online only   More info

      The Research Leader's Impact Toolkit is an inclusive membership benefit for staff at Leadership Foundation member institutions.

      The Research Leader's Impact Toolkit is an intuitive and interactive web-based toolkit to support research leaders and research managers. This toolkit is an LF member only option.

    Jan 2019
    1. GDP: Women onto Boards - London

      GDP: Women onto Boards - London

      Tuesday 22 January 2019 - central London   More info

      Registration and refreshments will be available from 5.30pm with the discussions starting promptly at 6.15pm. The event will close at 8.00pm

      We are also holding this event in:

      There is a fee of £50 for these events.

      Join us for our governance sessions. Working in conjunction jointly with the organisation Women on Boards and the 30% Club, this session will showcase the current benefits and opportunities for women to serve on a governing body in higher/further education or on a non-executive body in other sectors.

    2. Aurora Cardiff

      Aurora Cardiff

      Thursday 24 January 2019 - Cardiff   More info

      Aurora consists of five interlinked days - four development days and an action learning set. Aurora is organised regionally, to allow for shorter travelling times and lower costs. Each participant will attend each of the development days - Identity, Impact and Voice; Power and Politics; Core Leadership Skills; and Adaptive Leadership Skill, plus an action learning set.

      If the dates below are not suitable, please see the dates for Aurora London (autumn), Edinburgh, Dublin, Birmingham and/or London (spring).

      Aurora Cardiff dates:

      • Identity, Impact and Voice - Thursday 24 January 2019
      • Power and Politics - Thursday 21 February 2019
      • Action learning set - Thursday 21 March 2019
      • Core Leadership Skills - Thursday 11 April 2019
      • Adaptive Leadership Skill - Thursday 23 May 2019
      Aurora Cardiff: Identity, Impact and Voice

      Thursday 24 January 2019

      Cardiff

      Aurora Cardiff: Power and Politics

      Thursday 21 February 2019

      Cardiff

      Aurora Cardiff: Core Leadership Skills

      Thursday 11 April 2019

      Cardiff

      Aurora Cardiff: Adaptive Leadership Skills

      Thursday 23 May 2019

      Cardiff

      Aurora is our women-only leadership development initiative. Whilst most leadership programmes are aimed at leaders and managers already in role, Aurora is designed to encourage a wide range of women, in academic and professional roles, to think of themselves as leaders and to develop leadership skills.

    3. GDP: Implementing change

      GDP: Implementing change

      Wednesday 30 January 2019 - central London   More info

      The Annual National Network Event is for professional governance staff, including clerks and secretaries, who support higher education governance in higher education institutions.

      Registration and refreshments will be available from 09.30 with the programme starting promptly at 10.00. The day will close at 16.15

       

      Location:

      central London

      Secretaries and clerks are pivotal to board success. This seminar provides those new and continuing in the role an opportunity to work together on issues critical for their own professional contribution and that of their governors.

    Feb 2019
    1. Aurora Birmingham

      Aurora Birmingham

      Wednesday 13 February 2019 - Birmingham   More info

      Aurora consists of five interlinked days - four development days and an action learning set. Aurora is organised regionally, to allow for shorter travelling times and lower costs. Each participant will attend each of the development days - Identity, Impact and Voice; Power and Politics; Core Leadership Skills; and Adaptive Leadership Skills, plus an action learning set.

      If the dates below are not suitable, please see the dates for Aurora London (autumn), Edinburgh, Dublin, Cardiff and/or London (spring).

      Aurora Birmingham dates:

      • Identity, Impact and Voice - Wednesday 13 February 2019
      • Power and Politics - Wednesday 13 March 2019
      • Action learning set - Wednesday 10 April 2019
      • Core Leadership Skills - Wednesday 15 May 2019
      • Adaptive Leadership Skill - Wednesday 12 June 2019
      Aurora Birmingham: Identity, Impact and Voice

      Wednesday 13 February 2019

      Birmingham

      Aurora Birmingham: Power and Politics

      Wednesday 13 March 2019

      Birmingham

      Aurora Birmingham: Core Leadership Skills

      Wednesday 15 May 2019

      Birmingham

      Aurora Birmingham: Adaptive Leadership Skills

      Wednesday 12 June 2019

      Birmingham

      Aurora is our women-only leadership development initiative. Whilst most leadership programmes are aimed at leaders and managers already in role, Aurora is designed to encourage a wide range of women, in academic and professional roles, to think of themselves as leaders and to develop leadership skills.

    2. GDP: Governance in Scotland: What's changing?

      GDP: Governance in Scotland: What's changing?

      Wednesday 20 February 2019 - Edinburgh   More info

      This is a one-day event for allgovernors of Scottish higher education insitutions and further education colleges who offer higher education programmes in Scotland.

      The day is designed for all categories of governors in these institutions, and offers something for both new and longer-standing members of a governing body.

      Venue: Edinburgh

      Registration and refreshments will be available from 09.30 with the programme starting promptly at 10.00. The day will close at 16.00.

      Governors face the difficult challenge of horizon-scanning to ensure the long term sustainability of their universities and higher education colleges. At the same time, they confront the immediacy of governance responsibilities with respect to public accountability; serving the public good; promoting and protecting reputation - all in a climate of competition and turbulent change. This seminar for governors in Scottish institutions will cover these issues.

    Mar 2019
    1. GDP: Rethinking Governance - Spring 2019

      GDP: Rethinking Governance - Spring 2019

      Monday 04 March 2019 - Online Programme   More info

      Rethinking governance is a five-week online course. 
      Each week the course will require approximately 3 to 4 hours of study and will be facilitated by the course tutor from the University of York.

      This online programme for governors has been designed with the University of York. The aim of the course is to enable governors to advance or refresh and consolidate their understanding of the wider context which is currently influencing and shaping higher education in the UK. Rethinking governance will also explore some key themes and their implications for governors.

    2. GDP: Women onto Boards - Dublin

      GDP: Women onto Boards - Dublin

      Tuesday 05 March 2019 - Dublin   More info

      Registration and refreshments will be available from 5.30pm with the discussions starting promptly at 6.15pm. The event will close at 8.00pm

      We are also holding this event in:

      There is a fee of £50 for these events.

      Join us for our governance sessions. Working in conjunction jointly with the organisation Women on Boards and the 30% Club, this session will showcase the current benefits and opportunities for women to serve on a governing body in higher/further education or on a non-executive body in other sectors.

    3. GDP: The toolkit for governors 2019

      GDP: The toolkit for governors 2019

      Thursday 07 March 2019 - central London   More info

      This is a one-day event for all governors

      Registration and refreshments will be available from 09.30 with the programme starting promptly at 10.00. The day will close at 16.00

       

      Venue

      central London

      Key elements of the governor roles and governance challenges are brought together in this intensive study day where fundamental topics for the boards get a 'fresh take' in the world of higher education. The day will work effectively as a stand-alone or it could form part of your own self-assessed governor journey.

    4. GDP: Women onto Boards - Edinburgh

      GDP: Women onto Boards - Edinburgh

      Thursday 07 March 2019 - Edinburgh   More info

      Registration and refreshments will be available from 5.30pm with the discussions starting promptly at 6.15pm. The event will close at 8.00pm

      We are also holding this event in:

      There is a fee of £50 for these events.

      Join us for our governance sessions. Working in conjunction jointly with the organisation Women on Boards and the 30% Club, this session will showcase the current benefits and opportunities for women to serve on a governing body in higher/further education or on a non-executive body in other sectors.

    5. Aurora London (spring)

      Aurora London (spring)

      Friday 08 March 2019 - London   More info

      Aurora consists of five interlinked days - four development days and an action learning set. Aurora is organised regionally, to allow for shorter travelling times and lower costs. Each participant will attend each of the development days - Identity, Impact and Voice; Power and Politics; Core Leadership Skills; and Adaptive Leadership Skill, plus an action learning set.

      If the dates below are not suitable, please see the dates for Aurora London (autumn), Edinburgh, Dublin, Cardiff and/or Birmingham.

      Aurora London (spring) dates:

      • Identity, Impact and Voice - Friday 8 March 2019
      • Power and Politics - Friday 5 April 2019
      • Action learning set - Friday 3 May 2019
      • Core Leadership Skills - Friday 7 June 2019
      • Adaptive Leadership Skill - Friday 5 July 2019

       

      Aurora London 2: Identity, Impact and Voice

      Friday 15 March 2019

      London

      Aurora London 2: Power and Politics

      Friday 5 April 2019

      London

      Aurora London 2: Core Leadership Skills

      Friday 7 June 2019

      London

      Aurora London 2: Adaptive Leadership Skills

      Friday 5 July 2019

      London

      Aurora is our women-only leadership development initiative. Whilst most leadership programmes are aimed at leaders and managers already in role, Aurora is designed to encourage a wide range of women, in academic and professional roles, to think of themselves as leaders and to develop leadership skills.

    Apr 2019
    1. GDP: Mainstreaming EDI: The role of the governing body

      GDP: Mainstreaming EDI: The role of the governing body

      Wednesday 03 April 2019 - central London   More info

      This is a half day workshop for chairs and their deputies, governors, EDI executives and senior governance professionals with oversight and commitment to EDI at a strategic level.

      The venue is: central London

      This workshop will bring together those within the governance community and executive leads with oversight for equality, diversity and inclusion (EDI) to discuss and debate how to mainstream EDI at a strategic level for the benefit of the organisation and its stakeholders, particularly students and staff.

    May 2019
    1. GDP: Leading and chairing the governing body

      GDP: Leading and chairing the governing body

      Wednesday 15 May 2019 - Central London   More info

      This is a one-day event for all governors

      Registration and refreshments will be available from 09.30 with the programme starting promptly at 10.00. The event will close at 16.00

      Venue: central London

       

      This event focuses on the leadership of the Board and is for chairs of governors, committee chairs and those who might take on such a role at their university or higher education college in the future.

    2. GDP: Governance for small, specialist or independent providers

      GDP: Governance for small, specialist or independent providers

      Thursday 23 May 2019 - Central London   More info

      This is a one-day event for all governors

      Registration and refreshments will be available from 09.30 with the programme starting promptly at 10.00. The day will close at 15.00

       

      Venue: central London

      The higher education eco-system for small, specialist or independent providers is particularly distinctive. There are opportunities and challenges for universities and higher education colleges to co-operate and learn from one another.

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      5. Building Strategic Capability
      6. Unlocking Potential Through Performance Management
      7. Cultural Intelligence
      8. Working with Others
        1. Case Study: University College Cork
    8. Conferences and Events
      1. Leading Civic Mission in Wales
      2. Leading Change through Inclusive Leadership
      3. Leadership Summit 2018
      4. Ensuring Students Count
      5. Regional Events
      6. Innovation Lab
      7. Outstanding Leadership & Management Team Award
      8. Talent Management Symposium
    9. LF Fellowship
      1. Becoming an LF Fellow
      2. LF Fellowship FAQ's
      3. LF Fellow Directory
      4. Projects
        1. Projects 2006/07
        2. Projects 2004/05
    10. The Prevent Agenda
      1. Prevent training materials e-learning module
    11. The Prospectus
  3. Consultancy
    1. Sector Wide Change
      1. Sector Wide Change Case Studies
        1. Evidence gathering
        2. Shared Services Review
    2. Institutional Transformation
      1. Governor Development and Governance Reviews
      2. Collaborations, Alliances and Mergers
      3. Working with Top Management Teams
      4. Evaluation and Impact
      5. In-house Change Academies
        1. Change Academy Case Studies
        2. Change Academy FAQs
      6. Institutional Transformation Case Studies
        1. New Model for Student Administration Services Review
        2. Supporting a student systems options review
        3. Strategic planning support
        4. Strategy Stocktake
    3. Teams and Individuals
      1. Teams and Individuals Case Studies
        1. Senior Leaders Succession Programme
        2. Academic Leaders Programme
        3. Leadership Development for Research Team Leaders
        4. Leading From the Front
      2. Coaching
        1. Executive Coaching
        2. Team Coaching
        3. Career Coaching Options
        4. Coaching Programmes
        5. Coaching Case Studies
      3. Unconscious Bias Workshops
    4. International Consultancy
      1. Bespoke (In-Country) Programmes
      2. International Partnership and Network Programmes
    5. Frequently Asked Questions
  4. Research
    1. Research and Innovation
      1. HE-context-and-landscape
      2. Global and cross-sector perspectives
      3. Culture, change and organisational development
      4. Governance, academic and financial risk
      5. Understanding leadership
      6. Equality, diversity and inclusion
      7. Identities, roles and careers
      8. Evolving organisational forms
      9. Developing leaders
    2. Research Hub
      1. Current Tenders
        1. SDP Call for Proposals Development and Support for Women 2018
        2. Call for Proposals 2018
      2. Research in Progress
      3. 2018 Research
        1. Exploring the Impact of Coaching in Higher Education
      4. 2017 Research
        1. The impact of mergers, acquisitions and collaborations in Higher Education and other knowledge based sectors
        2. Talent Management: Learning Across Sectors
        3. Big data – disruptive, distracting or adding value?
        4. Encouraging disabled leaders in higher education: recognising hidden talents
        5. Increasing the Diversity of Senior Leaders in Higher Education: The Role of Executive Search Firms
      5. 2016 Research
        1. Onwards and Upwards? Tracking women's work experiences in higher education summary
        2. Onwards and Upwards? Tracking women's work experiences in higher education report
        3. The purpose of professors: professionalism, pressures and performance
        4. Leading Technology-Enhanced Learning in Higher Education: Summary
        5. Leading Technology-Enhanced Learning in Higher Education: Full Report
        6. Making the road while walking: Co-creation, teaching excellence and university leadership
        7. The Role of Prestige in UK Universities: Vice-Chancellors' Perspectives
        8. The Impact of Leadership and Leadership Development in Higher Education: A Review of the Literature and Evidence
        9. The Impact of Higher Education Leadership, Governance and Management Research - Full Report
        10. The Impact of Higher Education Leadership, Governance and Management Research - Summary
        11. Exploring the Impact of Coaching in Higher Education: a Provocation
      6. 2015 Research
        1. In the wings and backstage: exploring the micropolitics of leadership in higher education
        2. Developing and Sustaining Shared Leadership in Higher Education
        3. How can we make not break black and minority ethnic leaders in higher education?
        4. Religion in Britain: Challenges to Higher Education
        5. The Case for Growing STEMM Research Capacity in Wales
      7. 2014 Research
        1. Leading interdisciplinary Research transforming the academic landscape
        2. Exploring Student Leadership
        3. Gender and Higher Education Leadership
        4. Towards the family friendly university?
        5. The experience of BME academics in higher education: aspirations in the face of inequality
        6. Challenges for the leadership of transnational education in higher education: balancing risk and innovation
        7. The employability agenda and beyond: what are universities for?
        8. Governance in a changing environment: literature review
        9. Governance in a changing environment: thought piece
        10. The governance of private higher education providers in the UK
        11. Leading academic talent to a successful future: an international perspective
        12. Leading academic talent to a successful future: interviews with leaders, managers and academics
        13. Out in Orbit: strategies and trajectories for higher education satellite campuses
        14. Neo-collegiality: restoring academic engagement in the managerial university
        15. Trends in Governance: Universities in the Southern, African Development, Community
        16. Action Learning as a Tool for Change and Development: The Experience of Registrars and Senior Administrative Officers in Southern Africa
        17. Registrars and Senior Administrative Officers as Change Leaders in Southern African Universities
        18. The Changing Role of the University Registrar: Challenges and Prospects in Southern African Higher Education Institutions
        19. Report from the: Programme for University Leaders in the Southern African Region (PULSAR)
        20. Leading the Student Experience: Academic and Professional Services in Partnership
        21. A Complexity Approach to Leadership Development: Developing Practical Judgement
        22. Performance Management in UK Higher Education Institutions: The need for a hybrid approach
      8. 2013 Research
        1. Humanities Research Leadership in Europe
        2. Credit Risk? Reviving credit accumulation and transfer in UK higher education
        3. What do we know about: Collaborations and Partnerships in Higher Education
        4. Leadership of Practice Disciplines in Universities: The case of nurses and teachers
        5. Devolution and Higher Education: What next?
        6. Leadership for a better student experience: What do senior executives need to know?
        7. Horizon Scanning: what will higher education look like in 2020
        8. Leading interdisciplinarity: creating environments for success
        9. Using International Recruitment Agents: Risks and Regulation?
        10. Staffing Models and Institutional Flexibility
        11. Leading change in assessment and feedback
        12. Women and Higher Education Leadership: Absences and Aspirations
        13. Internationalising the curriculum: Design, delivery and depth
        14. Losing our Chains?
      9. 2012 Research
        1. What do we know about leadership in higher education?
        2. Leadership development within the UK higher education: its impact on organisational performance, and the role of evaluation
        3. The Future of English Higher Education: two scenarios on the changing landscape
        4. Disruptive Innovation and the higher education ecosystem post-2012
        5. Academic Leadership: Changing Conceptions, Identities and Experiences in UK Higher Education
        6. Leading the Student Experience: Super-Convergence of Organisation, Structure and Business Processes
        7. Leadership for Improved Academic Enterprise
        8. Leadership and Innovation Lessons from Professional Services Firms
        9. Leading Culturally Diverse Communities in Higher Education: A Self Assessment and Improvement Tool to Support Equality and Diversity Strategies Toolkit and Toolkit as Form
        10. Inequality and higher education: marketplace or social justice?
        11. Collaborations and Mergers in HE: Lessons Learned and Future Prospects
      10. 2011 Research
        1. Developing the whole student: leading higher education initiatives that integrate mind and heart
        2. A Review of Higher Education Collaborations Across Wales
        3. Higher Education Collaborations: Implications for Leadership, Management and Governance
        4. Enabling equality: furthering disability equality for staff in higher education
        5. A guide to offshore staffing strategies for UK universities
        6. Leadership and Management of International Partnerships
        7. A Framework for Identifying Governing Body Effectiveness in Higher Education
      11. 2010 Research
        1. Higher Education Futures: Key Themes and Implications for Leadership and Management
        2. Understanding Career Motivation in Higher Education, Analysis of Agregated Results from 2009 Benchmarking Study
        3. Conversations and Collaborations: The Leadership of Collaborative Projects between Higher Education and the Arts and Cultural Sector
        4. A Guide to Scenario Planning in Higher Education
      12. 2009 Research
        1. Baseline Study of Leadership Development in Higher Education 2009
        2. Diversity In Higher Education: Leadership Responsibilities and Challenges
        3. Mapping Leadership Development in Higher Education: A Global Study
        4. Departmental Leadership of Teaching in Research-Intensive Environments
        5. The Management of Academic Workloads: Improving Practice in the Sector
        6. The Role and Influence of the Secretary in UK Higher Education Governing Bodies
        7. Effective Leadership in Higher Education
        8. Governing bodies, equality and diversity A handbook for governors of higher education institutions
        9. What is an Effective and High Performing Governing Body in UK Higher Education?
      13. 2008 Research
        1. Professional Managers in UK Higher Education: Preparing for Complex Futures
        2. The Composition, Challenges and Changes in the Top Team Structures of UK Higher Education Institutions
        3. The Characteristics, Roles and Selection of Vice-Chancellors
        4. Developing Collective Leadership in Higher Education
      14. 2007 Research
        1. Human Resource Management and University Performance
        2. UK Universities and Executive Officers: The Changing Role of Pro-Vice-Chancellors
        3. Effective Leadership in Higher Education
        4. The Management of Academic Workloads
        5. Higher Education Leadership of Regional and Local Regeneration Partnerships: Learning from good practice
      15. Research Order Form
      16. Small Development Projects
        1. Small Development Projects 2018
        2. Small Development Projects 2017
        3. Small Development Projects 2016
        4. Small Development Projects 2015
        5. Small Development Projects 2014
        6. Small Development Projects 2013
        7. Small Development Projects 2012
        8. Small Development Projects 2011
        9. Small Development Projects 2010
        10. Small Development Projects 2008-09
        11. Advice from Previous SDP Leaders
      17. ITF Projects
        1. ITF-2016 Phase 3
        2. ITF 2014 Phase 2
        3. ITF 2012 Phase 1
        4. Case Studies
        5. What they say about the Innovation and Transformation Fund
    3. Publications Hub
      1. Research Leader's Impact Toolkit Publications
      2. Getting to Grips
      3. HELMs
        1. Leading higher education
        2. Motivating and developing leaders
        3. Leadership and work-life balance
        4. Governors' views of their institutions, leadership and governance
      4. Leadership Insights
      5. Management Development Resources
      6. Reports and Reviews
        1. Researching and Scoping a Higher Education and Civic Leadership Development Programme
      7. ENGAGE Past Editions
        1. ENGAGE 38 - summer 2015
        2. ENGAGE 37 - spring 2015
        3. ENGAGE 36 - autumn 2014
        4. ENGAGE 35 - summer 2014
        5. ENGAGE 34 - spring 2014
        6. ENGAGE 33 - autumn 2013
        7. ENGAGE 32 - summer 2013
        8. Engage Unlimited
        9. Engage 2 Book Review
    4. Resource Hub
      1. Integrated Thinking & Reporting
        1. Information and resources
        2. Relevant Factors and Characteristics
        3. Let's talk value
      2. Diversity
        1. Strategy
        2. Key Leadership and Diversity Projects
        3. Equality Legislation
        4. Diversity Advisory Group
        5. Diversity talks
      3. Research Outcomes
        1. Research Leader's Impact Toolkit
        2. The Self Assessment Toolkit
      4. Changing the Learning Landscape
        1. Impact
        2. Partners
        3. Interactive Toolkit
      5. Organisational Development
        1. OD Mapping Project
      6. Case Studies
      7. LGM Fund Outcomes
      8. Succession Management
        1. What is it?
        2. Why do it?
        3. How it's done
        4. Tools
  5. Governance
    1. Governors
      1. Becoming a governor
      2. What is governance?
      3. Governor responsibilities
        1. Academic governance and quality
        2. Compliance and regulation
        3. Commercial operations
        4. International students and developments
        5. Risk management
        6. Students
        7. Strategic plans
        8. Monitoring performance
    2. Governing bodies
      1. Audit Committee
      2. Nominations committee
      3. Remuneration
      4. Employment
      5. Finance
      6. Estates
    3. Operating context
    4. Academic Governance
      1. Enablers
      2. Case Studies
        1. Arts University Bournemouth
        2. City University
        3. King's College London
        4. University of Leicester
        5. University of Salford
        6. University of the West of England
        7. Queen's University Belfast
        8. Ulster University
        9. Cardiff University
        10. University of South Wales
        11. University of Wales Trinity Saint David
        12. Mid-Kent College
        13. Newcastle College Group
        14. Belfast Metropolitan College
        15. Grwp NPTC
      3. New Governors
        1. New Governors - Key Terms
        2. New Governors - Key Organisations
        3. New Governors - Quality, Standards & Enhancements
        4. New Governors - Academic Assurance
        5. New Governors - Other Key Terms
      4. Practical Advice
      5. Have your say
    5. Resource bank
      1. Features
      2. Governance News
      3. Previous news alerts
        1. Alternative providers and student debt in the US: could it happen in the UK?
        2. Is institutional autonomy under threat?
        3. Managing the board
        4. OECD Report suggests some higher education students lack basic skills
        5. Five issues for HEI governing bodies
        6. Whistleblowing and gagging clauses
        7. The failure of HBOS
        8. Financial forecasts for English HEIs
        9. Governance changes proposed in the HE Green paper
        10. FEHE SORP 2015 Donations & Endowments
        11. Board diversity - the Davis Review
        12. Information systems and cyber security
        13. Does a change in leadership lead to a change in strategy?
        14. FIFA and corporate governance
        15. Volkswagen
        16. Sustainability
        17. Review of governance at Plymouth University
        18. Equality and diversity and governing bodies
        19. A Changing Agenda
        20. Role and effectiveness of audit committees
        21. Governance of Scottish Higher Education Institutions: Consulative Paper on HE Bill
        22. Governance issues at Tesco
        23. Student visas
        24. Governance at the Co-op
        25. HE funding - IFS report
        26. Removal of student number control
        27. Governance issues in the private sector
        28. Governance at the BBC
        29. Reforms to how higher education in England is regulated
        30. HBOS & London Met: case studies in governance
        31. New IPPR report on HE
        32. Moocs are coming
        33. Increasing diversity
        34. Kids Company
      4. Getting-to-grips
      5. Useful websites
      6. Codes of governance
        1. CUC Code of Governance
        2. UK Corporate Governance Code
      7. Research on governance in higher education
      8. Book reviews
      9. HE facts
      10. Illustrative Practice Notes
      11. Roundtable notes
    6. Governance Briefing Notes
      1. 27. Governing bodies and culture
      2. 26. The new regulatory approach to HE in England
      3. 25. The factors that influence whether governance is effective?
      4. 24. Benefits and impact
      5. 23. Competitive pressures
      6. 22. Corporate ethics and values
      7. 21. Personal ethics and values
      8. 20. Legal requirements and regulation
      9. 19. Estates
      10. 18. Finance
      11. 17. Employment
      12. 16. Remuneration
      13. 15. Nominations committee
      14. 14. Audit committee
      15. 13. The governance system and assessing effectiveness
      16. 12. Size, composition and skills available to the governing body
      17. 11. Monitoring performance
      18. 10. Strategic plan
      19. 09. Students
      20. 08. Risk management
      21. 07. International students and collaborations
      22. 06. Commercial operations
      23. 05. Regulations and compliance
      24. 04. Academic governance and quality
      25. 03. The workings of a governing body
      26. 02. Governance and management
      27. 01. Becoming a governor
    7. Equality and Diversity Toolkit
      1. Overview
      2. Overseeing compliance
        1. The Equality Act 2010
        2. Governance Codes
        3. Overseeing E&D
        4. Reports Governors might use
        5. Case study: Bath
        6. Championing E&D
        7. Case study: ManMet
        8. Case study: Cardiff
      3. Competitive Advantage
        1. Competing in a global market
        2. Improving staff diversity
        3. Case study: Exeter
      4. Issues and Challenges
        1. Student inequalities
        2. Staff inequalities
        3. Assessing specific E&D issues
      5. Value
        1. Increasing focus
        2. Gender diversity data
        3. Improving diversity
        4. Case study 1: UWS
        5. Case study 2: UWS
      6. Questions and Resources
        1. Resources
    8. Board Diversification
    9. Self-Assessment Tool
    10. Governing Body Effectiveness
    11. Governor Dialogues
  6. International
    1. International Engagement
    2. International Reference Group
    3. International Case Studies
  7. Membership
    1. Membership benefits and services
      1. Membership logos
        1. Download the membership logos
    2. How to join
    3. National and regional contacts
      1. Abbie McKenna
      2. Cindy Vallance
      3. Gary Reed
      4. Jean Chandler
      5. Judy Harris
      6. Lesly Huxley
      7. Meriel Box
      8. Rebecca Bull
    4. Membership advisory group
    5. Membership development support
    6. Management Development Resources
      1. Download MDR1: Managing Effective Performance
      2. Download MDR2: Managing Change in HE
      3. Download MDR3: Emotional Intelligence, Personal Impact and Personal Effectiveness
      4. Download MDR4: Lean Management: Doing more with less
      5. Download MDR5: The Current HE Context: Drivers for change
      6. Download MDR6: Commercial Skills for Academics and Researchers
      7. MDR7: Caught in the Middle
        1. MDR7 Contents
        2. Download MDR7: Caught in the Middle
      8. Download MDR8: Working with Academic Motivation and Prestige
    7. Knowledge Bank
    8. Membership community
      1. Members' Directory
    9. Ten great reasons to be a Leadership Foundation member
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