Introduction to Head of Department is a short but intensive programme that focuses on the contemporary contexts and challenges of being a head of department. Its key aim is to provide the essential survival skills for the first few months in post so new Heads can hit the ground running. It is grounded in the strategic issues and choices that institutions are currently facing, whilst providing practical leadership preparation for new, aspiring or returning heads of department. The programme is highly interactive and includes the use of diagnostic tools to explore personal leadership style, and understand more about managing conflict and change. Discussions will cover how to build networks to support the Head in their role, and experienced heads will share their stories and hard-won knowledge as guest speakers. 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.
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This programme runs over three days, a two-day module and a follow-up full day action learning set run approximately 4-6 weeks later. It is ideal for those aspiring to the role of Head, Heads designate that have not yet begun, and Heads just in post who have not had any leadership or management development. The two-day module looks at the current challenges in higher education, the role of the Head, management styles, conflict styles (both using a self-completion assessment tool), managing change, networks and handling difficult conversations. It is run by one facilitator and includes a ‘learning from experience’ session with a senior manager from higher education. The handling difficult conversations session is facilitated using a company called ‘Leading Roles’ which comprises two actors and one facilitator. As part of the two-day module the participants have a short afternoon on action learning, the outcomes from which are followed up on the separate action learning set day which is facilitated by the programme leader.
More detail about the open programme, its structure and when it is next available can be found at Introduction to Head of Department
The cost of attending the open programme is £1,325 for members and £1,650 for non-members.
Introduction to Head of Department can be delivered exactly as per the national programme or as two possible streamlined options:
This is an extremely popular bespoke programme and has also run under the titles of ‘Introduction to Management’ and ‘Introduction to University Leadership’ in different institutions. It is suitable for administrative, academic or mixed audiences. The streamlined versions are very cost effective and can be run for 18-24 participants and historically some institutions have opened their programme up to other local institutions.
For LF members the typical cost of the streamlined version for 18 participants is £7,625 (excluding expenses), equating to £424 per participant or £212 per participant day. The detailed breakdown of these costs can be found in the Head of Department Programmes' Comparison. Non-member institutions should contact Sweta Purohit Jina for the costs of a Bespoke Introduction to Head of Department programme.
Contact Andy Shenstone, Director of Consultancy to find out more.