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Top Management Programme

TMP challenged and supported me to reflect deeply upon my own approach to university leadership and to explore ideas and practice beyond my comfort zone. There is no doubt that the programme enlarged my leadership toolkit significantly and developed my capacity to operate in a creative, strategic and impactful way.

Dr Claire Taylor TMP 35
Deputy Vice-Chancellor

Glynd┼Ár University

The Top Management Programme is the Leadership Foundation’s flagship programme and has an established track record in developing strategic leaders in higher education. Over 60 of the current UK vice-chancellors/principals are TMP alumni, with many of the other past participants of TMP holding some of the most senior posts throughout higher education.

Applicants require the full support of the institution/organisation and the vice-chancellor/principal or CEO.

We are accepting applications for the Top Management Programme cohort TMP 44, taking place in 2019.

Top Management Programme 44
Application Deadline:
Friday 25 January 2019
This programme will run between May 2019 - July 2019
For more information, click here

Top Management Programme Benefits
TMP is intended to be challenging, providing an opportunity to broaden perspectives and to act as a force for change at institutional, personal and professional level and provide long-term benefit to the university or higher education college.

You will:

  • extend your thinking and practice
  • develop confident leadership to achieve improved performance for your university or institution
  • gain the tools to shape your institutional strategy, position or culture
  • develop a reflective/strategic approach to supporting and challenging others to lead
  • automatically become members of the TMP alumni (currently over 750 members) and continue to benefit from a vibrant support network.

If you would like to discuss your application, contact

Contact, T: 020 3468 4833.

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