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.
What makes an effective head of department? It is a pivotal role in any higher education institution, but what do you have to know and do? Introduction to Head of Department provides the opportunity to explore the knowledge, and skills required; and to undertake diagnostics that will help identify the personal style of leadership.
IHoD is all about introducing the tools, skills and techniques to become an effective and successful head of department. It is a short but intensive programme that will give the survival skills for the first few months in post so new heads can hit the ground running. Grounded in the strategic issues and choices that institutions are currently facing, IHoD gives practical leadership preparation for new, aspiring or
returning heads. The programme is highly interactive and includes the use of diagnostic tools to explore leadership style and understand more about managing conflict and change. Discussions will include how to build networks to support heads in their role and experienced heads will share their stories and hard-won knowledge as guest speakers.
Essentials of Budgeting is a free and user friendly course providing participants with an intuitive method of studying budgeting that complements a hectic work schedule. This course is open to anyone who has a keen interest in budgeting. It is self-directed learning that gives each participant the freedom to complete the course at their own pace and the time to focus on acquiring the skills and knowledge they really need.
The course modules include: an introduction to budgeting; what is a budget and why have one; how to produce a budget, using a budget and your budget (using what was learnt in the earlier modules). The modules become more challenging as knowledge is acquired and the course develops. The modules themselves range between 15 minutes to one hour; overall the course should take about 4-5 hours to complete.
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Date: Thursday 5 September 2013.
Empowering student governors to make a major contribution to governing bodies benefits all stakeholders in higher education. This seminar, the first of two linked sessions, is designed for new and continuing student board members to work together to forge an effective governance role. Read more
Date: Thursday 30 October 2014.
Conceived by the CUC and the Leadership Foundation, this event creates a unique space for participants to reflect on current higher education issues, and on the executive/governance relationships in their institutions. From our work there is a clear message that has come across that the quality of the governance relationship is a key factor in higher education institutions capacity to handle current challenges and transitions. Read more
Apply by: Friday 3 October 2014.
Date: Wednesday 29 October 2014.
Focused on those who set the tone of leadership within the institution, the programme emphasises securing commitment through inspirational motivation. It is an intensive 4-day programme that provides the practical skills, principles and networking for those already operating at a senior level in key positions – the leaders who are charged with ensuring that the strategy and change agenda at the corporate level are delivered through others. Read more
Apply by: Friday 31 October 2014.
Date: Wednesday 19 November 2014.
Designed to engage and assist those facing the challenges of the corporate leadership, planning and change agenda. This 4-day programme emphasises innovation and creativity as a means to implementing effective and sustainable change. It gives particular attention to intellectual stimulation as a focus for leaders. Read more
Apply by: Friday 7 November 2014
Date: Thursday 27 November 2014
Being a head of department is a significant step on the leadership career ladder. Leading Departments is a development programme, delivered in two, two-day modules, designed to engage, support and develop heads to meet the operational challenges of leading and managing academic, research or support teams. Read more