We are delighted to announce investment of £109,755 in Small Development Projects for 2013-14. The competition was particularly strong, with a total of 46 proposals received by the deadline. The predominant development themes were academic leadership, equality and diversity, mentoring, issues of governance, collaborative working and digital literacies.
The successful projects are:
Improving the effectiveness of green champions approaches in HEIs: Co-designing bespoke toolkits
Adapt Commercial, University of East Anglia
The 2012 LF report recommended that Green Champion activity can be improved through three critical areas: training and communications; increased involvement of senior decision makers; and developing a method to audit baseline activity. This project will undertake a series of one day workshops with participating HEIs to develop prototype toolkits to help address these critical areas.
The experiences of innovators in learning and teaching
University of Hull
Lessons for leadership development: to capture the experiences of academics who have attempted to introduce innovations in learning and teaching, collate academic innovators’ views on leadership behaviours which promote or inhibit innovation and produce a series of case studies to inform leadership development.
Mid-career academic women: strategies, choices and motivation
King’s College London
To gain insight into mid-career academic women’s strategies for advancement and perceived barriers, produce associated development materials to support women’s career development and further the agenda of raising the profile of women in higher education leadership.
Developing good practice to advance equality in research careers
Oxford Brookes University
To help research leaders in HEIs meet the ‘equality expectations’ as set out by the RCUK and to manage the talent of their researchers effectively by ensuring that they achieve their full potential.
Meeting the demands of a changing UK higher education sector: leadership development for early-career quality assurance professionals
To enable networks of experienced senior quality assurance professionals to mentor early career quality assurance professional and facilitate change across the full range of UK higher education providers.
Exploring the Role of Associate Dean in UK universities
University of Reading and The Open University
To explore how the role is defined, perceived and experienced across a range of post- and pre-1992 universities in order to highlight and disseminate models of good practice, identify challenges, and make recommendations for improved policy and practice.
Royal Conservatoire of Scotland
To scope and develop a programme of leadership development to ensure that part-time staff in the Conservatoire (and ultimately the orchestral and arts education sector) are given access to a bespoke and recognised system of leadership development training.
How can we promote a greater mutual appreciation and understanding between students, academics and professional service staff?
University of Sheffield
To understand how different groups interact in three case studies - student induction, special interest groups, and the research grant lifecycle - and identify models of good practice, to find ways to promote efficient and respectful working practices within HEIs.
The role and effectiveness of audit committees in UK Higher Education Institutions
University of Southampton
The aim of this project is to investigate corporate governance (CG) practices in UK Higher Educational Institutions (HEIs). Specifically, the project seeks to examine the contribution of the audit committee (AC) in supporting financial leadership in HEIs.
For more information contact:
Director, Membership and Organisational Development
M: 07977 457 949
Lesly is Director of Membership and Organisational Development at the Leadership Foundation. She works across the organisation, with our network of national and regional Assistant Directors, Membership and with our 155 member institutions, to ensure delivery of high quality membership benefits and services. Lesly is also lead contact for institutions in the South West of England. She leads on investments for members such as the Small Development Projects and Innovation and Transformation Fund in partnership with other sector bodies such as Hefce, Universities UK, UHR and UCEA.
Lesly also leads on Change Academy, one of our strategic consultancy services, and manages and facilitates our Leadership Development Academy in Ukraine with the British Council and Institute of Higher Education in Kiev.
A doctor of education, Lesly has 30 years’ experience in higher education roles spanning staff development, digital technologies, teaching and research, in the UK and internationally. She is a Chartered Fellow of the CIPD and a Fellow of the AUA.
Innovation Coordination Manager
T: 020 3468 4829
Frances coordinates operational aspects of the Leadership Foundation’s new and existing research and innovation activity. Her part-time role includes supporting the development, delivery, dissemination and evaluation of research and innovation projects and programmes. Frances also coordinates relationships with project teams, partners, stakeholders and other parties involved in research and innovation programmes. Frances completed a PhD in Educational Studies at the University of Sheffield in 2011, and has worked in the higher education sector since 2002.
T: 020 3468 4822
Mick is responsible for the day to day financial functions of the Leadership Foundation, including maintenance of the general ledger, weekly bank reconciliations, supplier payments and credit control as well as assisting in the production of management and year end accounts. He is also part of the membership team calculating annual subscription rates, administering the Innovation and Transformation Fund and Small Development Project funds, producing internal and external membership analysis, and answering general membership queries.
Developing leaders; Culture, change and organisational development; Evolving organisational forms; HE context and landscape [Research]
Equality, diversity and inclusion [Research]
Equality, diversity and inclusion [Research]
Culture, change and organisational development [Small Development Project]