We are delighted to announce that we have awarded seven Small Development Projects for 2015. The competition was particularly strong, with a total of 26 proposals received by the deadline.
The 7 successful projects are:
The Aditi Leadership Programme: developing the potential of aspiring black, asian and minority ethnic leaders at the University of Birmingham
University of Birmingham
Community engagement is an important part of the mission of universities. Much of this work has focused on academic-led areas (for example, student outreach and economic support through knowledge transfer). Far less attention has been paid to how locally recruited (mainly professional services and administrative) staff reflect the communities in which universities are based and how this might create economic and social capital. This is an issue that the University of Birmingham (UoB ) is well placed to address.
Leading evolving higher education institutions
Rapid diversification of UK higher education systems, erosion of the broad stability assumptions that once could be relied upon and establishment of new small-scale universities in the sector calls for a new and dynamic approach to institutional leadership.
Governance and risk disclosure practices in UK higher education institutions in an era of austerity and reform
University of Huddersfield
The introduction of ‘free market’ style higher education sector is arguably the biggest policy reform in the UK in about half a century, raising the level of operational complexity and uncertainty for senior managers of higher education institutions and thus, threatening the long-term sustainability of the sector.
Enhancing safety leadership in higher education
Manchester Business School, University of Manchester
This project identifies how university leaders’ engagement in safety can be enhanced and what practices university leaders can adopt to increase their institution’s safety performance. The project focuses on Principal Investigators (PI) as a group that so far has received less attention in higher education efforts in creating safer institutions.
BME leaders: support networks and strategies for success in higher education
Southampton University and University of Winchester
This small scale research project will explore the experiences of Black and minority ethnic leaders in higher education institutions. BME will be defined as individuals who identify as Black, Asian, Chinese or from mixed heritage backgrounds.
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]