Recognising the special nature of academic responsibility, and increasing demands for successful leadership on the university academic, this learning programme is designed to support academic staff in HE to develop the skills required to lead modules, courses and programmes effectively.

What it is  
An intensive and practical learning programme to develop the skills, and techniques for successful leadership of academic programmes and teams. Supports succession planning and progression in your academic team.

ACADEMY Plus recognises the considerable demands that leadership of an academic programme makes on both experienced and less experienced academics. Our programme covers:

Organisational skills for academic leadership
Leading a commitment to quality
Getting the most from an academic team
Leading students
Enterprise and innovation in course and programme leadership

ACADEMY Plus can be readily customised to emphasise particular approaches that an individual institution or department might want its academic team to develop. Alongside the core programme to enhance and practise skills using your institution’s current academic challenges, we include opportunities for debate and wider ranging development of related teaching and learning skills.

ACADEMY Plus differs from other leadership development programmes for academics in that it explicitly emphasises a learning through doing approach which is customised and contextualised to their own institution. Participants address real leadership challenges from their own organisation and find solutions.

Applied leadership theory is derived from and considered through the medium of practice. The programme also acknowledges the important balance a successful leader must have between organisational skills and creativity and innovation, and provides opportunities to demonstrate and explore both areas.

Differs from other programmes in that:
Develops the skills, approaches and techniques needed to be a successful academic leader. The programme recognises that in many cases academics will be required to lead teams for which they do not have line management responsibility and explores the particular challenges of this situation
Emphasises the importance of academics modelling strong leadership to their students to help prepare students for the world of work
Harnesses the power of the academic team to address the real challenges of the institution and provide solutions in a short period of time. Supports academics to take these solutions through established institutional decision making channels and guide them into the mainstream as appropriate
Recognises the important balance that a successful academic leader must achieve between excellence in organisation and creativity and innovation. Balances opportunities for reflection, debate and learning with practical support to address real time academic leadership challenges
Is delivered over a short intense period to provide minimal disruption to teaching schedules – the intensive week can be delivered in a reading week or prior to or after term
Is designed to support succession planning and to provide relevant development for those seeking promotion
Can be used as a cost-effective, dual purpose staff development event providing an intensive experience for core participants and open development sessions for a wider academic team
Is delivered by HE specialists with extensive experience in academic leadership and management

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