Developing Leaders

How to apply

Please discuss your interest in applying on any of the below programmes with your Head of College or Service Director as entries are made by selection and invitation only.

Programme details

The Senior Leadership Programme (SLP)

Location:

Classroom based

Duration:

Nine days over six months plus additional group work.

Programme Lead:

Kate Crane

Target Audience:

The SLP is a bespoke programme designed for senior leaders and equivalents in professional services (Grade 10 or above) who may be about to take up a greater formal leadership and managerial role, for example, a Head of School role or a leader of a large or complex administrative function, or who may already be in senior management roles and wish to refresh their leadership skills. Please discuss your interest with your Head of College or Director as entry onto this programme is by a competitive selection process.

Programme Overview:

  • Development of the skills of strategic, connected and joined-up leadership in the context of the University and the Higher Education sector.
  • Exploration of and refocus on the expectations and success criteria for your role as a senior leader in the University.
  • Development of coaching skills to help face the challenges as a strategic leader in times of change.
  • Exploration of the culture of the University, where it comes from and how we can influence it.
  • Development of a variety of problem solving techniques to address complex problems in Higher Education.
  • The building of strong networks of colleagues in academic and professional services roles across the University.
  • Identification of key stakeholders and the power and influence of relationships within the University to support you as a strategic leader.

Learning Outcomes:

  • The SLP is designed to assist and support you through the challenges you face as a strategic leader in times of rapid change, including a focus on preparing you to lead in senior crossinstitutional strategic roles in Higher Education.
  • The opportunity to make a change in your leadership capability, while building your network through working with person shared strategic issues, you will also gain a UEB mentor for up to 12 months and the option for one-to-one coaching.

If you have any queries about this programme, please get in touch with the POD team.  

The Senior Leaders’ Alumni Programme

Location:

Events will run biannually and organised face to face or on line.  These will include presentations and discussions and opportunity to continue to build networks and maintain relationships.

Duration:

Various

Programme Lead:

Jo Higton

Target Audience:

Members of a current or past cohort of the Senior Leadership Programme (SLP), Research Leaders Programme (RLP) and Emerging Leaders’ Programme (ELP).

Programme Overview:

The events will help you keep up to date with the latest research and hot topics in leadership, to share best practice and to look both inside and outside the University at innovations in leadership.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Continue networking with colleagues and developing your learning about leadership. The programme plays a key role in building an alumni body for the SLP, RLP and ELP.
  • On-going opportunities to develop yourself as a leader alongside senior colleagues.

If you have any queries about this programme, please get in touch with the POD team.  

New College Board Induction

Location:

Classroom based

Duration:

  • A two day induction workshop
  • A dinner hosted by the Vice-Chancellor
  • A dinner hosted by the Provost at the end of the first year in post

Programme Lead:

Kate Crane

Target Audience:

Academics new into a college board role

Programme Overview:

This induction is provided for all colleagues who are joining, or have recently joined, College Board to support you with taking on your role. The content is practically focussed and led by the Provost and other senior academic and professional services colleagues.

Learning Outcomes:

You will:

  • Develop your understanding of the University's strategic priorities, governance and decision-making processes and equip you with the knowledge you need to be able to deal with key planning processes.  University strategy, governance and decision making processes;
  • Become more strategic and connected in their leadership of the University and make a real impact through the contribution to college board
  • Gain awareness of sources of finance (and other non-people resources) and how they are accounted for.
  • Have an understanding of People management processes
  • Develop a strong network of colleagues across the University of Birmingham

If you have any queries about this programme, please get in touch with the POD team.  

The Emerging Leaders’ Programme (ELP)

Location:

Classroom Based

Duration:

Seven and a half days in total

  • Half day introduction to the Emerging Leaders Programme
  • Five days classroom based development (two, two-day and one, one-day workshop)
  • Three, two-hour action learning sets, individual feedback on your leadership style and climate, compilation of your personal leadership profile, and preparation of your personal improvement presentation

Programme Lead:

Jo Higton 

Target Audience:

You will be someone who is already contributing to leadership at the University and who wishes to develop their leadership capabilities further. You are likely to be a Professor, Senior Lecturer or a member of Professional Services at Grade AR9/AA9.  Please discuss your interest in this programme with your Head of College or Director of Service as entry is by nomination in the spring of each year.

Programme Overview:

The programme will provide you with the opportunity to reflect on what sort of leader you are currently, the type of leader you wish to become, and to share your leadership challenges with colleagues in a confidential setting.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Discover what sort of leader you want to be and your leadership DNA
  • Consider what experience you want for your people
  • Reflect on preferred current approaches and explore alternative approaches
  • Consider of what kind of leadership roles you want (if any)
  • Reflect on how you lead on a day to day basis – with or without a formal leadership role.

If you have any queries about this programme, please get in touch with the POD team.  

Research Leaders Programme (RLP)

Location:

Classroom based – on campus, plus international visit

Duration:

Over the course of 12 months the programme comprises five days of workshops/seminars an international visit and additional group work.

Programme Lead:

Prof. Tim SoftleyKate Crane & Vince O’Grady

Target Audience:

You are a senior researcher (senior lecturer/professor) who has the potential to enhance the quality and reach of your research and to strengthen your areas of excellence.

Please discuss your interest with your line manager or Director of Research as entry onto this programme is by a rigorous selection process.

Programme Overview:

The Research Leaders Programme is a bespoke programme designed to support and develop you to deliver world-class research in particular to encourage you to take the lead in major collaborative research initiatives and ensure Birmingham delivers world-class “research that matters”.

The programme offers a range of activities such as tailored training events, networking opportunities, action learning sets, 360o feedback and a strategic international visit. It will give you the opportunity to develop a strong network of colleagues from around the University and other academic institutions.

Tailored delivery will be provided and will focus on key topics such as Research that matters, building networks, preparing for major funding, research leadership and management, engagement influence and impact,

You will be invited to present to UEB …….

Learning Outcomes:

 By the end of the programme you will: -

  • Articulate how you will contribute to the University Research Strategy
  • Identify the barriers preventing the University from achieving its Research Strategy and the changes necessary to overcome these.
  • Explored the research cultures that exist at College, School and Department level and the impact these have on the University achieving its Research Strategy
  • Proposed approaches to enhance the intellectual environment in which you work

If you have any queries about this programme, please get in touch with the POD team.  

Academic Team Leader

Location:

Blended delivery online 

Duration:

Five discrete but connected modules make up the programme delivered over six months. For each module, there is approx 3 hours of online study in advance of a three-hour group activity held in a virtual classroom online.

How to Enrol:

Through nominations only, with support from the nominee’s Head of School.

Programme Lead:

Vincent Cornelius

Target Audience:

Those considering themselves to be an early-career academic with the aspiration and potential to become an academic team leader and have influence in their academic field.

Programme Overview:

The Programme has the overarching theme of identifying the type of leader participants want to be, and what experience they want their followers to have. The topics covered include understanding yourself, an introduction to leadership, developing teams, leading change, managing performance, Equality, Diversity and Inclusion and managing yourself (including resilience and time management).

Learning Outcomes:

Participants will gain insights into their leadership styles and them to best motivate and support their team members, manage change within their work environment, and plan their further leadership and management development.

If you have any queries about this programme, please get in touch with the POD team.  

The Aditi Leadership Programme

The Aditi programme is a leadership development programme for black, asian and minority ethnic (BAME) academic-related staff in the University.

It aims to help talented staff identify their unique leadership qualities and where and how these can be utilised as they progress their careers.

The principles of the programme are to help individuals identify and address any barriers they may encounter, and discover ways to bridge the gap between their current skills and abilities and those required to progress into more senior roles.

Location:

Participants identify and influence the delivery options, including classroom, action learning, ‘Lunch and Learn’ sessions and project activities.

Duration:

Approximately 8 days of classroom activities, this includes a 2-day programme design workshop.

How to Enrol:

To find further information about the programme, please contact POD.

Programme Lead:

Contact Liz Leech 

Target Audience:

Any BAME Grade 6-8 member of staff who aspires to develop and enhance their leadership capability.

Programme Overview:

Participants determine the content based on their development needs as leaders and will cover the range of characteristics, skills and styles of leadership

Learning Outcomes:

  • Participants will be empowered to drive their personal leadership career path and to support and contribute to the UoB’s Equality Scheme.
  • This programme is a unique approach for BAME colleagues to develop their leadership identity and increase their networks across campus and the local community.

If you have any queries about this programme, please get in touch with the POD team.  

The Aurora Leadership Programme

Aurora is Advance HE’s leadership development initiative for women and those who identify as a woman. It is run as a unique partnership bringing together leadership experts and higher education institutions to take positive action to address the under-representation of women in leadership positions in the sector.

Location:

The workshops are delivered off-site and are large-scale events for around 200 people run with participants from other Higher Education Institutions by Advance HE. Mentoring support and most of the action learning set work is delivered on-site, either in POD or at other mutually convenient venues.

Duration:

Five one-day workshops, plus one-to-one mentoring support and action learning sets over a six month period.

Programme Lead:

Contact Liz Leech 

Target Audience:

This programme is suitable for early career female academics (at lecturer and senior lecturer level) and their professional services equivalent (normally bands 6–8). Places are normally funded by the participant’s department or self-funded, applications and bookings are undertaken through POD. Entry to the programme is by invitation and you should register your interest with Liz Leech.

Programme Overview:

Workshops cover power and politics, finding your voice, making an impact and leadership skills in a changing environment. One-to-one mentoring support and practical action learning set work, supported by a library of online learning materials.

Learning Outcomes:

At the end of the programme, you will have developed the skills and confidence to negotiate your career. You will have also started to build your own portfolio of leadership skills, and developed your internal and external networks.

Further details about this programme can be found on the Advance HE internet pages

If you have any queries about this programme, please get in touch with the POD team.  

The Leadership Café 

The Leadership Café is an online community where our current, future and aspiring leaders can discuss and develop.

 

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