Academic leadership masterclasses designed to shape the future of academic management and leadership in your institution.
From Academics to Leaders is a suite of one-day leadership development masterclasses that gives academic managers the tools and expertise to embrace and thrive in this pivotal senior role.
Designed for new or established Heads of Department, School or Institute, we equip them to tackle the most common challenges of transitioning into a senior leadership role:
Delivered as individual masterclasses or a programme – in person or online – by our leadership development experts who bring deep sector knowledge and know how to elevate leadership development from theory to applied, contextual, world-class learning.
Our research suggests many academic managers have not had the opportunity to take part in formal leadership development. While exceptional academics, they may need to build confidence and skills in four critical areas. It is time to help them bridge the gap between demonstrating expertise in their field and leading high functioning teams effectively, with confidence and empathy.
From Academics to Leaders comprises of four masterclasses that develop the most important skills for academic leaders. You can choose to book one, a combination or all four masterclasses for your institution. The masterclasses can be run throughout the year, delivered on campus at your convenience or online via Microsoft Teams, or a mix if you choose the full series.
Developing your leadership identity
Identifying your personal leadership style
Developing your emotional regulation and agility
Improving self-awareness of your leadership strengths and development areas
In practice session
Developing and receiving feedback on your leadership purpose
Building high performing teams
Examining the components of high performing teams in universities
Enabling you to create trust and psychological safety with your team
Building a culture of inclusivity and belonging
In practice session
Managing challenging conversations with compassion
Driving strategic outcomes
Understanding effective strategic thinking that drives outcomes
Analysing and interpreting institutional metrics
Taking a systems leadership approach
Building collaborative partnerships with professional services
In practice session
Putting strategy into practice in your department
Leading change & transformation
Understanding why change succeeds or fails
Developing change readiness in your team
Managing resistance to change
Leading strategic change with confidence
In practice session
Navigating the change readiness roadmap
Plus, the option to add:
Our masterclasses are designed for academics who hold or have recently rotated into a Head of Academic Department of Head of School role within the university. With our leadership development they will elevate their skills and confidence to lead well, empower their teams and contribute to institutional success.
Broaden your leadership skills so you’re ready to rotate into a senior leadership role
Understand the strategies and skills to confidently lead your department without losing your academic edge
Get world class insight of how your leadership compares with other university and public sector leaders
Give your senior team the skills, knowledge and confidence to deliver at their best through train-the-trainer options
Participant, Change and Transformation workshop, Russell Group University
Participant, University Leadership workshop
Our in house team of leadership and talent consultants are occupational psychologists and leadership and organisational development specialists with a combined 135+ years’ experience in leadership development within the higher education, public and not for profit sectors.
They have developed leaders in UK universities across a range of mission groups, sizes and regions.
Years’ combined experience
Senior education roles placed every year
Our team bring insights developed through identifying, selecting and developing leaders across higher education. We have first-hand live knowledge and expertise of the pressures and priorities for leaders. We understand the challenges academic leaders face in balancing internal and external stakeholders, fostering an inclusive culture and driving forward change where required. We draw on this experience to design training to align with the latest sector trends while being flexible to your institution’s needs and strategic focus.
The needs have been identified through a combination of insights from delivering leadership development in the Education sector, the data we gather from our Altitude assessments as well as our recently published ‘Becoming Academic Manager’ report which highlighted the needs and key gaps for those taking up a senior position in universities.
Absolutely. While you will likely share the challenges facing academic leaders with other universities, we know each institution has its own strategic drivers and unique challenges. We will work with you to understand your needs so we can tailor the development to work in your context and setting and be transferable to the day job for all delegates.
Yes, inclusive practice is important to us throughout our leadership development. Our delivery is highly flexible allowing us to adjust as needed to ensure a positive participant experience. We ensure diversity is embedded throughout the masterclasses including attending to the diversity of contributors, the authorship of the theoretical underpinning and the methods of delivery. Inclusive leadership is vital for success in academic leadership, and is a constant thread throughout all our masterclasses.
We will agree with you the most appropriate methods of measuring impact against your goals and context. We will seek both immediate feedback on the delivery of the masterclasses as well as implementing measures for the learning transfer of behaviours to their roles. The evaluation strategy is tailored to your needs and can range from pre and post workshop surveys, through the reruns of 360 feedback, and longitudinal interventions.
We’re on hand to help. Just book a free discovery call with one of our masterclass facilitators and we’ll chat through what suits your institutional needs best. There is no obligation to book and we are happy to liaise with you as you as you discuss with your team.
Book a free discovery call with one of our facilitators who can arrange this with you. If you’ve already spoken to them, give them a call or email them to arrange booking.
Book a free discovery call with one of our facilitators who can discuss the needs of your academic leaders and institution and quote for the masterclass selection that suits you best.
There is no obligation to book and we are happy to liaise with you as you discuss with your team.