We found that the majority of academics we spoke to as part of our Becoming Academic Manager report see the ‘Head of’ role as an impediment to career advancement, even calling it the ‘kiss of death’ to their careers. We want to help the sector dispel this myth and embrace, respect, invest in and inculcate academic leaders.
In this panel discussion we’ll debate and discuss:
- Whether Academic Leadership is an opportunity to advance your career, or an impediment
- the most common challenges of transitioning into a senior leadership role
- the key skills gaps and how to address them
- what the sector needs to do to invest and support those rotating or moving into this role
- how academics can build their leadership skills and embrace the opportunity.
- Wednesday 14th February 2024
- 13:00 – 14:00
- Online panel discussion and Q&A
- Hosted online via Microsoft Teams
- Free to join – register here
As a member of the University Executive Board, Sally has overall responsibility for the Directorate of Human Resources and Organisation Development (HROD) and the University’s Equity, Equality, Diversity and Inclusion (EEDI) team, with a cross-University leadership position as institutional lead for EEDI which covers staff and students. Sally also chairs the EEDI Committee and sits on the Senior Academic Promotions Committee.
Monica works at the intersections of social science and the history and philosophy of medicine. The focus of her research is on psychosomatic medicine, and on modes of thought and practice that seek to address the consequences of epistemic dualism for health, medical practice, and society. Monica studied History (BA) and Critical Theory (MA) at the University of Sussex before gaining her PhD in Social and Political Sciences from the European University Institute in 1996. She taught across all levels at Goldsmiths since 1996, and was Director of Postgraduate Research (PhD programmes) before taking on her role of Head of Department. Monica has recently been appointed Head of Department of Social & Policy Science at University of Bath.
Sara is a coach, working with executive directors and senior managers across HE. Sara has a public sector background, with 20 years senior HR (Human Resources) and OD (Organisational Development) experience in Higher Education (including 11 years at Director level) and more than a decade in the NHS.
Tessa’s 30-year career in higher education senior leadership and management saw her working in five universities ranging across the sector mission groups. Her current role at GatenbySanderson involves leading a range of executive search assignments for leadership roles for a broad range of universities.
Jenny is an Occupational Psychologist with over 10 years of experience working with Higher Education institutions across areas including board diversity and inclusion, equality, diversity and inclusion, leadership development and inclusive research cultures. Her role at GatenbySadnerson is focused on providing world-class leadership development within Higher Education institutions to navigate challenges, adopt best practices in equality, diversity and inclusion, develop academic leaders and support governance and teaching and learning.
Our Academic Leadership 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. Find out more.