Deans and Directors’ Development Programme (3DP) 2020

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3DP supports those preparing for, or aspiring to, the role of Dean or Head of the Business School. The programme offers the ideal environment to both deepen and broaden their understanding of the challenges facing business schools and develop strategies to meet them. It provides a highly supportive environment in which to examine how to position yourself so as to influence senior management, external stakeholders, and to shape strategy from within.

The role of Deans in business schools has become increasingly pressured and challenging in the wider global environment with changes in technology, funding and business models. Business school leadership roles are increasingly complex, with multiple stakeholders to satisfy. Deans are public figures who must influence upward and externally, whilst ensuring high quality business and management education and research and impact, as well as student employability and business engagement. This well-established programme is designed to help deans and aspiring deans better address these challenges under the Chatham House rule.

Benefits of the 3DP include:

  • Understand the current and emerging challenges facing business schools and the implications for business school strategies.
  • Explore approaches to business school leadership, governance, business models and structures in an ever-changing environment.
  • Hear from experienced business school Deans and inputs from other senior university managers, plus head-hunters and other influential stakeholders.
  • Discuss challenges in a safe environment, giving you the opportunity to ask tricky questions about change management and managing key internal and external relationships.
  • Look at the role of the Dean in leading teaching and research strategies and performance.
  • Examine approaches to managing the school’s brand and external profile.
  • Participate in active learning, group work, networking and self-reflection, designed to support professional and leadership development.

Who should participate?

3DP is designed for individuals preparing for, or aspiring to, the role of business school Deans, Heads of School or Directors of School.


Professor Simon Collinson, Deputy Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Regional Economic Engagement, Director of the City-Region Economic Development Institute (City-REDI), and Professor of International Business and Innovation, University of Birmingham. Simon was formerly Dean of Birmingham Business School.

Previous guest speakers

You can expect to hear inputs from a range of senior-level and expert speakers. Guests on previous programmes have included:

  • Professor Julia Clarke, Pro-Vice-Chancellor, Faculty of Business and Law, Manchester Metropolitan University Business School, and Chair, Chartered Association of Business Schools
  • Melanie Currie, Deputy Dean, Nottingham Business School, Nottingham Trent University
  • Nick Hillman, Director, HEPI
  • Andy Lockett, Dean, Warwick Business School
  • Sharon Mavin, Director of Newcastle University Business School
  • Professor Heather McLaughlin, Dean, Coventry Business School
  • Tim Stewart, Vice-Chancellor, BPP University
  • Donna Whitehead, Pro Vice-Chancellor and Executive Dean, Faculty of Business and Law, UWE Bristol

Professor Simon Collinson, Deputy Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Regional Economic Engagement, Director of the City-Region Economic Development Institute (City-REDI), and Professor of International Business and Innovation, University of Birmingham. Simon was formerly Dean of Birmingham Business School.

Programme Outline

The detailed programme will be available soon. Session themes will cover:

Session 1: Strategic Planning and Execution, Role of the Dean

Session 2: Internal Relations, Effective Management of People and Change

Session 3: External Relations, Internationalisation and Managing the Brand

Session 4: Quality Assurance and Strategy across Teaching and Research

The programme puts an emphasis on active and participatory learning with supportive input from expert external speakers. Each session is over two days, beginning at 12:30pm with lunch on the first day, with a dinner in the evening. The second day runs from 9am to 1:30pm.

One session, often the third, will be hosted by business schools in a UK location outside of London.

The dates and locations* for the programme are:

Session 1: 6-7 February 2020 (London)
Session 2: 30 April-1 May 2020 (London)
Session 3: 2-3 July 2020 (Business school visits in UK location)
Session 4: 10-11 September 2020 (London)

*Dates and locations are subject to change.

Participants are encouraged to attend all sessions. A participant will not be awarded a certificate of completion if they fail to attend more than one session.

Testimonials from previous participants

“I have been promoted to Associate Dean (Student Engagement) at my current place of employment. I firmly believe that the 3DP course and the one for Directors of Learning and Teaching that I undertook with CABS last year, have been fundamental in me securing the post.”

"All speakers were excellent - made the sessions interesting with lots of useful insights."

"Excellent. Authentic perspectives on challenges of managing and leading change"


"Very practical tips to take away"

"Excellent for personal reflection. Very helpful."

Programme fees are all-inclusive packages including accommodation (on the middle night of each session), lunch, an evening meal and course fees.

Programme fee: £4530

Please note: Due to the nature of the programme which focuses on personal development and encourages frank and open discussion, it may not always be suitable for two participants to attend from the same institution. If we receive two registrations from individuals at the same institution we will notify the institution and the participants, taking account of when the registrations were received, and ask for guidance on whether one or both can attend on the same programme.

If you have any queries, please contact Pritika Pau on or 020 7634 9582