Deans and Directors’ Development Programme (3DP)


Please note: The 2018 programme is full. Please email Lisa Boulter if you would like to express your interest for the 2019 programme.


The 3DP programme offers deans, associate deans and those aspiring to the role of dean 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:

  • Practical advice and guidance on the challenges of being a dean
  • Exposure to the thinking of senior university managers, head-hunters and other influential stakeholders
  • Opportunities to ask tricky questions and discuss dilemmas in a safe environment
  • Action learning and networking

Who should participate?

3DP is designed for new business school deans or directors, associate deans/directors, deputy deans, heads of department/schools aspiring to top leadership positions.

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


Professor Sue Cox, Dean Emeritus, Lancaster University Management School


Professor Sue Cox OBE, Professor and Dean Emeritus, Lancaster University Management School

Sue Cox is Dean Emeritus of Lancaster University Management School (LUMS) and Chair of The Work Foundation (TWF).  She stood down in September 2015 and was the longest serving Dean in a UK business school and was awarded an OBE for services to social science in 2011.

Sue is Professor of Safety and Risk Management, specialising in major hazard industries, including nuclear.  She is regularly in demand to serve as a member of professional bodies.  Amongst these, she is Academic Vice-President of EFMD, a member of the EFMD Board, a member of AACSB’s Committee on Accreditation Policy, a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences, Fellow of the British Academy of Management, and a Companion of the Chartered Association of Business Schools and Chartered Management Institute.

Sue is committed to the sustainability agenda and has been heavily engaged in setting up the Pentland Centre within LUMS.

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

Download the 2016 programme

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 12:30 with lunch on the first day, with a dinner in the evening. The second day runs from 9am to 12:30pm.

The third session is hosted by business schools in a UK location outside of London.

The dates and locations for the 2018 programme are as follows:

Session 1 – Thursday 1 – Friday 2 February 2018 (London)

Session 2 – Thursday 3 – Friday 4 May 2018 (London)

Session 3 – Thursday 5 – Friday 6 July 2018 (Business school visits in UK location)

Session 4 – Thursday 13 – Friday 14 September 2018 (London)

Testimonials from previous participants

"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: £4,400

If you have any queries, please contact Lisa Boulter on or 020 7634 9582