Leaders in Learning & Teaching (LLT) 2021

Build your capacity to lead your institution’s learning and teaching strategy

This programme is now full. To express your interest for the next cohort, please contact Pritika Pau at pritika.pau@charteredabs.org.


The Leaders in Learning & Teaching Programme (LLT) helps those who are preparing for, or aspiring to, the role of Director of Learning & Teaching to build leadership capacity. Participants will gain a better understanding of the complexities of the role and the nuances of setting learning & teaching strategy in these highly uncertain times.

Facilitated by Dr Keith Pond, Senior Teaching Fellow and Digital Learning Lead, Loughborough University School of Business and Economics, LLT is a multi-dimensional development programme designed to nurture professional and leadership development. Each module tackles a range of critical issues led by expert guest speakers and discussions are under the Chatham House Rule, giving participants the opportunity for candid and frank discussion.

Modules are complimented by individual and group projects which participants will work on in between the formal sessions. Over the course of the programme a strong cohort community is created, and participants benefit greatly from this alumni network in the months and years following the programme.

LLT is a well-established and well-regarded learning and development programme for senior business school faculty. In 2021, LLT will be fully online, and the underlying pedagogy has been reviewed to ensure that the programme makes the most of the advantages offered by technology to enhance the learning experience. The sessions are a mixture of preparation, information, interaction and discussion. The topics and guest speakers will provoke reflection, thought and action, and the emphasis will be on collaboration and problem solving.

Learning Outcomes

By the end of the programme you will have deepened your understanding about the role of Director of Learning & Teaching and about the skills, knowledge and behaviours that are important in the role. In particular you will be better equipped to:

  • Devise and deliver learning & teaching strategies and innovations that reflect the opportunities and challenges that have been caused by Covid-19
  • Lead your learning & teaching teams with authority and agility
  • More effectively support students from disadvantaged and underrepresented groups
  • Recruit, nurture and develop teaching talent
  • Utilise your individual leadership characteristics and strengths

Moreover, by participating in the programme you will have built a wide network of colleagues from across the UK that will help you achieve your learning & teaching goals.

Session One

10:00-12:00, 16 March 2021

Introductions and welcome

In this opening session we will explore the aims and modes of learning of the programme. Particular attention will be paid to what participants want to achieve from the MyProject dimension of the programme. Participants will also be invited to reflect on their leadership styles through reference to MBTI.

Session Two

10:00-12:30, 20 April 2021

The learning & teaching landscape

In this session we will explore the changing nature of the learning & teaching landscape, in business schools and the wider higher education ecosystem. Particular attention will be paid to the impact of Covid-19 on learning, teaching and student experience, the policy environment, and the future direction of face-to-face, online and blended learning during and after the pandemic. We will also explore the internationalisation agenda, post-experience education and accreditation.

Session Three

10:00 - 12:30, 26 May 2021

Good practice in learning & teaching

In this session we will explore how leaders in learning & teaching can work and lead with efficiency and agility. We will also explore good practice in work-based learning.

Session Four

10:00 - 12:30, 6 July 2021

Managing the student experience

In this session we will explore the opportunities and challenges of providing students from all backgrounds with a meaningful student experience. Particular attention will be paid to issues around widening participation and supporting students from disadvantaged and underrepresented groups. We will explore the opportunities presented by learning analytics and other tools and hope to collaborate with students on the development of programmes.

Session Five*

10:00 - 12:30, 14 September

Careers in learning & teaching

In this session we will explore how to recruit, nurture and manage teaching talent and expertise. We will explore the various ways in which to manage and support staff, our own career trajectory and the importance of research-led teaching.

Session Six*

10:00 - 12:00, 12 October

Looking ahead: opportunities and challenges in learning & teaching

In the final session the group will deliver the presentations of the group projects conducted earlier in the programme and will undertake a group challenge. There will be a summation of the lessons learnt from the programme and an end of programme social event.

* Important notice: A face-to-face gathering

LLT 2021 is designed to be a fully online programme. However, if it becomes apparent that it is feasible to have a face-to-face gathering in September or October 2021, and if the group collectively wishes it, then we may replace Sessions Five and/or Six with a face-to-face event. No decision on this will be taken before May 2021 at the earliest and any such decision will only be made after consultation with the full cohort.

Dr Keith Pond

Dr Keith Pond
Senior Teaching Fellow and Digital Learning Lead, Loughborough University School of Business and Economics.

Keith has an intensely practical approach to his various roles in the higher education sector. He champions e-learning and employability development at school, university, national and international levels. He has wide experience in teaching internationally and of involvement in international higher education projects.

Formerly Associate Dean at Loughborough University’s School of Business and Economics, he was actively involved in the preparation for the School for the triple accreditations of EQUIS, AMBA and AACSB. Performing both quality assurance and quality enhancement tasks, Keith was part of the team that revised the QAA Benchmark Standard in Business and Management (2015).

He is currently Senior Teaching Fellow at Loughborough University and holds the post of EOCCS Director for EFMD Global Network, leading an initiative to develop a global standard in online business education.

He is an active member of the London Institute of Banking & Finance, a member of the Chartered Association of Business Schools Learning and Teaching Committee and a Senior Advisor for Academic Development at Nurture HE Group.

Keith's extensive experience and affiliations are in the areas of higher education, banking, insolvency, e-learning and accreditation of business teaching.

Testimonials from participants of Leaders in Learning and Leading 2019/20:


“Simply, this programme is essential to gain great leadership skills in HE sector.”

Dr Mohamed Saeudy, Senior Lecturer in Accounting and Finance, University of Bedfordshire


“A fantastic opportunity to meet others in similar leaders of learning and teaching roles, share experiences, reflect on your own role and develop your skills.”

Professor W David McCausland, Director of Undergraduate Studies, University of Aberdeen Business School


“The course offered a rare opportunity to step outside of my institution to share ideas and reflect on issues across the sector with the benefit of expert speakers to prompt discussion and debate. As well as an introduction to a new professional network, I am leaving the course with broader knowledge of the sector, a few new strategies in my toolkit, and a clearer sense of how I might shape the next stage of my career.”

Charlotte Harrison, Principal Lecturer, Faculty of Business and Law, University of Portsmouth


“An excellent opportunity to discuss topical issues with like-minded colleagues.”

Beverly Vickerstaff, Deputy Dean, Faculty of Business and Law, De Montfort University


“I felt energized by the inspirational speakers, course content and amazing participants who shared their considerable knowledge and experience.”

Dr Andrew Jenkins, Subject Leader, Huddersfield Business School

The programme features guest speakers with specialist knowledge. Previous speakers have included:

  • Professor Georgina Andrews, Dean, Bath Business School
  • Nassim Belbaly, Director, Birmingham City Business School
  • Professor Simon Collinson, Deputy Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Regional Economic Engagement, University of Birmingham
  • Dr Stefan Cantore, Senior University Teacher, Sheffield University Management School
  • Sarah Davies, Head of Higher Education and Student Experience, JISC
  • Ian Jenner, Senior Lecturer, Manchester Metropolitan University Business School
  • Dr David LeFevre, Director, EdTech Lab, Imperial College Business School
  • Professor Debra Leighton, Dean, Faculty of Business & Law, Coventry University
  • Dr Cathy Minett-Smith, Associate Dean, Faculty of Business & Law, Coventry University
  • Dr Christine Rivers, Co-Director, Centre for Management Learning, Surrey Business School

Programme fee: £1,200

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 pritika.pau@charteredabs.org or 020 7634 9582.