Leaders in Learning & Teaching (LLT) 2020 – 2021

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This programme provides professional development and support for Directors/Associate Deans of Learning & Teaching and those aspiring to the role.

In a collegiate environment, participants will build their leadership capacity, develop their research profile, and explore strategies to manage all aspects of programme development. Participants will be guided by facilitators with a rich experience in leading teaching departments, and will hear from guest speakers with specialist knowledge.

Programme Benefits

Participants will have the opportunity to:

  • Access career development and support for the effective leadership and management of learning and teaching.
  • Discuss the changing HE landscape, contemporary issues and priorities in business school education with HE and industry experts.
  • Analyse strategies for programme design, management, quality assurance and marketing.
  • Access a professional networking environment with peers from a broad range of business and management schools.
  • Discover opportunities to identify personal research and/or practice goals and to develop strategies for achieving these.
  • Develop capabilities to lead institutional performance across the TEF, NSS and accreditations.
  • Strengthen one part of a portfolio of evidence to support Higher Education Academy Fellowship applications.
  • Achieve enhanced visibility and personal profile within the business and management community.

Who should apply?

Directors of Learning & Teaching; Senior lecturers with programme level and functional responsibilities; and pedagogical scholars.

Programme Structure and Themes

The programme will consist of four sessions over the course of the academic year.

  • Personal and Leadership Development
  • The Changing Teaching and Learning Landscape
  • Developing a Research and/or Practice Profile in Learning and Teaching
  • Managing in Learning and Teaching

Session 1: Personal and Leadership Development

This session will focus on the developmental goals of individual participants. The focus will be on roles and responsibilities, personal objectives for the future, strengths and areas for development. The session will be structured around reflection, career paths, routes to promotion, professional accreditation, CPD and external professional recognition.

Session 2: The Changing Teaching and Learning Landscape

This session will prepare leaders in learning and teaching to adapt to contemporary issues and the changing policy and external environments in which business and management schools operate. The implications of the Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF) will be explored, together with its component student surveys (NSS, DLHE) and the impact of new learning technologies on the business and management sector.

Session 3: Developing a Research/Practice Profile in Learning and Teaching

Building a personal profile in learning and teaching through research and/or practice, participants are supported in identifying areas of research/practice that align with personal and institutional targets. Participants will be guided to routes to publishing pedagogic research. Participants may also elect to make a submission to the Chartered Association of Business Schools Learning, Teaching and Student Experience (LTSE) Conference, international conferences, or to work towards National Teaching Fellow or Senior/Principal Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

Session 4: Managing in Learning and Teaching

Focusing on portfolio and programme development and management, this session explores strategic portfolio management from financial modelling through to marketing and quality assurance. The leadership of external quality accreditations such as EQUIS, EPAS, AACSB, AMBA is also explored from a teaching and learning perspective.

“The programme provided an excellent opportunity to meet and share experiences with others with a responsibility for learning and teaching in a business school. Through this network, we have been able to support each other through difficult problems, provide external examiner links, and develop research interests. The programme also opened my eyes to wider opportunities, and helped me to realise my value and potential through CV development and strategic awareness. This ultimately helped me to reach the next step in my career goals.”

Adam Shore, Director Academic, Liverpool Business School

“This has been a genuinely transformative experience. The programme is well constructed, the leaders were excellent and very supportive. I have gained valuable insights into relevant issues and into how other institutions operate and have taken many aspects to directly improve my practice.”

Maria Kutar, Associate Dean (Academic), Salford Business School

"An opportunity for a transformational experience, building a network of external colleagues - influential in the sector now, and for the future."

Lesley Glass, Head of Visiting Lecturer Development, Hertfordshire Business School

"To be provoked, in stimulating company, to reflect on yourself and your role. To have your ideas challenged away from institutional group think."

Dr Dan Herbert, Director of Education, University of Birmingham

Erica Cargill

"The programme gives participants the opportunity to see outside their own institution and get a real understanding of the issues impacting upon the sector. It has enabled me to see my teaching and learning practice through a much wider lens and has given me the confidence to contribute to debate at a higher level in my institution."

Erica Cargill, Senior Lecturer and Programme Leader, Robert Gordon University

"A rich experience which broadened my knowledge of the sector, and which gave me the time and space to reflect upon my own role, and how it could inform and develop our own institutional learning approach. The open and collaborative nature of the programme, alongside the insight from a wide range of experts, ensured this was informative and engaging."

Nicola Scull, Head of Digital Learning and Libraries, The London Institute of Banking and Finance

Dr Keith Pond

Dr Keith Pond

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.

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

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 9:00 to 13:00.

2020/21 programme dates:

Session 1: 19 - 20 November 2020
Session 2: 14 - 15 January 2021
Session 3: 25 - 26 March 2021
Session 4: 17 - 18 June 2021

Three modules are held in business schools in London and one module will be held in a business school location outside of London.

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.

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

Programme fee: £3,900.

A note about Covid-19 and our Development Programmes: We will make every effort to deliver Leaders in Learning and Teaching in 2020/21. Please be reassured that if the programme is cancelled before the commencement of Session One, participants will be entitled to a full refund.

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.

If you're not yet ready to book your place but would like to participate in Leaders in Learning & Teaching 2020/21, please express your interest and we will endeavour to hold your place until you are able to fully register.

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