Leaders in Learning & Teaching (LLT) 2022

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


The Leaders in Learning & Teaching Programme (LLT) helps those who are preparing for, or aspiring to, lead, manage and deliver high quality learning and teaching. Participants will gain a better understanding of the complexities of the role, build their leadership capacity, develop their research and practise profile and explore approaches to developing and implementing learning and teaching enhancement strategies.

Facilitated by Dr Cathy Minett-Smith, Associate Dean for Learning, Teaching and the Student Experience, Faculty of Business and Law, University of the West of England, 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.

LLT is a well-established and well-regarded learning and development programme for senior business school faculty. 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:

  • Through reflection on expert insights into the changing HE landscape and contemporary issues in business school education, identify your individual leadership characteristics and strengths.
  • Plan your personal development goals for effective agile leadership and management of learning and teaching.
  • Explore opportunities to identify personal research and/or practice goals and develop strategies for achieving these to enhance your visibility and personal profile within the business and management community.
  • Consider the existing and developing digital footprint of your business school identifying the implications for devising learning and teaching strategies that the reflect the opportunities and challenges that this provides.
  • Explore holistic approaches to providing effective inclusive strategies for supporting the needs and attainment of diverse student cohorts.
  • Develop effective approaches for recruiting, nurturing and developing teaching and learning talent in

Participants are encouraged to engage in relevant CMBE sessions and other development opportunities as an added reflective lens on their personal develop through the programme. 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

10–11 February

Agile Leadership: Personal and Leadership Development

This session will focus on the contemporary HE landscape and the implications for the developmental goals of individual participants. The focus will be on role and responsibilities, situating the participants local institutional context within the wider HE policy landscape and exploring characteristics required for leadership in complexity. Participants will reflect and apply the principles to their personal objectives for the future, identifying strengths and areas for development.

Session Two

7-8 April

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.  As we emerge from the immediacy of COVID response, participants will reflect on the lasting legacy in terms of the digital footprint of their institution.  This includes the digitisation of the student experience, leading dispersed teams, creating and supporting communities of practice in digital spaces and reflecting on the profiles of staff and students that may be excluded. The implications for the Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF) and Graduate Outcomes Survey (GOS) will be explored, with reflections on the appropriateness of quality assurance processes such as student partnership approaches.

Session Three

7-8 July

Nurturing and supporting staff talent and student achievement

The sector has experienced unprecedented levels of change starting before and accelerated by the COVID pandemic.  EDI, meaningfully embracing technology, the changing graduate employment landscape and mental health awareness all combine to require leaders in HE to think differently about they develop nurture and utilise staff resource and how to effectively support students as individuals to achieve.  Utilising frameworks of expertise, this session will focus on how, as leaders, we can create and manage environments that enable authentic self to thrive, whether that be staff or students. The implications for the Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF) and Graduate Outcomes Survey (GOS) will be explored, with reflections on the appropriateness of quality assurance processes such as student partnership approaches.

Session Four

15-16 September

Personal Career Planning

By exploring ideas of credibility, this session will focus on participants building a personal profile in learning and teaching through research and/or practise.  Participants are supported in identifying areas of research/practise that align with personal and institutional targets and how to build a credible portfolio of scholarly output and contributions in teaching and learning.

Points to note:

Each module runs 'lunch to 'lunch' and the fee includes a dinner with fellow participants on the evening of the first day.

Dr Cathy Minett-Smith, CMBE, PhD, PFHEA
Associate Dean for Learning, Teaching and the Student Experience, Faculty of Business and Law, University of the West of England (UWE).

Programme fee: £3,900*

Frequently Asked Questions:

Can 2 people from the same institution attend this programme?

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.

What will happen to my booking if some/all of the programme cannot take place as planned?

Before the programme starts: If, due to Covid-19 regulations, we are unable to commence the programme on the scheduled start date we will either postpone to a later date, or consider making LLT a blended, hybrid or fully online programme. The decision will depend on the nature of the situation. In the case of postponement registered participants will automatically be transferred to the new dates. If some/all of the programme is moved online participants will have the option of transferring their booking or receiving a full refund.

Once the programme has started: If, due to Covid-19 regulations, we are unable to run Sessions 2-4 as in-person events on the scheduled dates we will either postpone one or more of the sessions to later dates; or we will complete the programme in a blended, hybrid or fully online way. The decision will depend on the nature of the situation. Registered participants will be consulted before any decisions are made and will automatically be transferred to the new arrangements. If the programme can be completed on new dates or wholly/partially online we will not offer full or partial refunds.

If you have any queries, please contact Pritika Pau on pritika.pau@charteredabs.org or 020 7634 9582.

*We do not charge VAT so this represents the full cost.

“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