Leaders in Learning & Teaching 2017-2018


This programme provides professional development and support for Directors of Learning & Teaching and other managers responsible for learning and teaching in business schools. 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

  1. Provide career development and support for academics who have, or aspire to have, overall responsibilities for managing in learning and teaching
  2. Develop strategies to manage programmes and portfolios, financial models (the cost of delivery),quality assurance and marketing
  3. Expert insights into contemporary issues and priorities in business school education
  4. Scope for individuals to identify their personal research area and strategise their research goals
  5. A recognised programme underpinning personal and institutional leadership career paths within learning and teaching in UK business schools
  6. Supportive networking environment with peers
  7. May provide a framework for application for HEA fellowship/senior fellowship
  8. Network building and profile raising within the business school community
  9. Guidance and direction on producing pedagogical research with impact

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
  • Developing a Research Profile in Learning and Teaching
  • Managing in Learning and Teaching
  • The External Environment & Next Steps in Your Career

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  • Session 1: Personal and Leadership Development

    This session will focus on the developmental goals of individual participants. This will address questions such as what is my role, what are my personal objectives for the future, what do I need to change? This will be structured around information relating to internal promotion routes, professional accreditation and external professional recognition.

    Session 2: Developing a Research Profile in Learning and Teaching

    Establishing a recognised research area and networking are key to establishing a profile in learning and teaching both internally and externally. This session will support participants through facilitating identification of areas of research supporting both their own and institutional targets. Participants will engage in peer support through developing mentoring partnerships working towards a submission to the Learning, Teaching & Student Experience Conference and/or identifying a ‘Work in Progress Paper’.

    Session 3:  Managing in Learning and Teaching 

    Academics who take on responsibility for learning and teaching suddenly find themselves also expected to be experts in finance and marketing. This session will provide training on programme and portfolio development and management. Using a walk through case study, participants will gain an overview of the strategic, marketing, quality assurance and costing aspects of programme development. Given the increasing number of schools seeking and achieving AACSB accreditation, the session will also cover designing and managing assurance of learning, and the significant role of the L&T leader in accreditation.

    Session 4 : The External Environment & Next Steps in Your Career

    Participants will identify particular aspects of the programme they wish to prioritise and develop further. These specific themes will be explored through consideration of the changing role of the Business School in its institutional, sector and international contexts. This session will cover various techniques that can help us to manage learning and teaching for the future. The session will also be used to review learning from the course and, through action learning sets, to apply this to real-life problems encountered in leading learning and teaching.

    Programme Outline

    Download the previous programme here.

    Programme 2016-17

  • Reviews from recent participants:

     Monika-Foster "This programme is an opportunity to step out of the ‘here and now’ to be challenged by like-minded colleagues to articulate your own aims and objectives. Tailor-made contributions from external speakers, and the opportunities to expand your own professional network and to sharpen your personal brand are the invaluable benefits from the programme."

    Dr Monika Foster, Director of Learning and Teaching and Associate Professor, Edinburgh Napier Business School

     Nicola Scull used for FW "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

    Erica - edited "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

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

    Dan Herbert, Director of Education, University of Birmingham

    Lesley Glass "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

    Maria-Kutar-2 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


  • Debra Leighton is Executive Dean, University of Bedfordshire Business School. Having joined the University in September 2015, she is responsible for the strategic direction and performance of the school and for a distributed portfolio of activity both in the UK and internationally. She has recently led on innovative postgraduate blended learning initiatives and new research informed undergraduate curricula based on the school’s established strength in employability practice and engagement with small businesses through the Small business Charter. She previously held the post of Associate Dean (Teaching and Learning) at Salford Business School, where she delivered an ambitious strategic quality accreditation programme including EPAS, AMBA and PRME that contributed to the school achieving Times Higher Business School of the Year in 2014.

    A member of the Chartered Association of Business Schools Learning Teaching and Student Experience Committee, she has recently worked with the EFMD on their Online Course Certification System (EOCCS).  A Senior Fellow of the HEA, her research interests are in experiential and relationship marketing, and within the field of business and management education, the application of experiential learning and blended learning to the student experience. She is actively engaged in the TEF agenda, with a specific focus on its impact on the university partnership with students. She has contributed to and chaired UK and international teaching and learning conferences and is committed to the active promotion of research informed teaching.

  • Course Structure 

    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 2017-18 programme dates:

    Session 1: 21-22 September 2017

    Session 2: 30 November - 1 December 2017

    Session 3: 8-9 February 2018

    Session 4: 10-11 May 2018

    Please note: One session will be held in a business school location outside of London.

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

    Programme fee: £3,800

    If you have any queries, please contact Lisa Boulter on lisa.boulter@charteredabs.org or 020 7634 9582