Leaders in Learning & Teaching (LLT) 2019 – 2020


To register your interest for the 2020 programme, email Pritika Pau or call 020 7634 9582

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

LLT is now fully booked. To enquire for 2019/2020, please contact Pritika Pau on 020 7634 9582

Session 1: Personal and Leadership Development

This session will focus on the developmental goals of individual participants. The focus will be on role and responsibilities, personal objectives for the future, strengths and areas for development. The session will be structured around career paths, routes to promotion, professional accreditation 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. Working in collaboration with the British Academy of Management, participants may choose to make a submission to a special issue of the Journal of Management Education. Alternatively, they may elect to submit a paper to the Chartered Association of Business Schools Learning, Teaching and Student Experience (LTSE) Conference, or to work towards National Teaching Fellow or Principal Fellow of the Higher Education Academy recognition.

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 AMBA, EPAS, AACSB is also explored from a teaching and learning perspective.

Programme Outline

Download the programme here.

Programme 2018-19

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."

Dr 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

“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

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.

The programme features guest speakers with specialist knowledge. Speakers for 2017-18 included:

  • Professor Georgina Andrews, Dean, Bath Business School
  • Professor Jerry Forrester, Hertfordshire Business School and Chair of the Chartered ABS Learning, Teaching & Student Experience Committee
  • Dr Lisa Anderson, Associate Head, University of Liverpool Management School
  • Dr Stephen Ellis, Associate Dean, Regent’s Business School
  • Professor Paul Hibbert, Professor of Management, University of St Andrews, School of Management
  • Dr Cathy Minett-Smith, Associate Dean – Student Experience, University of Bedfordshire, Business School
  • Ian Jenner, Personal Development Consultant

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.

2018-19 programme dates:

SESSION 1: 20-21 September 2018

SESSION 2: 22-23 November 2018

SESSION 3: 7-8 February 2019

SESSION 4: 23-24 May 2019

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

Please note to receive a certificate of completion at the end of the programme, participants are required to attend at least three of the four sessions.