Leaders in Learning & Teaching 2016-2017



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.

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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
  • 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 2016-2017 programme here.

    Programme 2016-17

  • Julia Clarke Professor Julia Clarke - Dean of Faculty of Business and Law, Manchester Metropolitan University

    Julia is an active participant in the business education community, through her work with the Chartered ABS and the international accrediting bodies. She has been a reviewer for the Quality Assurance Agency since 2008. Her current research is on equity and graduate employability with a particular focus on mentoring and social capital.

    Prior to moving into higher education Julia worked for one of the big four accountancy firms in Manchester where she specialised in corporate taxation. Julia is a founding member of the Centre for Excellence in Teaching and Learning in Inter-Disciplinary Ethics Applied and was the first Director of the Q-Step Centre at the University of Leeds.

    Diane Sloan Dr Diane Sloan - Principal Lecturer in Strategy and Research, and Director of Learning & Teaching Enhancement, Newcastle Business School

    Dr Sloan is recognised for her subject and pedagogical expertise contributing nationally to the sector through publications, committee membership, as well as organising and supporting international conferences. She is committed to enhancing and supporting staff and students through the academic learning journey and has developed a nationally recognised research profile in two areas: supporting student transition to University study through developing a new pedagogical approach for international students studying Academic Skills/ESAP, the CEM Model; and the development and utilisation of technology enhanced delivery methods in particular simulation games.

    Karen Robins - Associate Dean of School (Learning and Teaching), Hertfordshire Business School

    Karen is passionate about enhancing learning, teaching and the student experience. Her current research area is academic engagement in learning and teaching and blended learning, with a focus on improving student engagement.  Internally, she was seconded to the Learning and Teaching Institute for three years.  Externally, she has been a reviewer for the National Teaching Fellowship Scheme and has worked as an External Examiner for a number of universities.   She has also supported and organised both internal and external conferences in higher education.

  • Read reviews from 2015-2016 participants here.

    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



  • 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 2016-17 programme will run on the following dates at these locations:

    Session 1: London South Bank University (29 - 30 September 2016)

    Session 2: Northumbria University (1 - 2 December 2016)

    Session 3: London, venue TBC (9 - 10 February 2017)

    Session 4: Manchester Metropolitan University (11 - 12 May 2017)

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

    Programme fee: £3,700

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