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Inclusive Leadership Programme (Academic and Research Leaders)


This programme is designed to support academic and research leaders and managers with the skills and insights they need to lead others effectively. Group leaders and PIs/senior researchers with responsibility for others are particularly encouraged to attend.

It will enable participants to reflect on their current leadership style and provide techniques they can use to effectively manage a diverse range of perspectives and create an inclusive culture across the University. Those with responsibility for others have a key role to play in shaping a positive working environment, supporting progression and ensuring equality, including pay equality. Given the University's strategic priorities, it is critical that leaders and managers understand the impact of their decisions throughout the employment timeline and know how to reduce the risk of sex, race or other discrimination, whether explicit or implicit.

The programme is delivered in partnership with Pearn Kandola, experts in evidence-based inclusive leadership development.

Target audience
  • University academic and research leaders/managers only, particularly Group Leaders and PIs/senior researchers with responsibility for others
  • Additional programme dates for leaders and managers across all staff groups (including academic, research and professional services) are available. See Related courses below.
  • To ensure a fair and representative spread of participation in each cohort, it may be necessary to adjust or limit the number of places available
  • Further details regarding PPD's eligibility criteria
  • To enable managers and leaders to develop their skills, and create an inclusive, positive working environment that optimises wellbeing for themselves and those in their team
  • To clarify key responsibilities at each key stage of the employment cycle, including but not limited to supporting good performance, allocation of work or projects, access to development and approaches to flexible working
  • To understand how bias can impact decision-making and affect relationships, and build strategies to ensure fairness and consistency
  • To understand the context and influence of personal leadership and communication styles, in order to promote a productive environment and positive working relationships
  • Tutor input and theory, small group and individual activities, case studies, practice sessions, videos and group discussions
  • Participants are encouraged to build on previous experience and to relate course content and practice back to the issues and situations faced in the workplace
  • Additional activities between the sessions, including a short work-based project
Further information
  • The programme is one of a number of University initiatives to close the known gaps (including progression and pay inequality) for women, BAME and other groups of staff
  • The sessions focus on developing skills in the context of working within the University and supporting an organisational culture based on dignity, respect and enhanced wellbeing for all staff
  • Before the programme, each participant will complete an Inclusive Leadership Survey, incorporating input from others, and receive individualised feedback based on the analysis of the results
  • All participants are encouraged to attend an appropriate session (based on their experience and knowledge) focussing on the importance of effective and fair recruitment. See Related courses below.
  • PPD uses your personal information to administer the programme in liaison with the external provider of the programme, Pearn Kandola, along with for the purposes outlined in the privacy policy of the University Training Booking System.
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Leadership and Management

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