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The Vivien Thomas Technical Leadership Programmes support technical career development for current and aspiring leaders. They have been designed especially for the variety of technical roles in academia and research.

The new suite of programmes offer an alternative to institutional programmes and are available to UK-wide technicians, after being piloted with hundreds of technical staff through the TALENT programme.

 

 

Who are the programmes aimed at?

Current or aspiring technical managers and leaders from any UK higher education or research institute who want to develop, or refresh their knowledge, skills and confidence.

The programmes each have an area of focus, find out more below.

Cost

All three Vivien Thomas Technical Leadership Programmes are free to technicians who meet the selection criteria.

There are additional travel costs for Collaborative Leadership for Technicians and Leadership in Action for Technicians.

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Two male technicians sat at table having a conversation

Preparing for Technical Management & Leadership  

Gain confidence, insights and skills for your current, or future, technical management role from this programme.

Recommended for technical managers and leaders who are new into their role, who want to build their knowledge and a strong foundation in management in leadership.

 

When will the programme run?

Cohort 1
• 
Complete 

 

Cohort 2
• May – July 2024
• Tuesdays PM

Delivery method

• Online 

Time commitment

Workshops attendance 16 hours,
preparation & asynchronous work
approx 16 hours

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Collaborative Leadership for Technicians  

Learn the building blocks and benefits of collaborative working and develop new collaboration skills to enhance your teamwork.

This programme is suitable for technical managers and leaders who want to get better at collaborating at work whilst learning how to influence people positively.

 

When will the programme run?

Cohort 1
• June – July 2024
• Wednesdays

Cohort 2
• October – November 2024 
• Tuesdays

Delivery method

• Two sessions online
• Two sessions in-person

Time commitment 

Workshop attendance 19 hours,
preparation & asynchronous work
approx 6 hours

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Leadership in Action for Technicians 

Develop your technical capabilities and confidence by experiencing leadership in this unique coaching and feedback programme.

Aimed at technical managers or leaders who would like to practice leadership in a safe space and get feedback on individual leadership style, approach and skills. 

 

When will the programme run?

Cohort 1
• October – November 2024
• Mondays

Cohort 2
• January – February 2025
• Wednesdays 

Delivery method

• Two sessions online
• Two sessions in-person

Time commitment 

Workshops attendance 19 hours,
preparation & asynchronous work
approx 10 hours

Not sure which leadership programme is right for you?

Eligibility and selection criteria

  • Approved and supported by line manager to attend the programme.
  • Able to attend all five programme dates.
  • We will consider the range of technical backgrounds and experiences of applicants to ensure the cohort is as representative as possible, to ensure the best learning environment.
  • Strength of application in relation to how the course will help your personal and or professional development.

These programmes have previously been delivered through the Research England funded TALENT Programme.