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Collaborative Leadership for Technicians

Programme overview

Learn the building blocks and benefits of collaborative working, enhance your teamwork and influence people positively. An introduction, or refresher, to collaborative leadership skills.  

 

Cost

This programme is free for UK technicians from any discipline, working in universities and research institutes. There are travel costs for two in-person events.

Delivery method / format

• Hybrid (Zoom and in-person)
• Online introductory session (1 hour)
• Two-day workshop sessions
• Online presentation and sharing learning (4 hours)

Who is the programme aimed at?

Recommended for technical managers and leaders from different disciplines and career stages who want to build their knowledge and a strong foundation in management and leadership.

 

Delivery schedule 

Cohort 1
June – July 2024. Wednesdays.
Cohort 2

October – November 2024. Tuesdays.

Time commitment 

Workshop attendance 20 hours. Preparation & asynchronous work approx. 5 hours.  

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Course Content

 

  • Inclusive communication, cultural awareness, robust planning, negotiation and working effectively with others.
  • Leading effective collaborations.
  • Introductory session, final presentation and sharing learning with optional action learning sets.
Learning outcomes

  • Increase collaboration knowledge and confidence.
  • Develop collaboration skills and approaches applicable to technicians and technical management and leadership.
  • Application to higher education and technical roles.
  • Clarify skills, roles and behaviours that are expected in collaboration to get the best outcomes.

Benefits to the programme

  • Explore collaboration in theory and in practice. 
  • Develop an understanding of collaboration theory and approach, and how to apply it in practice. 
  • A personal and professional development opportunity, providing space to consider next steps. 
  • Meet other technicians from a variety of disciplines, backgrounds, and career stages. 
  • Discover and share insights and learn from other technicians. 
  • Develop an inter-institutional technical and technician peer network. 
Key dates and programme schedule – Cohort 1
Date Activity
8 March 2024 Open for applications
30 April 2024 Closing date
30 April 2024 Selection panel
2 May 2024 Participants informed
9 May 2024 Deadline for applicants to confirm acceptance onto programme
 
Date Focus of online sessions
5 June 2024, 10am-11am Day 1 – Introductory session on Zoom
19 June 2024, 9:30am-5pm Day 2 – In-person at Aston Conference Facility, Aston University
3 July 2024, 9:30am-5pm Day 3 – In-person at Aston Conference Facility, Aston University
17 July 2024, 1pm-5pm Day 4 – Networking and presentations of learning and application to workplace on Zoom

 

Key dates and programme schedule – Cohort 2
Date Activity
23 July 2024 Open for applications
10 September 2024 Closing date
17 September 2024 Selection panel
24 September 2024 Participants informed
1 October 2024 Deadline for applicants to confirm acceptance onto programme
 
Date Focus of online sessions
22 October 2024, 1pm-2pm Day 1 – Introductory session on Zoom
29 October 2024, 9:30am-5pm Day 2 – In-person at Scarman Centre, Warwick University
12 November 2024, 9:30am-5pm Day 3 – In-person at Scarman Centre, Warwick University
26 November 2024, 1pm-5pm Day 4 – Networking and presentations of learning and application to workplace on Zoom

 

Eligibility and selection criteria

  • Technical staff must work within a higher education or research institute.
  • Approved and supported by line manager to attend the programme.
  • Able to attend all four programme dates.
  • The range of technical backgrounds and experiences of applicants will be reviewed, to ensure the cohort is as representative as possible and to create the best learning environment.
  • Strength of application, outlining how the course will help your personal and or professional development.
  • There are 30 places on each cohort.

 

Collaborative Leadership for Technicians FAQs

Is there a cost to taking part in the Vivien Thomas Technical Leadership Programme?

No, this programme is free for technicial staff working UK higher education or research institutes. 

How many places are there on the Collaborative Leadership for Technicians programme?

There are 30 places on each cohort. There are two cohorts running.

Can I attend all three leadership courses offered in the Vivien Thomas Programme?

There are 30 spaces on each cohort and the programme facilitator will allocate spaces to generate a broad cohort from an EDI perspective. You are very welcome to apply to more than one programme, but as we anticipate a lot of interest for each programme it would be unlikely that you would be allocated a space on more than one. You will need your line manager’s support and approval.

Are travel expenses covered for in-person events?

No, we ask that your institution covers any expenses incurred by your attendance at in-person workshop events.  

What equipment do I need?

A computer with internet connection, camera and microphone. 

Who is on the selection panel?

The Vivien Thomas programme lead Sandy Sparks, and a diverse panel of organisational development colleagues and technical training managers.

What if I am accepted onto the programme and can no longer attend?

Please let us know so that we can offer your place to those on the waiting list. Contact sandy.sparks@nottingham.ac.uk 

This programme was previously delivered through the Research England funded TALENT Programme.