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Leadership in Action for Technicians

Programme overview

Develop your technical capabilities and confidence by exploring and experiencing leadership in this unique coaching and feedback programme. Suitable for current or aspiring managers and leaders. 

 

Cost

This programme is free for UK technicians from any discipline, working in universities and research institutes.

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 who want an opportunity to practice leadership and get feedback on their style, approach and skills. 

 

Delivery schedule 

Cohort 1
October – November 2024. Mondays.
Cohort 2

January  – February 2025. Wednesdays.

Time commitment 

Workshops attendance 20 hours, preparation & asynchronous work approx 10 hours. 

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There are many facets to good leadership and this programme has given me an insight into a few more.

Course Content 
  • A blended approach of input, content, theories with self-reflection and application to workplace covering six topics. 
  • Leading in meetings, strategy and from a distance. 
  • Leading in a crisis, getting results and multi-tasks.  
  • Introductory session, final presentation and sharing learning with optional action learning sets. 
Learning outcomes
  • Get feedback on your leadership style and approach. 
  • Consider what management and leadership might mean in a technical role and context. 
  • Get insight into yourself and others, for how you wish to manage and lead and be managed and led by others. 
  • Clarify skills, roles and behaviours that are expected of you as a manager and leader. 

Benefits to the programme

  • Explore both theory and practice.
  • Meet technicians from a variety of disciplines, backgrounds, and career stages.
  • Observe the leadership approaches of other technicians from a variety of disciplines, backgrounds and career stages and learn from their experiences. 
  • Get insights and learn from other technicians.
  • A personal and professional development opportunity.
  • Take ‘timeout’ from your role both physically and mentally, and have some space in which to consider yourself, personal and professional development and your next steps. 
  • Develop an inter-institutional technical and technician peer network.
    Key dates and programme schedule – Cohort 1
    Date Activity
    23 July 2024 Open for applications
    10 September 2024 Closing date
    17 September 2024 Selection panel
    23 September 2024 Participants informed
    30 September 2024 Deadline for applicants to confirm acceptance onto programme
     
    Date Focus of online sessions
    21 October 2024, 1pm-2pm Day 1 – Introductory session on Zoom
    28 October 2024, 9:30am-5pm Day 2 – In-person at Aston Conference Facility, Aston University
    11 November 2024, 9:30am-5pm Day 3 – In-person at Aston Conference Facility, Aston University
    25 November 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
    1 October 2024 Open for applications
    29 November 2024 Closing date
    5 December 2024 Selection panel
    9 December 2024 Participants informed
    16 December 2024 Deadline for applicants to confirm acceptance onto programme
     
    Date Focus of online sessions
    15 January 2025, 10am-11am Day 1 – Introductory session on Zoom
    22 January 2025, 9:30am-5pm Day 2 – In-person at Scarman Centre, Warwick University
    5 February 2025, 9:30am-5pm Day 3 – In-person at Scarman Centre, Warwick University
    19 February 2025, 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.

    Leadership in Action 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 Leadership in Action 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.