Leadership & Management Development

Leadership & Management Development

Leadership & Management Development

Senior Leadership Development - Aspiring & Current Leaders

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The list of Aspiring and Current Leaders Cohort I: January - April 2018 is available at this link. Pictures from the April 26th Networking & Certificate Ceremony can be found here.

A key action point of UCC’s Strategic Plan 2017-2022 is to ‘strengthen leadership development by maximising participation in a dedicated leadership development programme across the university’. This is to meet the goal that all UCC staff ‘are enabled to reach their full potential’.   

To deliver on this, we are very pleased to announce two new and exciting IMI certified senior leadership development programmes, designed to help develop 'Aspiring Leaders' & 'Current Leadersin UCC.

These have been developed in conjunction with the Irish Management Institute and are delivered in house by IMI faculty.  Each programme consists of a number of modules.  The goal is to develop the competencies of potential leaders and leaders at an individual level which will in turn contribute to the strengthening of the overall leadership capability within UCC.

Both programmes are framed by a set of leadership competencies – personal, team and unit leadership, analysis and decision making, management and delivery of results, interpersonal and communication skills and self-development.

The programmes will distinguish between staff a) new to, considering or interested in a leadership role (Aspiring Leaders Programme) and b) experienced staff typically at Head level or about to take on that role (Current Leaders Programme).

Each programme consisted of three modules (2 x 1 day and 1 x 2 days).  Further on-going support will be provided through opportunities for action learning, online resources and institutional level support, including mentoring.  



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Contact: Anne Gannon, Staff Wellbeing & Development Manager, ext. 3860 or Mary Horgan, Staff Development Advisor, ext. 3659 or your HR Business Manager.

Updated: May'18


Accredited Certificate in Leadership - Public Affairs Ireland

NOTEParticipation is by nomination only by the HR Business Manager in consultation with the Head of Unit / College Manager etc. 

This is completely separate to the senior leadership development programmes by the IMI. 

Participant Group: School, Discispline & Department Managers & Line Supervisors in Central Services & Senior/Chief Technical Officers

Date:   Jan / Feb. '19 

Venue: TBC

Duration: 09:30 - 17:00

Cost:  50% to be paid by Unit = approx. €350 & participant to provide cost code.  HR will cover the remaining 50%.

Facilitator: Public Affairs Ireland


This specifically tailored leadership programme is provided by PAI in partnership with the Institute of Leadership and Management (ILM). The ILM is a London based management organisation that partners with training institutions across the world to improve leadership and management performance.  The programme provides a learning structure within which to develop an understanding of the principles of leadership and identify areas in which individuals need to concentrate their development effort in order to be excellent leaders and managers. 

Participants who attend and complete the assessment of the accredited course will receive a Level 6 Award in Leadership from the ILM (aligns with the National Framework of Equalisations [NFQ]). 

Participants will learn how to:

  • Develop an in-depth understanding of their own personality and how it influences their behaviour at work across a range of contexts and situations.
  • Apply the Myers Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) to focus on the likely strengths and positive qualities of different personality styles, and so the feedback you receive will always be constructive.
  • Be able to identify the prevailing leadership styles in their organisation
  • Assess the effect the prevailing leadership styles have on behaviour and performance in their organisation
  • Assess and develop their own ability to motivate others and build commitment to their organisation’s values and goals
  • Identify and improve on the factors shaping levels of motivation and commitment
  • Develop their ability to communicate their organisation’s values and goals to others
  • Develop their own ability to use different leadership styles, as appropriate to the situation and people involved
  • Improve and develop their personal leadership and management skills for the public sector

The course uses a combination of theory and practice to achieve its learning objectives, through classroom time (3 full days), home study reading and coursework.  All of the assessment will be based on coursework.

FEEDBACK from the January & February 2018 course includes:

  • I learnt a lot about myself & how I can improve my contribtion to my unit.
  • Ashley, the facilitator was absolutely excellent, she used easily identifiable examples during the sessions”
  • I loved Ashley's personal approach to teaching. It made it very easy to understand the theory of the subjects with real-life examples.
  • Loved every aspect of this programme
  • Came away from the programme with increased self-awareness & confidence and feel better equipped now in my role & in dealing with people in general.
  • Very insightful & worthwhile. It definitely exceeded my expectations.

Contact: Staff Wellbeing & Development, ext. 3591

Updated: March 2018


Managing with Influence & Impact

NOTE: Participation is by nomination only.

Participant Group: School, Discispline & Department Managers & Line Supervisors in Central Services 

Date:  Thursday 24-May-2018

Duration:  09:15 - 17:00 

Venue: North Wing Conference Room, Main Quad

Facilitator: Advance - HE


The workshop aims to support participants in understanding themselves with a view to improving their own performance, and to develop their key influencing skills & behaviours to communicate with & impact on those around them. The day will include a large component of facilitated discussion with feedback to the wider group. 

This session will support participants to:

  • Understand the links between authority, presence and impact
  • Define their professional relationships
  • Identify their prevalent influencing style
  • Flex their approach dependent on the outcomes they wish to achieve. 

By the end of this session participants will have had the opportunity to “experiment” with different influencing styles and behaviours. They will have identified a particular context in which they need to influence, and the behaviours, styles which may help them achieve their goal. This end of session activity will lend itself to follow on action learning, whereby participants will meet in small groups to apply their learning to real-life situations.

Updated: May '18

Innovative Problem Solving

NOTE: Booking for programmes will only take place once advertised to all staff.

Participant Group: Senior professional, administrative & technical personnel 

Dates:  Thurs 8 March & Thurs 29 March

Duration:  09:30 - 17:00 (8 March) & 14:00 - 17:00 (29 March)

Venue: North Wing Conference Room, Main Quad

Facilitator:  Jay Chopra, Making Shift Happen


Many problem solving/invention techniques focus on “left-brain” approaches based largely on logic and process.  A more effective approach uses “whole-brain” methodology to solve problems innovatively. This methodology uses “left-brain” approaches (based on logic, process and analysis), coupled with “right-brain” approaches (based on creativity, team-work and collaboration). 

This one-day workshop will focus on the practical application of the following areas: 

1: The Whole-Brain Innovative Problem Solving Equation & associated tools.

2: Habits/Behaviours that inspire collaborative problem solving, teamwork and innovative solutions.  


As part of this programme a 3 hour on-site check-in will be provided to participants on Thursday 29th March 2018.

Feedback from past participants includes:

"A very empowering workshop. I can see how this programme can enable & encourage creativity to the benefit of UCC."

"Thank you for facilitating such an insightful, interactive and enlightening workshop. My creative and innovative tool kit is well and truly stocked."

"Very engaging presenter. I learnt a lot. Thank you."

About Dr. Jay Chopra 

Jay knows what it takes to solve problems and invent in a professional environment. He completed his PhD and postdoctoral studies here in UCC. Earlier in his career, he worked for almost 5 years as a Research Scientist/Project Manager at Pfizer, playing a key role in innovations that had huge commercial impact. Jay spent 12+ years in total at Pfizer. His most recent role at Pfizer was Global Director of Innovation, Behavioural Change and Intrapreneurship, where he served as a member of the Innovation Leadership Team for the Pfizer Global Supply organisation (approx. 20,000 people) for 5+ years. Jay is co-founder of the business consultancy, Making Shift Happen www.makingshifthappen.ie 

You can find out more about Jay here: https://www.linkedin.com/in/jay-chopra-6567496b/ 

Critical Thinking for Effective Decisions

NOTE: Booking can only take place once advertised to all staff.


Participant Group:  Managers in academic, professional & research areas with responsibility for identifying & solving problems, have to make decisions and influence others to carry out action

Date:  Wednesday 08 November 2017

Duration:  09:15 - 17:00

Venue: North Wing Conference Room, Main Quad

Facilitator:  Valerie PierceClear Thinking In Action


Successful Decision Makers

  • Understand the real issues facing themselves and others
  • Retain clear focus on the task they want to achieve
  • Communicate ideas in a way that makes sense to others


Decision making involves 3 essential skills:

  • Ability to solve problems
  • Make decisions
  • Influence others to carry out action

This workshop will:

  • Increase your areas of influence
  • Give credence to your decisions
  • Enhance your confidence


On completion, you will know how to:

  • Understand the difference between making, delivering and implementing a decision
  • Be clear about the outcome you want to achieve
  • Remain ‘Passionate’, not ‘Emotional’
  • Argue clearly & to the point
  • Achieve staff & stakeholder commitment 


  • "Well-paced training; lots of new ideas & approaches. I love the way it encouraged creative solutions to problem solving!" 
  • "The team exercises were excellent & really opened my mind to different perspectives."

Contact: Staff Wellbeing & Development, ext. 3591

Updated: July 2017

HR Orientation for Newly Appointed Heads

Participant Group:   Newly appointed Heads of Schools/Heads of Department/Heads of Units

Dates:  The 2017-18 training schedule is in progress, dates & further details to follow.

Venue: TBC

Duration: 4 x 2 hour sessions 

Facilitators:  HR Managers


This programme run by UCC HR Managers is designed to introduce newly appointed Heads to the full range of HR policies and procedures which are relevant to their role in addition to exploring the role and responsibilities of the Head in relation to the following areas

  • Staffing and Recruitment
  • Performance Management
  • Leave Management
  • Handling Conflict
  • Staff Wellbeing and Support

This programme which is in its third year has been developed based on feedback from newly appointed Heads on their requirements to be most effective in the HR aspects of their role.  It also offers the opportunity to meet Heads from other areas of the University and to find out about the various HR supports that are available to them during their Headship.

Previous feedback includes the following:

"Thank you for a very useful programme.  It has definitely helped me in my Headship role."

"The information on university processes, regulations and supports was very useful to me as a new Head."

"I gained an insight into the challenges of leadership in university management, assertiveness skills as well as a new network."

Each participant is offered individual follow up coaching after each session.

Contact: Anne Gannon, Staff Welfare & Development Manager, Ext: 3860 or your local HR Business Manager

Updated: August 2017

The Successful Team Leader Programme

Participant Group:  Team Leaders in academic, professional and research areas

Dates & Duration: These workshops take place between 10am - 12.30pm on one Tuesday morning each month between September & May 

Venue:  Will change month by month

Facilitators:  UCC HR Managers

This popular programme now in its fifth year, takes place monthly from September to May.  It comprises of short (2.5 hour) sessions, facilitated by HR Managers & designed to provide specific work-related knowledge, guidance and practical skills enhancement to Team Leaders across UCC. 

The workshops cover a wide range of areas designed to support line managers in successful HR management.  Each month a new a new topic is explored.

Workshop titles for 2017/18 include:

  • Engaging Your Team
  • Leading Others Effectively Through Change
  • Coaching, Enabling & Developing Others
  • Making Meetings Work
  • Managing individual performance
  • Motivating Your Team
  • Unconscious Bias Awareness
  • Developing Emotional Intelligence

The sessions are interactive and practical in approach.  They are intended to provide support for managers through the sharing of information and guidance, and the opportunity for skills and knowledge development. The programme also provides opportunities to network with colleagues across the university. 

Previous participant feedback has included the following: 

  • “This session was excellent and I would highly recommend it along with the sessions I attended previously.  Please continue to provide these sessions as they are an invaluable resource for those developing in management roles and those in management roles dealing with a new issue for the first time
  • “I found this programme very beneficial and feel more confident as a manager now to deal with issues as they arise.  It was very useful to be able to speak to the group and the HR presenters for advice and guidance.  I would really recommend this course”

Participants are required to register for each session as it is advertised.


"I really enjoyed the course and have taken away some excellent strategies that I can put to use immediately."

"I found it very informative – an eye-opener!  It has certainly made me look at managing change in a whole new light."

Contact: Staff Wellbeing & Development, ext. 3591

Updated: August 2017


Aurora 2018/2019

AURORA 2018-2019 

According to the UK's Leadership Foundation for Higher Eduation (now called Advance HE), while the total number of Aurora participants throughout UK and Ireland has increased each year, the percentage of female senior leaders in top jobs is still not where the sector wants to be, so there continues to be a sector-wide need for Aurora.


1. What is Aurora?

Aurora is the women-only leadership development programme developed by the Leadership Foundation for Higher Education in the UK in response to research which indicated that the level of women in influential and senior positions in higher education is now lower than 10 years ago.  

The programme is targeted at women in lecturer, senior lecturer, research and professional services roles across all academic disciplines and throughout university administration.  It is designed to introduce key leadership topics and skills in four day long workshops, complemented by networking, role models and guest speakers at each event.  Further, on-going support is ensured through action learning, online resources and institutional level support including mentoring and institutional Aurora Champions. 

In 2018-2019, UCC has committed to making available up to 20 places on the programme.   

2. Who can apply?

  • Female academics and researchers up to and including senior lecturer level or equivalent 
  • Female professional staff (administrative & technical) up to equivalent professional services grades 

Applicants need to be ambitious for a career in the sector and interested in exploring leadership and management as one option for progression.  As there is a significant institutional commitment to supporting participation on the Aurora programme, applicants must be supported by a nominator.  

3. Who can nominate UCC participants to the Aurora Programme?

UMTS members can nominate applicants to the Aurora programme & this must be endorsed by their Head of Unit.  The Head of Unit i.e. applicant's budget holders who must commit the balance of the fee and agree with nominees how travel expenses will be paid i.e. by local unit or nominator.


4. Cost 

In 2018/2019, Staff Wellbeing & Development (HR) will provide up to 20 x €650 scholarships with local units undertaking to fund the remaining €700 (no longer UMTS member).  Any additional expenes e.g. travel, to be borne locally.


5. Application & Nomination process

Click here >> Aurora Application form 2018-2019

Applicants must submit a personal statement of no more than 800 words, indicating why they should receive one of the scholarships and what they want to achieve from the programme.  Specifically applicants need to address the following questions: 

  • What development needs and/or leadership challenges are you experiencing in your current role?
  • How do you perceive Aurora would support you in addressing these needs/challenges?
  • What outcomes do you expect to achieve from your engagement with the Aurora programme? 

NB: On the form applicants will:

  • clearly demonstrate why a female-only programme, with participants from HEIs throughout the country would be particularly beneficial in addressing their own, their unit’s & the institution’s requirements as opposed to any of the varied internal staff development opportunities.
  • identify their nominator – the relevant UMTS member with line management responsibility for their home Department/Unit.  The nominator must sign the application form. 
  • provide the local unit cost code from which the fee (€700) is to be paid. (UMTS member no longer budget holder)
  • indicate that they have the support of their Head of Unit to attend all the workshops, including any internal workshops that may be offered to participants to enhance their Aurora experience.
  • confirm their availability for all dates and hold these dates pending successful nomination.  Workshops take place in Dublin.

 Click here >> Aurora Application form 2018-2019

Workshop Dates 2018-2019 

Identity, Impact and Voice  Tuesday, 11 December 2018 
Power and Politics Tuesday, 15 January 2019 
Action learning sets * Tuesday, 12 February 2019 
Core Leadership Skills Tuesday, 5 March 2019  
Adaptive Leadership Skill   Tuesday, 2 April 2019 

 * Participants from different institutions are allocated to an 'action learning set'. The group participants decide collectivelywhich host insitution shall host that particular day. 

It is the responsibility of the applicant to ensure their application formis completed on the Aurora Application form 2018-2019 and emailed to traininganddevelopment@ucc.ie by 5pm, Friday, 6th July 2018 at the latest.  No applications will be accepted after this date.  


6. Evaluation of Applications

An Equality Sub-Committee will be established to score and rank applications based on the personal statements submitted.  Applications that exceed the word limit and/or fail to provide details of Nominators, Unit level support for attendance and/or budget codes for payment of balance of fees may be eliminated.  

Thereafter, applications will be assessed entirely on the basis of the personal statements submitted.  While it is impossible to entirely anonymise applications, names of applicants will be removed and adjudicators will essentially “blind score” applications.   

Decisions will be made on the following criteria, based on the personal statements submitted:

  • How Aurora specifically will address the development needs and/or leadership challenges the applicant is experiencing in their current role;
  • The degree to which the expected outcomes as identified by the applicant are realistic and of benefit to the individual, unit and University. 

The decisions of the Equality Sub-Committee will be final.  


7. Communication of Outcomes

The Department of Human Resources, on behalf of the Equality Sub-Committee, will communicate the outcome to all applicants and nominators shortly after the meeting of the Sub-Committee. It is anticipated this will take place in early August.


8. Feedback from previous UCC Aurorians.....

  • 'Surpassed expectations and has helped me build a network of like-minded women in UCC'.
  • The progamme has made a big difference to my work in terms of my personal confidence. That will pay dividends across the board.
  • 'The speakers were inspirational, the facilitators were very engaging and effective and developing relationships with the other participants was absolutely fantastic'.
  • 'The programme has taught me to “think like a leader”'.  
  • 'I am now involved in committees within the Department. I played a very active role in an away day held for developing the strategic plan. This has all developed through my growing confidence but possibly also I am now recognised as having leadership qualities'.
  • 'I have developed a network which will lead to research relationships and interdisciplinary cross-overs that otherwise would not have developed. '
  • 'Academic roles can be extremely solitary and this has helped me develop a network with many benefits. 
  • 'It has given me the confidence to consider applying for other positions within the University. Aurora has made me more aware and open to these opportunities and more motivated in developing a career pathway'.
  • My inter-institutional action learning set were a really encouraging group & perhaps it worked well precisely because we were all from different institutions. I feel like I have built up a network of people outside of UCC as a result of Aurora, perhaps even more so than within UCC.


9. Any questions?

Anne Gannon, ext. 3860

Mary Horgan, ext. 3659 


Click here >>  Aurora Application form 2018-2019

Click here >> Past Aurora Participants

Updated: May 2018

Online Leadership & Management Development Programme

Participant Group:  All members of the Heads and Managers forum (HMF)

Format:  Online eLearning

Programme Outline:  We are pleased to be able to make available this Leadership Development Programme, developed by a consortium of Irish and international Universities with Epigeum.


This programme is available to all those who participate in the Heads & Managers Forum. It is accessed via BLACKBOARD https://blackboard.ucc.ie/webapps/login/.


HMF members who wish to get access to this online facility can email the Learning Technologies Unit to be set up.

The online University Leadership and Management Programme (ULM) consists of six courses, each focusing on a different aspect of leadership and management within the University.  

The content of this programme explores the theory and practice of leadership and management.     

The course list is as follows:


ULM001   The University Context: An Introduction

ULM002   University Leadership & Management

ULM003   Working with University Cultures

ULM004   Strategic Planning

ULM005   Managing People

ULM006  Managing Resources


For further details please contact Anne Gannon, ext. 3860.


Updated: August 2017

Staff Wellbeing & Development

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