Senior Leadership Development - Aspiring & Current Leaders
UCC Senior Leadership Development - Aspiring & Current Leaders '18
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 Leaders' in UCC.
These have been developed in conjunction with the Irish Management Institute and will be delivered in house by IMI faculty. Each programme will consist of a number of modules beginning January 2018. 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 will consist of three modules (2 x 1 day and 1 x 2 days):
|Module A - Leadership in UCC||9 January||TBC|
|Module B - Leadership & Results||26 March||TBC|
|Module C - Communications for Impact||23 & 24 April||TBC|
Module A - Leadership in UCC *
Module B - Leadership & Results
Module C - Communications for Impact
|25 & 26 April||TBC|
*Note: Module A for 'Current Leaders' Programme only-while strongly encouraged to attend, not obligatory.
Further on-going support will be provided through opportunities for action learning, online resources and institutional level support, including mentoring.
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Updated: November 2017
Accredited Certificate in Leadership - Public Affairs Ireland
NOTE: Participation 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: Thurs 25 January, Thurs 1 February & Weds 7 February 2018
Venue: North Wing Confrerence Room, Main Quad
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 2017 course includes:
- Excellent presentation, very engaging. Would love to attend another course presented by Ashley.
- I have a better understanding of my own leadership style and other people's.
- Ashley (the facilitator) is an excellent & very experienced practitioner.
- The programme gave me time out to focus on what leadership style I need to improve on.
Contact: Staff Wellbeing & Development, ext. 3591
Updated: Oct. 2017
Critical Thinking for Effective Decisions
NOTE: Booking can only take place once advertised to all staff.
CRITICAL THINKING FOR EFFECTIVE DECISIONS
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
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.
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
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UCC Aurora Participants 2017/2018
|Katharina Becker - Archaeology||Susan Joyce - Biochemistry & Cell Biology|
|Claire Buckley - Epidemiology & Public Health||Catriona Kenny - Tyndall|
|Louise Burgoyne - OVP Research & Innovation||Lorraine McLoughlin - IT Services|
|Olive Byrne - UCC Plus+||Sandra Mulcahy - IT Services|
|Sheila Byrne - UCC Career Services||Valerie Murphy - Psychiatry|
|Cristiane Da Mata - Dental School & Hospital||Rachel Murphy - English|
|Siobhán Dowling - Education||Patricia O'Shaughnessy - SEFS College Office|
|Lyndsey El Amoud - Adult Continuing Education||Dervla O'Malley - Physiology|
|Lidia Guzy - Study of Religions||Mary O'Regan - Human Resources|
|Collette Hand - Pathology||Sharon Sheahan - Technology Transfer|
Aurora Application process 2017-2018
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. It is a five year research project, with one more year remaining (concludes in 2018).
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 2017-2018, UCC 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?
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Staff Wellbeing & Development (HR) will provide up to twenty x €650 scholarships with nominators undertaking to fund the remaining €700. Travel costs are to be borne either by the local level units (i.e. the Unit in which the member of staff is employed) or by the nominator.
5. Application & Nomination process
Aurora Application Form 2017-2018 (23kB) (23kB) (23kB) (23kB) (23kB) (23kB) (23kB) (23kB) (23kB) (23kB) (23kB) (23kB)
Using the form above, 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?
Applicants must identify their nominator – the relevant UMTS member with line management responsibility for their home Department/Unit. The nominator must sign the application form and provide details of the budget code from which the balance of fees (€700) is to be paid. Applicants must also indicate who will cover their travel costs: Nominator (signature required) or Head of Unit within which applicant is based (signature required).
Applicants must indicate on the form that they have the support of their Head of Unit to attend the workshops on all specified dates, including any internal workshops that may be offered to participants to enhance their experience of Aurora. Applicants must confirm their availability for all workshop dates and hold these dates pending successful nomination. Workshops take place in Dublin.
Workshop Dates 2017 - 2018
|Identity, Impact and Voice||Thursday, 30 November 2017|
|Power and Politics||Thursday, 25 January 2018|
|Action learning set *||Thursday, 23 February 2018|
|Core Leadership Skills||Thursday, 15 March 2018|
|Adaptive Leadership Skill||Thursday, 12 April 2018|
* Participants from different institutions are allocated to an 'action learning set'. The group participants decide collectively on which 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 2017-2018 and emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org by 5pm, Friday, 7th July 2017 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'.
- 'Aurora fulfilled all my expectations and was a wonderful opportunity that I would highly recommend to colleagues'.
- '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. '
- 'I now have a list of names in UCC and all the other Irish universities that I can call for help'.
- 'Academic roles can be extremely solitary and this has helped me develop a network with many benefits. I am grateful for the opportunity to have completed the programme'.
- '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'.
9. Any questions?
Anne Gannon, ext. 3860
Mary Horgan, ext. 3659
Aurora Application Form 2017-2018 (23kB) (23kB) (23kB) (23kB)
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Updated: August 2017
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.