Current Leaders Level 1 Leadership Development Programme

Current Leaders Level 1, Cohort 2: January-April 2024

The next call will take place in summer 2024.

Now in its 7th year, the Current Leaders Level 1 programme has been developed by the Irish Management Institute in conjunction with UCC. CL level 1 will take place twice during 2023/2024 with cohort 2 currently underway. 

This programme consists of 4.5 days in total - two modules (2 x 2 days), followed by a concluding morning workshop and will be delivered in UCC by IMI faculty. Participants are required to attend in person all sessions. 

In addition, peer support networks will be established. Each network will meet in between modules, working on a predetermined specific university wide project. These will be presented to senior management on the concluding morning. Each participant will engage in at least one coaching discussion with a member of the UCC internal panel or an external coach. Costs incurred if an external coach is used are to be covered locally.

Target Audience

Experienced academic, research, technical & professional staff typically at Head / Unit level or about to take on that role i.e. Heads of School & Central Units. 

NOTE: Colleagues who have not previously undertaken senior Leadership Development are encouraged to have undertaken Current Leaders Level 2 (formerly known as Aspiring Leaders) before Current Leaders Level 1.

Nomination process & deadline

Staff must discuss with and be supported & nominated by their Head of Unit / Line Manager. Please sumbit Current Leaders Level 1 Form by FRIDAY, 17 NOVEMBER 2023.


A contribution of €750 per participant will be requested, paid by College or local Unit (decision made locally & relevant cost code provided) & HR will cover remaining costs.

NOTE: In pursuit of the UCC Strategic Plan 2023-2028 and the key role of all UCC leaders and managers in enabling and delivering our goals and objectives, 'all new appointees at senior lecturer level & higher and professional & technical staff at grade 7 & higher (or equivalent) are required to participate in the most relevant IMI/UCC Senior Leadership Development Programme to them'. 





Level 1


Module 1

2 days

9 & 10 January 2024

Module 2

2 days

25 & 26 March 2024

Capstone Event

.5 day (AM)

12 April 2024

MODULE CONTENT & LEARNING OUTCOMES (with particular focus on the UCC Strategic Plan 2023-2028)

Module 1 - Leadership in UCC; Strategic Leadership, Stakeholders & Culture

  • Leadership in UCC – understand of the role of a leader within in academic context; effective leadership skills; understand what makes a good leader
  • Psychological safety – explore the team & organisational benefits creating psychological safety
  • Leader as coach – explore how to embody the coaching mindset and apply situational coaching to support ‘adopt & adapt’
  • Leadership at an Organisational and Strategic Level – create a shared understanding of strategic leadership in an academic context
  • External Game changers - understanding the stakeholder context and wider ecosystem
  • Organisational Culture - understanding the importance of culture and its impact on leadership in a hybrid world
  • Strategic Role of Leadership – lead the implementation of strategy and change within UCC in the new normal, driving performance & results through change


Module 2 - Communicating with Impact

  • Communications – refine and deepen communication skills to influence own teams and build relationships across UCC and other external stakeholders in the broader higher education sector
  • Conflict styles – understand different styles and their impact, using Killman conflict styles
  • Powerful Conversations - help them to understand the importance of effective conversations; handling difficult conversation constructively, having feedback conversations; using role plays and scenarios to practice
  • Making an impact - the power of the clarity of the communications; delivery of communications; intentional communication; asking questions
  • Decision-making – explore the opportunities around decision-making at a strategic level and build awareness of own approach; importance of effective and timely senior decision making and importance of subsequent communications

Concluding morning workshop - Capstone Event

  • Demonstration of application of programme learnings via presentations to senior management on specific university wide projects by each peer support network. 
  • Conclusion with facilitator & next steps.




Feedback from our most recent Module 1 (CL Level 1), August 2023

  • Very interesting content, interactive, great to share experiences with staff at a similar level in terms of responsibility, very experienced moderator.
  • Course was enjoyable, informative, aided self-reflection, gaining new skills and ways of thinking and very applicable to work.
  • I thought the material covered and the opportunity to discuss challenges with colleagues was extremely helpful.
  • Insightful experience and worthwhile workshop with many networking opportunities. Great moderator!

Contact: Anne Gannon, Staff Wellbeing & Development Manager / Mary Horgan, Staff Development Advisor / your HR Business Manager

Updated:  November 2023


Staff Wellbeing & Development

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