Strathclyde Leadership in Learning and Teaching Network

Project: Non-funded project

Project Details


Drawing on Katy Savage’s consultation with Learning and Teaching Academic Professional staff in 2014/15, and the results of the university-wide values survey from that time, it was clear to us that leadership support was very much needed for this staff group. We saw a need for leadership support, development, and identification and nurturing of future leaders. Our vision for change was influenced by Parkin's publications on leadership and conversations we were able to have with him.

We implemented a Leadership in Learning and Teaching Network. Our strong vision for this network was to nurture and develop leadership in learning and teaching by 'doing leadership'. Through a participant-led approach we supported 60 members of staff, agreeing with them 15 leadership projects to be progressed. We ensured that the projects addressed issues of strategic significance to the university which would contribute to the future direction of policy. By focusing on strategic projects, we were able to identify leadership challenges and development needs in situ. Action learning sets provided support for challenges encountered along the way and 'coffee and a chat' sessions allow for informal networking and support.

We reported on and strongly championed the work of this group to Learning Enhancement Committee (LEC) and through relationships with other strategic leaders. Approximately six months after the start of the network it was adopted by Education Strategy Committee (ESC) and this is now the reporting structure for the group. Project outputs have been used to advance and support learning and teaching provision, understand cross-institutional challenges and set future institutional strategy. A clear success has been that two of the projects (Employability group and Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) group) have been elevated to formal institutional working groups with the necessary funding and resource required agreed. As a result of what we made happen, the ESD group successfully championed their work impacting on the university’s Strategy 2025 and its objectives and KPIs.

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