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UCL Leading Change in Education

Take part in a professional development programme designed for education leaders, delivered by UCL Arena Centre for Research-based Education.

Recruitment for 2021

Deans are invited to nominate 1-2 participants per faculty. Please send name(s) and a brief (<75 words) justification of why the individual meets the criteria for the programme and what they will gain from it to Dr Alex Standen (Arena Centre), by 17 September 2021.

UCL 2034 promotes academic leadership of UCL’s tripartite mission of research, education, and innovation and enterprise (Principal Theme 1) and aims to be a global leader in the integration of research and education (Principal Theme 2). 

Commitment to professional development 

To meet these objectives, UCL is investing in senior education leaders by providing this customised professional development opportunity. Valuing our staff is one of the key enablers of UCL 2034.

Professor Anthony Smith, previous Vice-Provost (Education and Student Affairs) said:

“We want to provide a great education and to support our students on to the next step in their careers. Through the UCL Leading Change in Education programme, we are investing in our education leaders to accelerate the pace of improvement and ensure the best possible outcomes for our students.” 

The programme

The will begin in November 2021 with a maximum of 15 participants.  
It will consist of: 

  • an initial two-day thematic workshop, followed by four one-day workshops and a half-day final session. All workshops will take place face-to-face subject to restrictions and official guidance. Dates as follows:
    • Wed 10 and Thurs 11 November 2021
    • Wed 2 February 2022
    • Wed 2 March 2022
    • Wed 20 April 2022
    • Wed 25 May 2022
    • Final session TBC
  • an individual change project which will have a substantial impact on education (the project does not have to be completed by the end of the programme), and;
  • potentailly a UK-based study tour in summer 2022, subjcect to restrictions, official guidance and interest from the cohort. 

Who should participate

The programme is aimed at colleagues in senior education roles and those with a substantial education remit, for example Vice-Deans (Education), Faculty (Graduate) Tutors, BAME Awarding Gap Project Faculty Leads, Directors of Education, Departmental (Postgraduate) Tutors.

Programme themes

The programme is bespoke, designed around participants’ interests and concerns and responsive to institutional priorities.

In 2021/22 we expect to explore themes such as:

  • what constitutes a distinctive UCL education in the post-pandemic era? (e.g. programme coherence, digital approaches, the Connected Curriculum, employability, sustainability, belonging).
  • what sort of education offering do we (want to) provide (e.g. UG:PGT proportions, apprenticeships, flexible modular, CPD executive and professional education
  • And any themes that participants wish to propose.

With work on UCL strategy happening simultaneous to the programme, this provides a unique opportunity for colleagues to align their leadership projects and create real impact.

Outcomes of the programme

After completing the programme participants will be able to:

  • conduct analyses of complex educational issues at departmental and/or faculty level;
  • design and implement practical solutions in response to current educational challenges that will benefit a wide range of students;
  • draw on enhanced capabilities to organise and support the development of educators and innovation in teaching and learning;
  • develop personal leadership attributes for a successful career in higher education leadership, and;
  • contribute to and draw from an extensive network of education leaders, while shaping the future of education at UCL.

The programme enables participants to carve out the headspace and time to reflect on educational leadership and their role in it, to be inspired by and learn from the journeys of education leaders who present on the programme, and to meaningfully network with other key education officers in UCL. A highlight of the programme was the study tour to other universities which offered an unparalleled opportunity to view up-close examples of innovation in education and successful change projects. The opportunity given to participants to run a change project parallel to the programme, and within the framework and support offered by it, will be of particular value to those who are new to educational leadership.”

 Olga Thomas, Faculty Tutor and Vice-Dean Education, Faculty of Laws

Contact us

For more information, please contact:

Dr Alex Standen

  • Programme co-Director
  • Associate Professor (Teaching), UCL Arena Centre for Research-based Education,
  • a.standen@ucl.ac.uk

Prof Parama Chaudhury

Moira Paganelli