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Initiatives and resources supporting the objectives of UCL's Education Strategy 2016-21


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.

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). 

Recruitment for 2021

The programme will begin again in Autumn 2021, with recruitment and selection taking place in summer 2021. 

Register your interest and we'll be in touch when further information is available. 

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, 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.” 

UCL Leading Change in Education

The first iteration of the programme ran in 2019. Following this success, the second round will begin in November 2019, with 15 participants.
It will consist of: 

  • three two-day thematic meetings and a half-day final session;
  • an individual education development project which will impact on a large number of students (the project does not have to be completed by the end of the programme), and;
  • a four-day study tour. 

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 Brent Carnell, Programme Director and Principal Teaching Fellow
UCL Arena Centre for Research-based Education