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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 2022

Deans and Directors of Professional Services are invited to nominate 1-2 participants per faculty or service area. Please send name(s) and a brief (<75 words) justification of why the individual meets the criteria for the programme and what your faculty/area hopes they will gain from it to Dr Alex Standen (Arena Centre), by 22 September 2022.

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 Kathleen Armour, Vice-Provost (Education and Student Experience) says:

“ The UCL Leading Change in Education programme is an investment in staff who teach or support learning.The aim is to ensure that colleagues in education leadership positions are equipped to lead positive change so that we can realise our ambition to deliver the very best education and career outcomes for our students. Previous alumni of the programme have gone on to have impact at local, Faculty and institutional level.” 

The programme

The will begin in November 2022 with up to 24 participants.  

It will consist of: 

  • an initial two-day workshop, followed by four one-day workshops and a half-day final session in September 2023. All workshops will take place face-to-face. Dates as follows:
    • 16 and 17 November 2022
    • 19 January 2023
    • 16 March 2023
    • 26 April 2023
    • 22 June 2023
    • September 2023 date TBC (half day)
    • an overseas study trip (likely to be the Netherlands for 2 nights) in May 2023 - all details TBC; and
    • 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)

Who should participate

The programme is aimed at colleagues in senior education roles (Grades 9 and 10) and those with a substantial education and/or student experience remit, for example Vice-Deans (Education), Faculty (Graduate) Tutors, BAME Awarding Gap Project Faculty Leads, Directors of Education / Student Services / Student Experience, Departmental (Postgraduate) Tutors, amongst others.

 Professor Parama Chaudhury, PFHEA, Pro-Vice Provost (Education - Student Academic Experience), Co-Lead (Analysis and Evaluation) BAME Awarding Gap Project, Founding Director, Centre for Teaching and Learning Economics (CTaLE), Department of Economics says:

"I started the LCiE programme at a very early stage in my tenure as SHS BAME Awarding Gap lead. Since then I have used the lessons learned - the use of Kotter's cycle, ideas and tweaks inspired by LCiE speakers, ways of working learned from peers on the LCiE programme - to influence the direction of the project, making significant tangible progress in achieving its goals, and incidentally, becoming one of the leads of the UCL-wide project. The LCiE programme has opened my eyes to new ways of working with and influencing others as well as learning from them"

Programme themes

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

In 2022/23 we expect to explore themes such as:

  • How can the UCL community work together to ensure that we are as highly regarded nationally and internationally for education as we are for research?
  • How could UCL’s education structures and processes be adapted to ensure that UCL remains resilient in the face of significant social, political, economic and geopolitical headwinds? 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

Moira Paganelli