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Individuals Guide to the Programme

"As a leading University with an ambitious strategy, Warwick’s success is dependent upon the engagement, drive and expertise of its people. In that context, I am keen to ensure that we prioritise development for our most able administrators across the University, enabling them to develop their practice and to maximise their contributions to our endeavours.

The overall aim of this eight month management development programme is to equip those with the potential to progress at Warwick with appropriate knowledge, tools and techniques to successfully lead within a complex and dynamic environment" Gillian McGrattan, Director, People Group

This year’s iteration of the Warwick Administrative Management Programme provides a development opportunity for our most capable administrators at grade 6 or 7, in academic and non-academic departments and is typically aimed at those with line management roles. The programme is also appropriate for those with significant leadership roles who are required to collaborate with and deliver through others in a matrix environment. It is not aimed at academic or research staff.

Individuals should be performing well in their current role and more importantly show potential and the desire to progress to future roles within the University within the next 1-3 years.

Successful participants will be selected on the basis of the calibre of their application and the need to achieve a spread of participants across all areas of the University. Where more than one nomination is put forward by a department, these must be prioritised by the appropriate Head of Group or Head of Department before submitting them to the Learning and Development Centre (LDC) by the deadline date of 21 June.

When considering a potential application for this iteration of the programme, it would be useful to think through the development and performance conversations you have had with your Line Manager in terms of your current objectives, performance levels, learning needs and career aspirations.

Consideration should also be given to alternative or complementary development options which may be more appropriate for some individuals.

Learning needs can often be best met through taking part in a range of non-workshop interventions such as: shadowing more experienced colleagues, project work, taking on enhanced responsibilities in a particular area, obtaining more regular coaching and feedback 'on the job' from Line Managers.

Details of a wide range of alternative learning interventions can be found on the LDC site.

Consider specifically the core themes below:

Performing:

  • Are you doing your job to the standards agreed within your job description, role profile and Development Performance Review objectives, consistently over and above the level required?

Potential:

  • Are you demonstrating the ability and attitude to potentially perform in more complex environments/ roles at Warwick.
  • Is there evidence of latent capability?

Career Aspirations:

  • Do you have the desire to continually stretch your performance?
  • Do you want to make a difference to a project/the Department/Warwick?
  • Are you focused on developing yourself?
  • Do you have the ambition to progress?

Current Learning Needs:

  • What specifically do you need to learn/develop in order to enhance your performance in your current role and to capitalise on your potential?
  • What are the next steps towards you achieving your aspirations?
  • What learning intervention(s) is most appropriate given the above?
  • Based on the overall objectives of the WAMP programme and individual workshop objectives, is the WAMP appropriate for you at this point in time?

If WAMP is the appropriate development programme for you, please discuss this with your Line Manager and together, complete the nomination form (Word Document)

Competition for places is likely to be strong and so you and your line manager should ensure that you are both willing and able to commit to the level of attendance and the approach required before applying for the programme.

When applying for a place it is vital that you are able to attend all aspects of the programme for the cohort selected.

Any questions please contact Kevin.Hamer@warwick.ac.uk if you wish to discuss any aspect of the programme or nomination process.