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Leadership in Action Workshop

This workshop enables research active staff to explore & develop their leadership skills. Delegates have the opportunity to look at relevant theory, practice their unique leadership styles, receive coaching & feedback and share practice. The focus is on you and your development and developing your skills.

Session 1

  • Leading in a meeting
  • Leading strategy

Session 2

  • Leading from a distance
  • Leading in a crisis

Session 3

  • Leading to get results
  • Leading multi-tasks

This workshop is based on a Vitae programme which is funded by the Research Councils, it has been adapted for Warwick staff.

There is no cost to Warwick research active staff to attend this programme.



Who should attend:
The workshop is recommended for Research, Teaching & Academic staff - grades 5 to 8, unfortunately we do not except applications from postgraduates or Research Students.
Students should refer to the Student Career and Skills website for details of workshops designed specifcally to meet their needs.

Tuesday February 27, Tuesday March 6 and Tuesday March 13 2017
(please note attendance is required on all three half days)  
12noon - 5pm
Meet in the foyer outside Arden Conference Facility dining room at 12 noon for lunch, workshop commences at approximately 12.45pm.
Arden Conference Facility, Westwood Campus
Directions - see Campus Map
Parking - Parking is limited, early arrival is strongly recommended. Those with a University of Warwick staff parking permit can park in any Westwood campus car park and do not need to use the pay and display.

Number of places available:
24 places

3 weeks prior to the start of the Workshop - 6 February 2017

Any Questions:
Workshop Content
If you have any questions regarding the content of the workshop please contact Sandy Sparks (

Workshop Arrangements
If you have any questions regarding arrangements of the workshop please contact Jane Cooper (



To apply to attend this workshop on Tuesday February 27, Tuesday March 6 and Tuesday March 13 2017 please complete both the 'book a place' form and the 'Nomination Form' below

  • This course is run on three separate afternoons and you are required to attend all three sessions
  • Your application requires the support of your Line Manager

To attend you MUST complete the Nomination Form below and return it to Without a completed nomination form your application CANNOT be considered.

Book a Place

Nomination Form


Feedback from November 2015 cohort

"The leadership in action helped me to identify what I should and should not do when I lead in different settings. It has also helped me identify good practices and role models among my colleagues. It is a valuable experiential training course that enables academics from different departments to share their ideas on leading in a higher education context."
Dr Charikleia Tzanakou, Research Fellow, Institute for Employment Research

"In light of an international interdisciplinary project soon to start, I signed up for the Leadership in Action to better equip myself with the skills required to lead the project smoothly. The course is structured well for this purpose, covering leadership at a distance, leading in a crisis and leading in order to get results. With a learn by doing approach, Sandy sets up relevant scenarios in which we are able to put into practice the skills being discussed, and constructive feedback in a secure environment. Beyond leadership skills alone, the course has been invaluable in picking up best practice hints and tips on project management, assertiveness and university governance."
Dr Peter Gammon, Senior Research Fellow, Engineering

"I’d highly recommend the leadership in action workshop. For a person with no prior leadership and possibly unsure of their ability to lead, the role plays include briefs that enable the “leader” to start the scenario and after that everything just flows. If you have prior leadership experience, the workshop materials, role plays and discussions offer numerous tips making it impossible not to learn new leadership skills."
Dr Peter Kimani, Assistant Professor, Health Sciences, WMS

Feedback from the first cohort (June 2015)
“I attended it last year and found it worthwhile and useful. The course is spread over three weeks and this is the bit I found most useful because it allows one to think and reflect on what happened previously and how to approach the situation next time.”
Dr Siew Wan Hee - Research Fellow, Health Sciences, Warwick Medical School

"Leadership in Action is a high-quality, well-facilitated and stimulating set of workshops which provides an excellent combination of practical and theoretical approaches as well as professional and social networking across the university and across disciplines. For me, it was a tailor-made opportunity to broaden my skills base and to reflect on the various aspects of my role as a researcher at Warwick."
Dr Elizabeth Arweck - Senior Research Fellow, CES

"I completed the leadership in action course last year with initial concern. Sandy was extremely hospitable and the sessions flew by! With a great mix of theory and practical applications we were able to quickly embed theories into reality. Whilst I didn't always complete the homework tasks, they were relevant and added value to the following sessions. We came away with sharpened skills and an extended friendship network. In short an excellent course".
Jonty Leese - Teaching Fellow, Centre for Professional Education

"It’s a great opportunity to meet, interact and network with postdocs from different disciplines at Warwick. Sandy and Kate provided us with a very hands-on approach to learning about leadership and group dynamics. They really got their points across by giving us scenarios so we could practice developing our skills. It was definetly not boring, note-taking, sleepy sessions. Sandy and Kate designed their course to encourage us to interact, think, express our opinions and learn in a laid-back and supportive learning environment. It was great to take some time to get out of the lab and learn some important leadership skills that will certainly be useful for my career. I’m glad that I chose to take this course. After completing the Leadership in Action course, I take more notice to everyday leadership situations such as chaired meetings and presentations, group meetings and my collaborations. I am also more comfortable being involved in leadership roles."
Dr Mistianne Feeney - Research Fellow, Life Sciences