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Preparing for Leadership

The workshop is for research active staff who are not yet fully independent. It is an experiential workshop with coaching and action learning to look at self, intellectual & team leadership. Delegates assess their current position and identify where they would like to be, what it takes to be in that role and create a plan to get there.

This workshop is based on a successful Vitae workshop (Vitae is funded by the Research Councils) which has been adapted for Warwick staff.
There is no cost to Warwick research active staff to attend this workshop.

The workshop will consist of two workshop sessions:

Session 1

  • What is Leadership
  • Getting to understand leadership
  • Values & Authenticity
  • Facets of superior performance
  • Action Conversations
  • Leadership Book

Session 2

  • Leadership Theories
  • Teams & Culture
  • Collaborative futures



Who should attend:
The workshop is recommended for Research, Teaching & Academic staff (Research, Academic or Teaching terms & conditions) - grade 5, 6 & 7 - 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 14 and 21 November 2016.
(please note attendance is required on both days)

Time: Refreshments available from 9am in the Lounge.
Workshop commences 9:30pm (on both days) and concludes at 4.30pm

Venue: 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: 15-25 places

Deadline for applications: 3 weeks prior to the start of the Workshop - 24 October 2016

Any Questions:
Workshop content:
Sandy Sparks
Centre for Learning and Development
Ext: 74121

Workshop Arrangement:
Jane Cooper
Centre for Learning and Development
Ext: 24893



To apply to attend this workshop on 14 and 21 November 2016 please complete both the 'Book a place' and 'Nomination Form' form below.

Please be aware:-

  • This is a two day workshop and your attendance is required on both days
  • 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



Preparing for Leadership - February 2016:

"The programme is really helpful in upgrading managerial skills, not only for researchers but in a wider academic context. The learning method is in fact an activity-led learning; it makes you think carefully about the leadership and managerial roles as part of your career and support reflecting on them to make it more effective in your daily jobs. It is also a good networking opportunity to meet people from other departments as well as externals. I found the programme very useful to achieve my research-activity aims and to build and manage a good relationship with external research institutes".
Hadi Moztarzadeh, Senior Teaching Fellow, WMG

 “The preparing for leadership course was a really valuable use of my time. I was able to reflect on my own experience of leadership and management and identify my leadership skills, as well as future goals. The course gave me the opportunity to build my leadership knowledge and skills dynamically with a wide range of other university staff, allowing for unique insights to be discussed in our breakout sessions.”
Dr Rebecca Johnson, Research Fellow, WMS

“The course was very thought provoking and focussed on learning through reflection on past and present experiences. Course facilitation was engaging and entertaining and I thoroughly enjoyed the various group work sessions and learning from the experiences of other researchers from around the University. The course increased my awareness of leadership around me as well as my own leadership experiences which I feel equipped to build on. I can highly recommend this course to anybody wanting to explore the idea of leadership.”
Karoline Freeman, Research Fellow, WMS

Preparing for Leadership - January 2015
"It was really helpful to attend the "Preparing for Leadership" course so that I could actively consider the type of leader I wanted to be, before finding myself in a leadership role. It was useful to reflect on different leadership styles and the values I find important in order to consider the organisational culture I would want to create within a team. The course also taught me that you can lead (with a little "l") without being in a Leadership (management) position."
Dr Beth Middleton, Research Fellow, WMG