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How Warwick Works - Shadowing & Development Scheme for Academics


The online application process for the 2019/20 academic year is now closed.

Thoughts from Stuart Croft, Vice-Chancellor, on the value of the scheme:

"All universities need academics to commit to making the institution work better, and to support this, the ‘How Warwick Works’ scheme will connect you to people currently doing management jobs so that you can observe committees, gain practical insight into department financial planning and shadow a Head of Department, or a senior academic. Aimed at Professors, Readers or Associate Professors, the programme recognises that most jobs in academia involve a significant elements of leadership. You will have time to reflect on your approach and that of others, and have the opportunity to discuss with people already doing some of these jobs. I know that I have benefitted hugely from such shadowing activities in the past, and hope that you will give it a chance as well."

The aim of ‘How Warwick Works’ is to support the career development of research and teaching focused colleagues currently at Professor, Reader or Associate Professor level (or equivalent on teaching focused or research focused contracts) in a leadership role within their department.

‘How Warwick Works’ will provide up to 12 participants with the following:

  • A greater understanding of the structures at Warwick, including its management structure.
  • Specific insights into operating in leadership roles and decision-making processes.
  • Increased knowledge of the broader environment within which the University of Warwick operates and the strategic management issues addressed by senior management.
  • The opportunity to raise their profile among senior management.
  • Increased confidence in operating at senior decision-making levels.
  • Enhanced networking opportunities with members of the senior management team.

Summary of the scheme

Shadowing: This will involve three half days (or meetings to a similar time-scale) of shadowing a more senior academic colleague over the autumn and spring terms. Places on the shadowing scheme will be limited and depend on the number of potential matches. The matching process will aim to find appropriate matches with senior colleagues to raise understanding and support development beyond their current position at Warwick. The person being shadowed will discuss and select which half days are most appropriate to give the person shadowing a range of experience.

Financial Planning Workshop.  An opportunity to review and discuss what is involved in departmental/HoD financial planning at Warwick.

HR Engagement Workshop. An opportunity to review and discuss the key HR engagement activities to support departments and their leadership responsibilities.

Introduction to Governance. An opportunity to gain a greater understanding of the Governance structure at Warwick.

Attendance at Warwick committees. We aim to offer an opportunity to sit in on one or two institutional-level Warwick committees, alongside the person you are shadowing, to gain an insight into their operation.

Mid-term Review. An opportunity to share insights and experiences of the scheme, including a Q&A discussion with the Provost, Chris Ennew.

The application Form A (to the right) will enable you to indicate which aspects of the scheme you are interested in.

Support from Senior Academic Staff

We would also like to invite Heads of Departments, Faculty Chairs, Academic Directors and (Deputy) PVCs to participate by volunteering to support the scheme and demonstrating leadership in action. This would involve being shadowed for three half days by someone who is interested in finding out more about a more senior leadership role. The person shadowing you will not be from within your department and may be from another faculty. If you are interested in getting involved, please complete Form B in the column on the right.

Key dates and deadlines:

The online application process for the 2019/20 academic year is now closed.

The deadline for online applications is 5pm Friday 1st November 2019.

  • Following a matching process, applicants for shadowing will be contacted by 8th November 2019.
  • A briefing meeting to explain the ground rules and expectations for those shadowing senior colleagues will take place 13th November 2019 from 2.00pm-4.00pm (Wolfson Research Exchange). It is important that ALL successful applicants attend this briefing.
    In addition, following positive feedback in previous years, this initial briefing session will include an Introduction to University Governance and Committee Structures, led by Lara McCarthy, Head of Governance Services.
  • HR & Finance Session. These two hour long workshops have been combined into one event on 12th February 2020 from 2.00pm-4.00pm (Wolfson Research Exchange).
  • Mid-term Review meeting. This will include an opportunity for feedback and review, along with a new opportunity for Q&A with the Provost, Chris Ennew. This will take place on 10th March 2020 from 2.00pm-4.00pm (CMR1.1 University House).

Important: Please note the date of the briefing and review meetings in your diary now, as you will be expected to attend if your shadowing application is successful.



Key Dates:

Application Deadline: 1st November 2019 at 5pm

Briefing Session: 13th November 2019 2pm - 4pm

HR & Finance Session: 12th February 2020 2pm - 4pm

Mid-term Review, including Q&A with the Provost: 10th March 2020 2pm - 4pm

View further details

For further information please contact Professor Kate Seers , the academic lead on this scheme, or Mike Hudman ,OD Manager, managing the scheme.