NB. We regret to announce that we will not be accepting new students onto the MSc Systems Learning & Leadership programme at this moment in time. It is not yet known if this programme will be taking new students in future. Please check this website again in future for further updates. If you are interested in this programme, you might also be interested in the MEd Educational Leadership, Policy & Development offered by the Graduate School of Education. We encourage you to consider this as an alternative. Apologies for any disappointment this may cause.
This is a Masters in Systems Learning and Leadership. It promotes powerful new approaches to learning and leadership. These put learning at the centre of individual and organisational change, especially in complex and uncertain conditions. The programme is designed to help you to identify and develop your own, and your team’s ‘learning power’, harness collective intelligence, engage in systems thinking and facilitate enquiry, all in alignment with organisational purpose and strategy.
The programme is for leaders and aspiring leaders in the private, public and third sectors as well as in education. You may be a chief executive, senior manager, head teacher, or team leader. You want to develop in yourself and your organisation powerful new approaches to learning and leadership. You are someone with responsibility for results, for yourself, your team, your students... your ‘community’, in the widest sense.
It follows that you need to be able to identify and develop your own learning power, to acquire new methods of retrieving and manipulating knowledge and information. This involves recognising and managing your own learning, influencing others to do the same. The challenge is to develop your own and others’ motivation, skills and aptitude for learning and to align these with organisational purposes. You need the ability to negotiate the values, issues and dilemmas of the workplace, in a manner that forms the basis for active participation in the wider community and ecosystem within which you, and your work, exist.
Change is constant. Change and learning are twin sides of the same coin. This programme is about understanding and experiencing deep learning and change. Willingness to change is a function of awareness, of what is happening and why. This is true for individuals, organisations and communities. Our ‘learning power’ is our individual and collective capacity to engage in change. Your learning power is a complex mix of dispositions, lived experiences, social relations, values, and beliefs that coalesce to shape your engagement with particular learning opportunities. It is expressed in the stories and relationships you bring to your professional tasks – and it requires team work, humility and courage.
This MSc has emerged from the internationally acclaimed research and development programme which produced the Effective Lifelong Learning Inventory (ELLI) - a self-assessment tool for identifying and strengthening an individual's 'learning power'. This research was initiated by Patricia Broadfoot, Guy Claxton and Ruth Deakin Crick (who now leads this MSc) and funded by the Lifelong Learning Foundation. Since 2003 ELLI has developed into a framework for learning conversations and learning design. It empowers individuals and teams to take responsibility for their own learning over time. Outcomes are meaningful in a 'real life' context. Together these design principles constitute an approach to learning which is authentic – created by you, while being real and meaningful to your circumstances.
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