Bristol Senior Leaders programme

Do you have a significant leadership role within the University, which you wish to explore? As a leader, are you collaborating both across the University and externally? Do you wish to broaden your influence and impact across the University?

About the programme

The Bristol Senior Leaders programme is open to academic and professional services leaders from all Faculties and Divisions, and aims to develop adaptive leaders who can successfully respond to current and future challenges faced by the University. In this collaborative environment, participants will explore their contribution to leadership in the University context and in reference to its strategic aims. The cohort will also have the opportunity to influence and co-create the programme content to meet their specific needs and the needs of the organisation.

Applicants will typically be grades L and M and:
  • See leadership as a key part of their current role and future career
  • Have the potential to lead activity at a divisional, faculty or institutional level
  • Wish to enhance their cross-institutional influence and impact
  • Are keen to both share their experiences and expertise, and to listen and learn from those shared by colleagues
  • Are enthused by the idea of being able to influence the programme content

Examples of relevant roles include (but are not limited to): Heads of School, Faculty or School Managers, Divisional or Deputy Divisional Heads, Associate Deans, Research Institute Directors and Faculty Directors. 


By the end of this programme, participants will have had the opportunity to:

  • Develop an understanding of the University of Bristol as a context for leadership.
  • Develop an enhanced understanding of how best to collaborate across different areas of the University.
  • Explore how others see them as a leader and use this valuable information to develop further.
  • Gain access to the Senior Management team to develop an understanding of strategic context and the challenges and opportunities facing the University and Higher Education as a whole.
  • Enhance their potential for cross-institutional influence and impact in preparation for future cross-institutional leadership roles, either as part of strategic working parties or in their substantive leadership roles.

2020-21 programme: We are currently revising our offer. We will publish updates as soon as possible.

[My key learning has been] a better understanding of how the university works and networking with others across both academic divisions and professional services. Time to reflect on my own leadership style and compare it with other styles.

2016-17 Bristol Senior Leader

The programme has greatly increased my confidence in myself as a leader by giving me new strategies, contacts, and knowledge about my working environment.

2015-16 Bristol Senior Leader

Programme structure

The main elements of the programme are:
  • A half-day programme launch
  • A two-day residential
  • 3 one-day workshops
  • 360⁰ feedback process (including coaching feedback session)
  • Three additional 1:1 coaching sessions
  • Approximately two additional days of collaborative work outside of the workshops
  • A post-programme reflective learning half-day session

Contact us

Email or call us on ext 40730

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