(23) Preparing to Lead Academic Departments, (Wolverhampton Grammar School, 7 March 2018)


This course aims to:

Examine the role of Head of Department and the appointment process, in order to prepare aspiring HoDs for its challenges. The programme will focus on two main issues; the ‘principles’ of leadership and key leadership ‘processes’ at departmental level.

This course is for:

Aspiring Heads of Academic Departments or recently appointed Heads of Academic Departments.

This course includes:

  • Discussion of the most effective academic leadership and getting the best from your team
  • Discussion of scenarios exploring the Head of Department role
  • Experiences of recently appointed Heads of Department
  • ‘What the Head and Senior Management Team are looking for’

09:45 - 10:10

Arrival, registration and coffee

10:10 – 10:15

Welcome and introduction
Julia Burns, former Head and Educational Consultant

10:15 – 11:15

Session 1: What does the best academic leadership look like?
Julia Burns

11.15 – 11.30


11:30 – 12:30

Session 2: Scenarios
Julia Burns

12:30 – 13:30


13:30 – 14:30

Session 3: Making the transition to the role of Head of Department
Liz Harris, Head of Modern Languages
Di Birt, Head of Classics and Latin

14:30 – 15:30

Session 4: What is expected of a Head of Department
Kathy Crewe-Read, Head, Wolverhampton Grammar School

15:30 – 15:45

Closing remarks and depart