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Leading in HE Contexts

This unit considers theories, approaches and techniques of leadership appropriate for Higher Education. Participants will apply these theories to inform a critical reflection on how they lead in their own HE context and how they motivate and encourage followship.

Unit Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit students will be able to:

  1. Critically evaluate their leadership approaches reflecting on how they relate to relevant theories and ongoing plans for development
  2. Construct an evidential record of leadership in action relevant to their HE context


  • Strategic leadership drawing on the external and internal drives that impact on the participant’s’practice
  • Distributed leadership in the context of leading in interprofessional/ interdisciplinary HE contexts
  • Transactional approaches linked to organisational structures and management
  • Transformation leadership to encourage innovation, creativity and wellbeing
  • Ethical leadership to include consideration of teleological and deontological approaches in a HE context
  • Exploration of followship in the contexts of the participant’s practice
  • Observing leadership in action, peer review activity
  • The practice of leadership including coaching, difficult conversations, communities of practice and mentorship
  • Reflective practice, self-awareness, and self-management of the participant’s leadership development and capacity
  • Leading and managing specific HE activities relevant to the participant.

Unit Assessment

  1. Oral Assessment: 10-15 minute oral assessment relating to the leadership portfolio. (50%)
  2. Portfolio: Evidential record of leadership relevant to the participant's HE context (2500-3000 words or equivalent)(50%)


For more information and an informal chat about whether this unit is appropriate for you, contact the Unit Leader Linda Matthews

As well as registering below, in some circumstances you may need to complete an application form to study this unit. Please check on the application form page »

In brief


Mode of study: online

Number of sessions: 5

Type of session: workshops

Assessment type and size:
10-15 minute oral assessment (50%)
2500-3000 word or equivalent portfolio (50%)

When will it run: spring

Unit leader/contact: Linda Matthews

Delivery Dates and Registration

Please note: Units are delivered online. Processing time required for applications and preparation time for participants means that the last registration date cannot be extended

Spring 2022

Online sessions begin:
Friday 21st January

10:00am - 11:00am

Venue: online


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Leading in HE Contexts

Taught sessions on Friday 10-11am/10-12 noon

In addition to the webinar session, you will be asked to complete tasks between the sessions which involve meeting your peers on the course, for example working together to develop a presentation.

21 Jan 2022 Session 1 online
4 Feb Session 2 online
18 Feb Session 3 online
11 March (2 hours: 10am - 12 noon) Session 4 online
25 March (2 hours: 10am - 12 noon) Session 5 online
25 April 2022 Submission Moodle
6 May 2022 Presentations


Please contact the UTA CPD team if you have any queries.