Students Staff
University of Essex

August 5, 2020

Diversifying Leadership

Filed under: Advice & Support,Developing Excellence — Mohammed Alam @ 2:16 pm

As part of the University’s commitment to support Black, Asian and minority ethnic staff transition into leadership roles, 2 places have been funded to attend the Advance HE programme Diversifying Leadership. The programme is designed to support early-career academics and professional services staff from Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic backgrounds who are about to take their first steps into a leadership role. It explores themes of power and influence, demystifying leadership, cultural identity and cultural capital, increasing your visibility and authentic leadership and features leadership stories from high-profile HE leaders.

“The diversifying leadership programme is excellent because it helped me to understand the structures and systems that I needed to navigate to achieve my goals as a Black academic. I had extensive experience in Higher Education and although I was very aware of the barriers that existed, I didn’t fully understand what I had to do to overcome them and achieve the goals that I knew I was capable of. The programme provided valuable insight into the role of ‘sponsors’ and how they facilitate a supportive environment for Black academics to flourish. On completion of this  programme I was able to successfully apply for ‘permanency’ and promotion to senior lecturer. Structural racism does impact Black academics, but this programme helps participants to understand the barriers and hurdles that they need to overcome to achieve their objectives and goals.”

Feedback from a previous participant on the programme 

Further information and the application form can be found on Leadership courses. Please submit questions and completed application forms to develop@essex.ac.uk by 5pm on 21 August

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