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Moving into Management

3-7 October 2011, Melbourne
*Update* Registrations close: 23 September 2011

This interactive residential program, sponsored jointly with Association for Tertiary Education Management (ATEM), assists new and aspiring managers to develop a broad understanding of the tertiary education system in the context of a changing political, economic and social environment.

Throughout the program, guest speakers with extensive career experience in tertiary education will offer insights into the challenges and opportunities associated with management, during facilitated discussion sessions. Participants will be provided with excellent opportunities for peer exchange and networking.

Developed to reflect the diversity of the overall tertiary community, different learning styles, interests and experience will be presented. Participants will explore team dynamics, broad leadership challenges and the policy environment of their institution.

Who should attend?

Designed for new and aspiring managers, this program is suitable for staff at HEW levels 5-7 and equivalent teaching and academic positions, including Tutors, Research Assistants and Associate Lecturers.

Delivery mode

Five day residential program

Program fee

$4,090 ($4,499 incl. GST).

Fee includes course materials, accommodation and all meals.

Program content

Key themes to be addressed include:

  • Issues for the sector and institution
  • Learning about leadership
  • Managing change and changing management
  • Understanding oneself and working with others: Reviewing the DiSC tool
  • Career development.

The program will open with a keynote address from Prof John Dewar, Provost of the University of Melbourne and feature guest speakers with a diverse range of experience in tertiary education, who will share their insights and facilitate discussion sessions.

This highly interactive program will start each morning with a looking back and forward session, for participants to review issues, challenges and highlights.

Participants will also explore issues through case studies, focused small group discussions, a team challenge, peer exchange and networking sessions.

The program will balance these group sessions with opportunities for personal reflection.

Learning outcomes

Participants can expect to:

  • Increase their understanding of the tertiary education system and how tertiary institutions operate within this context.
  • Explore leadership issues and challenges facing institutions and their implications at personal, work unit and organisational levels.
  • Enhance their professional skills and establish networks through an exchange of ideas via informal and structured activities.
  • Integrate learning from the course into personal plans for action.

Program facilitator

John Swinton is Associate Director (Organisation Development) at the Office of Human Resource Management, Griffith University.

John’s portfolio includes staff support and development; leadership and management development; and supporting major organisational change agendas. He has held various management positions at Griffith University, including: Manager, Leadership Development Programs; Change Manager, New Age Business Services (People Soft implementation); HR Consultant (Administration Group); and Manager Staff Development.

With extensive experience in staff development and career counselling roles in higher education, John has undertaken an overseas secondment/ exchange with University College, Cardiff, UK and has also worked for private and welfare organisations.

John was also a past Association for Tertiary Education Management (ATEM) Chairperson for the SE Queensland and Northern Rivers NSW region.


‘This program has given me greater focus on how I might approach my career in the future.’ (2010 participant)

‘…greatly enjoyed the learning about leadership session.' (2010 participant)

'Very inspiring and thought provoking.’ (2010 participant)

‘Excellent format, creating opportunities for introspection (and) networking.’ (2009 participant)

‘As a new team leader I now feel I will be able to undertake my role.’ (2009 participant)

Enquiries & more information

Please direct enquiries to Anita Wong: +61 3 8344 0906.

About ATEM

The Association for Tertiary Education Management (ATEM) and the LH Martin Institute work in close collaboration to develop initiatives that support current and aspiring tertiary education leaders.

ATEM was established in 1976 to provide professional education and training for members, and has since built a reputation for providing high quality, relevant programs for the tertiary sector.

ATEM connects, supports and challenges individuals and institutions to recognise and advance the professionalism of tertiary education management in Australia and New Zealand

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Developed jointly with the Association for Tertiary Education Management (ATEM)
Developed jointly with the Association for Tertiary Education Management (ATEM)