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Tertiary Education Leadership

Next session: 17-19 October 2012, Canberra.
Participants can attend any or all sessions.

This program provides participants with the opportunity to explore significant policy issues and approaches to change implementation, as well as recognise leadership challenges and opportunities in executing their institution's corporate strategy.

Participants will be working alongside academic and administrative peers from a wide range of academic departments and corporate administrative areas who will have their own experiences in the leadership and management in the tertiary sector.

Who should attend?

Heads and Managers of School, Department or Faculty within Australian and New Zealand tertiary education who have responsibility for leading change and implementing corporate strategy, including general managers and portfolio managers such as marketing, finance, HR, etc. 

Delivery mode

This program consists of three non-residential modules. Participants can choose to attend any or all sessions.

Dates and locations

Session 1: 18-20 June, Customs House, 399 Queen Street, Brisbane

Session 2: 22-24 August, LH Martin Institute, Level 1, 715 Swanston Street, Carlton (Melbourne)

Session 3: 17-19 October, Clifton Suites on Northbourne, 100 Northbourne Avenue, Canberra

Program fee

$2,500 per module ($2,750 incl. GST)

Program fee does not include accommodation.

Program content

Key topics to be discussed in each module are:
Session 1: Leadership and the self. (Download Program [pdf])
Session 2: Leadership and the organisation. (Download Program [pdf])
Session 3: Leading in higher education. (Download Program [pdf])

Features of the program
The program is based on the premise that among those working at the level of departments and schools the important questions of leadership and management in higher education are best addressed in conversations that matter. Each module will emphasise exchange and reflection, using appreciative inquiry.
  • Guest speakers: high profile and experienced leaders will share with the group their experiences of leadership.
  • Solutions-based learning: engaging small groups of participants working together to learn from experience and share their insights with the larger group.
  • Case studies: descriptions of leadership issues in Australian, New Zealand and other countries’ tertiary education, intended to illuminate how change can be brought about.
  • Online engagement and networking.

Learning outcomes

Upon completing this program, participants will have:

  • developed a greater understanding of the challenges facing the tertiary sector in a global education context,
  • improved understanding of key imperatives for leadership and management in context,
  • developed awareness of organisational cultures in tertiary education,
  • explored strategies for effective change management and implementation,
  • improved contingent and diagnostic thinking and styles of management,
  • understood the role of emotional intelligence and communication,
  • developed greater ability to deploy new approaches in complex, uncertain situations
  • improved ability to work productively with instability, change and poor systems/obstacles,
  • appraised mechanisms for managing conflict situations in the workplace, and
  • gained an effective network of relationships with peers on the program.

Program facilitator

Associate Professor Elaine Stratford is Head in the School of Geography and Environmental Studies at the University of Tasmania, and presently Chair of the Southern Regional Reference Group of Tasmania, tasked with advising Ministers O’Byrne and Crean on elements of Tasmania’s regional economic development plan.
Elaine is a Fellow of the Institute of Australian Geographers and serves on the Boards of Directors of the Global Islands Network, the International Small Islands Studies Association, and the International Geographical Union’s Commission on Small Islands. She is a Corporate Member of the Planning Institute of Australia and a Cabinet appointee to the Tasmanian Resource Management and Planning Appeals Tribunal. Deputy Editor of the international Island Studies Journal, Elaine is also on the Editorial Boards of the Journal of Geography in Higher Education and the journal Urban Policy and Research.

Since the mid-2000s, Elaine has spent a significant amount of time focused on questions of servant and distributed leadership, and is an inaugural graduate of the LH Martin Institute’s Masters of Tertiary Education Management at the University of Melbourne.


Session 1

Professor Peter Coaldrake, Vice-Chancellor, Queensland University of Technology.

Professor Jan Thomas, Vice-Chancellor, University of Southern Queensland.

Session 2

Dr Geoff Sharrock, Program Director - Master of Tertiary Education Management, LH Martin Institute.

Professor Bill Harley, Professor of Management (Human Resource Management and Organisation Studies), University of Melbourne.

Ian Marshman, Senior Vice Principal, University of Melbourne.

John Maddock, Chief Executive Office, Boxhill Institute

Session 3 *updated*

Jim Davidson, Managing Director, TVET Australia and Senior Fellow, LH Martin Institute

Professor Leo Goedegebuure, Director, LH Martin Institute

Mr Jon File, Director of Consultancy and Development, Center for Higher Education Policy Studies, University of Twente (Netherlands).

Dr Carol Nicoll, Chief Commissioner, TEQSA.

Professor Greg Craven, Vice Chancellor, Australia Catholic University.

Jenny Dodd, Deputy Chief Executive - Education Services, Canberra Institute of Technology.

Michael Hall, Deputy CEO, Australian Council for Private Education and Training (ACPET).


'The content was provocation for thought and I have a greater understanding of what actions I can now take to further develop skills' (2012 Module 1 participant)

'I was pleased to see that the structure allowed the learning outcomes to be delivered in a thoughtful way rather than a superficial way' (2012 Module 1 participant)

'I believe I am going to think about some of the detail [of the program] into the future and have more ‘aha’ moments' (2012 Module 1 participant)

Jan Thomas was 'inspiring, honest' and 'great, refreshing and funny!' (2012 Module 1 participant)

'Good mix of activities and approaches' (2011 participant)

'It’s the best program that I’ve been to.Thank you!' (2011 participant)

‘Outstanding – it was wonderfully informative and excellent. I couldn’t recommend it more highly.’ (2010 participant)

‘Highly engaging speakers – very candid and refreshing with valuable insight into the higher education sector.’ (2010 participant)


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


Please click on 'Register' or download and complete the registration form (pdf).

Return completed form via

Fax: +61-3-9347 8922
Post: LH Martin Institute, Level 1, 715 Swanston Street, University of Melbourne, VIC 3010.

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