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Leading and Managing in Universities: Critical Insights for Academic and Corporate Leaders

This program has been cancelled. Please contact the LH Martin Institute for further information.

The LH Martin Institute offers an interactive and engaging program for leaders and managers in higher education.

This program explores the different elements of what a leader needs to know when implementing their institution's public mission and corporate strategy. It provides participants with the opportunity to interrogate the key challenges to organisational leadership, such as working in environments of constant change, human and fiscal resources and fostering leadership teams.


"The outstanding benefits are the networking and the understanding about higher education. Sponsored staff gain connections both with people from other universities, and also their own colleagues whom they may not normally meet. They come back realising that all organisations are facing similar challenge, as well as understanding pressures faced by both the academic and professional staff - it’s not just them! And with ideas about how to approach things differently. They get valuable time and space to reflect. I have been sending people for several years and found the investment is good value."  - April 2017, Lorraine Denny, Manager, Professional & Organisational Development Services at University of Wollongong

"Program was very thought provoking, learning environment stimulating with wonderful and supportive facilitators. It was a rich experience, and was a refreshing and inspiring process" - 2016 Participant

“I actually believe the mix of elements is fundamental to the success of the program — theoretical constructs, practical advice, practising skills, views from guests, the time working with others and the time reflecting all contribute to a varied and reinforced learning experience.” - 2016 Participant

“Great ideas which are easy to put into play. I am more comfortable raising perhaps difficult topics with my staff, encouraging them to explore their worlds in more detail and not just end up here for the job.” - 2015 Participant

“Format of academic and professional staff leaders combining was extraordinarily useful. I would recommend continuing this integrated approach, including mixing professional and academic staff for the small-group activities rather than dividing into separated groups.” - 2015 Participant

What will you learn and benefit from?

More choices about how you approach leading and managing in terms of:

  • Systems, processes, and contexts that characterize and strongly influence the higher education sector;
  • Yours and others’ values, modes of conduct, methods of practice, and ways of engaging with each other;
  • The cultures that we create in the sector and that affect how we operate individually and collectively; and
  • The benefits to be gained from self-reflection and practices of self-care.

A unique integrative approach which will enable you to:

  • Engage with, and learn from, guest speakers who occupy senior policy and/or leadership roles in the Australian Government and in higher education;
  • Examine topical issues in higher education that require different approaches to leading and managing;
  • Enhance your comprehension of trends and policy issues affecting higher education and more confidently deliberate on how these impact upon your roles within their institutions;
  • Gain an advanced understanding of different values, motivations, perspectives, knowledge, and skills that people bring to leading and managing in higher education — and an appreciation of the effects of those tendencies and capacities; and
  • Explore with others your own experiences of leading and managing, and enhance your individual and collective capacities to lead and manage.

Opportunity to use what you've learned in the program towards a formal postgradaute program

If you complete all three modules/workshops in this program, you can extend your learning by completing a capstone assignment, which will earn credit points and can be used towards any of our Graduate Certificate or Masters courses. Please contact us if you'd like more information on this articulation process.

How is the program run?

The program is made up of three standalone workshops balancing different approaches to learning. Focus moves from the scale of the higher education sector, to the organisational level, to the individual and personal-professional.This is based on a commitment to two precepts: 'seek first to understand and then be understood' and 'know thyself'.

The structure of each workshop enables participants to interact over morning and afternoon tea breaks. Lunch breaks provide sufficient time to stretch your legs. Dinners allow for more informal discussions in convivial settings. A schedule and guest speakers for each workshop will be available on this website closer to the dates.


Workshop 1:  Know the organisation in which you are leading and managing’


Workshop 2: ‘Know the sector in which you are leading and managing'

Workshop 3: ‘Know the person you are and can be in leading and managing'

This program has been cancelled. Please contact the LH Martin Institute for further information


This program has been cancelled. Please contact the LH Martin Institute for further information


This program has been cancelled. Please contact the LH Martin Institute for further information

In this first workshop, we will focus on questions about leadership and our organisations. Emphasis is placed upon considering 
the skills that we require and deploy in the day-to-day balance between ‘steering and rowing’ that is typical of middle management. In this regard, we will interrogate three key challenges: working in environments of constant change; human and fiscal resources; and fostering leadership teams.

In this workshop, based in the national capital, our perspective is the context, the 
collective consideration of the wider policy setting that influences our individual and organisational lives as leaders and managers. We will hear from colleagues in very senior policy roles in both the Australian Government and the sector. Benefitting from these presentations, we will develop a sense of the national setting in which work in our own organisations plays out. In our third workshop, the focus is upon our own leadership. Guest speakers will share reflections on their personal leadership, in particular, their dilemmas and how they have grown through their experiences. Time will be given to deliberate on those presentations as they relate to our own understandings of leading. Participants will have the opportunity to work together on leadership challenges, generating learning from peer dialogue, our readings and the expertise and experience of our guest speakers, senior leaders in tertiary education. Participants will clarify their personal values, and consolidate their skills of engagement with others from a base of self understanding.


Who should attend?

This program is especially suitable for those who now serve, or who aspire to serve, as deans or associate deans, heads of departments or schools (or like organisational units) and those who act mid to senior-level leaders and managers. Suggested position titles for each strand are listed below.

Academic leaders

  • Head of School or Deputy
  • Head of Department or Deputy
  • Associate or Assistant Dean.

Corporate leaders (which may also include academic leaders in some institutions)

  • School/Faculty/Department General Manager or Director
  • School/Faculty/Department portfolio (Business, Marketing, Finance, HR, IT, etc.) Manager or Director
  • Associate or Assistant Dean.

Program fee

A$2000 (A$2200 incl. GST) per workshop.

10% discount applies when registering for all three workshops.

A further 10% discount on the total price is offered to institutions who register 5 participants from the same organisation.

Fee includes materials but does not include travel or accommodation

Program facilitators

Professor Elaine Stratford’s two passions are higher education and the studies for children and young people—especially those based in island places.
Since the mid-2000s, Elaine has been focused on understanding diverse forms of leadership as they apply to the values and mission of higher education. She now facilitates the LH Martin Institute’s national Tertiary Education Leadership program at the University of Melbourne, and is both a Fellow of the Institute and an inaugural graduate of its Masters of Tertiary Education Management (2010).
In over 190 works from scholarly books to community conversations, Elaine has written on creative responses to climate change among islanders, on sustainability and globalization more broadly – and especially as they are affected by geopolitics, governance and environmental policy; on sense of place; and on the geographies of young people and women. Her individual and group projects have secured over $6m in competitive grants, commissioned research, and consultancies, and she has contributed to four international arts festivals. Elaine has supervised 30 higher degree dissertations, 22 masters coursework theses and minor dissertations, and 36 honours degrees, and she mentors a number of staff at a number of higher education organisations.
Elaine serves as an elected member of the University of Tasmania’s Academic Senate, and was Head of the School of Geography and Environmental Studies from 2005-2013. She is a member of the ARC College of Experts, Editor-in-Chief of Geographical Research journal, Deputy Editor of the Island Studies Journal and on the Editorial Boards of the Journal of Geography in Higher Education and Geohumanities journal. Elaine is also a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, Fellow of the Institute of Australian Geographers and of the Royal Geographical Society/Institute of British 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.

As a leading higher education consultant, Jill Currey works to create and facilitate programs to support and develop academic and professional leaders and managers in universities. While working at the University of Tasmania between 2003 and 2013, Jill had extensive experience successfully working with Heads of School and senior leaders to facilitate leadership conversations, strategic planning, stakeholder engagement, and systems engagement. In 2005, the University received a commendation by the-then Australian Universities Quality Agency (AUQA) “for the implementation of the well received and effective Orienting Heads and Talking Heads leadership and management development programs for HoS”. Jill delivered innovative leadership programs for over 200 academics in varied leadership roles including those recognised as highly talented researchers; and also for professional and academic women—with over 250 women attending the highly regarded yearlong programs, many of them experiencing higher levels of promotion and recognition. In 2007, Jill was awarded the prestigious Vice-Chancellor’s award for Exceptional Performance by Professional Staff. Jill also spearheaded the University of Tasmania Statement of Values, a significant consultative process that achieved the participation of many hundreds of university staff at all levels, working with dialogue, facilitation and innovative co-creation. That process led to a successful consultation process for the University of Tasmania’s five-year strategy, Open to Talent. In 2011, the Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency (TEQSA) commended the consultative processes underpinning both the Statement of Values and Open to Talent. Since establishing her private consultancy, Jill has continued her focus in higher education, providing strategic facilitation, executive coaching, and design and delivery of bespoke leadership programs. Jill is passionate about creating learning environments that support people to see the world in new and empowering ways, and seeks to create those spaces with approaches that provide clear and inviting rationales, expert frameworks, reflective experiences, and insightful conversations.


Please direct enquiries to Melissa Hendicott or call +61 3 8344 4605.


This program has been cancelled. Please contact the LH Martin Institute for further information.

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