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Postgraduate Course: Leadership in Higher Education (EDUA11392)

Course Outline
SchoolMoray House School of Education CollegeCollege of Humanities and Social Science
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate) AvailabilityNot available to visiting students
SCQF Credits10 ECTS Credits5
SummaryThis course will provide participants with an opportunity to develop a deeper and more critical understanding of leadership in higher education
Course description The course will focus on the relevance and role of leadership for individuals and for organisations. Academic roles are multi-faceted, complex and subject to constant change. Leadership is a key requirement and challenge in these circumstances and is relevant to leadership of self and of others, leadership of discipline, projects, groups and organisations. It is relevant to all dimensions of an academic role: teaching, research, knowledge exchange and administration.

Through background readings, lectures, interactive sessions and group discussions we will introduce some of the key concepts in leadership, in general and with a specific focus on higher education. This will include the relationship between leadership and management, leadership styles and approaches, techniques to understand and improve leadership skills, performance and impact.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Course Delivery Information
Not being delivered
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Draw on a deeper understanding of leadership in general and in higher education specifically
  2. Make a critical assessment of the approach taken to leadership by themselves and others
  3. Understand how to develop their leadership skills and approaches in different situations and settings (teaching, research, organisational)
  4. Use insights gained from the practice of others and themselves to develop practical strategies to address specific leadership challenges (including the leadership and management of people, projects and organisations
Reading List
Bolden, R, Gosling, J, & O'Brien, A. (2014). Citizens of the academic community? A societal perspective on leadership in UK higher education. Studies in Higher Education, 39: 5, 754-770

Evans, L. (2015). A changing role for university professors? Professorial academic leadership as it is perceived by ¿the led¿. British Educational Research Journal, 41:4, 666-685

Macfarlane, B. (2014). Challenging leaderism. Higher Education Research and Development, 33:1, 1-4.

Quinlan, K. (2011). Developing the whole student: leading higher education initiatives that integrate mind and heart. Stimulus Paper, Leadership Foundation for Higher Education.

Townsend, T, Pisapia, J, & Jamila Razzaq, J. (2015). Fostering interdisciplinary research in universities: a case study of leadership, alignment and support. Studies in Higher Education, 40:4, 658-675
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Be better prepared to learn about and take on leadership roles (especially in higher education)
KeywordsHigher education leadership
Course organiserDr Jonathan Turner
Tel: (0131 6)51 3585
Course secretaryMiss Emily Salvesen
Tel: (0131 6)51 6661
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