Postgraduate Course: Leadership in Higher Education (EDUA11392)
|School||Moray House School of Education and Sport
||College||College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
|Credit level (Normal year taken)||SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate)
||Availability||Not available to visiting students
|Summary||This course will provide participants with an opportunity to develop a deeper and more critical understanding of leadership in higher education
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)
||Other requirements|| None
Course Delivery Information
|Academic year 2020/21, Not available to visiting students (SS1)
|Course Start Date
|Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info)
Lecture Hours 10,
Feedback/Feedforward Hours 5,
Formative Assessment Hours 5,
Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 2,
Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours
|Assessment (Further Info)
|Additional Information (Assessment)
||Participants will be invited to submit blog outlines or drafts to the course organiser in advance of final submission to ensure alignment with course learning outcomes and obtain formative feedback on their ideas. Feedback will be given on the summative assessment.
|No Exam Information
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
- Draw on a deeper understanding of leadership in general and in higher education specifically
- Make a critical assessment of the approach taken to leadership by themselves and others
- Understand how to develop their leadership skills and approaches in different situations and settings (teaching, research, organisational)
- 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
|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
|Graduate Attributes and Skills
||Be better prepared to learn about and take on leadership roles (especially in higher education)
|Keywords||Higher education leadership
|Course organiser||Dr Jonathan Turner
Tel: (0131 6)51 3585
|Course secretary||Miss Emily Salvesen
Tel: (0131 6)51 6661