Management Development Programme

Course Overview

The MDP has been developed in response to feedback from people across the university, and focuses on what our managers need to perform their roles effectively and confidently. It has received excellent feedback, and is constantly evaluated and revised.

Running annually since 2009, the MDP is a 'toolkit' programme offering Higher Education leadership and management essentials in convenient monthly ½-1 day workshops.  The programme is designed and structured to enable discussion about real-life issues at Coventry University, and to encourage cross-university networking.

What will I get out of this course?

Following an initial full-day induction session, you will attend a series of workshops on the following topics (indicative list only):

  • Leading in a Global University:  Understanding the strategy
  • Leading in a Global University:  Real people management
  • Finance: understanding how the money works at Coventry
  • Employment Law and CU policies for managers
  • Recruitment & Selection
  • Managing Safety and the Environment
  • Improving the Organisation
  • Improving Performance - managing the poor performer
  • Managing Excellence - developing & motivating individuals

There are also optional elements including:

  • A personal self-development ‘toolkit’ of self-assessment questionnaires and tools .
  • 360o feedback, externally facilitated, providing lengthy personal report, with personal feedback .
  • 1-to-1 Coaching opportunity. 
Who is it for?
  • Newly appointed Managers (HODs, Associate or Deputy HODs, Deputy Directors, Managers, Senior Research Fellows, Research Fellows and those whose next career move will require management development.
  • Please note that for ‘first line’ team leaders or supervisors, there is an excellent three-day course available: ‘An Introduction to First-Line Management’.
Participant preparation needed?

To gain the most out of the programme, you are encouraged to undertake the self-development toolkit.

Length of course

10-12 short workshops, running roughly each month between October and July.

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