Thriving in the New World of Higher Education: a workshop for heads of department and leaders in languages, linguistics and area studies - REGISTER NOW

Date: 14 September, 2011
Location: Room B202, Brunei Gallery, School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London
Event type: Workshop

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Organised in partnership with UCML and S

This event is being organised in partnership with UCML, University Council of Modern Languages and Shaping the future of languages in higher education.

UK higher education is undergoing rapid change. The introduction of £9000 per year fees in England, competition from the private sector and the new Higher Education White Paper represent the biggest changes to higher education in a generation. The ‘new world’ of higher education presents many opportunities and challenges for leaders in languages, linguistics and area studies.

This interactive workshop is an opportunity for heads of department and other leaders to share practice, network, and to develop management and networking skills necessary for a department’s prosperity.

This event is supported by:

European Schoolbooks Limited
European Schoolbooks Limited

Routledge (Taylor and Francis)
Routledge (Taylor and Francis)


  • There is a charge of £80 for employees and postgraduate students of publicly funded UK educational institutions to attend this event.
  • There is a charge of £100 for employees and postgraduate students of private institutions/organisations and non-UK institutions to attend this event.
  • Please note that we reserve the right to retain the £80 / £100 as a cancellation fee if you do not notify us by Friday 9 September 2011 that you are unable to attend.
  • Full details of our charging policy are available.
  • Lunch will be provided.

Provisional programme for 14 September 2011
Time Session
09.30 - 10.00 Registration and coffee
10.00 - 10.10 Welcome and introductions
10.10 - 11.30

Thriving in the New World of Higher Education: an overview of the day’s aims and objectives.
Michael Kelly (Director, LLAS)

The changing strategic environment in UK higher education: challenges and opportunities
Jim Coleman (Open University and Chair of UCML) will present an overview of the likely and possible impacts of the Higher Education White Paper and the opportunities and challenges facing leaders in languages, linguistics and area studies.

Shaping the Future for languages
Pam Moores (Aston University) will present resources for leaders in languages, developed by the HEFCE-funded Shaping the Future of Languages project.

11.45 - 12.45 Responding to change: impact of the new fees regime.
Michael Kelly and John Canning (LLAS)

Changes in the strategic environment of higher education will have differing impacts on each individual institution and department. Working in groups participants will examine and discuss scenarios surrounding the following topics.

1. Funding and fees for the year abroad
2. Outreach, widening participation and fair access
3. Marketing your course and your university
12.45 - 13.45 LUNCH
13.45 - 14.45 Building successful relationships with senior management.
Michael Kelly (Director, LLAS)

Success in leading a department is highly dependent on developing fruitful relationships with Deans and other senior managers. Poor relationships with senior management can make an otherwise strong department vulnerable whereas good relationships provide the key to finding win-win situations even in the most difficult circumstances. In this session Michael Kelly will demonstrate how investing time and effort in building relationships can help you outline advancing your department’s interests.
14.45 - 16.00 Achieving win-win situations: group role-play.
Michael Kelly and John Canning (LLAS)

If we can understand other people’s interests and situations we can achieve solutions where both parties win. In this session participants will take on the role of either senior managers or departmental colleagues facing a possible conflict. Groups will work to develop a strategy to achieve their stated goals, and then will meet a group with a different agenda with a view to finding a solution satisfactory to both parties. 
16.00 - 16.30 Closing plenary