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Durham University

Organisation Development

Senior Leaders Induction Programme

The Senior Leaders Induction programme is for academic colleagues who are to become Head of Department and professional services leaders from all Faculties and Divisions with a strategic leadership role (generally at grade 9 or 10). Examples of relevant roles include (but are not limited to): Heads of Department, Faculty Managers, Divisional or Deputy Divisional Heads, Executive Deans, Deputy Deans and Research Institute Directors. The programme consists of 3 elements:

  • Strategic Induction

  • Operational Modules

  • Individual Development

All new senior leaders who will be invited to attend the programme by the HR-OD Team, please contact Claire Hunter, Senior Organisation Development Manager with any questions.

Strategic Induction

The strategic induction consists of 4 half days and will be delivered online from 28th June - 1st July covering the following areas:

  • Role of the Durham Senior Leader
  • Governance
  • Strategic Planning & Strategy Delivery
  • Global Strategy
  • Human Resources & Organisation Development
  • Colleges, Student Support & Wellbeing
  • Health & Safety / Estates and Facilities
  • Equality, Diversity & Inclusion
  • Education Division
  • Managing Research Activity
  • Advancement & Communications
  • Finance
  • Digital Strategy.

Operational Modules

As a senior leader, organisational knowledge will be needed to understand the wider context of the University. This modular programme, taking place from July - December 2021 is expected to incorporate the following areas.


Individual Development

2 optional areas

Know Self - Completion of Durham University Leadership Attributes 360° Feedback Tool, facilitated feedback session and follow-up development plan discussion

Manage Self - The opportunity to work with an external Executive Coach for approx. 6 months.