Course Title: South West Institutions' Middle Managers Programme (SWIMM)
Theme: Leadership and Management
Category: Leadership & management: non award-bearing programme
About this programme:

A regional, networking, management programme for middle managers working in HE

SWIMM is an innovative, three day, residential programme for middle managers working in South West universities. 

The programme has been developed to allow middle managers the opportunity to reflect on their role and to develop some key management skills and techniques, needed in today’s universities. Participants benefit greatly (see comments below) from the opportunity to liaise and network with peers in similar roles from across the sector, in a supportive atmosphere, away from the normal working environment.

For further information see the SWIMM Flyer 2018

Dates: New dates will be confirmed soon.
Learning outcomes:

As a result of attending this programme, you will be able to:

  1. Understand the context in which universities operate by networking with managers undertaking similar roles in the sector
  2. Looked at the way you see yourself as a manager, your style, and the ways in which people work together in teams and are motivated to perform
  3. Developed tools and techniques which can be applied back in the workplace.
  4. Considered a range of management skills (e.g. influencing skills, team performance; reactions to change; coaching conversations) and created strategies for their development
  5. Worked as a team member on a work-based mini-project
  6. Developed a personal action plan.
Who should attend this programme:

Professional Services staff – middle managers grades F-G, new to role or would like to further develop their management skills. It will not be appropriate for anyone other than managers already in post. Places are limited.

NB: To get the full benefit from this intensive programme, there will be some team working in the evenings. So, delegates will be expected to stay overnight i.e. there is no day delegate rate


The total fee for 2018 his £730 per person. 

Line manager approval is needed, as your College/Service will be required to fund the cost. 

Fee includes all course materials; a 24-page individualised profile; a 3 day residential stay (2 nights' accommodation and all meals included). The cost does not include travel to and from events, nor additional overnight stays.  This represents excellent value for money. On the open market similar residential programmes might cost £2800.

Presenter(s):  SWIMM Project team
What previous participants have said about the course: (at another university):
  • Great opportunity to gain a wider perspective, to challenge yourself, to address issues, to think through approaches, to meet others, to stretch yourself.
  • The course has been absolutely fantastic. A wonderful opportunity to stop and critically reflect on my management skills.
  • The various profiles/questionnaires helped me self-evaluate and understand more about my management style.
  • I highly recommend this course, great opportunity for reflection & analysis. Presenters are excellent & structure of course made me feel valued & appreciated and worthy of investment. I would like others to gain this as I’m sure it will have a lasting impact.
  • To be away from my day job and allow myself time to think is wonderful. I now have a clear idea of how to plan and do tasks I have been putting off.
  • I think it will make a HUGE difference to how I manage my team & support them so they are happier & we are productive in the right way.
Nomination Process:

The nomination process will be confirmed when new dates are released. Please contact if you have any queries.