HoD Engage: The Heads of Department (HoD) Leadership Engagement Events

Following on from the success of the Heads of Department Away Day on the 19th June 2019, further events are being developed to continue the momentum. The Heads of Department (HoD) Leadership Engagement Events aims to continue to develop essential management and leadership skills, foster a sense of a Leadership Community, and create strategic engagement in University objectives. The series will:

  • Provide the Provost with regular opportunities to meet with Heads of Department and share the latest information from VCEG and the external environment. 
  • Focus on a particular leadership topic via a keynote specialist leadership speaker
  • Build and develop the HoD network, encouraging peer learning and collaboration through active learning sets.
  • Provide an opportunity to consult HoDs on wider issues that may be pertinent such as PWE, ED&I or communications.
  • Build the academic leadership ‘community’, signpost support and development opportunities.

Each event will be 2 hours in duration, twice termly, focussing on a particular theme linked to a university strategic priority.  They will be open to all Heads of Department and chaired by a different PVC.  HoDs will be surveyed regarding challenges faced, leadership topics of particular interest as well as general feedback.


2019/20 Programme Details:




Keynote Speaker


National Student Survey

29th October


Prof. Lisa Harris, Professor of Digital Learning



6th December 10:00 -12:00

Prof. Andrew McRae and Dr. Caitlin Kight


Mental Wellbeing and Stress

14th January 10:00-12:00

Prof. Barney Dunn, Professor of Clinical Psychology



12th March 10:00-12:00

Steph Selway, PPBI Business Partner


University Finance

13th May

13:00 - 15:00

Andrew Connolly, Chief Financial Officer


Creating a high performance culture

17th June

13:00 - 15:00

Prof. Brit Grosskopf, Professor of Economics


HoD Engage sits within the wider HoD Development Programme running throughout 2019/20 which, in addition to the series, offers (on request):

  • Individual/small group HoD induction at College level,
  • “Bitesize” sessions (eg equality & diversity, finance, H&S) at College level
  • Professional Executive Coach (College Funded),
  • Formal Mentoring programme for HoDs.

For further information on this series or wider programme please email peopledevelopment@exeter.ac.uk