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Executive Essentials: Developing Faculty Competence for Excellence in UK Higher Education

Enhance your skills in higher education according to international standards.

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Gain a comprehensive understanding of internationalisation in higher education and develop a strategic plan for global academic engagement. Learn about best practices in academic leadership and management. At the end of this course you will have an understanding of how and why building personal and business resilience is crucial for navigating modern challenges and opportunities.

London campus, Online

  • Course leader – Louise Donaghy, Amir Keshtiban, Ritika Tiwari, Julius Ibrahim
  • Duration – 1 week
  • Dates and times

    Week commencing 15 July 2024

Course Fees

£850 per person for in person learning

£650 per person for online learning

Course information

Who is this course for?

This course is aimed at faculty and administrative staff in higher education environments with a degree in any discipline. Teaching experience is preferable. 

What will I learn?

You will gain an understanding of topics and issues in higher education and faculty competence, including:

  • Innovative teaching techniques
  • Cultural dynamics and global academic cultures
  • Strategy building
  • Application procedures for UK universities
  • How to critically examine academic leadership and management practices

How will I learn?

If you choose to study our online course you will taught through Microsoft Teams. 

If you apply for the in person course you will be taught through lectures and classroom activities with industry experts at our London campus.  

Discussions in sessions are central to the course because we want you to be an active learner. Both the online and in person formats of this course involve engaging with industry scenarios and projects. 

How will my employer benefit?

You will gain an understanding of UK higher education institutions and the wider industry. Engage in meaningful discussions and meetings with faculty and administrative staff from UK universities. Develop a strategic plan for global academic engagement that reflects a critical and analytical approach to strategic planning. 

Course leaders

Louise Donaghy, Dean, York St John University London

Following a successful career in the education industry, Louise Donaghy has held several senior academic and professional leadership positions in different universities. She has led on designing, launching, and implementing new teams, departments, and campuses. These roles have included her most recent position where she has led on developing a multi-million-pound campus in London for York St John University. She has also led on the launch of an Executive Education Department as part of a new Business School for De Montfort University, supported with the launch and success of the Loughborough University London Campus and built the largest careers fair in the UK at Loughborough University’s main campus.

Amir Keshtiban, Associate Dean Business and Health Studies, York St John University London 

As a critical organisation studies scholar, Dr Keshtiban's research focuses on alternative forms of organisation, critical leadership studies, social movement studies, and equity, diversity, and inclusion. His work has been published in international, peer-reviewed journals such as the Journal of Management Learning and Human Resource Development Quarterly.

Dr Ritika Tiwari, Deputy Associate Dean, Business and Health Studies, York St John University London

Dr Tiwari is an experienced educator and researcher with a rich teaching experience across diverse cultural landscapes in India, South Africa, and the United Kingdom. Her journey intertwines academia with public health education, where she spearheads innovative approaches to competency mapping alongside pedagogic innovations. Currently, she is the Lead for MSc in Public Health course at York St John University London. She is also a member of the Anti-Racist & Decolonial Pedagogies Working Group at York St John University, with her research and academic work focusing on the decolonization of the curriculum.

Julius Ibrahim, Enterprise and Innovations Manager, York St John University London

Julius Ibrahim is an award-winning social entrepreneur and international speaker with a strong track record of driving businesses into profitability as well as creating successful social enterprises himself. Julius found his passion for social enterprise whilst studying Economics at University College London where he led a team of 70 people to successfully launch and run several social impact projects through Enactus UCL. He has spoken about social enterprise at prestigious events such as WeDay London, The Bar Symposium Cologne, P(our) Symposium Paris, and has and won awards for his services to enterprise and for Second Shot’s incredible coffee. He has held roles as the Interim the Chair of the Enactus UK Alumni Board, and Fellow at the RSA, NED at Spark&Co, and has completed a “Strategies for Social Impact” qualification from Wharton Business School to further his credentials.

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