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Developing Leaders for Estates functions within Higher Education

Date - 19th - 20th September 2018

Location - University of Stirling 

Price - In the region of £750 per delegate which will include teas/coffees/meals and overnight accommodation for Wednesday and Thursday. Delegates will be encouraged to attend the SAUDE Dinner and Conference on Friday 21st September. 

To register your interest and for booking details please email Louise Cowie – louise.cowie@stir.ac.uk

*Please note, numbers will be limited and spaces will be allocated on a first come, first served basis.*


To introduce key leadership skills and their application within current University Estates’ environments


The role of the Director of Estates is changing; students are demanding ever more sophisticated facilities, the development and re purposing of our buildings is becoming a key enabler to changes in pedagogy and universities are becoming increasingly influential in the redevelopment of our cities. Nowadays, the Director of Estates cannot just be a subject matter expert, but also needs to provide leadership, be a change ambassador and to have the capability to work effectively in complex political environments within the department, the University and outside. It is hoped that this event will help those aspiring to the role of Director of Estates to discuss some of the key skills required and to start to identify their personal areas for development in preparation for leadership.

*Draft programme*

Day 1 (half day)

What is Leadership and why is it important?

14.00 – 14.10 – Introduction to Event – Colin McNally, Chair of SAUDE

14.10 - 14.45 – Senior Management view on the role of Director of Estates – TBC

  • HE context & challenges
  • Role of Estates function within a university
  • Role of Director of Estates
  • Challenges to the role of Director of Estates
  • Changes to the role of Director of Estates
  • The future of Estates within the Higher Education Sector

14.45 – 15.45 – The political and funding context – Martin Kirkwood, Head of Infrastructure and Low Carbon, SFC

  • What is funding context
  • Future of funding context
  • Challenges to the sector – Brexit etc.

15.45 – 16.00 - Break

16.00 – 16.45 – Politics & politics – Gary Jebb, Director of Estates, University of Edinburgh

  • Role of the University in shaping a city
  • Responsibility of heritage and development
  • Relationship with the city council
  • Relationship with the rest of the University
  • Dealing with the politics

16.45 – 17.00Wrap up of Day 1 & signpost to evening & day 2 – Gary Jebb, Director of Estates, University of Edinburgh

18.30 – 19.15 – Drinks & Networking session – Gary Jebb, Director of Estates, University of Edinburgh

19.30 – 21.00 – Dinner with guided networking discussion – Colin McNally, Chair of SAUDE

Day 2 (full day)

09.00 – 09.10 – Intro to day – Colin McNally, Chair of SAUDE

09.10 – 10.00 - What is leadership? – Leadership Consultant TBC

  • What does leadership mean these days?
  • Authentic Leadership
  • Leadership skills required by senior leaders
  • Discussion and debate on who people find inspiring leaders and why, how do they want to be perceived – may be if there is funding also a Hogan study as a great tool for people to find out how their leadership can shift when they are under pressure? 

10.00 – 10.45 – My Career - Director of Estates -  Ann Allen, Director of Estates, University of Glasgow

  • Career path
  • Skills they use now as opposed to professional background
  • Critical learning points/Biggest mistake and how they dealt with it
  • How they have gone about personal development – understanding self

10.45 – 11.00 - Break

11.00 – 11.30 - Understand change in order to lead – Zoe Stephens, Organisational Development & Change Manager, University of Edinburgh

  • Theories of change management
  • Developing the ideas on the change curve
  • why change needs leadership ( build on some of the previous days discussion on change )
  • How people feel about going through change themselves and how they would like to be supported in change.

11.30 – 12.15 - Case Study on Change – TBC

12.15 – 13.15 – Lunch

13.15 – 14.30 – Case Study on Change – Leading Change in your directorate TBC

14.30 – 15.00 – AUDE and the Sector – TBC

  • The importance of AUDE
  • Working together in the sector
  • Key skills for a Director of Estates be in 5/10 years’ time

15.00 – 15.30 – Break

15.30 – 16.00 - Reflection on the event & identifying personal development – Leadership Consultant TBC

Facilitated discussion on what has been discussed

  • What areas are new to people & what do they want to learn more about?
  • What opportunities are there to develop?
  • Can people offer exchanges between Universities?
  • What else could SAUDE support?

Work on personal development plan actions coming out of this event

  • How much do you understand yourself?
  • What skills/competencies do you need to invest in now?
  • What projects can you get involved in at work that will support your development needs?

16.00 – 17.00 - Launch of the mentoring opportunity (potential mentors to join)

  • What mentoring is about, how can it help and next steps









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